Letter | All lit up again
Following what has become a Christmas tree lighting tradition at Locomotive Park in Kingman, kicked off by Mayor Jen Miles this past Saturday, Dec. 4, Christmas celebrations in downtown Kingman were lit up, followed by a Street of Lights, which replaced the long-standing Parade of Lights that Kingmanites have enjoyed for many years and the second-year-running of Mingle Jingle.
Our congratulations to Joni Millin and the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association, and Matt and Pam Wanner (Standard newspaper) for putting on such a wonderful event, which lasted until 9 p.m. and provided several hours for visitors and residents alike to tour Beale Street in their cars; walk Beale Streets and the side streets to enjoy the lighted-up and decorated Christmas-on-wheels vehicles parked along the streets; and visit and patronize all of the wonderful Kingman downtown merchants, restaurants and bars. The kiddies even lined up for an on-the-knee visit with Santa.
An added benefit and attraction, which also drew lots of people to the center of downtown Kingman, was the second-year-running of the Mingle Jingle Christmas Bazaar event held at Beale Celebrations.
Vendors and guests alike lauded huge praise and gratitude for holding the Mingle Jingle again this year. Big kudos to Joni and Sheri Shaw, who also did an excellent job as the 2021 manager of the Kingman Farmers Market at Thunder-Rode. Sheri organized and managed this year’s Mingle Jingle Bazaar. It was such a great success, I understand they will do it again next year.
All of these events, beginning with the tree lighting at Locomotive Park, the Street of Lights and Mingle Jingle events, are perfect examples of what can and should be done to show off our historic downtown area, the original historic Route 66, which runs right through the center of town, and bring throngs of visitors to downtown Kingman, supporting the local downtown businesses.