Along the parade route, spectators were four rows deep or more on both sides of Liberty Street. They were entertained by nearly 60 units including a colorful combination of floats, performance groups and decorated vehicles.
Santa made his highly anticipated appearance at the end of the parade and was greeted by several loud cheers from the hundreds of folks watching near the judging stand.
After the parade was over Pat Dolecki, president of the Franklin Fine Arts Council and interim events and marketing coordinator.said she was glad the parade went well but was ready for the main event of the evening. "'I'm ready for the light up of the tree." she said adding that she has her fingers crossed that it goes off without a hitch and is a nice tree for the people attending.
Thousands of people gathered near the 12th Street intersection as the street lights went dark and the tree lights came on. It was followed by a spectacular display of fireworks over Fountain Park.
Outside, Santa met with visitors on Liberty Street, and Nathaniel Licht, Rachael Mellor, Tammi Dahl and a few special guests sang at the judge's platform.
"It's a blessing and an absolute honor for my kind of first event on the staff to be such an amazing Light Up Night," said James Shreffler, the new events and marketing coordinator. "Many hands, many hands make this happen."
Light Up Night is only the start of the holiday celebrating in Franklin. Here is a list of some of the upcoming events.
The Silver Cornet Band will give its annual Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on November 25 at the Barrow-Civic Theatre. The price of admission is a donation of a non-perishable food item.
The annual Blues at the Barrow will be held at 7:30 p.m. on November 25 also at the Barrow.
The city will hold "A Christmas Walk in the Park in Foutain Park starting December 2. That is the same day as the Old Fashion Christmas event hosted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Franklin Retail and Business Association. Jeffery Michael Lloyd returns to the Barrow for a performance that night.
Community members will join their voices in marking the holiday with performances of "The Messiah" on December 15 and 16 at the Barrow-Civic Theatre.
Franklin Preservation is bringing back its annual Holiday Home Tour event on December 16 and 17. It will start at St. John's Episcopal Church, where a holiday market will be set up.
The Franklin High School will host its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on December 20. In conjunction with the concert, the school's art department will hold a sale and auction to raise funds for the Legacy Project.
And, of course, ongoing throughout the season are the Christmas Tree Extravaganza at the Barrow, the beautfully decorated downtown windows, and the Santa mailbox at the Fountain Park gazebo.
Light Up Night "Fairy-Tale Christmas" parade winners:
Overall Winner: Victory Elementary
Division 1: Churches/Schools
1st Central Elementary
2nd Christ United Methodist Church
3rd Venango Technology Center
Division 2: Business/Industry/Retail
1st Milestone Pediatric Therapy
2nd Next Step Therapy
3rd King of Spades Landscaping
Division 3: Service Organizations
1st Clarion/Venango Dairy Princess
2nd Venango County Suicide Prevention Task Force
3rd Two Mile Run County Park
Division 4: Small Vehicles/Walkers
1st Will's Christmas Blow ups
2nd Jeanne-Jamming Jeep
3rd Petersons Pool & Spa