Gary Baglio, owner of Five15, hands out Christmas cookies as part of the annual Cookie Crawl during Royal Oak Jingle in 2019. This year, the event will take place Dec. 11.

Gary Baglio, owner of Five15, hands out Christmas cookies as part of the annual Cookie Crawl during Royal Oak Jingle in 2019. This year, the event will take place Dec. 11.

Photo provided by Julie Law


Royal Oak Jingle and light parade to return bigger and brighter

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published December 8, 2021

 A Ghostbusters float features a car festooned with lights and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in 2019.

A Ghostbusters float features a car festooned with lights and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in 2019.

Photo provided by Julie Law

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ROYAL OAK — On Dec. 11, Royal Oak’s signature holiday event, Royal Oak Jingle, will return with a slew of fan favorite events, including a Christmas cookie crawl, light parade, winter market, and horse and carriage rides.

Festivities will kick off at 1 p.m. and run through 10 p.m. in downtown Royal Oak.

Festival producer Julie Law, president of 360 Event Productions, said this year is ramping up to be the biggest event yet. Like so many other events, Royal Oak Jingle was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our parade is growing. We’re so excited to have six floats from The Parade Company, and then we also have a lot of new organizations joining us,” Law said. “Each group challenges their ingenuity to illuminate floats, vehicles or other fun motorized objects.”

The parade will kick off at 7 p.m. along Main Street, between Lincoln Avenue and 11 Mile Road. Among the more than 50 organizations marching will be four marching bands, the Redford Unicycle Group, New Edge Figure Skating Club, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Salvation Army and the Taylor Shrine Club.

The Christmas cookie crawl will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Law said this year’s route includes many new bakeries. Participants should register in advance, as it usually sells out. The price includes a cookie tin and map of participating businesses.

Horse and carriage rides will be available starting at Third Street, east of Main Street. The route will continue to Lincoln Avenue and then return to Main Street. Advance tickets are recommended — any available day-of tickets will be sold at the heated tent on Third Street, east of Main.

From noon to 10 p.m., the heated tent also will house the winter market, featuring handcrafted merchandise from local vendors; a cocktail bar; a made-to-order hot cocoa bar; and live entertainment. Visitors can also enjoy outdoor games, s’mores stations and treats from a variety of food trucks.

From 8 to 10 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors inside the heated tent. Families can take advantage of a free photo opportunity with the cheery couple against a holiday backdrop.

Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier, who will give the key to the city to Santa Claus at the event, said he is looking forward to the mostly outdoor event as a way to see friends, family and neighbors.

“(COVID-19) cases are up in Michigan, so everyone has to be thoughtful about how we engage with each other,” Fournier said. “It will be a nice event to get out and kind of wind down the year and start to celebrate hopefully a more prosperous 2022.”

To purchase tickets for specific events or for more information, visit rojingle.com.

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