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November 20, 2013 -

The holiday season is fast approaching and planning for the City's popular Jingle Bell Walk to light the Memorial Tree in City Park is well underway. This year four lucky children will be selected to ride along with Santa, (contest details below) family and friends during the walk. Sponsors are also being invited to support the lighting of the Memorial Tree.

"The Memorial Tree in City Park is a seasonal beacon for our finest thoughts for the season – and for the memory of lost loved one, peace, and unity," says Sue Hitchcock Community Events Coordinator. "We're still looking for sponsors to help offset the costs of this annual event."

Hitchcock says that volunteers from the Kingston Electrical Association were in City Park on November 16 setting up the lights in the Memorial Tree, located in the southwest corner of City Park.

The Tree will be lit at the conclusion of the Jingle Bell Walk from Springer Market Square to City Park. The event starts at 6 p.m. in Springer Market Square on Friday, Dec. 13 and will include: live entertainment featuring the Kingston Townsmen Chorus, free skating in the Square (weather-permitting), hot-chocolate (for a donation to PROkids, the City charity that helps all Kingston kids participate in recreational opportunities), Jingle Bell Walk rings will be given out to those who donate to the Partners in Mission Food Bank. Visits with Santa Claus and free candy canes will be available in Springer Market Square after the tree lighting.

Ride with Santa Contest

Children, six to 10 years-old, are invited to enter a draw to win a wagon ride with Santa from Springer Market Square to City Park. Four lucky children will be selected this year, and each child will be invited to bring along three other individuals. All four contest winners will help Santa flip the switch that turns on the lights on the Memorial Tree. 

To qualify, children are encouraged to write a letter about their favourite family holiday traditions and send them to Sue Hitchcock, Community Events Coordinator at by Friday, Nov. 29. 

Sponsor the tree in City Park

Your donation of $200 will go 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.

To sponsor the lighting of the seasonal memorial tree in City Park, please contact Sue Hitchcock at

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

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