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    December Events in Franklin, Tennessee.

    December Events
    December Events

    It’s starting to get chilly, but that isn’t stopping Franklin from celebrating the holidays. Here are some things to do in December around Franklin and beyond.


    Franklin Tree Lighting Ceremony – Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

    Franklin Square will be closed off, there will be carols sung, and you can get free photos with Santa.

    Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting – Friday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m.

    There will be food, live music, warm beverages and, of course, the tree to light.

    1 Public Square, Nashville, TN 37201

    Franklin Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m.

    Grab a spot and watch it all go by. The parade is goes around New Highway 96 West, Bridge Street, 3rd Avenue North, Public Square, Main Street, and West Main Street.

    Nashville Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m.

    Jana Kramer is the Grand Marshall for this year’s Christmas Parade in Nashville. There is a new route this year. It will start on 8th and Broadway, head east down Broadway to Second Avenue North, and then cross over the river, ending at the base of the Woodland Street Bridge.

    Menorah Lighting at the Capitol – Tuesday, December 8th at 4:30 p.m.

    Celebrate Chanukah with Chabad of Nashville when they light the menorah at the Capitol. There will be live music, dreidels, donuts and more. This event will be at the corner of Charlotte and Sixth Avenue.

    Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 12th at 2:00 p.m.

    Get some food from Puckett’s Grocery, and then find a spot outside the shops to watch the festivities!

    4151 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064

    Dickens of a Christmas – Saturday and Sunday, December 12th-13th

    Travel back to the holiday season during the Dickens era. Historic Franklin will be bustling with 200 characters in period costume, dancers, and entertainers dressed from a time past.

    Cheekwood Holiday Lights – Now through January 3rd

    Walk the Cheekwood grounds as they sparkle with thousands of lights. Bring mittens, jackets, scarves, and warm drinks. This ongoing event is open rain or shine.

    Franklin Theatre Holiday Movies –

    Christmas Vacation – Dec 2, 3, 22, 26

    Elf – Dec 4, 26

    Home Alone – Dec. 5, 7

    It’s a Wonderful LIfe – Dec. 8, 9, 24

    White Christmas – Dec. 20, 23, 24, 25

    Holiday Inn – Dec. 22, 24

    Special Movie Events

    Home Alone –  December 4th at 8:00 p.m.: Santa Claus photo booth, free eggnog for those wearing ugly Christmas sweaters, charity auction for Home Alone memorabilia.

    Elf – December 12th at 10:00 a.m.: Elf-O-Rama showing with elves, hot cocoa at concession stands, and a drawing for prizes.

    Elf – December 19th at 10:00 a.m.: After the movie there is a meet and greet followed by story time with Buddy the Elf at the Franklin Visitor’s Center


    There are quite a few things to see at Opryland during the holiday season. There is the Parade of Trees, decorated by some big names in country music, as well as other decorations and lights throughout the resort. There is also an outdoor nativity scene, carriage rides, and a fountain show. Park at Opry Mills shopping mall by the movie theater and walk over to enjoy all the holiday cheer.

    The Nutcracker – December 3rd – 23rd

    For tickets and times:

    Trees of Christmas Exhibit at The Factory – Dec 4th – 31st

    Forty different 10’ tall Frasier fir trees throughout The Factory all decorated in different ways. You can vote for your favorite!

    230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064

    Sunnyside Lights – now-Christmas

    If walking around Cheekwood in the cold doesn’t sound appealing, you can always drive through the Sunnyside neighborhood to see the gorgeous lights.

    1956 Sunnyside Dr, Brentwood TN 37027

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