More than 600 people gathered on Town Square in Franklin on Friday night to participate in the annual Tree Lighting ceremony. This year, the tree was moved across the street to the Gazebo and sits smack dab in the center of town. The tree that had previously been used over the holiday season had to be cut down, according to Linda Schlott, Executive Director of Franklin's Main Street Program, precipitating the need for a different plan.
Unlike in previous years, the new Christmas tree is an artificial tree that can be used each year. “With the new tree being artificial, we will be able to use it year after year,” said Schlott. “The tree is 22 feet tall and with setup and decorations, it took about eight hours to complete. We have gotten lots of compliments so far. We had a great turnout Friday night and had lots of people posing with the tree and Santa.”