Local Christmas tree lightings and parades are just around the corner. Here’s a list of tree lightings and Christmas parades throughout Williamson County.
Franklin Tree Lighting
Dec 1, Festivities begin at 5:30 pm
Downtown Franklin Square will be the site of the annual Franklin tree lighting event on Dec 1 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The event begins with free photos with Santa beginning at 5:30 pm, and Mars Petcare is offering another photo opportunity on the square that is pet friendly, so pets are welcome! Characters from Gaylord Opryland ICE, A Charlie Brown Christmas will be on hand to take photos with kids, plus more surprises.
The Downtown Franklin Association is participating with fun happenings in the downtown stores and they will stay open late that night so shoppers can get an early start on their Christmas shopping. The Franklin Noon Rotary and the new Downtown Franklin Rotary will hand out free refreshments.
“This event is so special to our community. Full Service Insurance and Grange Insurance along with several other community partners helped us purchase our beautiful new tree last year, and this year we have a new star thanks to some local franklinites,” said Mayor Ken Moore. “We invite everyone to come out early, the square will close about 5 p.m. and be closed to fourth Avenue; photo opportunities will begin at 5:30 and the performance will begin at 6:20pm. We expect to light the tree at 7 p.m.”
The City is partnering with sponsors Williamson Medical Center, Middle Tennessee Electric, Mars Petcare, Downtown Franklin Association and Spring Tree Media group to bring a multi-media extravaganza to the historic downtown square.
The event features children’s choirs from local middle schools and high schools.
Downtown shops along Main Street will be open late and feature holiday-inspired windows and décor. Traveling musicians will entertain the crowds leading up to the main event.
Last year close to 4,000 people attended.
Franklin Christmas Parade
Dec 2, 2 pm – 3:30 pm
There is nothing like it for good-old, small-town Christmas joy. Local high school bands playing all the favorite carols, those bright floats in green, red, silver and gold. And, of course, the big bearded guy himself. For kids, for families, and for all non-Grinches, ah, heck, he’s welcome too. There is nothing quite like the beauty and magic of the Franklin Kiwanis Christmas Parade in Historic Downtown Franklin.
The Kiwanis Club of Franklin, decided that this year’s theme will be “Rockin’ Christmas.” So come rock around with the rest of Franklin on December 2 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.
For information on entering a float, go to the event’s Facebook page here.
Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade
Dec 9, 2 pm
Get ready again for the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade, a parade truly like no other.
The Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade takes place Saturday, Dec 9th 2 pm – 4 pm in historic Leiper’s Fork and has everything from Clydesdale Horses to pot-belly pigs, vintage cars and, of course, Santa!
By attending, not only can you enjoy one of the most festive parades in town, but you can also help out some worthy causes.
They ask spectators and participants to donate to the Williamson County Animal Center. There will be dogs and cats available for adoption at the parade site and walking in the parade.
You can expect to see tractors, old cars & trucks, beautiful floats, cute floats, wacky floats, people dressed in crazy costumes, pigs, dogs, horses, donkeys, mules, horse & buggies, chuck wagons, horse drawn wagons and of course Santa. If you plan on attending, arrive early to avoid traffic congestion.
Brentwood Tree Lighting
Dec 4, 5 pm – 8 pm
The annual Brentwood Christmas tree lighting event will take place this year on Monday, Dec. 4 at the Brentwood Library.
The event includes readings of “The Polar Express” inside the library.
The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 pm, with the readings taking place at 5 pm and 6 pm.
Everyone attending The Polar Express reading must have a ticket. The event is free, and tickets will be available beginning Monday, November 21st on a first come, first serve basis at the Children’s Service Desk during regular library hours.
The Brentwood Library is located at 8109 Concord Road.
Nolensville North Pole Experience/Tree Lighting
Dec 4, 6 pm – 8 pm
The funs starts at 6 pm with the tree lighting to take place at 8:00 pm. Presenting sponsors are Mint Springs Farm and Snyder Entertainment.
Activities will include a kid-friendly ornament station by Nesting Project, exclusive wood Broken Wheel ornaments to raise money for Round Up for Nolensville, Inc., hot chocolate from Mamas Java, face painting from Dan Klepper of Fantasy Face Artistry and music from Life Community Church. The Nolensville Community Church will help light the tree out front. Santa will be there to take pics along with his reindeer. So many picture opportunities and time to enjoy the holidays with your community.
Spring Hill Christmas Parade
Dec 2, 5 pm
Spring Hill’s 10th-annual Christmas Parade will march down Main Street on Dec 2.
Floats will line up on Town Center Parkway starting at 2 pm, they will be judged at 4:30 pm, and the first one will start down Main Street at 5 pm. And at the end, of course, comes Santa Claus.
The parade is presented by the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station. As always, the theme is “Hometown Christmas.”
To register a float or participate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parade will proceed down Main Street, turn left onto Beechcroft to Evans Park before turning onto Town Center Parkway.
Included in the parade last year were favorites like the Mule Town Trolley, the Grinch, Santa’s Workshop, Spring Hill Community Choir and Spring Hill Little League.
Like in past years, food vendors will come out and set up across from the Tennessee Children’s Home.
Thompson’s Station Tree Lighting
Dec 3, 4 pm – 5pm
Thompson’s Station will have its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 3rd.
The community is invited to come enjoy the event, which will start at 4 pm in Sarah Benson Park (formerly Thompson’s Station Park) at 1513 Thompson’s Station Road. The lighting is at 5 pm.
Fairview Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Dec 2, 4 pm – 6 pm
Fairview will celebrate the holiday season at its Annual Christmas Parade on December 2nd at 4 pm, followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting, 5:30 pm at City Hall. The parade theme this year is “A Vintage Christmas” so whether you love the Victorian era or the 1950’s, your version of Vintage is welcome.