There is still time to save seats on a Victorian Christmas holiday-themed tour to Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 12-14, but hurry, the number of remaining seats is limited.
Sponsored by the Wallace State Community College Alumni Association, the three-day, two-night group trip includes a five-course Victorian dinner, a tour of Andrew Jackson’s home The Hermitage, a visit to the Dickens of a Christmas Festival in downtown Franklin, and more.
The motorcoach trip will leave Wallace State the morning of Dec. 12 and make its first stop for a lunch-time viewing of “Miracle on 34th Street” at Chaffin’s Barn dinner theatre. After checking in to the Hampton Inn and Suites in Franklin, they will head into downtown Nashville for Ray Steven’s “CabaRay,” a 90-minute dinner-show featuring the country music and comedy legend.
Day two includes a visit to The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson for a tour of the home and grounds and lunch at the Hermitage’s Kitchen Cabinet Café. The group then will go to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Opry Mills to enjoy time shopping or viewing holiday decorations.
The day will conclude with a special dinner at Monell’s Restaurant. Offered only one time each year, the five-course meal will be served on the finest crystal, gold, china and linens, while carolers dressed in Victorian attire entertain throughout dinner. Everyone is invited to sing carols by candlelight at the end of the meal.
On the final day, the group will attend the famous Dickens Christmas Festival in historic downtown Franklin. The town square and side streets are transformed into scenes out of a Charles Dickens’ novel, using Franklin’s Victorian architecture as a perfect backdrop. Around 200 musicians, dancers and characters fill the streets, letting you celebrate the holiday with Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim Cratchit and more.
The group will make its way back home later that afternoon, completing a trip that is sure to put anyone in the holiday mood.
The cost of the trip includes transportation, accommodations, baggage handling, five meals, two holiday shows, admissions to all activities, taxes and most gratuities. Prices range from $490 to $750 depending on occupancy and Alumni membership status.
Members of the Alumni Association receive a $100 discount on such trips. Membership is open to anyone at $25 a year, to current students at $15 a year. There is also a lifetime membership option for $250.