Gary Baglio, owner of Five 15, gives cookies to cookie crawl participants Laura Dzikowicz, of Shelby Township, left, and her cousin, Lauren Turczyn, of Sterling Heights, during Royal Oak’s holiday event last year.

Gary Baglio, owner of Five 15, gives cookies to cookie crawl participants Laura Dzikowicz, of Shelby Township, left, and her cousin, Lauren Turczyn, of Sterling Heights, during Royal Oak’s holiday event last year.

File photo by Donna Agusti


City issues call for floats in Royal Oak Jingle’s Light Parade

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published November 5, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority is planning its signature holiday event, Royal Oak Jingle, for Dec. 13-14. A new highlight this year will be the Light Parade on Main Street, beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 14.

Since floats take some time to create, organizers recently released a call for floats and lit vehicle entries. Local businesses and community groups will have the chance to vie for cash prizes for the best-lit floats.

The top three lighted entries will be awarded $1,000 in cash prizes: $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third.

Besides floats, the parade will feature musicians and local groups. Event producer 360 Event Productions is working with The Parade Company to feature several of its floats in the lineup. All parade participants are required to have lighted elements, whether they are incorporated into a float or on what they wear.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to show your creativity with a float design, so break out your toolbox and be part of the joyous merriment as the parade travels down Main Street,” DDA Downtown Manager Sean Kammer said in a prepared statement. “We are excited to see how the community comes together to help Royal Oak shine brightly with holiday spirit.”

Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier said the city is counting down the days until the Royal Oak Jingle.

“There will be so many exciting activities taking place in downtown Royal Oak to celebrate the holiday season,” he said in a prepared statement. “There’s something for everyone, including the young and the young at heart.”

For the first time this year, the city will offer horse-drawn carriage rides, which hold up to six people, as well as rides on an 18-seat Christmas wagon. Each ride will last approximately 15 minutes. The cost is $45 to rent a carriage and $7 for an individual seat on the wagon. Rides must be purchased in advance, and tickets are available at www.rojingle.com.

The popular cookie crawl will return from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Participants will receive a keepsake tin to collect holiday cookies baked by local bakeries, a map of cookie pickup locations and a punch card.

Organizers said the event sold out last year and that the city doubled its cookie tin order this year and will have nearly 15,000 cookies throughout the downtown. 

“The cookies range from traditional flavors to more unique spins of holiday baking from some of the best bakeries in metro Detroit, including Holiday Market, The Cookie Crumb and Holy Cannoli’s,” Julie Law, of 360 Event Productions, said in a prepared statement. “We really look forward to this cheerful, colorful holiday event.”

Tickets for the cookie crawl cost $25 and include a commemorative cookie tin, which fits 24 cookies.

Following the conclusion of the Light Parade, the city will hold a treelighting ceremony at Third and Main streets Dec. 14.

On Dec. 14 and 15, families can take advantage of free photo opportunities with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and two reindeer, and a holiday marketplace will pop up inside a heated tent, which will include shopping, live music, a cocktail bar and hot cocoa. The tent will be open from noon to 11 p.m. Dec. 14, and from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 15.

“The holiday festivities continue to get bigger and brighter in downtown Royal Oak,” Kammer said in a prepared statement. “I invite everyone to join us in celebrating the holidays at the Royal Oak Jingle. This is a wonderful community event with lots of holiday cheer, and it’s a perfect time to connect with old and new friends in the heart of the city.”

For more information about Royal Oak Jingle, to register to participate in the parade or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.rojingle.com.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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