Annual Franklin Festival to Recreate Dickens Era

The 33rd annual Dickens of a Christmas festival takes place in downtown Franklin on Dec 9-10. The free festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop.

Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.

This year’s event will reprise a crowd favorite from last year: it WILL snow at Dickens of a Christmas! Come decked out in holiday style to capture that perfect family picture.

Favorite Victorian-era activities will return, including sugar plums and roasted chestnuts being sold on the street. Other food vendors will offer heartier old English fare.
A variety of musical and dance performances will take place at 4th and Main, 2nd and Main, 1st and Main and at the Main Stage on the Public Square.

A petting zoo for children and live artisan demonstrations plus more than 100 vendors offering holiday arts and crafts will line Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues.

A Victorian-themed Stilt Walker and Unicyclist will roam Main Street.

Each day will conclude with a town sing of classic Christmas carols.

Dickens of a Christmas will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. The event is free and open to the public; some attractions will involve a small fee.

Dickens of a Christmas off-site parking and shuttles will be available on Saturday and Sunday. Pick up locations include Church of the City on SATURDAY ONLY (828 Murfreesboro Road) and Harlinsdale Farm on SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (239 Franklin Road). The cost is $1/ each way and the shuttles will run 10 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.