When the sun goes down, the gardens light up for the prettiest holiday stroll of the season, featuring 1 million lights and unique light displays throughout the beautiful botanic gardens. Runs through Jan. 5, 2020. Check out Reindeer Village, the decorated mansion and much more. Cheekwood.org
This Thanksgiving Day race is in its 20th year! It is a community-wide event that raises financial support for GraceWorks while promoting wellness and fitness for children, families and the community. Last year, more than 3,400 Trotters and another 2,200 onlookers took part in the day’s festivities. GraceworksMinistries.net
Come see the Franklin Christmas Tree lit in downtown Franklin. Free photos with Santa, meet Rudolph and Hermie from Gaylord Opryland's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. The Freedom Intermediate School choir, Jars of Clay and the Mistress of Ceremonies Kathie Lee Gifford will all be on hand for the festivities. FranklinTN.gov
Stroll through The Factory at Franklin sipping festive cocktails, listening to music and waving to the big man in red himself! Tickets include 12 sample-sized cocktails, photos with Santa and Yuletide music and activities. Food and full-sized drinks will be available for purchase as well. This event supports TennGreen, a statewide land conservancy. HolidaySpiritsTN.com
The Franklin Kiwanis Christmas Parade is a gift to the city of Franklin from the Kiwanis Club of Historic Downtown Franklin. Winding through the streets of downtown Franklin, the parade is a celebration of the holidays and the official welcome of Santa Claus to Franklin. Come join the parade!
The grounds of Eastern Flank Battlefield Park are sprinkled with candy canes ready to be eaten. Grab your flashlight and help us hunt for the holiday treats! Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Participants must bring a flashlight, and all other supplies will be provided. This event is limited to 100 participants. Call 615.794.2103 to register.
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County's 35th Annual Dickens of a Christmas, presented by First Citizens National Bank is Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival, returning this year on Dec. 14–15. The festival recreates the time of Charles Dickens in historic downtown Franklin amidst Victorian architecture. Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters fill the streets. WilliamsonHeritage.org/Dickens
The Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade is the wackiest parade in the area! There are tractors, old cars and trucks, lots of floats, people dressed in crazy costumes, pigs, dogs, horses, donkeys, mules, horses and buggies, chuckwagons, horse-drawn wagons and, of course, Santa! Join us for a day of super fun and Leiper's Fork country charm!
The Williamson County Performing Arts Center wants to help you get in the holiday spirit by bringing you a spectacular event filled with Christmas cheer. Known for her velvet voice, Franklin’s own Debbie Cunningham’s annual holiday jazz show features a swinging band, holiday classics and a special appearance by members of her family. DebbieCunninghamJazz.com
Brighten up your holiday season with award-winning comedian Leslie Norris Townsend! One of America's funniest clean comediennes, Leslie has been featured on The Tonight Show and TBN’s Huckabee. This holiday celebration will open with the rich vocal stylings of the Belles of Franklin presenting seasonal favorites. Join us for a festive treat the whole family will enjoy. AcademyParkTN.WCParksAndRec.com/tickets_and_event