Jingle all the way from Springer Market Square to light up City Park during the Jingle Bell Walk event on Friday, Dec. 2. This popular community event, a great way to kick-off the holiday season, starts with a free skate (weather-permitting) accompanied by Open Voices Community Choir at 6 p.m. at Springer Market Square.
“It’s an active and magical way to launch the holiday season,” says Sue Hitchcock, Community Events Coordinator.
Hot chocolate in exchange for a donation to the City’s P.R.O. Kids charity- Positive Recreational Opportunities for Kids – which helps make recreation programs affordable for Kingston’s kids and youth. Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Partners in Mission Food Bank and get a free Jingle Bell necklace for the jingly 10-minute walk to City Park.
The walk itself starts at 6:45 p.m. when you and your loved ones can follow Santa on his sleigh to City Park to turn on the energy-saving LED lights on 45 trees. The tobacco-free walk is sponsored in part by KFL&A’s “Play, Live, Be tobacco free” campaign which promotes tobacco-free sports and recreation (see www.playlivebetobaccofree.ca).
After the walkers arrive at the park at 7 p.m., Santa Claus and the winner of the Ride with Santa contest, six year-old Madison Sierra Nevin, will preside over the ceremonial flicking of the switch.
“I enjoy the walk from start to finish. I love the lights and the atmosphere,” said Madison in her contest submission, which was chosen in a random draw.
Santa will be handing out candy canes in Springer Market Square after the Walk.
In addition to getting active, walkers are also being encouraged to plan to quit smoking by the New Year. KFL&A Public Health will have a booth available in the Square offering information to anyone who wishes to plan a smoke-free future.
The monies received through the sponsorships for the lighting of City Park go to offset the costs of this initiative with any remaining funds being donated to the Partners in Mission Food Bank and the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign.
For a full list of sponsors go to www.cityofkingston.ca/jingle.
Release source: City of Kingston