Dickens of a Christmas brings all the characters out in Franklin

Dickens of a Christmas brings all the characters out in Franklin (Image 1)

It's that time of year again when downtown Franklin turns into a page out of a Charles Dickens novel.

The 27th Annual Dickens of a Christmas street fair kicked off Saturday and lasts the entire weekend.

The street fair is not your typical Christmas celebration. For instance, you could run in to some folks you have heard about since you were just a child.

Every year nearly 50,000 people walk the streets of downtown Franklin side by side with characters from Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist.

The food is also a big draw. Max Stephenson, the general manager of Puckett's Restaurant in Franklin showed off their new food truck, the Trolley Parton.

“We wanted something that was distinctive and that was Puckett's,” Stephenson said.

Inside the Trolley Parton, Stephenson was serving up some Dickens' inspired meals with a little bit of a southern twist. In honor of the famous author, Puckett's was serving southern fried catfish nuggets with sweet potato fries.

The Trolley Parton and the characters are not the only stars of the show, though. More than 100 arts and crafts vendors line the street alongside musicians and dancers in costume who perform at 4th and Main.

Stephenson said anyone who loves the spirit of Christmas needs to get out to the fair, and not let folks like Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge stop you.

“A Dickens of a Christmas” is in happening all weekend. On Sunday, the fair is open from Noon until 5 p.m.

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