Via Wicked Local Arlington: Arlington business owner Lauren Hefferon will lead her 19th annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride dressed in her reindeer costume at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 from Kickstand Cafe, 594 Massachusetts Ave.
The 19th Annual Jingle Ride is a FREE holiday singing bicycle parade is also a fundraiser for Horizons for Homeless Children.
“What started out as a simple and fun idea to bring some cycling magic to the holidays has evolved into an annual event that many come to year after year,” said Hefferon, whose company, Ciclismo Classico, has been on Marathon Street for over 25 years. “For those who love a parade, love social cycling, love to sing and who get a kick out of wearing antlers or a holiday costume, the Jingle Ride is a must for your holiday calendar.”
This year’s ride starts and ends at the Kickstand Café, where riders can fuel up with free hot drinks and pastries. The 22-mile ride (round trip) follows the Minuteman Bikeway and then heads for Harvard Square, the Esplanade, Boston Common and Newbury Street. The group makes occasional stops to sing carols for passersby. One of the stops is Harvard Square, where the Harvard Square Business Association serves cookies and hot cocoa to the group.
Riders are encouraged to give a $25 suggested donation for the ride.
“I volunteered at a homeless shelter with Horizons for Homeless Children for six years, and I wanted to spread awareness of this fantastic nonprofit,” ride spokesperson Karin Turer said.
Registration is at 10:15 a.m. Ages 18 and younger ride free, when accompanied by an adult.