Franklin Art Scene will usher in this weekend’s Dickens of a Christmas festival in downtown Franklin on Friday, leading visitors to nearly 40 host sites—many of which will feature holiday-themed art and décor.

Live demonstrations and award-winning pieces will be on display throughout the 16-block Historic Register, from Columbia Avenue over to Main Street and down to the antique district. A $5 ticket gives patrons an unlimited Art Scene wristband to the trolleys that circulate from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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December highlights include:

O’More College of Design, the four-year design institution on South Margin Street, will use the first-Friday art crawl to showcase its 2012 December graduates and their culminating design projects. The exhibition will feature the innovative and skilled works of 10 designers on its main campus in the Abbey Leix mansion, and the College invites the public to celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Saddlecreek Design will hold its Christmas Party during the art crawl, and host the Franklin French Horns in its showroom on Columbia Avenue for a round of holiday and Christmas carols, 7-8 p.m. In addition, artist Marshall Hall will display his energetic Pop art pieces. Owner Scott Moore promises bourbon-soaked eggnog and light refreshments.

On Fifth Avenue South, Williamson County artist Melissa Arnold Thomas will make her official debut at Gregg & Rains Building Group and Daniel-Christian Real Estate. Thomas works in oils and watercolors, and has studied various artistic styles under Shelley Snow, Gail McDaniel and Dawn Whitelaw. Her pieces capture unique and nostalgic life moments and reflect a genuine passion for the work.

Imagine Gallery of American Fine Art & Objects will host acclaimed Tennessee artist edie Maney at its upper mezzanine location in the Factory at Franklin. Over the years, Maney has emerged as one of the nation’s top abstract painters, and her work has been featured in galleries across the southeast.

The artist creates bold and emotional works with acrylics and mixed media on several mediums, including canvas, paper and wood. Her nonobjective work often reflects the artist’s meditation techniques and current emotional state.

Kaleidoscope, the antiques and home furnishings shop on West Main Street and just past Five Points, will host artist/designer Megan Whittier of Paper Route Stationery and her colorful acrylic paintings and prints. Whittier crafts fun pieces that showcase various typefaces and other flourishes, and will be featuring her children and pet silhouettes in modern colors.