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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:00 am | Updated: 10:19 am, Thu Nov 29, 2018.

Franklin will be 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' with several events to get the community in the holiday spirit this December.

Festivities will kick off with a little Christmas magic on Dec. 6 -7 with magician Brian Staron at the Roxy Theatre. Staron, who worked as a performer with Walt Disney Entertainment for over a decade, brings his magical show to the historic Roxy Theatre for two nights.

Staron's sense of humor and amazing magic skills will entertain audiences of every age. He continues to work with Walt Disney Entertainment Productions and Special Events. Staron has performed at the World Famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles, show rooms in Las Vegas, various theaters around the country and on several cruise ships which have literally taken his show around the world. Staron is currently contracted with Crystal Cruise Lines as part of their "Magic Castle at Sea" program, a very prestigious performance venue featuring select magicians. Most recently he has performed throughout Europe, China, South Korea, Japan, and South Africa.

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Tickets are available at the Gallery on the Square at 110 N. Main Franklin or online at or at the door. Adults are $10 and children are $6.

Franklin-Simpson Renaissance will host the annual Small Town Christmas on Dec. 8 beginning at 11 a.m. Free cookies, hot chocolate, face painting and children's crafts - courtesy of the Gallery on the Square will be part of the celebration as you await the Kiwanis Club of Franklin-Simpson's annual Christmas Parade. Santa will arrive at Small Town Christmas at 11:45 a.m. and will be on hand for one hour to visit with children.

The pre-parade show will kick-off at 12:45 p.m. in front of the Gallery on the Square with a greeting from Kiwanis Club president Darren Bush and State Attorney General Andy Beshear.

The parade, which begins at 1 p.m., and will kick off with the All Starz Dancerz at the four corner of the square dancing to "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" followed by the procession of the parade. Amy Ellis and Lisa Deavers will co-host the parade this year for the televised version of the event, which will be aired on cable channel 9. The parade route will begin at the Franklin-Simpson High School, travel north down Main Street, turn left on Kentucky Street and left up College Street to make its way back to the high school. This is the traditional parade route from many years ago. The parade will not go down to the Y like it has in previous years.

Complaints that the parade was too spread out prompted Kiwanis members to shorten the parade route to the one used for the Homecoming parades.

Franklin's own Senior PGA Pro Golfer Kenny Perry will serve as Grand Marshall of the 2018 Christmas Parade. Perry was chosen to lead the parade because of his many years of dedication to the Franklin community and his accomplishments worldwide.

A special tribute to the Franklin-Simpson High School Football Team will be part of the parade along with several floats, specialty vehicles, horses and other entries. Santa will make a grand appearance at the end of the parade. Parade entries will be accepted up until noon.

Shoppers should get downtown early and shop at the 8th Annual Hometown Holiday Craft Bazaar sponsored by the Simpson County 4H from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on the square. A variety of vendors will be on hand at the bazaar and lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The many shops and boutiques in historic downtown Franklin will be open at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning with something for everyone on your Christmas shopping list.

Festivities will move to the Bandstand in the Courthouse lawn after the parade for the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. There will be performances by the Franklin-Simpson Middle School Chorus, The Restless - Rachal and Emily Schmieder and Brittany Bagwell and Gary Wielage. After the musical presentations the Kiwanis Club will present the parade awards.

The day of Christmas cheer will wrap up at the annual F-S Community Arts Council free Christmas concert of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" at 7 p.m. at the Roxy Theatre at 109 S. Main St.

The F-S Arts Council gifts the community each year with a musical presentation of local artists and different genres of music. There is limited seating inside the Roxy Theatre, so get there early.

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