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Celebrate The Season

Franklin Theatre Provides Robust Holiday Season Lineup Of Cherished Classic Movies And Diverse Live Performances

Fans are enthused about holiday season programming at the Franklin Theatre.

After being closed in 2020 due to the pandemic, the annual holiday movie showings have returned to delight audiences with fan-favorites, such as It’s a Wonderful LifeElfChristmas Vacation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Polar Express on the Franklin Theatre’s large screen through New Year’s Eve on Dec. 30.

The live holiday concert schedule kicked off with the award-winning bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent on Nov. 30 and goes through Tommy Howell’s Cowboy Christmas on Dec. 20. Other live holiday performances include an eclectic mix of rock, Broadway, country, theatre, and more with Jim Brickman, Jars of Clay, Studio Tenn’s A Christmas Carol, and The Gatlin Brothers. This robust holiday lineup provides a little something for everyone to enjoy.

“Seeing beloved holiday shows at The Franklin Theatre has become an annual tradition for many in the community,” says Meg Hershey, vice president and chief operating officer at the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, parent organization of the nonprofit Franklin Theatre. “Whether dressing up as Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation, or hearing your favorite artist interpret seasonal favorites, we love contributing to the holiday spirit in Williamson County.”

The Franklin Theatre Live series and other performances in the 2021 holiday season include: 

Jim Brickman: The Gift of Christmas

Dec. 5
2 p.m., 7 p.m., (Q & A at 4 p.m., 9 p.m. following both performances)

Jim Brickman, the multiple Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation is back this festive season with his annual holiday tour “The Gift of Christmas,” a magical evening celebrating music, love and family.

Christmas with Patrick Thomas

Dec. 6
7 p.m.

A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, powerful vocalist, and writer of The Battle of Franklin musical, Patrick Thomas has spent 20 years crafting a sound that can only be described as uniquely his own. 

Emily West & The Whiskey Wolves

Dec. 10
8 p.m.

Emily West brings her lovingly-curated, one of a kind Christmas magic, filled with her own seasonal compositions, songs from her new record Dear Diary, and all the classics. 

Studio Tenn’s A Christmas Carol

Dec. 11
2 p.m., 7 p.m.

In this ingenious adaptation, actor-writer-director Mark Cabus takes on more than 18 characters — from Scrooge to Marley’s Ghost, Mr. Fezziwig, Bob Cratchit and even Tiny Tim — engaging audiences with his quick wit and sharp skills, capturing the haunting tale of an angry, old man bound to save his shrunken heart.

Jars of Clay Family Christmas Show

Dec 12
2 p.m., 7 p.m.

Rock group Jars of Clay will perform their Family Christmas Show for both in-person and livestream audiences, with a generous portion of all livestream ticket tiers will benefit Blood Water Mission.

Christmas with the King: A Holiday Tribute to Elvis

Dec 13
7 p.m.

Starring world champion Elvis tribute artist COTE DEONATH with the David Fontana Band (David is the son of Elvis’ drummer DJ Fontana!). The 3rd annual show features costume changes, a visit by Santa Claus and 25 of the King's biggest hits plus Christmas classics synonymous with Elvis. 

Steve Wariner: Feels Like Christmas Time

Dec 14
7 p.m.

Singer/songwriter/storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, Steve Wariner, has achieved 14 No. 1 songs and more than 30 Top Ten hits, including such classics as “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” “Life’s Highway,” “The Weekend,” “I’m Already Taken,” “I Got Dreams,” “Small Town Girl,” “Two Teardrops,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “Lynda,” and more.

The Gatlin Brothers: Country & Christmas*

Dec 17 and 18
8 p.m.

The legendary Gatlin Brothers are back and just in time for Christmas!  Celebrating over 60 years of entertaining audiences in some of the world’s largest venues and from some of the most iconic stages, The Gatlin Brothers will be performing some of their biggest hits and favorite holiday tunes in a Christmas show to remember.  

Tommy Howell’s Cowboy Christmas

Dec 20
7 p.m.

Join Tommy Howell (famed actor C. Thomas Howell) and special guests Riders In The Sky, Ben Issacs, Jenee Flowers, and Mike Rogers for an evening filled with original music, Christmas tunes and amazing storytelling to fill the air as we celebrate the Holidays!

Movies in the 2021 holiday season include:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG)

Nov 26; 2:30 p.m.

A Christmas Story (PG)

Nov 26; 7 p.m.

Elf (PG)

Nov 27; 2:30 p.m.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13)

Multiple Showings

Arthur Christmas (PG)

Dec 4; 10 a.m.

Christmas in Connecticut

Dec 7; 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m.

 Polar Express (G)

Multiple Showings

White Christmas

Multiple Showings

It’s a Wonderful Life (PG)

Multiple Showings

Little Women (PG)

Multiple Showings

Love Actually (R)

Multiple Showings

New Year’s Eve (PG-13)

Multiple Showings

When Harry Met Sally (R)

Dec 30; 7 p.m.

The theatre staffers indicate additional movie showings are likely to be added.

Individual tickets to all holiday season performances and movies are available at, by calling 615.538.2076 or purchasing in-person at the box office.  

  • Gatlins
  • Dailey and Vincent
  • Elf
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • Jim Brickman
  • Christmas Vacation
  • The Polar Express
  • Tommy Howell