Tree lightings, Christmas festivals: 12 holiday events in Williamson County

The Franklin Christmas Tree will be lit during a Dec. 6 ceremony. (Lindsay Scott/Community Impact Newspaper
The Franklin Christmas Tree will be lit during a Dec. 6 ceremony. (Lindsay Scott/Community Impact Newspaper

The Franklin Christmas Tree will be lit during a Dec. 6 ceremony. (Lindsay Scott/Community Impact Newspaper

Nov. 28

Make room for food at a Thanksgiving Day run


The 20th annual Turkey Trot returns to Franklin on the morning of Thanksgiving. The annual 10K, 5K and 1K benefits local nonprofit Graceworks Ministries Inc. Awards for the races will be given to runners of various ages and ranges. Parking will be located in and around the CoolSprings Galleria. $13-$45. 6:15 a.m. (registration begins). Cool Springs Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 615-794-9055. www.graceworksministries.net/2019-turkey-trot-benefiting-gracework

Nov. 30

Watch the lighting of luminaries marking the Battle of Franklin


The Battle of Franklin Trust will display luminaries at dusk at Carnton to remember the Civil War battle on its 155th anniversary and the thousands of soldiers who died there. The names of the casualties will be read aloud along with brief remarks on the battle itself. BOFT will also hold tours at Carter House. Times vary by location. Free, $25 (tours) Carnton, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin. Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin. 615-786-1864. www.boft.org

Dec. 6

Watch the lighting of the Franklin Christmas Tree


The city of Franklin will light a Christmas tree in downtown Franklin for the holiday season. Families can take photos with Santa and Rudolph and see performances from the Freedom Intermediate School choir and Christian rock band Jars of Clay. The evening will be led by former Today Show host Kathie Lee Gifford, who will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. Free. 6-8 p.m. 109 Third Ave. S., Franklin. 615-791-3217. www.franklintn.gov

Dec. 6-8

See the nativity story


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host an exhibit featuring displays of the nativity from around the world as well as a live-action, indoor nativity scene; a children’s activity room and a canned food drive benefiting Nolensville residents in need. Free. 5-9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), 4-8 p.m. (Sun.). 1646 Sunset Road, Brentwood. 615-776-3408. www.festivalofnativitiestn.org

Dec. 6-7

Tour the Southgate Studio


The Southgate Studio at The Factory will open its doors to the public to meet artists Pat and Jody Thompson, view new paintings and see the teaching studio at its holiday open house. Refreshments will be served at the event. 5:30- 9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sat.). Free. 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. 615-599-3360. www.southgatestudio.com

Dec. 6

Drink cocktails and sing Christmas carols


The Holy Family Catholic Church of Brentwood will host the second annual Carols & Cocktails, a sing-along event filled with Christmas classics and alcoholic beverages. Attendees are encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters to the event for the chance to win a prize. 7-9:30 p.m. $10. 9100 Crockett Road, Brentwood.

615-373-4696. www.holyfamilycc.com

Dec. 7

Visit Santa in Brentwood


Families are invited to bring their children to meet with Santa Claus who will be visiting the Brentwood Library for the city’s 30th edition of Morning with Santa. Games for children will also be present at the event. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 615-371-0090. www.brentwoodtn.gov

Dec. 7-8

Listen to live musical performances of holiday classics


The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department will host performances of holiday favorites by the Community Band and Community Chorus at the Williamson County Enrichment Center in Franklin. The band will perform on Saturday, and the chorus will sing on Sunday. Refreshments will be provided at both events. 3-4:30 p.m. (Sat.), 3-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free. 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 615-786-0186. www.wcparksandrec.com

Dec. 14-15

Visit a Dickensian Christmas festival


The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County hosts the 35th annual Dickens of a Christmas outdoor holiday festival. Musicians, characters and dancers will fill the streets of downtown Franklin at this Charles Dickens-themed event, which will also include food, vendors, live music and more. Free (admission). 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). Downtown Franklin, 103 3rd Ave. N., Franklin. 615-591-8500. www.williamsonheritage.org

Dec. 14

Watch a Leiper’s Fork holiday parade


The annual Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade features classic cars and trucks, costumes, floats, animals and an appearance from Santa Claus. Free. 2-4 p.m. Parade route begins along Old Hillsboro Road. www.facebook.com/leipersforkchristmasparade

Dec. 15

See a Christmas play at the Franklin Theatre


The Franklin Theatre will host two showings of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a live comedic theatrical production performed by the youth of the Act Too Players. The theater will also host showings of holiday movies throughout December. $13-25. 4 p.m. (first showing), 7:30 p.m. (second showing). Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 615-538-2076. www.franklintheatre.com

Worth the Trip

Nov. 23-Jan. 5


Take the family to see holiday lights

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens will showcase one million lights along a 1-mile walking path at this annual holiday event. In addition to the lights on display, the ongoing event features carolers, gingerbread workshops, live reindeer, a s’mores pit and other activities. $17-$22. 5-10 p.m. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 615-356-8000. www.cheekwood.org
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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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