12/15/13 — Jingle in the Park continues Friday

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Jingle in the Park continues Friday

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on December 15, 2013 1:50 AM

Jingle in the Park kicked off Friday for its first of two weekends in Herman Park with fun and family time for all who went.

The Saturday event may have been called off because of the weather, but don't fret -- it's coming around again this Friday and Saturday.

The event was such a big success last year that the city decided to extend it for an extra weekend this year.

It will run from 4 to 8 p.m. in Herman Park Dec. 20 and 21.

There will be a number of family friendly activities in store for anyone who comes to the event including piles of leaves scattered around the park just for playing in.

"The event is really a family event, and people of all ages get into it," Parks and Recreation superintendent Felicia Brown said.

"Last year we had teens, young adults and even older adults enjoying the leaves. All ages can get into that."

The Kiwanis train will be running and selling concessions including s'mores kits and marshmallows for the fire pit.

And of course the whole park is stuffed with Christmas decorations.

"The activities don't cost anything, and we don't charge any kinds of fees," Mrs. Brown said.

"The only cost is the Kiwanis train and concessions."

An inflatable movie screen will be showing family appropriate movies.

"We're just looping all the 24 minutes Christmas movies," Parks and Recreation Director Scott Barnard said. "Your Rudolph and Frosty and all the Charlie Browns."

The headliner of the event as always will be Santa Claus and his wife, Mrs. Claus.

Santa rolled into the park on a fire truck Friday at 6 p.m. ready to hear all of the children's Christmas lists.

"We have a direct line to the North Pole, and we're pretty confident we can get Santa to come."

Santa will be set up in the park house located in the center of the park.

Hayrides took people around the Herman Park area on a flatbed trailer to see the area Christmas lights.