‘Tis the Season for Shopping Local!

By Mallory B. Taylor |
Posted on November 5, 2015
| Posted in Events & Festivals

‘Tis the season for shopping local in Franklin Southampton. Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a variety of open houses, parties, parades and great local events including the Downtown Holiday Extravaganza, Southern Charm Garden Center Open House, Franklin Fall Festival, Chamber Business Expo, Carriage Rides, Small Business Saturday, Meet and Great with the Original Snow Queen from Miller and Rhoads, Downtown Franklin Elf Parade and Tree Lighting, Downtown Franklin Christmas Parade, Town of Ivor Christmas Parade, Breakfast with Santa at Airfield 4-H Conference Center, and an Old Timey Christmas in Downtown Franklin.

Downtown Holiday Extravaganza

November 7th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

November 8th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Shop Downtown Franklin for all your Christmas gift needs! The Downtown Holiday Extravaganza is the perfect shopping opportunity for those who want to get an early start this year. Beat the crowds and get the first selection of winter apparel, jewelry, gifts and more. Look for specials on Downtown Franklin retailer’s Facebook pages.

Southern Charm Garden Center Open House

November 13th-14th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Come get all you need…from Christmas decorations to monogrammed goodies Southern Charm Garden Center has it all in one spot. Want to add a new festive holiday garden flag to your decorations this year? Are you looking for fun collegiate ornaments or want to order the perfect personalized monogrammed gift? The Southern Charm Garden Center Open House is the perfect place to find what you need to celebrate this holiday season!

Franklin Fall Festival Block Party

November 13th from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

The Franklin Fall Festival Block Party has been rescheduled for November 13th for everyone to enjoy. You are invited to listen and dance to music from Strictly Business and the Feature Attraction Band while taking in the river views at Barrett’s Landing. Bring the entire family for this fun block party. $5.00 Admission (Kids under 6 are free)

Franklin Fall Festival Street Scene

November 14th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Franklin Fall Festival Street Scene has been rescheduled for November 14th so come enjoy children’s games and activities, a talent contest, food and refreshments, arts and crafts booths, along with local organization vendors and Downtown Franklin stores. The Franklin Farmer’s Market will be open for shoppers to enjoy. Don’t miss out on Downtown Franklin’s most popular event of the year!

Peanut Patch Open House

November 13th and 14th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

November 15th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

There will be gourmet food tastings all three days along with specials and discounts! On Saturday there will be a wine tasting from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM along with various vendors. As an added bonus…there will be door prizes daily! And remember peanuts make the perfect gift for those “hard to shop for” family members.

Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

November 18th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

The Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will feature a “retail alley” section at the expo this year for those who would like to grab some holiday goodies. Various local vendors will line “retail alley” to show off their products so come out and enjoy this FREE event!

DFA Open House & Carriage Rides

November 21st from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Saddle up! It’s that time of year again…the Downtown Franklin Association Open House and Carriage Rides are back for another trip around Downtown Franklin. Bring the whole family to experience and enjoy a carriage ride through Downtown Franklin. (Carriage rides are free with participation in the Downtown Franklin Association Open House).

Small Business Saturday

November 28th

Smack dab in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday. Help make this year a huge success and #ShopSmallFS on November 28th. Over 40 local businesses will be participating in Small Business Saturday and will have their doors open and shelves full for shoppers! Make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/franklinsouthamptoneconomicdevelopmentinc) for a list so you can plan your visits!

Peanut Patch host the Original Snow Queen from Miller and Rhoads

November 28th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Original Snow Queen from Miller and Rhoads will be visiting the Peanut Patch Gift Shoppe and signing books. Come meet this festive Snow Queen, take pictures and enjoy food tastings. Help support the Peanut Patch on Small Business Saturday and meet the “queen” too!

Downtown Franklin Elf Parade and Tree Lighting

December 3rd from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Get into the holiday spirit with Downtown Franklin during the Downtown Franklin Elf Parade and Tree Lighting. All elves are invited to come mix and mingle and enjoy a great time of celebrating. A special guest appearance from our Northern friend, Santa Claus will make this family friendly event one you will not want to miss!

Downtown Franklin Christmas Parade

December 4th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Come see the glitter and glitz of the Downtown Franklin Christmas Parade. Enjoy fun floats, antique cars and trucks, firetrucks, local pageant queens, high school bands, music and much more! Be sure to stay until the end to get a glimpse of Santa Claus riding in the parade.

Town of Ivor Christmas Parade and Festivities

December 6th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Join us for the Ivor Christmas Parade beginning at 3:00 PM and stick around after the parade (at the Ivor Municipal Building 8430 Bell Avenue) for Brunswick Stew and live entertainment beginning at 4:30 PM. Brunswick Stew will be served at 5:00pm and is sponsored by the Ivor Volunteer Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary, donations are encouraged! Following dinner will be the lighting of the Cody Stallard Memorial Christmas Tree and carols. If you have any questions, please call 757-859-6397.

Breakfast with Santa at Airfield 4-H Conference Center

December 12th from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Have you dreamed of having breakfast with Santa Claus? Your dreams have become a reality. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, get your picture taken with Santa, meet Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer all at the Airfield 4-H Conference Center. Adult’s admission is $10.50 and children’s (4-8) admission is $6.50 (3 and under eat free). Reservations are not required, but are encouraged. Call 757-899-4901 for more information or to place your reservation.

Old Timey Christmas in Downtown Franklin

December 12th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Take a step back in time and enjoy the simple life at the Old Timey Christmas event in Downtown Franklin. Enjoy strolling the streets of Downtown Franklin, shop, dine and sit down and relax with a cup of hot apple cider. Listen to the sweet songs of Christmas carolers and get those last-minute Christmas gifts in Downtown Franklin.