December is a great time to be in Farragut. Our holiday events, as well as our many shopping and dining options, make Farragut especially attractive during this festive time of the year.

The lights are now on at Founders Park at Campbell Station. Be sure to take out-of-town friends and relatives to see this magnificent holiday display. The lights come on at dusk each day through Jan. 1.

Kids will enjoy dropping letters to Santa in a special mailbox, and if they include their return address, they may get a response from the North Pole! There will also be carolers in the park on some evenings.

The Town is still scheduling individuals and groups to carol in the park in 30-minute blocks. “Elves” are also needed to answer letters to Santa.

Call 966-7057 to volunteer.

Celebrate the Season is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Local groups, including the Farragut High School Madrigal Singers, will perform, and there will be refreshments, crafts and photos with Santa. This event is a holiday tradition for many Farragut families. If you’ve never been before, I highly recommend it.

I would be remiss not to remind Farragut residents to shop and dine locally during this holiday season. Because we don’t have a municipal property tax, the Town of Farragut relies heavily on sales tax revenue to provide services and fund road improvements and park projects. In order to shop locally, you need to know where the town begins and ends:

• Farragut’s northern boundary is Interstate 40/75 except at Campbell Station Road and Snyder Road/Outlet Drive. The only shopping/dining within Town limits on Snyder Road/Outlet Drive (at this time) are Buddy Gregg RVs & Motor Homes and Cotton Eyed Joe.

• The Town’s eastern boundary is Lovell Road on the north side of Kingston Pike and Thornton Heights and Concord Hills subdivisions on the south side.

The last Farragut retail establishments while traveling east on Kingston Pike are the Costco shopping center on the north side and O’Reilly Auto Parts on the south side.

• Slightly less than half of Turkey Creek Shopping Center is located within the Town. The last Farragut retail establishments while traveling east on Parkside Drive are the Belk Men & Home Store on the north side and Chili’s Grill & Bar on the south side.

• Farragut’s western boundary is the Loudon County Line. Farragut Lawn & Tractor is the last Farragut retail establishment on Kingston Pike heading west.

Shopping in Farragut keeps our merchants happy, and happy merchants fill shopping centers. We have new development and redevelopment in the works, and shopping locally could attract desirable new businesses to our Town.

As you enjoy friends and family this month, take some time to appreciate this wonderful place we call home. We need to do everything we can to support it.