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During the second weekend in November each year, Fayetteville becomes the setting for a Norman Rockwell painting as “Host of Christmas Past” turns the clock back and transforms the small southern Middle Tennessee community into a fun-filled holiday festival.
It’s a nostalgic weekend when families can enjoy music, dance and entertainment, and wander through festively decorated streets and stores, partaking in countless activities and exhibits, while savoring a wide selection of foods. From high teas, carriage and trolley rides, strolling musicians, to a candlelight walking tour, the festival is sure to have something for everyone.
The holiday festival grew from the tradition of a Christmas Open House begun by local florist, The Flower House about 45 years ago. Over the years, other florists, the Chamber of Commerce, Fayetteville Main Street businesses, organizations and individuals joined the community festival designed to help retain the vibrancy of the downtown area. It spotlights the local historic areas, restaurants, clothing, antique dealers, gift shops, antique stores and other merchants located in town.
While the event is great fun, it also benefits many non-profit organizations which use this opportunity to offer the public refreshments, crafts and services which serve to raise funds for their organizations.