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The Franklin Historical Society and Franklin Public Library are inviting the community to celebrate Christmas the old fashioned way during a Historical Christmas Village Weekend Dec. 3-4 at Lions Legend Park and the Library, both at Hwy 36 and Drexel Ave.

The historic village, including the Wehlan school, Sheehan-Godsell log cabin, old town hall, and St. Peter's Chapel, will be open Saturday, Dec. 3 for open houses at various points throughout the afternoon and evening.

Festivities start at 3 p.m. at the school, where children will prepare for the old fashioned Christmas program.

St. Peter's Chapel will hold three non-denominational services that evening with carols, kerosene lamps, and a pipe organ at 4 p.m., 5:30, and 7. Following the services, the town hall building will be open for cookies and cider.

The city of Franklin tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. the same evening in the village.

On Sunday, the Franklin library will hold a program starting at 4 p.m. with caroling by the library fire. Santa and Mrs. Claus will hold a meet and greet from 4:30-6 p.m., during which time the Fadrow room will be filled with hot chocolate, treats, and holiday-themed activities.

The weekend is free to attend and open to the public.

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