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Santa's Village returns to Martin Dec. 8-11

11-28-2016


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut




MARTIN, Tenn. – Twinkling lights and reindeer bells will soon return to Martin for the 32nd-annual Santa’s Village celebration Dec. 8-11 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. 8-9; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Dec. 10; and 1-5 p.m., Dec. 11. Admission to the event is free, but attendees are asked to bring $5 worth of nonperishable food and/or toys to be distributed to needy area families.

The annual holiday event has drawn more than 323,800 visitors and collected approximately $1,192,710 in food and toy donations over the past three decades. This year’s event will feature the traditional “enchanted forest” display, as well as a petting farm, amusement rides, vendor booths and visits with Santa Claus himself. “Jet” from WLJT’s “Ready, Jet, Go!” will be a special guest from 1-4 p.m., Dec. 10.

UT Martin and the city of Martin co-sponsor the event each year, along with many other community partners. Additional sponsors to date include Zaxby’s, Casey’s General Store, Simmons Bank, MTD Products and Savant Learning Systems, among others.

For more information, contact city of Martin Office of Parks and Recreation at 731-387-6784.

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PHOTO ID: Previous Santa’s Village events have included a model train display constructed by MTD Products. A portion of a previous display is shown.

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