Downtown Franklin will open the Christmas season with its annual holiday lighting celebration Saturday. A lighted parade, visits with Santa and a gingerbread house contest will make for a daylong event surrounding the lighting itself.
Local artisans and producers will sell their goods in a special one-day winter market downtown.
Organists Mike Powell and David Lamb will give an organ concert at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Madison St. The musicians will play Christmas carols on the church’s historic organ, and refreshments will be provided.
The Artcraft Theatre will show the holiday classic film “A Christmas Story” twice that day. Kids games, carriage and fire-truck rides will also be included in the lighting celebration.
2 p.m.: “A Christmas Story,” Artcraft Theatre, 51 N. Main St.
2 to 4 p.m.: Christmas cookie contest entries at Mutual Savings Bank, 80 E. Jefferson St.
2 to 4:30 p.m.: Visits with Santa at the Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St.
2 to 5 p.m.: Gingerbread house contest entries and voting at Mutual Savings Bank.
2 to 8 p.m.: Homegrown, Homemade Winter Market, 56 E. Jefferson St.
4 p.m.: Christmas cookie contest judging at Mutual Savings Bank
4 p.m.: Pipe organ concert at First Presbyterian Church.
5 p.m.: Cookie and gingerbread house winners announced, Mutual Savings Bank.
5:30 p.m.: Lighted holiday parade on Jefferson Street.
6 p.m.: Choral and dance performances at the courthouse; carriage, fire truck, and bus rides; children’s fun zone in parking lot in front of the Artcraft Theatre; lighting of ground displays at Indiana Masonic Home
7 p.m.: Lighting of the courthouse
7:30 p.m.: “A Christmas Story” at the Artcraft Theatre