Disney plays, cookie classes and hot chocolate hikes: 10 events to check out in Williamson County in December and January

Studio Tenn presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” (Courtesy Studio Tenn, MA2LA)

Studio Tenn presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” (Courtesy Studio Tenn, MA2LA)

Dec. 23- 28

See the Festival of Lights

Explore a mile-long drive of Christmas lights, take a trip to Santa’s Village and enjoy hot drinks and cookies at Franktown’s second annual Festival of Lights. Proceeds benefit Franktown Open Hearts, a nonprofit organization committed to the success of Franklin’s youth. 6-10 p.m. $25-$100. 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. www.franktownfestivaloflights.com

Dec. 26-29

See a live retelling of ‘Cinderella’

Studio Tenn will present multiple showings of the Tony-award-winning musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” a contemporary take on the classic fairy tale, complete with music from a live orchestra. Showings will take place at the Jamison Theatre at The Factory at Franklin. Showtimes vary. $35-$90. 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. 615-541-8200. www.studiotenn.com

Dec. 27- 28 and Jan. 2-4

Enjoy a winter hike with hot chocolate

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary will host their annual Marshmallow Hikes this holiday season, during which attendees can enjoy hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows after a hike through the winter woods. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $10. 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood. 615-370-4672. www.owlshill.org

Dec. 28

Listen to country music at the Franklin Theatre

Grammy-nominated guitarist and songwriter Lee Parnell will perform a live concert of Texas blues, Memphis soul and Southern rock music with Anson Funderburgh and Seth James at the Franklin Theatre. 8 p.m. $48-$58. 419 Main St., Franklin.

615-538-2076. www.franklintheatre.com

Jan. 2-3

Learn to bake cookies and cakes

Sugar Drop will host two winter day camps in early January that will teach camp-goers how to bake and decorate cakes and cookies, and Sugar Drop instructors will provide step-by-step instructions for creating edible works of art. The first day will cover unicorn cakes while the second day will focus on pancake cakes. Supplies, lunch and a goodie bag will be provided for the class. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $95. 7020 Church St. E., Ste. 10, Brentwood. 629-202-6949. www.sugardrop.com

Jan. 3-5

Watch a video game tournament in Cool Springs

Kumite Gaming will put on Kumite in Tennessee 2020, a gaming tournament that will last throughout the weekend and feature competitions with prizes for several fighting game franchises, including Super Smash Bros., Tekken, Soul Caliber and Mortal Kombat. Noon (Jan. 3)-11 p.m. (Jan. 5). $30 (spectators), $50 (early participants), $70 (day-of participants). 700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin. www.facebook.com/kumitegaming

Jan. 4

Let the kids play with Legos in the library

The Williamson County Public Library System will host Legos in the Library, where children ages 2-11 can express themselves and create structures with the famous building block toys. Legos will be provided at the event. 3-4:30 p.m. Free. 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin. 615-595-1244. www.wcpltn.org

Jan. 4

Go to a rock show

The Mockingbird Theater, located inside The Factory at Franklin, will put on Girls Rock The Mockingbird, a rock, grunge and indie music concert, featuring bands like Pillbox, Dinzy and more. 6-11 p.m. $10. 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 6, Franklin. 615-429-0157. www.mockingbirdtheater.com

Jan. 4-5

Dress up and geek out at the Nashville Fan Fest

Fans of sci-fi, comics, horror and pop culture are invited to attend the Nashville Fan Fest at the Williamson County AgExpo Center, where accomplished actors and artists will be available for autographs and photo ops. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Sun.) 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. www.fanfestevents.com

Jan. 17-19

See a live musical production of ‘Aladdin’ at the theater

The Franklin Theatre will have several showings of ‘Aladdin Kids’ and ‘Aladdin Jr.,’ live musical and dramatic productions based off of the Disney animated classic-turned-hit Broadway show. The Franklin production will be performed by the youth of the Act Too Players. Showtimes vary. $13-$25. 419 Main St., Franklin. 615-538-2076. www.franklintheatre.com
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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