Williamson Weekend: 7 Holiday Happenings

1. Franklin Tree Lighting

WHAT: 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 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 pm and be closed to fourth Avenue; photo opportunities will begin at 5:30 pm and the performance will begin at 6:20 pm. We expect to light the tree at 7 pm.

WHEN: Friday, Dec 1, Santa Photo Ops begin at 5:30 pm, performances at 6:20 pm, tree lighting at 7pm.

WHERE: Downtown Franklin

2. 7th Annual Holiday Station Marketplace

WHAT: Enjoy a day of Christmas shopping, yummy food and music. The Marketplace is expecting 100+ vendors with all kinds of creative items. This shopping event is a fundraiser for the Spring Station Middle School Band and all profits will go towards much-needed equipment and instruments.

Learn more here.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec 2, 9 am – 3pm

WHERE: Spring Station Middle School, 1000 Spring Station Dr, Spring Hill

3. Morning With Santa at Brentwood Library

WHAT: Visit with Santa, experience a magic show with Scott Humston, enjoy refreshments and more. Tickets are free but are required and are available at the Children’s Service Desk at the Brentwood Library.

WHEN: Saturday, December 2, 9 am – 12 pm

WHERE: Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood

4. Franklin Christmas Parade

WHAT: 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 this weekend.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec 2, 2 pm – 3:30 pm

WHERE: Downtown Franklin

5. Spring Hill Christmas Parade

WHAT: Spring Hill’s 10th-annual Christmas Parade will march down Main Street on Saturday.

The parade is presented by the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station. As always, the theme is “Hometown Christmas.”

The parade will proceed down Main Street, turn left onto Beechcroft to Evans Park before turning onto Town Center Parkway.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec 2, 5 pm

WHERE: Main Street, Spring Hill

6. Fairview Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

WHAT: Fairview will celebrate the holiday season with its Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday. 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.

WHEN: December, 2 – the parade begins at 4 pm, followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm at City Hall.

WHERE: The parade takes place on Hwy 100 from Ball Parks to SFEG and the tree lighting takes place at City Hall, 7100 City Center Cir.

7. Thompson’s Station Tree Lighting

WHAT: Thompson’s Station will have its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday.

WHEN: Sunday, Dec 3, 4 pm-5 pm

WHERE: Sarah Benson Park (formerly Thompson’s Station Park) at 1513 Thompson’s Station Road.