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Santa Claus is coming to town Dec. 7-10


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut


MARTIN, Tenn. – Santa will make his annual appearance in Martin during the 33rd annual Santa’s Village event Dec. 7-10 in the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex on the main campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin.

The doors will be open from 6-9 p.m., Dec. 7-8; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Dec. 9; and 1-5 p.m., Dec. 10. Admission to the annual event is free, but patrons are encouraged to bring a donation of nonperishable food and/or toys worth at least $5 to benefit the less fortunate residents of the local area.

More than 17,000 visitors participated in the 32nd annual event in 2016, and event sponsors hope to exceed that number this year.

Village visitors will be able to walk through a winter wonderland, meet animals at the Hooker Farms petting zoo, view the MTD model train and ride Pope’s amusement rides for no extra charge. The event will also feature live entertainment, and Clifford the Big Red Dog will stop by from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 9, presented by WLJT-TV.

Co-sponsors for the event include the city of Martin, UT Martin, Casey’s General Store, Simmons Bank, MTD Products and Savant Learning Systems.

For more information on Santa’s Village, contact the city of Martin’s Office of Parks and Recreation at 731-587-6784.


PHOTO ID: Santa’s Village brings thousands of visitors to Martin each year and contributes hundreds of dollars in food and toy donations to the local area.

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