Update: Dickens of a Christmas first day canceled due to weather | Entertainment

Update on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8:45 a.m.

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County announced Saturday morning that the 36th annual Dickens of a Christmas, presented by First Citizens National Bank, would be canceled Saturday, Dec. 11, but the hours were extended for Sunday, Dec. 12. 

The cancellation was due to inclement weather and a persistent threat of high winds, according to the Heritage Foundation. 

“The current projection of strong winds into Saturday afternoon does not adequately present safe conditions for festival set up or guest experiences,” the organization’s statement read. 

The Sunday festival hours were extended by two hours, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (previously scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). 

Downtown Franklin shops and restaurants are anticipated to be open at the discretion of the owners. The Franklin Theatre will remain open to the public on Saturday for indoor enjoyment.

For more information about Dickens of a Christmas, visit www.events.williamsonheritage.org/dickens-of-a-christmas.  

Update on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

Due to a stormy weather forecast for Saturday morning, the Dickens of a Christmas festival in downtown Franklin has updated its hours.

The two-day festival will kick off on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. The Sunday hours will stay the same, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The National Weather Service has predicted severe storms in the area starting Friday night and going into Saturday morning.

Original story

A full weekend of Victorian-inspired holiday fun is on the docket in downtown Franklin this weekend at the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 36th annual Dickens of a Christmas presented by First Citizens National Bank.

The festival recreates the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s charming architecture as the backdrop. It will run Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dickens of a Christmas originated as a means to attract guests to the shops and ambience of downtown Franklin but has now become one of the area’s most cherished annual traditions. The event features holiday-inspired food and drink, children’s activities, live music and outstanding arts and crafts, featuring seasonal and specialty gift items. 

A variety of musicians, dancers and Dickens characters will fill the downtown Franklin streets. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from “Oliver Twist,” Ebenezer Scrooge and more.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be several new additions as well as traditions from the past, including the Victorian Village, KidZone presented by Grace Chapel, the Main Stage presented by The Church at West Franklin, Acoustic Stage presented by Lipscomb University, Whiskey Lounge presented by Leiper’s Fork Distillery, the Beer Garden presented by Bavarian Bierhaus, photo opportunities with Santa and Dickens characters, and much more.

As this year’s presenting sponsor, First Citizens National Bank’s financial support will assist with the production of Dickens of a Christmas.

“Dickens of a Christmas has become a holiday staple in our community, and we are proud to support the Heritage Foundation again this year as they create a special experience for the residents of Williamson County,” said David Hopkins, regional president of First Citizens National Bank.

To learn more about this year’s Dickens of a Christmas presented by First Citizens National Bank, visit www.events.williamsonheritage.org/dickens-of-a-christmas/.

Here’s the full entertainment schedule:

Saturday’s Main Stage, presented by The Church at West Franklin

10 a.m. – Special Guest Performance

10:30 a.m. – Franklin First United Methodist Church Handbells

11:10 a.m. – Grassland Elementary

11:50 a.m. – Overture

12:30 p.m. – Franklin’s Christmas Jazz Trio

1:10 p.m. – Pitch Perfect from Act Too Players

1:50 p.m. – Lipscomb

3:10 p.m. – Franklin Light Opera

3:50 p.m. – West Franklin Choir

4:30 p.m. – Janice Gaines

5:30 p.m. – Town Sing

Sunday’s Main Stage, presented by The Church at West Franklin

11:10 a.m. – Southern Irish Dance

12:40 p.m. – The Church at West Franklin Choir

1:20 p.m. – Kendall Ray

2:30 p.m. – Bluegrass Band

3:10 p.m. – The Master’s Brass

3:40 p.m. – Yule Tide Carolers

4 p.m. – Processional to Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church

4:15 p.m. – Town Sing at Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church

Saturday’s Lipscomb University Acoustic Stage:

Noon – Addison Gossage

12:20 p.m. – Radio Farm

1 p.m. – Radio Farm

1:30 p.m. – Storytime

2:30 p.m. – Ele Ivory

3 p.m. – Addison Gossage

3:30 p.m. – Lilly Kopp

4 p.m. – Storytime

5 p.m. – Lexi Gail

Sunday’s Lipscomb University Acoustic Stage:

1 p.m. – Storytime

2:30 p.m. – The Academy

3 p.m. – River & Rail

3:30 p.m. – Craig Hendricks

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