Dickens' classic tale, "A Christmas Carol," is alive and well in Tennessee. Downtown Franklin, rich with 19th-century ... More
A Dickens of a Christmas
Dickens' classic tale, "A Christmas Carol," is alive and well in Tennessee. Downtown Franklin, rich with 19th-century architecture and cobblestone streets, is a ready-made backdrop. The details are what make the feeling of time travel possible: women in tier-hooped skirts; men in top hats; reveling carolers; horse-drawn carriages; the aromas of roasted chestnuts, mulled cider, popcorn, gingerbread and plum pudding. If that is not enough to convince you that Christmas past is present, hearing "Bah! Humbug!" from Scrooge will make you smile with certainty. Admission is free.
I was excited to go, but now that I've been, I'll never go back! Is there something about the holidays that bring out the rudeness in people? The shops were nice, but trying to walk through them was a joke. I just love the older ladies that seem to think they're the only ones in the store there to chitchat all the while blocking the others who are there to shop and look around. The place was very unorganized when it came to performing the street shows that blocked the insections where you couldn't get through to the other side of the intersection. I was highly surprised there wasn't any patrolmen directing traffic....it was a free-for-all! Then if you opted to park at Pinkerton park, the bus ride dropped you off 2 blocks from Main St. where the event was taking place, great for the elderly! Did I mention you had to pay for the bus ride both ways?! We all know Franklin could use more money...indeed Scrooge fit right in!!
This place was so much fun. Bring the family
and get the old fashion Christmas spirit. It
was so relaxing and enjoyable. I plan to go
back this year and every year that it is possible. The shops are unique and fun to
visit. The one hour and 20 minute trip from
my house was worth every penny. I have recommended it to friends who also plan to
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