Dickens of a Christmas

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Experience the feel of a Victorian Christmas during the annual Dickens of a Christmas in Downtown Franklin.

The Heritage Foundation’s 34th Annual Dickens of a Christmas returns Saturday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 9 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

Step back to the time of Charles Dickens during this annual outdoor festival. Historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture creates the perfect backdrop as nearly 200 musicians, dancers and characters fill the streets. Interact with characters such as Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children. Even you are encouraged to dress in Victorian costume to add to the ambiance.

As you stroll through the streets, enjoy vintage craft demonstrations including blacksmith, woodcarving, bookbinding, apple head doll making and more. In addition, kids enjoy miniature train rides as well as pony rides. Guess what?! It will SNOW again, too!

The event is free and open to the public, but some attractions require a small fee.

Dickens of a Christmas takes place at Franklin’s Main Street, 106 3rd Ave. N., Franklin. Learn more at williamsonheritage.org/dickens.

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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