“We love celebrating Christmas in Franklin, and we are not going to let the pandemic spoil our fun,” Franklin Mayor Ken Moore said in a statement. “These new events will help our community remain safe and socially distanced but still enjoy the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season."
While the annual Dickens of a Christmas festival has been canceled, the city is arranging to have Santa Claus make a stop in Franklin neighborhoods. Neighborhoods can send applications to the city through Nov. 1 to have Santa drive by in a sleigh escorted by the Franklin Fire Department. Neighborhoods can sign up for the Santa drive here.
The city will also host a drive-thru event Dec. 4-5 at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, where families can drive through a light display complete with holiday characters. The drive-thru will be open both nights from 5-8 p.m.
Additionally, in place of the traditional Christmas tree-lighting ceremony held each year in the Public Square, the city will host a virtual event for families to watch online on Thanksgiving Day. The event will feature musical performances from The Shindellas and the Freedom Intermediate School choir.
The event will be streamed on the city's social media channels.