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4 Reasons to Head to Franklin, Tennessee, This Fall and Winter

by Aoife O'Riordan

Sep 21, 2023

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The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.


Here are four reasons to add Franklin to your fall and winter travel plans:


A Massive Pumpkinfest

This year marks the city’s 38th annual Pumpkinfest, held Oct. 28, where more than 65,000 people gather to enjoy autumn-inspired food, kids’ activities, music, hayrides, storytelling and a costume contest. The focal point of the festival is, you guessed it, the mighty pumpkin.


A Historic Hotel with a Festive Pop-Up

The Harpeth is the city’s first downtown hotel and immerses guests in a blend of upscale, modern amenities and historical details. Returning this year, the hotel’s Elf-themed pop-up bar World’s Best Cup of Coffee is sure to be a hit with locals and visitors alike. Stay up to date on details of its return here.


Christmas Tree Lighting

On Dec. 1, start the holidays right with this Christmas tree lighting event in the city’s historical square. The evening also includes pictures with Santa, local choirs and, if you’re lucky, the first snow of December.


Dickens of a Christmas

The city transforms into the Victorian era of Charles Dickens using the city’s existing Victorian architecture as a backdrop. Held Dec. 9–10, this fun event sees characters, musicians and dancers fill the streets with an infectious energy.


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