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Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog: Lakeland's Festive 5K Race Along Three Parks Trail - City News Blog

LAKELAND, FL (November 27, 2023) | The City of Lakeland is hosting the 9th Annual Holly Jolly Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday, December 16, 2023. 

This festive 5K race takes place along Three Parks Trail with a 7:30 a.m. start on Buckingham Avenue. Runners and spectators are encouraged to wear their most festive holiday gear for this timed and chipped race.  The race starts and ends at Cleveland Heights Golf Course (2900 Buckingham Avenue) with runners jingling and jogging along the race route. The cost of the race is $35 with proceeds benefitting the perpetual care fund for Three Parks Trail through the Givewell Community Foundation.

Director of Parks & Recreation Bob Donahay said, “This race is a great time to celebrate our public spaces and promote holiday cheer.  Participants are encouraged to dress in their holly-est, jolly-est attire. Over the years we have seen some awesome costumes ranging from discarded chairs from the Lakeland Christmas Parade, every holiday icon you can imagine and a few years ago one runner even completed the 5K race in those curly toe-elf shoes.”

Participants will receive an awesome race shirt along with a finisher ornament. After crossing the finish-line participants head over to Santa’s Village for goodies, awards, and photos with the big guy himself! There is even a 200-yard Reindeer Dash for our smallest participants under nine-years-old and registration is only $10. All participants are encouraged to share your photos and experiences on social media. Be sure to tag @Lakelandgov. 

Packet pickup will take place on Friday, December 15th, between 4:00 p.m.  6:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights Golf Course. Race day pickup will begin at 6:30 a.m. in front of the Cleveland Heights Golf Course pro shop. Awards will be given to: Overall Male and Female, Overall Masters (40+) Male and Female, and the top three Male and Female winners in the age group categories.

Registration is now open through December 13th and follow the City of Lakeland’s social media accounts @lakelandgov on all platforms for discount codes.   To find out more information and to register for the event, go to JBjog.com.




Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 115 years ago. 

For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.  Citizens are also invited to follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Snapchat and Nextdoor.  Citizens can find the City of Lakeland on these social media platforms by searching lakelandgov. 



For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please explore LakelandGov.net.
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