Santa’s Village returns for 39th season

The 39th annual Santa’s Village celebration will be held Dec. 7-10 at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex north of Hardy M. Graham Stadium. Parking is available in the stadium parking lot.

Santa’s Village will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 8; from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9; and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10.

Santa’s Village is a holiday collaboration between the City of Martin and UT Martin.

“I would say it’s the magic of Christmas,” said Alisse Kirk of the City of Martin Parks and Recreation Department. “When you walk in, it’s a kind of winter wonderland with lots of magical lights.”

The Christmas celebration includes an enchanted forest, vendors, rides, a petting zoo, a model train and Santa Claus himself.

Admission is free, and there is a suggested donation of $5 worth of canned goods or toys. The food and toys will go to We Care Ministries of Martin.

Photo: A youngster discusses holiday wishes with Santa Claus at last year’s Santa’s Village celebration. Santa’s Village will be open Dec. 7-10.

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