Winter Wonderland

The Town of Franklin presents ... WINTER WONDERLAND 2017
Saturdays • November 25th and December 2nd - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The holidays are a special time for us in Franklin, North Carolina and we invite you to join with us for this most wonderful time of year during Winter Wonderland!

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 wagon rides (weather permitting), refreshments, hot cider, great sales from downtown merchants and much more.

Winter Wonderland is held on the consecutive Saturdays after Thanksgiving. Dates for 2017 are Saturday, November 25th and Saturday, December 2nd.

The November 25th edition of Winter Wonderland coincides with Small Business Saturday® founded by American Express®. Plus, that night we hold our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Square!

You'll find there's no holiday quite like a mountain holiday in Franklin, so bring the family and enjoy all the music, lights and fun of Winter Wonderland in Historic Franklin, North Carolina. Winter Wonderland is held rain or shine. Schedule subject to change.

WINTER WONDERLAND - Night One - Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Small Business Saturday™

Winter Wonderland officially kicks-off the holiday shopping season in Franklin, NC and what better way than to show your support of the small businesses in community. As a Neighborhood Champion, the Town of Franklin encourages you to #ShopSmall and support our local business community. Many merchants will feature free Small Business Saturday™ tote bags, pens, stickers and more.

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The Christmas Carolers™ Holiday Entertainment - 6:00pm

Prior to the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Square in Downtown Franklin, hear The Christmas Carolers™ live and a cappella. Dressed in professionally-designed and award-winning Victorian-styled costumes that invoke the spirit of the season, The Christmas Carolers™ will perform your favorite holiday tunes, including the classics that bring back memories of Christmases of yore.

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It is a magical moment as hundreds of people gather at the Gazebo on the Square to participate in the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event begins at 7:00pm.

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Merchant Sponsored Candlelight Service - 7:15PM

During the first night of Winter Wonderland, the Merchants of Downtown Franklin sponsor a Candleight Service. This touching ceremony of the season is sure to be enjoyed by those who wish to participate.

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Free Wagon Rides - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Both nights of Winter Wonderland feature 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.

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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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You Know Who Will Be There

Yes indeed! Santa will be greeting young and old alike on the streets of and in the businesses of Downtown Franklin, NC during Winter Wonderland. His annual appearance at Winter Wonderland is treat for all and a great photo op for you!

WINTER WONDERLAND - Night Two Features - Saturday, December 02, 2017

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Take a Ride on the WOrld's Largest Rocking Horse

Night Two of Winter Wonderland in Franklin, North Carolina, will feature the rides on the World's Largest Rocking Horse! Measuring in at over 15 feet tall and 24 feet long, the festival holiday rocking horse will accommodate up to 4 riders at a time. Be sure to bring your camera for some great photos ops. And yes, the horse rocks!

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Bouncy, THe World's Tallest Snowman

Winter Wonderland will also welcome Bouncy, The World's Tallest Snowman to night two of Winter Wonderland. Bouncy is 30 feet tall and will let your young ones bounce the night away!