Middle Tennessee reschedules many holiday festivities to avoid weekend rain

Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 14:45:50-05

Middle Tennessee is having to adjust plans for holiday festivities as weekend rain poses issues for parades and tree lightings Friday night and Saturday morning.

The City of Franklin has opted to push its annual Christmas Tree Lighting back two days in order to avoid inclement weather that is predicted to arrive on Friday and remain through Saturday evening.

The event will now begin on Sunday, December 2, at 4:30 p.m. and will include all previously scheduled festivities with performances starting at 5:15 p.m. and the tree lighting following at 5:45 p.m.  

“We thank our partners who help us give this special gift to our community.  It’s so nice to have families of Franklin join us to light our spectacular tree and help spread Christmas Cheer” said Mayor Ken Moore. He continued by thanking all those involved who adjusted their schedules in order to attend the event.

Off-site parking will still be available at Pinkerton Park and Bicentennial Park which are both walking distance from the downtown square.

In addition to Franklin, many other cities have had to make adjustments due to rain.

Columbia's Night of Light Christmas Tree Lighting has been rescheduled for Sunday, December 2 at 5:30pm. This event will still occur in the downtown square and will include a performance by “The Voice” singer RaeLynn.

The Guthrie Christmas parade has also been moved to next weekend, December 8. Line up for the parade will commence at 9 a.m. and the parade will start at 10 a.m.

Lastly, Murfreesboro has opted to cancel their Christmas at Cannonsburgh that was initially planned for tomorrow, Saturday, December 1. Photos with Santa will be held indoors at the Lions Club instead.

For more information about this weekend's weather, check out the NewsChannel 5 forecast.