Jingle Hike Challenge

2021 Jingle Hike Challenge
The Jingle Hike Challenge is back for another year! The staff at Heartlands Conservancy have come up with 12 very special places in southwestern Illinois to explore this winter.

About 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 selfie with the bell, and submit the photo evidence using a new tracking system. You can also share your photos on social media, using the hashtag #JingleHike. To check out the Jingle Hike Locations and Rules, go to the Official Jingle Hike Challenge page here.


Registration begins October 11, 2021. Cost 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).

After you register you can pick up your Jingle Hike packet from Toolen’s Running Start in O’Fallon (3260 Green Mt Crossing Dr, O’Fallon, IL 62269) on Saturday, November 20 between 10 am and noon. Anyone who is unable to come during this time can pick up their packets at the HeartLands Conservancy office at 29 E Main Street in Belleville during business hours or pay an extra $5.00 to have the packet shipped to you. Shirts not picked up by January 31, 2022 will be donated.

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.