Dickens of a Christmas

The 27th Annual Dickens of a Christmas is Dec. 8-9, 2012
More than 250 costumed characters from the stories of Charles Dickens are roaming Historic Franklin’s Main Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Presented by Puckett’s Restaurant and Puckett’s Boathouse, Publix Super Markets, Jackson Life, Fox 17, The Tennessean/Williamson A.M., Ashbusters, American Laser Skincare, The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, Downtown Franklin Association and City of Franklin. The event is free and open to the public.
Dickens Entertainment
Intersection of 4th & Main
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Flat Creek Community Contra Dancers – 100 costumed dancers re-enact the dance scene from the Fezziwig Party.
2 p.m. The Morris Dancers perform a Cornish dance with swords and sticks from the mining communities of Cornwall.

Saturday – City Hall stage
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Battle Ground Academy Choral Group
11 a.m. – Westmeade Baptist Church, Decatur Al
Noon – O’Brien Irish Dance Academy
1 p.m. – Kristin Butke School of Irish Dance
2 p.m. – Scott Ellis School of Irish Dance
3 p.m. – St. Philip Catholic Church Emisarios de Cristo
4 p.m – TBA

Sunday, Dec. 9
Noon – TBA
1 p.m. – David Hampton, keyboardist
2 p.m. – Harpeth Suzuki Strings
3 p.m. – TBA
4:30 – Town Sing, starting at the Main Stage on the Public Square and commencing to Historic Presbyterian Church at 5 p.m.

Historic Presbyterian Church at Five Points
Saturday, Dec. 8
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – TRI-M Music Honor Society Chapter 2260 from FHS
11 a.m. to noon – Williamson County Youth Orchestra Small String Ensemble
Noon to 1 p.m. – Eleganza Strings
1 to 3 p.m. Clearview Handbell Choir
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Eleganza Strings

Noon to 1 p.m. – Westhaven Carolers
1 to 3 p.m. – Clearview Handbell Choir

Main Street Musicians:
2 p.m. Saturday – Harpeth Suzuki Strings in front of Bob Parks Realty
Kili Walsh – Harpist
Abby Bobo – Harpist
Donal Himely – Water Harmonica Player

Additional Entertainment:
The Town Sing starts at 4:30 at the Main Stage and strolls to Historic Presbyterian Church at Five Points at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in this annual tradition of singing carols. $1 donation requested for candles and song sheets at the Square.
5 p.m. Caroling at Historic Presbyterian Church at Five Points. Public encouraged to participate.

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
Saturday, Dec 8 at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 9 at 2 p.m.

Pulltight Players on 2nd Ave will have an open house at the theatre on 2nd Ave from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, with holiday refreshments and hot beverages courtesy of Just Love Coffee. Visitors can come inside and see the historic theatre and take a tour of the theatre and the set of It’s A Wonderful Life. At 2 p.m., Saturday, there will be a special performance of a selection of scenes from the show for visitors.
The Women of St. Philip Catholic Church on East Main invite the public to a ‘Visit with Santa’ during A Dickens of a Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children will visit with Santa –you’re welcome to take your own photos. They will prepare a bag of ‘Reindeer Food’, decorate a cookie and make an ornament. Cost is $5 per child and proceeds benefit Liberty Elementary.

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