The Franklin Downtown Partnership will hold its ninth annual Holiday Stroll Thursday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. in downtown Franklin. The evening’s festivities will kick off with a tree-lighting ceremony on the Dean College campus common, complete with carolers and hot chocolate. Festival goers can stroll along a closed Main Street and up and down East and West Central streets to enjoy entertainers, gift shopping, crafts, cookies and festively decorated storefronts. In addition, Santa Claus and his elves will greet children at Simon’s Furniture, and Mrs. Claus will read holiday stories at the Franklin Historical Museum. For a full schedule of the event, visit the partnership’s website at www.franklindowntownpartnership.orgRachel Lebeaux can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.