Kringle Karnival Returns to Chisholm Trail Park Nov. 23
A favorite Christmas tradition for Yukon youngsters, The Kringle Karnival once again takes place amongst the magical wonderland of Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Karnival is located at the north end of Chisholm Trail Park, at 500 W. Vandament. Admission, as always, is FREE!
The event coincides with the grand opening of the Christmas in the Park drive-through Christmas lights tour, which also starts at 6:00 p.m. Gather the whole family for a night of good, old-fashioned holiday fun!
Local favorite, The Irv Wagner Brass Band, plays your favorite Christmas tunes. Chester the Clown strolls among guests during the evening, entertaining the young and young-at-heart!
Kids love the holiday-themed games and crafts at the Karnival. You leave out cookies for Santa; why not make some reindeer food for his four-legged friends? Children are invited to take their picture in the many holiday themed “selfie stations” available.
In between your favorite activities, be sure to register for the gift giveaway. Yukon Parks and Recreation gives away six gifts for three different age groups. One gift for a boy and one gift for a girl in each age group. Past giveaway items include bicycles, power wheels, and Nintendo 3DS consoles!
When you’re done with the Karnival activities, stroll, drive or ride the Santa Express Train at Christmas in the Park. This premiere Christmas light display opens at 6 p.m. on Nov. 23, then is open 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly until New Year’s Eve. The tour features 100 acres of three interconnected city parks that are lavishly decorated top to bottom with 4.5 million Christmas lights and over 500 one-of-a-kind displays. The parks are Yukon City Park, Chisholm Trail Park and Freedom Trail. Admission is free and donations, which help fund the tour, are merrily accepted.
If you’d like to start celebrating early, the Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run, which is presented by Title Sponsor, Academy Sports and Outdoors, and the Jingle Walk also take place on November 23.
Chill Your Cheeks begins at 5:00 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Park. It is a certified course sanctioned by USATF Oklahoma. Runners follow a course that takes them along area streets and ultimately through the beautiful illuminated Christmas in the Park lights while live Christmas music is played. Registration is available online at www.yukonok.gov/catalog or by contacting Tyler Kilmer, [email protected], or Quincy Rinkle, [email protected]. Other sponsors for Chill Your Cheeks are Yukon Optimist Sports Club, McBride Orthopedic Hospital, True Sky Credit Union, Bedlam Law, and Tropical Smoothie Café. Festival Friend sponsors are: Yanda & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, BancFirst, Spanish Cove Retirement Village, Ingram, Smith and Turner Funeral Home and Integris Canadian Valley Hospital.
The Jingle Walk begins at 5:30 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Park’s big pavilion. This fun-walk travels through Chisholm Trail Park’s millions of glowing Christmas lights. On-site registration begins at 5:00 p.m., and the event is free. All participants in the Jingle Walk will receive a festive jingle bell bracelet. For details, contact Dennis Warren at [email protected] or 350-8920.
For more information about the City of Yukon’s Christmas events, call 405-354-8442, 405-350-8937 or visit www.yukonok.gov/ChristmasinthePark.
The Kringle Karnival is one of Yukon’s best events. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do. To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.yukonok.gov or call 405-350-8937 or 405-354-8442.