Grosse Pointe City hopes to get holidays off to social start with Jingle and Mingle

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 19, 2019


GROSSE POINTE CITY — Grosse Pointe City is inviting its residents and the community at large to get into the holiday spirit with special events this Friday in the Village.

The Family Jingle and Mingle, presented by the City and its nonprofit arm, the City of Grosse Pointe Foundation, will begin at a new, earlier time this year — at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22 — in the area of St. Clair Street and Kercheval Avenue. The City’s annual tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m., with carols performed by Grosse Pointe South High School’s Pointe Singers, and free refreshments — including hot chocolate and s’mores around warming fires — courtesy of the Grosse Pointe Boat Club and the Parks and Recreation Department.

“This year, (festivities) start at 5:30 p.m., so you can socialize and jingle and mingle as the tree gets lit,” City Manager Pete Dame said during a Nov. 18 City Council meeting.

The evening will also include free face-painting and an opportunity for children to pen letters to Santa. Parents will find plenty of photo opportunities with their little ones, thanks to appearances by some of Santa’s reindeer and a resident from Whoville.

“There’s a lot more activities for kids (this year),” Parks and Recreation Director Christopher Hardenbrook said at the Nov. 18 council meeting.

Beverages and burgers will be served as well.

Jingle and Mingle has taken place for approximately the last five years and generally draws a crowd of roughly 500 to 600 people, according to organizers.

To make it easier for people to park and get to and from this event, the K-Line Trolley will be running along Kercheval Avenue through the Hill, the Village and Grosse Pointe Park’s The Park business districts between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 22. Trolley rides are free.

Organizers say the Jingle and Mingle event is usually over by around 9 p.m.

“We hope to see a lot of people there,” Hardenbrook said.

No tickets or reservations are needed, and these events are free.