Williamson County’s Best Holiday Events

The Holiday Season has finally arrived! Williamson County sure loves the holidays as we celebrate all December long with festivals, parades, candy cane hunts, and much more. This month, I thought I’d highlight some of the local holiday festivities going on around town. As a lifelong resident, trust me when I say no one does the holidays like Williamson County!

Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square
Friday, December 2 / 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Franklin Square
Free Entry

I’ve personally attended too many of these to count, and each one seems to be better than the last. It truly is the best tree lighting in Middle Tennessee. This year, the Freedom Intermediate School’s Honors Choir will sing, and there will also be a special guest performance from five-time Grammy nominee Matthew West.

Second Annual Christmas in Brentwood
Sunday, December 4 / 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Brentwood Academy
Free Entry

Christmas in Brentwood is a wonderful community-wide celebration full of activities for the whole family. This year, Christian Recording artist Point of Grace will headline. There will also be food trucks, bounce houses, the lighting of the great tree, Santa and his elves, a nativity scene with live animals, and more!

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt
Thursday, December 8 – Friday, December 9
Eastern Flank Battlefield Park
$5 Entry

Four hunts will take place (5:00 & 6:30 PM) throughout the two-day celebration. Kids can decorate treat bags and hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Pre-registration and entry fee is required. Call 615-794-2103 to register now. Each hunt is limited to 100 participants. Don’t forget your flashlight!

Dickens of a Christmas
Saturday, December 10 – Sunday, December 11
Downtown Franklin
Free Entry

This two-day celebration has something for everyone. It recreates the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin as the backdrop. There will be a variety of musicians, dancers, and Dickens’ characters filling the streets. It’s a great festival you don’t want to miss!

Christmas Movies at the Franklin Theatre
There will be plenty of Christmas movies at the Franklin Theatre all month long! Tickets average around $10-$12 depending on seat location.

  • December 10 @ 10 am – ELF
  • December 12 @ 2:30 pm – This Christmas
  • December 13 @ 10 am & 2 pm – A Christmas Story
  • December 18 @ 7 pm & 19 @ 2:30 pm – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • December 19 @ 10 am – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • December 20 @ 10 am, 22 @ 7 pm, & 23 @ 10 am – It’s a Wonderful Life
  • December 21 @ 10 am & 22 @ 2:30 pm – The Polar Express
  • December 21 @ 2:30 pm & 22 @ 10 am – White Christmas

Photos with Santa at Cool Springs Galleria
The one and only Santa Claus will be available for photos at the Cool Springs Galleria until December 24. Make sure to stop by so you kids can share their last-minute gift requests!

Franklin Festival of Lights
November 25 – December 26 (5-9 pm)
$25 per car

This is Franklin’s biggest drive-through light show, featuring 200 displays over a mile-long course synced to festive music. All proceeds go to FrankTown Open Hearts.

Be sure to join us in support of these local organizations by stopping by one of these awesome events. Chances are, you’ll run into one of us here at Lineage Bank. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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