Citizen's Christmas Parade
Following the cancelation of the Kiwanis Club's annual Christmas parade in downtown Franklin, local residents in Franklin have organized an alternate parade to be held at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The parade will feature performances from local students and will be socially distanced, according to event organizers.
11 a.m.-noon. Free. 239 Franklin Road, Franklin. www.citizenschristmasparade.com
Festive Christmas Drive Through
The city of Franklin will host a drive-thru event at Easter Flank Battlefield Park featuring Christmas lights, holiday characters and more. Families can drive through the park's paved path, entering from Lewisburg Pike.
5-8 p.m. (both nights) Free. 1368 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin. www.franklintn.gov
Brentwood Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting
The city of Brentwood hosts a virtual event to kick off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library. The event will feature a reading of The Polar Express and performances from the Ravenwood High School Choir.
Attendees will not be allowed; however, the event will be livestreamed via the city's Facebook page, and families are encouraged to visit the library during the holiday season to take a family photo with the tree.
5:30 p.m. Free. www.brentwoodtn.gov
Franktown Festival of Lights
Through Dec. 26
Hosted by Franktown Open Hearts, this third annual drive-thru event will be held at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center and features a path filled with holiday lights, Christmas trees and more. Proceeds benefit Franktown Open Hearts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to help at-risk youth succeed.
5-9 p.m. daily. $25-$35 per car. 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. http://franktownsfestivaloflights.com
Live nativity scene
The Historic First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin will host a live nativity scene in front of the church's sanctuary with shepherds, wise men and holiday music.
The event is part of Holiday Magic on Main, an initiative from the Downtown Franklin Association, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Visit Franklin and the city of Franklin.
5-6 p.m. Free. 435 Main St., Franklin
Santa neighborhood parades
Through Dec. 19
The city of Franklin and the Franklin Fire Department have scheduled visits from Santa to various neighborhoods throughout December. Santa will drive through more than 50 neighborhoods, escorted by the FFD on Dec. 2, 12 and 19.
Residents can find which day Santa will visit their neighborhood here.
10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free. www.franklintn.gov