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Come and join the fun on Kingston’s Tinsel Trail

26 October 2020

The festive season is almost upon us, and so is Kingston’s Tinsel Trail.

From the end of November across Kingston, a wonderful glittery trail of activities, local shopping incentives and competitions is spreading across the city and online – and you’re encouraged to join in the fun.

City of Kingston CEO Julie Reid said Kingston’s Tinsel Trail is a terrific opportunity to support local businesses as they rebuild after a challenging year.

“Featuring pop-up carollers, Santa on a Segway, neon installations and the distribution of shop local bags filled with trader incentives, there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate the festive season while shopping local for loved ones,” Ms Reid said.

“Kingston Council had to make the difficult decision to cancel its much-loved annual ‘Carols by Kingston’ event this year due to COVID-19 and the restrictions on mass gatherings but in its place, we’ve launched Kingston’s Tinsel Trail to bring the community together and help spread festive cheer.”

Little ones will be able to immerse themselves in the magic of Christmas by touring the city’s decorated activity centres, finding Holly our festivals and events mascot in local shops or entering the colouring competition via one of the specially-marked Santa’s mailboxes located in participating traders.

Tinsel Trail will also feature virtual activities including Christmas-themed Storytime sessions hosted by Kingston Libraries and fun workshops to participate in.

“Kingston businesses have been hard hit by the lockdowns and retail restrictions in recent months and we hope the Tinsel Trail will help encourage our community to shop locally and support our traders,” said Ms Reid.

Residents can share their purchases on social media with the hashtag #kingstonstinseltrail for the chance to win great prizes.

For more information on local activities and opportunities to get involved, visit


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