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"This tree is inspired by the Nutcracker and it was designed by Jim Knestrick of Knestrick by Design and he went into great detail," says Cheekwood Director of Education and Programs Hillary Steinwinder. "You can see we have the characters from the Nutcracker here, the ballet slippers, some of the sheet music from the ballet is in there as well."
The Christmas trees aren't the only exciting thing at Cheekwood this year. Santa came to town in his big red sleigh, and he brought 2 of his reindeer friends with him.
"The kids get to come see the reindeer, hold antlers, and we talk a lot about what makes reindeer special," says Jill Swenson.
For example, every year they drop their antlers and grow a brand new set. 5 year old Hudson decked out in his Spiderman costume had a blast, and he is ready to tell Santa what he wants for Christmas this year.
"Um," says Hudson. "Well, I do want some Legos."
Right across from the reindeer you'll find Santa's workshop, complete with his good list. You can visit Santa at Cheekwood every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, beginning this Saturday at Noon, then he heads back to the North Pole to prep for the big night. For more on ticket prices and directions, go to Fox17.com and click on FOX LINKS.
Thursday, November 22 2012, 03:00 AM CST
Man facing extradition for murder claims innocence
June 17, 2013 20:24 GMT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A former U.S. Marine facing extradition to the Philippines on double murder charges says he is innocent.
Timothy Kaufman has been in jail since his arrest in April at business near his grandfather's Albany-area home. The 35-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of three men charged by Philippine authorities with killing a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend in 2011.
Authorities claim it was a premeditated killing in an area known for its sometimes-seamy club scene.
In a handwritten letter sent to the media from jail, Kaufman says he would never do something as "heinous and stupid" as killing the couple. He says he left the country after the killings because he feared for his safety.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for June 25 in Albany federal court.
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