Jingle Mingle

Join us November 23, 2024 at Jingle Mingle when we LIGHT IT UP, (the 25 foot metal chicken sculpture on top of Main Street Market) on the Downtown Gainesville Square!

As one of the Southeast’s quirkiest, fun, family-friendly events, Jingle Mingle is the perfect way to start your holiday season here in the Poultry Capital of the World!

The Downtown Square will be alive with the holiday spirit including open houses in downtown businesses, live music, carriage rides, kiddie train rides, Santa and his arrival on a Gainesville Fire Engine, the Coca-Cola bear, S’more Station, entertainment and the grand LIGHTING OF THE CHICKEN!

Event Timeline:

  • 5am: Parking Closes on Main Street
  • 1pm: Road Closure on Main Street
  • 2pm: All Roads Close for Event, Entertainment Set Up Begins
  • 4pm: Event Begins!

4pm – 6:30pm: Family Fun Activities and Open Houses

  • Kiddy Train Rides!
  • Carriage Rides!
  • Coca Cola Bear!
  • Roosevelt Square Local Stage!
  • Open Houses in Historic Buildings, with sales, live music, and refreshments!
  • Visitor’s Center Festival of Trees!
  • S’more Stations with Gainesville Fire Department!
  • Inflatable slide!
  • Jingle Mingle Merchandise, plus Gainesville holiday gift bundles for sale!

5pm: Santa Arrives on a Fire Truck. (Santa gets on truck on Maple/Spring St, rides up spring street, turns left on Bradford Street, left on Washington, exits, and the fire truck goes down Washington St to exit the event.)

5-8pm: Photos with Santa on the Square

6:45pm: Lighting of the Chicken Ceremony Begins!

7pm: The Chicken is Lit!

7- 8pm: Open Houses continue with photo opportunities downtown.

Adopt A Shop!

Stop by the Adopt-A-Shop tree and grab a #SupportSmallBusiness Wishlist to support your FAVORITE downtown Gainesville business this year!  Everyone who participates will be entered into a drawing for a Downtown Gainesville Bundle Basket, with over $500 worth of merchandise, goods, and services!

All Parking Decks are FREE in Gainesville!

  • Main Street Parking Deck, 301 Main St.
  • Hall County Parking Facility, 225 Green St.
  • North Parking Deck, 130 Main St.

This event is presented by Main Street Gainesville, a program focusing on economic vitality through Historic Preservation in our downtown commercial districts.

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor for Jingle Mingle?


Jingle Mingle (2023 Recap)
Jingle Mingle: Behind the Scenes! (2020)