Recently my family and I enjoyed an evening full of holiday magic at the second annual Franktown Festival of Lights. I love the holidays and supporting local businesses and charities, so when the invitation to attend the media night right here in Franklin, TN., I happily said yes and started moving things around on my planner. I am so glad I did because we all enjoyed the Family Fun at Franktown Festival of Lights! If you are ready to get into the holiday spirit and can make the drive to Franklin, TN. Then read on to learn all about the Franktown Festival of lights.

Peace on Earth light display at Franktown Festival of lights #ad

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Franktown Festival of Lights.  I received information to facilitate today’s post as well as a free family pass to media event. All opinions and love of holidays and giving are my own.

Meet Franktown Festival of Lights Host: FrankTown Open Hearts:

FrankTown Open Hearts

Founded in 2002 by Wayne Howell and located in Franklin, TN, Franktown Open Hearts (FOH) is a nonprofit organization committed to inner-city youth. FOH brings physical and spiritual hope to low-income youth by instilling critical life skills while providing Christ-centered mentoring, weekly vocational education and experiences that prepare underserved youth for the future. We provide transportation to and from our programs that include nightly hot meals, academic assistance, mentoring, college entrance test prep and college application assistance, recreation and spiritual growth opportunities for youth ages 8-18 through the program’s educational and vocational classes.

I'd  heard of all the good works this ministry does through our local church, so when I visited their website, I was happily surprised to see the variety of developmental programs they provide such as:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Automotive
  • Culinary Arts
  • Steam
  • Fishing, Safety and Land Conservation
  • Leadership Development
  • Recreational Development
  • Sewing
  • Spiritual Development
  • Tutoring
  • Woodworking
  • Squad

To learn more about the programs I’ve shared, or find out how you can volunteer, just go to their websiteWith their heart for children, it’s easy to see why they would want to host the family friendly Festival of Lights! 

About the Franktown Festival of Lights:

Franktown Festival of Lights #ad

The Franktown Festival of Lights, hosted by Franktown Open Hearts and presented by Franklin Synergy Bank, delights young and old with over a mile-long Christmas-spirited experience that features thousands of sparkling holiday lights. The festival runs from November 22 through December 28, so there is time to plan your family outing.

Merry Christmas lights #FOL #ad

In its second year, the Franktown Festival of Lights is Williamson County’s only drive-thru light spectacular. Attendees can relax in the comfort of their own car and wind their way through more than 200 light displays while listening to Christmas classics on the radio, some of which will be synchronized with the displays.

Video from First Year's Franktown Festival of Lights:

We really enjoyed the lights and following along on the Twelve Days of Christmas themed lights!

On the first day of Christmas light display #ad

And of course, the carolers, Noel and Peace we beautiful standouts. I think little kids will love the synchronized lights most of all! 

Welcome to Santa’s Village:

New to this year’s route is Lee Company’s Santa’s Village where families can get their photo with Santa! Santa was so sweet to everyone, a right jolly old elf and kids were going right up to him! Parents of little’s – do yourself a favor and skip the mall Santa photo opportunity and come see this Santa instead. 

Santa photo booth at Franktown's Santa's Village #ad

Your a Cool One, Mr. Grinch:

For the tween and teens in your family, I bet they’ll adore snapping selfies with The Grinch! He is not camera shy and will ham it up for anybody that asks. 

Take a selfie with Mr. Grinch #ad

While in Santa’s Village you can enjoy hot drinks and cookies, holiday activities and games, get a kiss on the hand from a cute monkey at Sunshine Monkey Shines and lots more.

Monkey Shines at Franktown Festival of Lights #ad

More Fun Awaits Outside at Santa’s Village:

When we attended, it was a perfect fall weather night. My girls enjoyed riding the carousel and the Ferris Wheel a lot, but then they noticed the petting zoo and that’s where we spent a good portion of our time.

Ferris Wheel Fun #ad

Enjoy Santa’s Petting Zoo:

Have you ever wanted to see Santa’s reindeer? Here you can! They are so pretty and a little shy compared to some of the more friendly animals who kept getting out of their pins. I’m looking at you little goats! See how cute they are in the next photo.

Reindeer at Santa's Village #ad



Lots of goats at Franktown Festival of Lights

There are lots of animals there to pet and feed including Llamas, several types of goats, a cute little donkey, and even Scottish Highland Cows. Just look at that sweet face!

Scottish Highland Cow #ad

 Quarters needed to Feed Animals:

Feeding the animals is lots of fun, so parents, bring quarters because your kids of all ages are going to need them. To round out your time at Santa’s petting zoo, you can snap pictures while your kids enjoy a camel or pony ride. 

Come Join the Fun: Now through December 28th:

Carolers light display at Franktown Festival of Lights #ad

Conveniently located at the Williamson County Ag Center, the affordable $25 per car donation will help Franktown Open Hearts continue 28 after-school programs, nightly dinners and summer camp experiences for over 120 kids. And, because of their life skills teaching program that incorporates “work-reward principles,” Franktown Open Hearts recently gave away their 30th car to a deserving teen. What a fantastic way to incentize hard work and dedication in our teens!

How to get to the Ag Center:

The Williamson County Ag Center in Franklin, Tennessee, is located just off I-65 and Peytonsville Road, Exit 61.  Once off Peytonsville Road Exit, turn left on Long Lane W and follow helpful parking staff to the Festival of Lights. You will see them lit up well before you park. 

How to Buy Ticket in advance and Specials:

Tickets are $25 per car and can be purchased at the gate or in advance HERE.  In addition, a $5 discount will be extended to Veterans and First Responders, with the code HEROES, and for Williamson County and Franklin Special School District Students, Faculty and Staff, the code PENCIL.

Fun and Giving all in One Event:

Noel light display #ad

This really is a fun family outing. Not only will you be making treasured memories with your loved ones, you will be helping Open Hearts continue doing good works for and with our kids in our community. I can’t think of a better way to kick off this wonderful season of giving!

From my family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving! Safe Travels and Merry Christmas too!

Please share in comments: Will you be attending this event, or an event like this in your area? 

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