JANESVILLE -- Three days of holiday activities will be featured downtown during the third annual Janesville Jolly Jingle, set for Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, 2016. The highlights will include the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Lower Courthouse Park and the lighted parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 along Milwaukee and Main streets. Fireworks will follow the parade.
"The parade is really cool. We have the lighted floats. We have music groups. We have marching bands. We have live animals," said Shelley Slapak, Janesville recreation director.
The Rock County Historical Society will host Christmas with the Tallmans from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Lincoln-Tallman House, 440 N. Jackson St. The event will include tours of the house, decorated Christmas trees and hot cider and hot chocolate. The cost to attend is $5, and children 5 years and younger get in free.
Other activities will include the Christkindl Holiday Market, Holiday Vendor Market, "Spice on Ice" skate show, holiday film festival, live reindeer display, snowtubing, art exhibits, children’s craft projects and live music.
"There’s things for people of all ages and interests," Slapak said. "If you’re looking for more passive activities, there’s the craft sales, film festival and the sing-a-longs. If you’re into the more active activities, there’s snowtubing and ice skating.
"JPAC will present ‘The Santaland Diaries,’ which is geared more toward adults, but there’s plenty of activities for kids."
Jolly Jingle definitely attracts a crowd, but it’s tough to put a number on attendance, Slapak said.
"It’s hard to get an exact estimate because people are so spread out. There’s several thousands of people who line the downtown streets to watch the parade," she said. "It’s not only community driven, but we get people from outside of Janesville as well. The point is to get people from outside of Janesville to visit the community."
A multitude of groups work together to help make Jolly Jingle a success.
"There’s so many partners that are involved. The city hosts activities at the senior center. The Hedberg Public Library, Downtown Business Association, Janesville Farmers Market, Voigt Music Center, JPAC, Olde Towne Mall and Janesville Area Visitors and Conventions Bureau all host activities," Slapak said. "It’s a huge deal. Several community groups come together to host an event to kick off the holiday season."
For more information, go online to janesvillejollyjingle.com.