Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dickens Festival in Franklin, TN

December is a month filled with festivals, holiday parties, lights and boat parades. We are huge fans, and have written about some of the major festivals in this space.

When in Chattanooga, TN, we like to go to the Dickens Festival in Franklin, which falls on the 2nd weekend of December (this weekend). A quintessential small southern town with a public square and courthouse, Franklin downtown exudes charm and sophistication, complete with civil war history. Many buildings were built in the 19th century, and are so well-preserved the downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Christmas tree with vendors in the background
Which is the perfect location for the Dickens Festival! Musicians, dancers and characters from Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol entertain you as they wonder around the streets of downtown. You are encouraged  to come dressed up in Victorian-era costumes.
This family made their own costumes! 
Don't you miss the days when people were more well-dressed?
Marley's ghost haunts
Lining up for a dance
About 17 miles from Franklin is Music City Nashville. We like going to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to see their spectacular Christmas lights. The Grand Ole Opry and a shopping outlet are located next to the hotel; expect major traffic getting there this time of year.
Christmas tree in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Perfect decor for Music City, the capital of country music

Main entrance to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Don't miss the stunning lights and a gorgeous nativity scene at the main entrance to the hotel!

I  hope the weather in Franklin and Nashville will cooperate so folks can have a jolly good time. Merry Christmas, y'all!

Here are some of our favorite holiday lights and festivals:
Happening today, Dec 10
Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale, Fl
Regatta of Lights, St Augustine, Fl

Dec 17
Boat Parade in Bimini Basin, Cape Coral, Florida

You might also like:
Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa, Florida Christmas Boat Parade in Bimini Basin, Cape Coral Holiday Decor and Lights in New Orleans

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