The city of Martin and the University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 34th-annual Santa’s Village holiday celebration Dec. 6-9 in the university’s Ned Ray McWherter Agricultural Pavilion. The pavilion will be open to the public from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 6-7; from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Dec. 8; and from 1-5 p.m., Dec. 9.
There is no admission charge; however, visitors are encouraged to donate $5-worth of canned food items or an unopened children’s toy to benefit needy families in the area. The 2017 Santa’s Village set a new attendance record with more than 19,000 visitors. More than 18,300 cans of food were donated, and toy donations filled 23 55-gallon bags.
Santa’s Village will include the traditional forest of lights and MTD model train as well as a petting zoo from Hooker Farms and amusement rides from Pope’s Amusement Rides. Live entertainment will perform throughout the event, and Santa will make his annual appearance to speak with local children. An arts and crafts vendor fair will also be conducted during the event.
For more information, contact the Rita Janes, city of Martin Parks and Recreation Department, at 731-587-6784.