34th Annual Dickens of a Christmas

The Heritage Foundation’s 34th Annual Dickens of a Christmas, Presented by First Citizens National Bank is Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival returning this year on December 8 & 9, 2018!

Saturday, December 8 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 9 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop. Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.

As more attention is turned toward downtown Franklin in both the local and national press, we encourage festival goers to dress in Victorian costume and to add to the ambiance as they stroll the streets.

This year’s event will reprise a crowd favorite from last year: it WILL snow at Dickens of a Christmas! Come decked out in holiday style to capture that perfect family picture.

The event is free and open to the public; some attractions will involve a small fee.


Volunteering at one of our festivals is both a fun and rewarding experience. We have opportunities for almost everyone! Check out our available volunteer spots here: http://signup.com/go/KzUBzrf 


NEW! Festival Mobile App (launch timing and download information coming soon)

Heritage Foundation Members-Only VIP Lounge: Our Heritage Foundation members not only support our mission of “saving places that matter” in Williamson County, but they also receive countless member benefits throughout the year. This new benefit will offer a comfortable, cool space for members to relax, grab some snacks and refreshments and mingle with other members.

Vintage Craft Demonstrations
Broom Making
Apple Head Doll Making
Yarn Spinning
and More!

150 Arts & Crafts Vendors

Food Trucks & Street Food Vendors

Live Entertainment
Holiday Music Featured on Two Stages: Guitar Center Main Stage and Secondary Stage (full entertainment schedule coming soon)
Roaming Carolers
Town Sing – Saturday & Sunday at 4:00 pm

Victorian Characters Strolling throughout Downtown

Multiple Photo Opp Areas
Guaranteed Snow for Photos
Father Christmas
Decorated Vintage Truck
and More!

Kids’ Zone
Miniature Train Ride
Pony Rides

Festive Victorian Beard Contest, Sponsored by Lucky Scruff – Saturday
Victorian Costume Contest – Sunday

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