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Franklin Tree Lighting Ceremony to happen December 1st

Free Photos with Santa & Opryland Grinch!

Win a family four-pack to A Studio Tenn Christmas and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical!


FRANKLIN – The city of Franklin is teaming with Spring Tree Media to light up the square this December 1st to make the 2016 Christmas tree lighting spectacular!  Local professional theatre company Studio Tenn will perform songs from A Studio Tenn Christmas. Freedom Intermediate School Honors Choir, and Centennial High School Chamber Choir will also sing before Mayor Ken Moore flips the switch on the tree.  This year the event is sponsored by Spring Tree Media, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC). Williamson Medical Center sponsors the free photos with Santa beginning at 5:30 pm, one hour before the program starts.  The Grinch himself—star of the hit Broadway show Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical—will be on the Square too for free photo opportunities! And one lucky winner will walk away with a pair of FREE tickets to see the musical at the Grand Ole Opry House.


The Downtown Franklin Square will be closed from 5pm until 9pm so attendees can enjoy the event without worry of traffic.  The downtown shops along Main Street will be open late and feature the holiday inspired windows and décor.  Traveling musicians will entertain the crowds leading up to the main event. A public/private partnership between the City of Franklin, Franklin Tomorrow and Harpeth True Value to secure a new 40-foot tree for the Public Square is still under way. For more information on this project visit


“Last year was such a fun event with close to 4,000 people in attendance! This event is so special to our community. We thank our sponsors and especially Spring Tree Media who make the Christmas magic happen,” said Mayor Ken Moore.  “We invite everyone to come out early, the square will close about 5:00 p.m. photo opportunities will begin at 5:30 and the performance will begin at 6:30pm.  We expect to light the tree at 7!”


“This event keeps getting bigger and bigger,” said Spring Tree Media President Peter Vaque. “Our goal is to show our community the joy of the season and how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful city.   We hope to make this year a fun and memorable experience for all who attend and may be watching from home!” said Peter Vaque, President of Spring Tree Media.


The City Communications team will stream the festivities live from Facebook at For more information on this event go to