A packed calendar with Santa, holly jolly and Dickens of a Christmas? It must be December in Williamson County. You will have a hard time choosing among all of the events that are happening in WillCo during the most wonderful time of the year. But choose you must, since going out every single night is prohibitive to Santa bidding “all a good night” when Christmas rolls around.
December 4-21: It’s A Wonderful Life presented by Studio Tenn
Based on the beloved movie by Frank Capra, Studio Tenn presents an original production of It’s a Wonderful Life from December 4-21 at Jamison Hall at The Factory. This postwar classic will have you in the holiday spirit faster than you can say, “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” For show times and ticket information, visit studiotenn.com.
December 4: GRAY’S Prohibition Repeal Celebration
Head to GRAY’S on Main for a celebration of the repeal of Prohibition. The second floor of the historic restaurant will be turned into a Jay Gatsby-era party with champagne and ragtime and food that is Boardwalk Empire-worthy. There is a $5 cover, with the cost waived for ladies in costume. For more information, visit facebook.com/grays.
December 6-7: Westhaven Holiday Home Tour
Tour six homes decorated by local designers from City Farmhouse, ReFresh Home and The Registry at this holiday home tour in the Westhaven community. Proceeds benefit the Hillsboro Dreamcatchers Band program, impacting more than 130 children. Enjoy beautiful holiday inspiration in each of these homes and keep the music alive for middle school children, too. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, westhavenholidayhometour.com.
December 6: Franklin Christmas Parade
Floats, marching bands and Santa Claus are part of the Franklin Christmas Parade, an annual event that delights young and old. The parade starts at 2 p.m. and runs along Main Street in historic downtown Franklin. For more information, go to visitwilliamson.com.
December 6-21: Parade of Homes at Kings’ Chapel
Holiday and design ideas abound at this holiday Parade of Homes at Kings’ Chapel in Arrington. With 12 Days of Christmas happenings, like a blogger event, high tea and more, the home tour benefits Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee. Tickets are $12 at the gate. For more information, visit kingschapellife.com.
December 6, 20 and 27: Stop, Hop and Shop
Enjoy shopping, a fun trolley ride and the inspiration of beautifully decorated Christmas trees at Stop Hop and Shop. Start at the Factory in Franklin (230 Franklin Rd.) to shop and enjoy the dozens of Christmas trees on display there. Then hop on the red and green trolley for a (free) ride to historic downtown Franklin for more shopping and dining. The trolley takes you back to The Factory when you are finished shopping. What could be easier? The Stop Hop and Shop Trolley runs December 6 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The trolley will offer fun surprises each day for passengers. Who knows? You may have a big guy with a beard and a red suit as your co-passenger! For more information, visit downtownfranklintn.com.
December 13: Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade
Dubbed the quirkiest homegrown Christmas parade, this is not your standard holiday event. Held in charming Leiper’s Fork, expect dogs in reindeer costumes and tin soldiers on horseback at this out-of-the-ordinary homage to Christmas. The parade starts at 2 p.m. For more information, visit leipersfork.com.
December 13-14: Dickens of a Christmas
Dickens of a Christmas visits Franklin’s Main Street with more than 200 characters, dancers and entertainers who come to life from the tales of Charles Dickens. From Oliver Twist to Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge, you can shop, eat and enjoy this Victorian-inspired Christmas event with each character! Dickens of a Christmas is held in historic downtown Franklin from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit Dickensofachristmas.com.
December 16-20: Carter House Candlelight Tour
Step back in time to December 1864, and relive the Christmas Eve battle fought in and around Franklin. The Carter House, the Lotz House and Carnton Plantation all host soldiers and civilians (re-enactors who stay in character) who lived, fought and died on that fateful December night. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, visit candlelighttour.com.
December 20: Riders in the Sky: Christmas the Cowboy Way
Four-part harmony and cowboy hats: Christmas carols the cowboy way. That sums up the Western-style holiday fun at the Riders in the Sky show at The Franklin Theatre on December 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32, and doors open one hour before the show begins. For more information, visit franklintheatre.com.
December 31: Ring in the New Year
The One and Only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra rings in 2015 at The Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin. The first show, a concert from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., is perfect for early birds who still want to celebrate the New Year. The second show, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, is a concert and dance party with champagne, favors and toasts when the new year dawns. For ticket information, visit franklintheatre.com.
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