FRANKLIN, TN--(Marketwired - Oct 30, 2014) -  Those who grew up celebrating Christmas have likely heard Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring the unforgettable Ebenezer Scrooge. The Victorian era in which Dickens emerged was a much different time, and visitors to downtown Franklin have the chance to experience it in all its glory.

Now in its 30th year, Dickens of a Christmas transforms the historic downtown Franklin Market into a world where horse-drawn carriages are the transportation of choice. Located just 5 miles from this Cool Springs, TN hotel, the free street festival offers fun for the entire family.

On December 13th and 14th, nearly 50,000 visitors will pass through the festival, where they'll find a Victorian-era experience waiting. Dancers and street musicians, including violinists, hand-bell choirs, harpists and carollers, take over Main Street, while the Public Square hosts a Town Sing, with candles and song sheets, on Sunday at 4:30pm (a $1 donation is requested). Visitors can interact with characters from Dickens' stories, including Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future; Father and Mother Christmas; as well as Urchins, Fagin and English Bobbies from Oliver.

No holiday is complete without delicious food, and Dickens of a Christmas offers Victorian treats including authentic fish and chips, turkey legs, roasted nuts, kettle corn, roasted corn, roasted pork, sausages and sugar plums. Visitors can also get a jump on holiday shopping at the arts and crafts bazaar. To add a little romance to the experience, horse-drawn carriage rides ($2 per person) travel around the Public Square.

To ensure easy access to the event, this Cool Springs hotel in Franklin, TN offers a convenient location just 5 miles away, accessible by car or the Franklin Trolley Line, which stops right outside the hotel doors and is only $1 for a one-way ticket.

After a fun day at the festival, head back to this Nashville-area hotel for a relaxing evening, whether that includes a dip in the heated indoor pool, a glass of wine at The Bistro, room service and a movie or even heading out again to explore downtown dining and nightlife. 

Dickens of a Christmas is free and open to the public 10am to 5pm Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. The event is made possible thanks to more than 250 volunteers, who participate as characters, vendors or street performers.

About the Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs

The vibrant Cool Springs area of Franklin, TN offers a setting where visitors can easily explore shopping or top attractions in downtown Nashville. Those looking for an equally charming hotel will find exactly that at the Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs. Spacious guest room and suite accommodations offer comfort and convenience with deluxe bedding, a flat-screen TV, marble bathroom, work desk and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests of this hotel near Cool Springs Galleria can enjoy a healthy breakfast and Starbucks® coffee at The Bistro, also serving hearty dinner items, beer and wine. Maintain an at-home wellness routine with the modern, 24-hour fitness center and heated indoor pool.

Contact Information:

Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs
2001 Meridian Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067