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  • Our Top 3 Upcoming Family Entertainment + Events!

    Saturday, November 9, 2019   /   by Vickie Kimsey

    Our Top 3 Upcoming Family Entertainment + Events!

    Whether you’re a newcomer or native to the area, there is so much to love about the unique, small-town of Franklin, North Carolina – especially the entertainment + fun for the entire family! Here are our top 3 upcoming events that are totally worth experiencing and a guaranteed great time: Winter Wonderland, Annual Christmas Parade, + Steven Curtis Chapman Acoustic Christmas!


    WINTER WONDERLAND 
    Saturdays • November 30th and December 7th - 5:00 to 8:00 pm

    There’s no holiday quite like being in the mountains of Franklin, NC! Join the Town of Franklin during the most wonderful time of year as Historic Downtown Franklin is transformed into a "Winter Wonderland" featuring: living window displays of Christmas & the Holidays, live sounds of the season outdoors at the downtown gazebo and inside stores, FREE holiday attractions (weather permitting), refreshments, hot cider, great sales from downtown merchants, and much more! Or more information, visit www.townoffranklin.com

     
    Schedule of Events:

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    TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & MORE! (NIGHT ONE)

    7:00pm
    The first night of Winter Wonderland is full of activities and a few surprises as well. Join us at the Gazebo on the Square for our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be special music before the lighting and it is always an exciting event as thousands of lights illuminate the square.

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    SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

    The Town of Franklin, North Carolina is proud to be a Neighborhood Champion of Small Business Saturday, presented by American Express.

    On Saturday, November 30th, be a part of the 10th annual holiday shopping tradition that brings together communities in support of their favorite small businesses. While the event is all day, the Town of Franklin combines Small Business Saturday with our official kick-off of the holiday season, Winter Wonderland!

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    CANDLELIGHT SERVICE (NIGHT ONE)

    SPONSORED BY DOWNTOWN FRANKLIN MERCHANTS - 7:15pm
    The Merchants of Downtown Franklin sponsor a Candlelight Service following the tree lighting which features a Blessing of the Nativity on Speaker's Corner near the Macon County Courthouse. The merchants purchased this unique, near life-size nativity over 30 years ago from the House of Fontanini in Italy. Hundreds attend the event and it is a very moving service with the Reverends Vic & Janet Greene leading the service. Special music is also featured.

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    FREE CARRIAGE RIDES BOTH NIGHTS - 5:00PM TO 8:00PM

    Back by popular demand are Winter Wonderland's free Carriage Rides. Take a tour of Downtown Franklin in an elegant vis-a-vis carriage drawn by a white Percheron that is over 18 hands tall. As with all Winter Wonderland attractions, there is no charge.

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    FREE MINIATURE TRAIN RIDES BOTH NIGHTS - 5:00PM TO 8:00PM

    After a successful debut in 2018 the miniature train rides are back by popular demand this year for both nights of Winter Wonderland. The miniature train will take you on a tour of Downtown Franklin and is equipped with leather seats, lights and even blows smoke. The train board at the Gazebo on the Square and will accommodate both children and adults. Again, there is no charge for this activity.

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    FREE WAGON RIDES - 5:00PM TO 8:00PM

    Winter Wonderland features free wagon rides. It's an old-fashioned way to see Franklin from a new perspective and get in the holiday spirit. Better yet, get a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate to keep warm during the ride. As with all Winter Wonderland attractions, there is no charge.

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    LIVING WINDOW DISPLAYS

    Many Downtown Merchants feature "Living Window" displays both nights of Winter Wonderland. From Santa's helpers to live musicians, you'll never know what you'll discover during this special holiday celebration.

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    VISIT WITH JOLLY OLE ST. NICK!

    Yes indeed! Santa will be making an appearnace during both nights of Winter Wonderland! His visit is always a special time as he takes to the streets to spread cheer and speak with the young ones about their holiday wishes. You'll find him along the streets of Downtown Franklin and inside our local merchants visiting with both young and young at heart!

    Annual christmas parade
    Sunday• December 10th – 7:30 pm

    A wonderful tradition falling on the Sunday after Thanksgiving is the procession of the Franklin Christmas parade.  This year’s theme will be announced soon.

     

    The Parade floats will line up on Church Street entering Main Street through Town Hall’s parking lot.  The parade will continue down Main Street, turning left onto Porter Street at the Lazy Hiker. Turning left again onto Palmer Street at the red light continuing to the Depot Street Intersection. Turn right on Depot Street to disband parade. The parade will feature fire trucks, EMS, police cars, floats, trucks, cars and walkers. For more information, contact the Franklin Chamber at 828-524-3161 or visit there website at www.franklin-chamber.com.

     

    Steven curtis champan acoustic christmas
    Tuesday• December 10th – 7:30 pm | Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

    In a career that has spanned over 30 years, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs, an American Music Award, 48 No. 1 singles, selling more than eleven million albums and with ten RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. He has been on Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, MSNBC, 60 Minutes, E! Entertainment, The Today Show, Fox & Friends, CBS This Morning, and The Tonight Show, Glenn Beck's The Blaze, along with appearing in the pages of People, Billboard, Parents Magazine, and more. A vocal supporter of adoption, Chapman, along with his wife Mary Beth, founded Show Hope in 2003, a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans.

    Ticket Prices: $25, $30, 35 and $50 for Priority Seating (includes backstage meet and greet with artist.)

    For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com