Christmas is still over a month away.
But organizers of Franklin’s annual lighting ceremony want the throngs of people who come down for the lights to know they will have a chance to scratch a few names off their shopping lists, as well.
Downtown Franklin will host a one-day winter market focused entirely on Indiana-made goods as part of the lighting ceremony. Nearly 40 local growers, artisans, bakers and crafters can sell their goods to the public in a setting similar to the city’s farmers market, even as cold weather settles into the Midwest.
A wide variety of wares, including herbs, winter squash, hot-pepper sauce and hand-crafted wooden ornaments, will be available to buy.
“It’s festive to see what people have, and everyone is shopping for Christmas gifts,” said Megan Hart, executive director of Discover Downtown Franklin. “It gives them something to do, a way to get out of the cold, more than just Santa and the lighting.”
The market is an extension of the city’s summer markets, which have seen growing popularity the past three years, Hart said. Last year, they wanted to find some way to tap into that momentum even after the warmer months had passed.
“We didn’t want that to stop after such a good summer,” Hart said. “We thought we’d try this and see how people respond.”