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Jingle Bell Walk to light Memorial Tree this Friday

December 9, 2013 -

Kick-off the season with your community: join the Jingle Bell Walk from Springer Market Square to City Park to light the Memorial Tree this Friday, Dec. 13.

This popular Kingston tradition starts at 6 p.m. in Springer Market Square where the Kingston Townsmen Chorus will serenade those enjoying free public skating (weather-permitting). 

"This community event is a great, active way to experience the season. The Jingle Bell Walk brings us together outdoors to enjoy the seasonal lights and the tremendous beauty of Kingston," says Sue Hitchcock, Event Coordinator.

Hot chocolate is being offered for a donation to PROkids, the City charity that helps kids participate in recreational activities.  And plan to jingle all the way to City Park, with the Jingle Bell Ring you will get by bringing a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Partners in Mission Food Bank.  Walk participants are invited to sing along to songs of the season lead by the Junior Cantabile Choir.

The 10-minute walk to City Park culminates in the lighting of the Memorial Tree at about 7 p.m.  Two lucky children – Sam Tallen and Grace Blunt – won the "Ride with Santa" contest, and the right to invite their friends and family aboard the wagon with Santa Claus to help flick the switch on the seasonal lights.

Visits with Santa Claus and free candy canes will be available in Springer Market Square after the Tree-lighting ceremony.

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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