While none of us can wipe the smiles from our faces with how quaint our new town is, it is an ongoing joke with Jarett and the kids that I am their very own Lorelai Gilmore now. And that we, in fact, moved to our very own Stars Hollow. Okay, so I may squeal with delight when we hear of anything festive to attend. And I may find any way I can to get involved and volunteer for things around Franklin. And I may have warned everyone that I am spending this next year creating our own costumes for next December because Dickens of a Christmas on Franklin’s Main Street was everything I had imagined.
I have come across pictures over the years on Pinterest about this Christmas festival that takes place on America’s favorite main street in a town in Tennessee. And it always put a smile on my face to think that things like this take place in quaint little towns across the country. When I realized that Franklin, Tennessee was going to be home the Dickens of a Christmas event was on my list of experiences that I have counted down the days until.
Sure, it may seem silly for a grown woman to be so excited for something as simple as a town festival, but for thirty-five years I lived in a larger city that didn’t have things like this. And I craved it as a kid and all through my young adult years. A place to enjoy the holidays throughout the year. Where things are done with a sense of tradition, where people gather in the spirit of community, and where life is done like days gone by. And that is Franklin, Tennessee through and through.
So yes, it may be a darling little festival in a small town in Tennessee, but it is so much more to us. I don’t think it’s anything I will ever be able to put into words, but there is a feeling here. An ambiance that puts a smile on your face and that is a pretty sweet thing to experience.
It was our first year to enjoy Dickens of a Christmas, but it was definitely a big turn out on Main Street! And the most enjoyable thing is that people dress in period costumes and it truly transforms Main Street into something straight out of a Charles Dickens novel.
My father was a car guy and even had his own ’54 Ford pickup that he was restoring when he passed away. There are old cars all over Tennessee and I can’t help but smile and think of him every time I see one. He would have loved this place.
The performers and musicians brought the best feel to the festivities. These two played the most beautiful Christmas music and the sound of strings while strolling the festival was perfect.
One thing I love are the street signs that are switched out for every season, holiday, and festival. It is so welcoming and absolutely charming.
The weather was definitely a bit chilly so hot Ellie’s donuts were a must. We grab them every Saturday morning at the farmers market and make a stop every time we see them set up. Truly, the best hot donuts.
These two were absolutely darling. The people here are all about the community and are the most welcoming and friendly people we have ever met. Southern hospitality is alive and well down here in Tennessee.
The restaurants and stores do the best job and adding holiday cheer to their storefronts. From wreaths and garland to beautiful red poinsettia, I love seeing all of the details this city displays for Christmas.
Of course, Dickens of a Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the Ghost of Christmas Future. He was a bit eery and did a great job of staying in character while strolling Main Street during the festivities.
It was so cool to see individuals sharing about how certain things were done or made back in the day. This blacksmith was so entertaining and it was fascinating to hear about the history of the trade.
They had large groups performing old style dances and it was the absolute best. I’m telling you, next year. It will be us. Wink!
I mean, is it a small-town festival without food? Our kids always have their eyes peeled for their favorite treats and Kilwin’s had their delicious apples out for the day.
It was the perfect afternoon and we are becoming very aware of just how magical Christmas in Tennessee is. So if you ever find yourself in Franklin this time of year, be sure and catch the Dickens of a Christmas festival on Main Street. It is sure to invite the magic of Christmas into your holidays in the most quaint and charming way.
Does your city have Christmas festivities that you enjoy every year?