Welcome to historic Franklin and the unique communities of Williamson County, Tennessee located just 20 miles south of downtown Nashville where you will enjoy a Great American Main Street experience...
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“Twinkling Tennessee Christmas,” one of Nashville’s most festive holiday traditions. In addition to touring some of Nashville and Franklin’s most beautiful and exquisitely decorated holiday fantasy home exteriors, guests will get a tour of the historic Lotz House in Franklin which is decorated in keeping with a typical Christmas in the mid 1860’s.
The tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is in a 25 passenger minibus.
It is one of the most popular tours this time of year because not only do tourists enjoy the tour, but it’s a great group activity for local companies, or just a fun outing for friends that enjoy getting together during the holidays. The drivers spend hours finding the most beautifully decorated neighborhoods and homes so that we can provide a truly unique and festive experience each year. The addition of the Lotz House tour is a real bonus and the guests enjoy seeing how a family would have decorated for the holidays in the mid 1860’s.”
The tours run December 1 – 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. excluding December 24 and 25. Gray Line will provide a pickup at most Nashville hotels, or guests can park at the Gray Line office across from Opryland to board the tour. The office address is 2416 Music Valley Drive, Ste. 102, Nashville, TN 37214.
The cost is $24 for adults, and $10 for children ages 6-17. For reservations or more information please call 615-883-5555, 1-800-251-1864 or book online at www.GrayLineTN.com. Groups interested in making reservations can call 615-883-5557 extension 107. Packages including dinner at Buca Di Beppo or Monell’s are also available.
Travel back into the Victorian era, every second weekend in December. This year, Dickens of a Christmas continues its tradition in Historic Downtown Franklin, Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15. The free, holiday-themed street festival, is expected to attract some 50,000 visitors over the weekend.
More than 250 volunteers participate in the event as characters from Dickens' stories, vendors or street performers. Show up any time over the course of the weekend, and you're sure to meet Ebenezer Scrooge, his unfortunate partner Marley (the ghost in chains), little Tiny Tim Cratchit and his family, and many more, including Father Christmas.
Anyone is invited to join the fun by showing up in costume and engaging with the characters on the street! Or, just come as you are and enjoy a beautifully preserved Main Street with more than 70 unique shopping and dining destinations in the 15-block National Register Historic District.
A holiday bazaar arts & crafts area encircles Franklin's charming Public Square.
Dancers and street musicians on Main Street throughout the event. Violinists, hand bell choirs, harpists, carolers and even a water harmonica player all add to the entertaining street scene.
Costumed characters from Dickens' stories interacting with visitors on the street. Scrooge bellows his "Bah! Humbug" while the Cratchit Family parades the streets with Tiny Tim. Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future make regular appearances. Urchins under the direction of the nefarious Fagin from Dicken's Oliver pester English Bobbies (who are actually Franklin Police Officers on duty in costume). Father and Mother Christmas delight children.
Victorian treats abound, from authentic fish ‘n' chips to turkey legs, roasted nuts, kettle corn, roasted corn, roasted pork, sausages and sugar plums.
A Town Sing starting at the Public Square at the town Christmas tree at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with candles ($1 donation requested) and song sheets.
Travel back into the Victorian era, every second weekend in December. This year, Dickens of a Christmas continues its tradition in Historic Dow...
Dates: December 14, 2013 - December 15, 2013 Times: sat 10am-5pm, sun noon-5pm Location: Historic Downtown Franklin, Main Street & Public Square, Franklin TN 37064 Contact: Heritage Foundation/Downtown Franklin Association Phone: (615) 591-8500 Admission: free Recurrence: daily
The eclectic village of Leiper's Fork in Williamson County presents the most unique, down home Christmas Parade which marches down its single street beginning at 2pm.
It's a fantastic spectacle representative of the eclectic village. This country style Christmas parade includes everything from parade floats, tractors and lawnmowers to horses, dogs and hogs.
The parade marches through the heart of the Village on Old Hillsboro Road. It's family friendly and fun. Area merchants will be open.
Enjoy home grown goodness at the Farmer's Market at the Factory. Nearly 100 vendors with fresh produce, cheeses, herbs, flowers and crafters! All of the "staples" you need will be there and then some! Thanks for your support of the best "producer only" market in Tennessee!
Music in the Vines will be live music outside in The Courtyard every weekend April through mid December.
Music will range between Acoustic Singer/Songwriter, Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass and will include both cover and original songs. The event is free and we do not take reservations. Bring a picnic, enjoy a bottle of our wine and take in a relaxed evening of music. Feel free to listen casually as you catch up with friends and family while visiting Arrington Vineyards.
April: Saturdays only. Beginning in May: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Downtown Franklin is home to more than 25 locally-owned and operated restaurants, serving everything from BBQ sliders and fried green tomatoes to oysters and gumbo. We invite you to savor the flavors of Franklin on our Southern Style food tours.
Led by one of Franklin on Foot's guides, the Southern staples will come with a bit ofbackground on each morsel and the five-block walking tour will include some history along the way, including photos of Franklin restaurants from back in the day.
We mix it up each tour, choosing 6 eateries from among Chapman’s Pie Wagon II, Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Merridee’s Breadbasket, IveyCake, Puckett's Boathouse, Papa Boudreaux's Cajun Cafeand Franklin Mercantile Deli. All selections are always made fresh for our group and you'll enjoy meeting each restaurant's chef or proprietor.