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Santa Land opens Saturday

Provided by City of Lubbock

The City of Lubbock's Parks and Recreation staff is again transforming an area of parkland inside Mackenzie Park into a winter wonderland in anticipation of the arrival of Santa Claus.

Park staff has been working for the past month to make this year's event the best Santa Land yet. This year's site is being expanded and will house several new scenes including A Peter Pan Christmas, which has a 36-foot pirate ship as its centerpiece, the Princess Fairy Tale Forest, a Smurf scene, the Lion King scene, and many more new characters. These new additions have added more than 5,000 square feet to the festive holiday village, making this the largest Santa Land ever.

Parks and Recreation has hosted Santa Land for the past 55 years, and admission for all ages is free. Santa Land will be open for 14 consecutive nights from December 10-23, 2011, from 6:00 to 10 p.m. nightly. More than 30,000 people visit Santa Land each year to gaze at its huge lighted Christmas tree, animated displays, bonfires, traditional holiday scenes, and of course, to share Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Each evening from 6:30-8 p.m., local schools, church choirs, youth groups, and bands, as well as, vocalists and dancers, perform for the crowds at Santa Land. Parks and Recreation is currently scheduling entertainment groups in 30-minute increments for the entertainment portion of Santa Land throughout its 14-day run. Anyone interested in performing should call 775-2670.

Santa Land is located inside Mackenzie Park. The entrance to Santa Land is from the East Broadway park entrance just east of Avenue A and the South Plains Fairgrounds. For more information regarding entertainment opportunities, sponsorships, and this year's Santa Land, contact Whitney Wise at 775-2670.

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