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Merchants plan Holiday on the Square

Franklin Square Merchants Association is planning its Holiday On the Square event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5.

“We think we have something really special for the community,” spokesperson Barbara Ashdown said.

“It’s really a fun family activity that is like an old fashioned holiday,” she added.

The old fashioned theme includes carriage rides around the square, featuring Percheron draft horses Rocky and Peanut.

Donations for the carriage rides will go to Knox Area Rescue Ministries. KARM will have an informational table at the Square.

Of course, no holiday event will be complete without Santa.

“Santa will be there, and Santa will be available for photos as well,” Ashdown said. He’ll be at the Square from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Santa will be joined by his elves, which will wander the Square all day.

Every half hour, local performers will entertain visitors to Franklin Square. The groups will perform music, dance and even puppetry.

“Performances will be going on every 30 minutes, starting at 11,” Ashdown said.

Performers include Farragut High School’s Admiral Singers at 11 a.m., Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Junior Praise Choir at 11:30 a.m. and Webb School of Knoxville’s Chamber Singers at noon, as well as church-affiliated and independent groups throughout the afternoon.

Ashdown said the groups included children’s, youth and adult groups.

“We tried to get a pretty good variety,” Ashdown said.

“Many of these organizations perform all over, like at Fantasy of Trees,” she added.

“There’s also going to be caroling in the shops,” Ashdown said. Those carolers will be from The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan.

Complimentary refreshments will be available, drawings for prizes also will be held. Businesses in the Square will hold special sales that day.

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