The Jingle Hike Challenge is back for another year! Our staff have come up with 12 very special places in southwestern Illinois to explore the outdoors this winter. 


What is the Jingle Hike Challenge?

Jingle bells will be tied to 12 trees in parks throughout the Metro East from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day. Participants are asked to visit as many parks as they can, take a photo with the bell, and submit the photo evidence using our new tracking system.

For every entry, you will be entered to win one of 10 prizes. If you find at least 6 of the bells, you will be entered to win one of the two grand prizes – A two-night retreat at Camp Ondessonk for up to 6 people or an Adventure Package for up to 15 people at SIU’s Touch of Nature Center.


How do I register?

Registration begins October 11, 2021Cost is $25 per person and includes t-shirt, printed map with instructions, entry number, and chance to win great prizes. You must register by November 1 to get your t-shirt. (You can still register after November 1, but you will not receive a t-shirt).


Can I still play if I don’t register? 

Anyone is welcome to find the jingle bells, snap and submit a selfie, and share it on social media using #jinglehike. However, you will only be entered to win prizes if you are registered. 

 For questions, visit the Jingle Hike Page or contact Kim O’Bryan at | (618) 566-4451 ext 10

Jingle Hike Participants