HOLIDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
From revealing a winter wonderland on Main Street in our historic core to shopping small and supporting local, the holiday season in Downtown Franklin is nothing short of magical. See below for a list of special events and happenings!
‘TIS THE SEASON: HOLIDAY HOURS 2015
We’ve put together a list of our businesses’ holiday hours to make planning easier as you cross off the final gifts on your shopping list and celebrate the magic of the season. CLICK HERE to see a list of our members’ hours from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.
HOLIDAY STORY TIME
Holiday Story Time returns to the Visitor Center in downtown Franklin! Your favorite holiday characters will be reading beloved holiday stories to boys and girls of all ages this holiday season. The magic of the season comes to life during the special meet ’n’ greets with all the characters immediately following their stories. This year, you can meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Buddy the Elf, Princess Elsa and even Santa Claus himself! Learn more at www.visitfranklin.com.
SHOP & HOP TROLLEY
We’re partnering with The Factory at Franklin + Franklin Transit Authority to provide FREE TRANSPORTATION during select Saturdays in November and December (2015) as part of our “Hop & Shop Trolley” initiative!
To help encourage friends and family to experience the joy of “shopping small,” the Hop & Shop ride–which is heated and handicap accessible–will make its first roll from The Factory parking lot at 10 a.m. on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. The Hop & Shop Trolley will also run Saturday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 19 from10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a short break around 1 p.m. for the drivers. Learn more HERE.
31st ANNUAL DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS
Step back in time with the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County when Dickens of a Christmas returns to Franklin’s Main Street December 12-13. From the some 200 musicians, dancers and characters that fill the streets each year to vendors, seasonal fare and SNOW, this is a free holiday event that everyone in your family will enjoy. Click here for all of the details!
The #ForeverFranklin series of giveaways CONTINUES, just in time for the holiday season (AND Small Business Saturday)! This month (November 2015), you have ANOTHER chance to win gift packages valued at $700 (!!!!) from local downtown Franklin businesses.
Click here to see how you can “Shop Small Spree” the November package, valued at $700.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: NOVEMBER 28
Time to put the J-O-Y back in holiday shopping, are we right y’all?! The season is all about giving, and there’s nothing that invokes that warm fuzzy feeling quite like strolling America’s Favorite Main Street and finding a perfect gift for your loved one.
With family in town for Thanksgiving festivities, we encourage y’all to start a new tradition on Small Business Saturday (SBS): it’s the perfect opportunity to #ShopSmall and support indie businesses, all the while creating sweet memories! This year the big event falls on November 28.
Go HERE to see how our small businesses are making this year’s event special.
We hope you enjoy #AmericasFavoriteMainStreet while shopping in downtown Franklin! See you Saturday. xo
MERRIEST MAIN STREET REVEAL
You’re invited to take part in its Second Annual “Merriest Main Street” Reveal on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 that includes an exclusive Studio Tenn performance at The Franklin Theatre and a grand Main Street window reveal! This program will kick off the holiday magic in Franklin, as well as put guests in the spirit to get a jump on spending money with downtown’s independently owned merchants and restaurants this season (ahem, Small Business Saturday!).
The free event, presented by Franklin Synergy Bank, will start at The Franklin Theatre at 3:30 p.m. on November 23 with Christmas characters in costume greeting guests–presenting the perfect photo opportunity for families. Inside the theatre, participants will enjoy an event coordinated by Tony McAlister, chairman of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, that includes entertainment by Studio Tenn, live Christmas music, special guests, and other holiday-themed agenda items. City of Franklin Mayor Ken Moore will also speak! Following the excitement, the public will spill onto “America’s Favorite Main Street” as darkness falls to enjoy the decorated holiday storefronts and newly lit Public Square greenery. Many of the downtown Franklin businesses will also leave their doors open later for extended shopping hours following the reveal.
The “Merriest Main Street” Reveal at The Franklin Theatre is free and open to the public. UPDATE, this event is already sold out. However, you are invited to join us on Main Street at 4:45 p.m. to watch the window unveiling happen!