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Dickens of a Christmas
For the 30th year, the tradition to travel back about 150 years to the time of Charles Dickens continues in Historic Downtown Franklin. The second weekend in December is home to the Dickens of a Christmas Festival on Main Street in Franklin, Tennessee. Franklin has been named one of America’s Favorite Towns and has festivals nearly monthly. Naturally, the town doesn’t disappoint at Christmas time.
Every year, hundreds of volunteers show up to the free street festival as characters from Dickens’ stories. You could easily meet Ebenezer Scrooge or Father Christmas during your trip down Main Street.
Apart from the Dickens characters, there are many other performers that participate in the festival. Dancers, choir groups, singers, youth orchestras, and handbell choirs are amongst those who perform during the two days.
There are plenty of Victorian treats to be found from several vendors which include: fish ‘n chips, turkey legs, kettle corn, roasted nuts, sausages, and sugar plums.
When you grow tired of walking around, you can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around the square or the kids can enjoy pony rides.
Franklin is also well-known for being very dog friendly. Most of the establishments allow dogs in the stores. The festival, just like a normal day, drew out lots of dog lovers and they brought along their beloved pets. This couple brought along their great danes that looked like twins and had outfits to prove it. They were, as you would guess, a big hit with everyone.
Have you ever been to a similar type of festival?
**These photos are from 2013’s festival, but the information is the same every year – come join next year!**
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