FRANKLIN, TN--(Marketwired - Oct 30, 2014) - After Santa, Ebenezer Scrooge may be one of the holiday season's most iconic figures. The main character in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is just one of those to be found at downtown Franklin's Dickens of a Christmas festival, now in its 30th year.

The annual, family-friendly event is free to the public and held just 5 miles from this hotel in Franklin, TN. Taking place this year on December 13th and 14th, the event transforms the historic downtown Franklin Market into a Victorian era wonderland, where horse-drawn carriages, costumed characters and street musicians offer a glimpse into the past.

The event near this Nashville, TN hotel offers something for everyone. Kids can interact with characters from Dickens' stories, including Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future; Father and Mother Christmas; and the Urchins, Fagin and the English Bobbies from Oliver. Dancers and street musicians, including violinists, hand-bell choirs, harpists and carolers, fill the streets, while visitors can belt out their own tunes at the Town Sing. Held in the Public Square Sunday at 4:30pm (a $1 donation is requested), the group sing includes song sheets and candles.

Get a carriage-eye view of the festivities with a horse-drawn carriage ride ($2 per person) around the public square, pick up last-minute gifts at the arts and crafts bazaar and then fill up on Victorian treats including authentic fish and chips, turkey legs, roasted nuts, kettle corn, roasted corn, roasted pork, sausages and sugar plums. 

The festival is easily accessible by car or the Franklin Trolley Line ($1 for a one-way ticket), which stops right outside the doors of this extended-stay Cool Springs, TN hotel. When it's time to call it a night, guests are just 5 miles away from a cozy bed, a home-cooked meal in their in-suite kitchen or a relaxing swim in the indoor pool.

Dickens of a Christmas is open 10am to 5pm Saturday and noon to 5pm Sunday. This year, nearly 50,000 people are expected to attend the free event, which is made possible thanks to more than 250 volunteers who participate as characters, vendors or street performers.

About the Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs
From relocation to summer vacation, there are plenty of reasons requiring a long-term hotel stay. At the Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs, extended stays offer familiar comforts as well as the service of a traditional hotel. Each of the 124 modern suites features functional, helpful amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, a comfortable work area, full kitchen and grocery-shopping service. The hotel in downtown Franklin, TN also welcomes pets up to 50 pounds. To maintain an at-home routine, guests can use the 24-hour fitness center and indoor pool, while a complimentary breakfast and evening social hour offer easy ways to eat well and meet fellow travelers. A central location offers easy access to downtown Franklin, top golf courses and Nashville's top attractions, including the zoo and Grand Ole Opry.

Contact Information:

Residence Inn Franklin Cool Springs
2009 Meridian Blvd.
Franklin TN 37067