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Santa's Village to mark 29th year in Martin, Tenn.

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MARTIN, TN (KFVS) -

The legacy of Santa’s Village can be measured in the amount of food and toys that have been collected and donated to service agencies through its 28 years.

More than $1 million has been distributed to area residents over a span of 28 years.

Santa’s Village will mark its 29th anniversary, Dec. 12-15, continuing that tradition and also continuing to provide four days of family holiday entertainment.

More than 270,000 people have attended Santa’s Village.

The fantasy land provides the sights, sounds and fun of Christmas. It is staged each year at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Times are from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 12-13; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Dec 14; and 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 15. The event will return to the “Enchanted Forest” theme this year in scenes depicting the holidays.

There's also wagon rides on Friday through Sunday, MTD model train display, children’s rides and vendor booths.

Twenty hours of continuous local entertainment and a petting farm will add to the festivities.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 worth of nonperishable foods and/or toys.

“We would like to thank the sponsors and volunteers who contribute time and money,” said Kim Kirby, Martin Parks and Recreation Department program director. “Santa’s Village is not only a wonderful, family-oriented holiday event, it helps the less fortunate in the surrounding area.”

For more information about Santa’s Village, contact Martin Parks and Recreation Department at 731-587-6784.

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