Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Getting Ready for Holiday Happenings!

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is celebrating the holidays in a new way this year! The Partnership is organizing a multiple-day celebration called Holiday Happenings, Dec. 6 through Dec. 9. The event will offer a variety of children and family activities, while affording businesses more opportunities to participate. In addition to new events, the most popular and traditional holiday events will continue to be offered during Holiday Happenings, including the Christmas Tree Lighting, gingerbread cookies at Dean Bank, Santa at Simon’s Furniture, Mrs. Claus at the Franklin Historical Museum, and Touch-a-Truck at the Franklin Fire Department.

“It's exciting to see more than 25 Holiday Happening events taking place throughout the town of Franklin,” said Pandora Carlucci, co-chair of Holiday Happenings. “The new four-day format is focused on providing scheduling flexibility making it possible for more people and businesses to participate.”
Families can enjoy visiting businesses throughout Franklin. Jamie Barrett will be doing a sing-along, there will be plenty of hot cocoa, gift shopping, wine tasting, and opportunities to meet Clara from Nutcracker, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, and everyone’s favorite jolly old elf, Santa Claus. 

"Holiday Happenings will take on a different format this year,” said Roberta Trahan, co-chair of Holiday Happenings. “Extending from Small Business Saturday through New Year’s Eve, we are focusing on a calendar which will include many offerings at local businesses for residents to enjoy.”
In addition to the signature events Dec. 6 to Dec. 9, the FDP will have an online calendar featuring events at local businesses taking place throughout the holiday season. Participating businesses are located in downtown Franklin, as well as in the larger Franklin community.

"The FDP has over 250 business members and many of them are outside the downtown area so we wanted to organize an event that included them,” said FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana. “This event will offer residents even more opportunities to shop local.”

View the schedule of events during Holiday Happenings Dec. 6 - Dec. 9 in brochure format or list format. You can also view an entire month of holiday events in the full calendar.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Decking the Halls

Thank you to all the Franklin Downtown Partnership businesses for their support and to all the volunteers who helped decorate downtown Franklin!

Special thanks to the Franklin DPW for going above and beyond!

Thank You to the Holiday Decorating Sponsors!

This holiday decorating event was made possible by the following Beautification sponsors.

D.G. Ranieri Real Estate and Eileen Mason of RE/MAX Executive Realty

Atria Franklin, Auerr, Zajac & Associates, Middlesex Savings Bank, Nerds to Go, Oteri Funeral Home, Inc., Roche and Roche PC., Tom Fricker Complete Heating & Cooling, LLC, and Vet Med Pet Supplies

Draper & Kramer Mortgage Corp., Flynn|Wirkus|Young, John Fenton, CFP., and Teen Revolution

Friday, November 16, 2018

Holiday Happenings Schedule

The Franklin Downtown Partnership has organized four days of fun events throughout the Franklin area December 6 through December 9!

Take a look at the entire schedule in list format or brochure format

Holiday Happenings is made possibly through the generosity of local businesses. Thank you to these sponsors! 

Gold Sponsors: Dean Bank, Dean College and Keefe Insurance.

Silver Sponsors: Berry Insurance, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, DCU, Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C., Fenton Financial Group, Franklin Ford, Franklin Historical Museum and Cultural District, La Cantina Winery, Matt Kelly Homes, and Middlesex Savings Bank.

Bronze Sponsors: Glen Meadow Apartments, Liberty Tax Service, Rescom Exteriors, Simon’s Furniture, Tom Fricker Complete Heating & Cooling, LLC, and Vallee’s Jewelers.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Volunteers Needed for Holiday Decorating

Adult volunteers are needed for holiday decorating on Sunday, Nov. 18. Volunteers are needed to help install wreaths, bows and greenery, or supervise teen volunteers. 

Volunteers will meet us on Sunday at the downtown bridges at 9 a.m. Please contact Lisa if you are available to volunteer. 

IMPORTANT: If you have a planter in front of your storefront, please remove flowers to make room for holiday greens this weekend.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Networking Breakfast Nov. 16

Start your day with other FDP members at our Networking Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. We'll meet at the Dean College Dining Center on the first floor of the Campus Center. Please email Matt to let him know you're attending or if you have any questions.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Holiday Happenings: Downtown Franklin and Beyond

Deadline to Register November 8

In an effort to accommodate the Franklin Downtown Partnership’s (FDP) growing membership and to offer a safe and enjoyable holiday experience for the Franklin community, the FDP is pleased to announce a new initiative: Holiday Happenings Weekend: December 6, 7, 8 & 9. Additionally, the FDP will have an online calendar featuring Holiday events from Small Business Saturday (November 24) to New Year’s Eve (December 31).

What do businesses/organizations need to do to participate?
  • Each business/organization 
  • Identifies its event and selects date and time that works best for them
  • during the 4-day Holiday Happenings weekend 
  • Completes the registration form and sends it to FDP by November 8
  • Hosts the event

Downtown Partnership, Garden Club to Decorate for Holidays

The Franklin Downtown Partnership will team up with the Franklin Garden Club to decorate the downtown on Sunday, Nov. 18. Volunteers are needed to help install wreaths, bows and greenery. 

Interested volunteers will meet Beautification Chairperson Eileen Mason at 9 a.m. on Nov. 18 at the downtown bridges. Community service hours are available for students; groups and teams are encouraged to participate. Help is also needed on Saturday, Nov. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. at Hillside Nurseries to sort greens. 

“We look forward to making the downtown festive and holiday-ready every year,” Mason said. “We’re a 100% volunteer group and only able to take on these projects with a lot of help from the community including your time and sponsorships. Special thanks go to Hillside Nurseries for sourcing the greens, wreaths and decorations. Thanks to the Franklin DPW team for their support as well. Happy and safe holidays to all!”

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to this event can contact Mason at Sponsorship information is also available on the FDP website,