Event Update -
Jingle Bell Walk to City Park Lights this Friday, December 2, 2011
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.
BE A NON-SMOKER BY 2012
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. Media partners for the event include: K-Rock 105.7, Kix 93.5, the Lake 102.7 and the Kingston Whig-Standard.
Jingle all the way from Springer Market Square to light up City Park on the Jingle Bell Walk event on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
The evening's festivities start at 6 p.m. in the Square. The walk to City Park starts at 6:30 p.m
Kids and sponsors invited to get involved in the Jingle Bell Walk and Lighting of City Park
Planning for the City's popular Jingle
Bell Walk is well underway: children are being invited to enter a contest to ride with Santa in his sleigh during the walk and sponsors are being invited to support the lighting of City Park.
Children, six to 10 years-old, are invited to enter a draw to win a ride in Santa's sleigh from Springer Market Square to City Park and help Santa flip the switch that turns on the energy-saving LED lights in 45 trees. The name of the winning child will be drawn on Friday, Nov. 25.
Bring City Park to "light" this holiday season, and bring hope to those less fortunate in our community. Your donation of $200 will go directly toward offsetting the costs associated with continuing this annual holiday tradition with all remaining funds being donated to support the Partners in Mission Food Bank and the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign. A $200 sponsorship is recognized with the placement of an individual, family or business' name on a sponsorship board and in promotional materials.
Entries to win a chance to ride with Santa and inquiries about sponsoring the City Park Tree Lighting can be directed to Sue Hitchcock, Community Events Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 14.
The lights go on in City Park on Friday, Dec. 2 as part of the City's Jingle Bell Walk event which starts at 6 p.m. in Springer Market Square with live music presented by the Open Voices Community Choir, free skating (weather-permitting) and opportunities to give to The Partners in Mission Food Bank and P.R.O. Kids.
The 10 minute tobacco-free walk in support of KFL&A's Play, Live, Be, Tobacco-Free! Initiative gets underway at 6:45 p.m., lead by Kingston's own Town Crier, Chris Whyman, and Mayor Mark Gerretsen.
Join Santa in the Square following the walk and receive a FREE candy cane.
For more Jingle Bell Walk and City Park Tree Lighting details, go to
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