"Holiday On The Square" Preview! - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

12/14/07-Tyler

"Holiday On The Square" Preview!

The downtown Tyler Square is the perfect venue to serve as the backdrop for the big event.  And what would Christmas be without the right music?

"There's going to be lots of Christmas carols, Christmas music," says Captain John Falin, Commanding Officer for the Tyler Salvation Army.

"We will have the TJC Tuba Ensemble and the TJC choir and also the Salvation Army Brass ensemble will be here," describes Linda Edwards, Salvation Army Spokesperson.

The holiday spirit won't stop there.  Special readings by our own Joe Terrell of "The Night Before Christmas" and the Christmas story from the Bible, read by Captain Falin.

"I've been rehearsing a little, day after day.  I've been agonizing over this but it's going to be a good time," says Falin smiling.

Add to it a tribute to our service men and women with a special candle lighting.

Then the man of the hour, "Santa Scirto", arrives!

"I've got the entire suit Mrs. Claus made for me.  I've got one of Santa's actual hats and I'll be sitting here just as happy as I can be just waiting to hear from all the young people in East Texas," says Santa Scirto, a.k.a. KLTV 7 Chief Meteorologist Mark Scirto.

Besides the fact that jolly St. Nick himself asked Scirto to be Santa's Helper, "Holiday on the Square" is ultimately about giving.

Donations to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree will be accepted to help give kids in the community a memorable Christmas.

"The Salvation Army Angel Tree is big for me and what we try to do is make sure the feelings that we have as little people with Santa Claus and that Christmas morning surprise under the tree is alive for as many people as we can possibly make it happen for," says Scirto.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a toy, clothes or monetary donation to "Holiday on the Square."

The event starts at 5 p.m., Saturday, December 15.  This is free for the entire family.

Come meet the KLTV 7 family and make this a holiday tradition!

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

 

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