The City of Franklin has their annual tree lighting ceremony this weekend on Saturday, December 1st. This event goes beyond the tree lighting and has a whole day of activities for your whole family from Breakfast with Santa ($5) to Gingerbread house judging to special showings of A Christmas Story at the Artcraft Theatre! There’s a lighted parade, performances, a fun zone with kiddie games and special rides on carriages, fire trucks and buses.

Since we were out of town, we missed most of the local tree lightings but Franklin has made sure that even late Christmas bloomers can join in the festivities! The full schedule is here. Enter the Gingerbread House and Cookie Contest, info here.