Hastings set to Jingle and Mingle this weekend
Organizers have arranged to have Santa as a special visitor during Hastings Jingle and Mingle celebration. (Photo by Rose Hendershott)
Jingle and Mingle will be back to light up Hastings Friday through Sunday. An estimated 125 organizations are participating in or sponsoring events throughout the weekend, making all activities free, including trolley, wagon and carriage rides; children’s activities; entertainment; events with Santa; professional face-painting; a pancake breakfast Sunday; and more.
The list of events includes:
Friday, Dec. 6
4-8 p.m. – arts and craft vendors. All gathered in the library, vendors old and new come together to sell different artistic creations. Hastings Public Library, 227 E. State St.
5-7 p.m. – creative kids’ workshop. The Thornapple Arts Council invites the public to create some art. Baker said the project differs every year. A past project saw kids make different creations from sticky notes. At Home Real Estate, 107 E. State St.
5:30 p.m. – manger lighting. The 51st annual lighting will take place on the courthouse lawn, led by Pastor Bryce Feighner.
6:15 p.m. – mayor’s Christmas tree lighting, crowning of the Jingle and Mingle Prince and Princess. The prince and princess are chosen based on an online voting process. Each of the young people in the running for prince and princess submitted essays to the Jingle and Mingle committee. The public may vote for their pick for Prince and Princess through the Jingle and Mingle website. East State Street between city hall and the library.
6-9 p.m. – carriage rides. Tickets are required to ride. To get a ticket, those interested must arrive at the location where the carriage ride is taking place 30 minutes before its scheduled start time. There, they will be given a free ticket for their desired ride time. Riders must show up 15 minutes before the time listed on their tickets. Jefferson and Court streets
6-9 p.m. – Holly Trolley rides. Pick-up and drop-off site is on north side of the courthouse, across from movie theater.
6-9 p.m. – Santa visits Dick’s Barber Shop. Kids will have a few minutes to visit with Santa, 121 S. Jefferson St.
Saturday, Dec 7
11 a.m-2 p.m. – Cookies with Santa. The Hastings Public Library invites the public to visit the Merry Old Elf himself and have some cookies. The lineup usually draws 300 kids, and lineup begins early. Hastings Public Library in the upstairs community room, 227 E State St.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. – face painting. After visiting with Santa, youngsters can get a stylish face decoration to display all around town. New to Jingle and Mingle, a professional face painter will be doing the painting. Hastings Public Library, second floor, 227 E. State St.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – chime choir from Grace Lutheran Church. Free concert at Hastings Public Library in the upstairs community room.
Noon – 3-on-3 broomball tournament. Those interested in competing may register online through the link available on the Jingle and Mingle website. Barry Community Enrichment Center, 231 S. Broadway.
1-5 p.m. – wagon and carriage rides. To go on wagon or carriage ride, attendees must first obtain tickets. Tickets are handed out 30 minutes prior to the starting time of rides each day. The Jingle and Mingle committee encourages the public to “get there early and have the opportunity to get your tickets.” The tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. The wagon will be at Ace Hardware and the carriage will be at State and Jefferson streets.
1-5 p.m. – Holly Trolley rides. North side of the courthouse, across from the movie theater.
2-4 p.m. – Letters to Santa. Youngsters and families invited to send their Christmas wishes, written in a letter, to Santa. Children will receive coloring books (while supplies last). Baker said every child who writes a letter to Santa will receive a letter in response. At Home Real Estate, 107 E. State St.
2-4 p.m. – Santa’s Workshop. Children are invited to build one of several Christmas projects (while supplies last). The event is run by Rhonda Smith from the Thornapple Credit Union. Adult supervision is required for each child participating. Barry Community Enrichment Center, 231 S. Broadway.
4 p.m. – Expressions Dance Center performance. Expressions Dance Center invites the public to come and watch some local dance schools show off their talent. Thornapple Plaza.
5:30-7 p.m. – Hastings Rotary Club Christmas Parade. As of last week, more than 75 entries been registered to participate in the procession. State Street
After the parade - Spirit of Christmas: “Eat, drink, and be merry.” Local restaurants plan to offer food and drink specials for parade watchers.
Sunday, Dec 8
11 a.m.-3 p.m. – wagon and carriage rides Attendees must obtain tickets. Tickets are handed out 30 minutes prior to the starting time of rides each day. Tickets are given out on a first-come first-served basis. The wagon will be at State and Church streets, and the carriage will be at State and Michigan streets.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – pancake breakfast with Santa. Breakfast seekers invited downtown, State Street will be closed, and a big tent will be set up for everyone to have free breakfast. State Street at Jefferson.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Holly Trolley rides. North side of the courthouse across from movie theater.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. reindeer petting zoo. State Street at Jefferson Street.
1 p.m. – candy cane hunt. Kids will scurry across the courthouse lawn, trying to grab as many candy canes as they can to win a prize. Barry County Courthouse lawn, 220 W. State St.
Noon-2 p.m. – “It’s a chili winter” chili cook-off. Pick up a ballot At Bay to Bay, 117 E. State St.
1-2 p.m. – scavenger hunt. At Home Real Estate, 107 E State St.
1-3 p.m. – children’s crafts and games. State and Jefferson streets in the tent area.
Complete details are available at hastingsjingleandmingle.com.