Downtown Franklin Hosts Dickens of a Christmas Festival This Weekend

Dickens 2017

The 33rd annual Dickens of a Christmas festival is happening this weekend in downtown Franklin.

Dickens Christmas downtown Franklin

Posted by Williamson Source on Saturday, December 9, 2017

The free festival recreates the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop.

Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters filled the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories. Characters there included 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 brought back a crowd favorite from last year: no matter the weather, it always snows at Dickens of a Christmas.

If you missed Saturday you can still go Sunday, from to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

New attractions this year include an ice skating rink, located next to City Hall in Public Square and mulled wine on the public square. Plus, local band Jars of Clay will perform on Saturday night.

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

A Victorian-themed Stilt Walker and Unicyclist roams Main Street.

Dickens of a Christmas off-site parking and shuttles are available. Pick up locations include Harlinsdale Farm on Sunday (239 Franklin Road). The cost is $1/ each way and the shuttles will run 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.