If you live anywhere near Alexandria, you’re more than aware of the Jingle Bells Telethon and its 74 years of helping folks out at Christmas. You’ve probably watched it, been in the audience or even performed on the show. But for others in the 320 this may be something new, so lets explain.
Jingle Bells is a Telethon that started in 1949. The original show started on KXRA Radio, but then moved to local TV and became a telethon. Over the years over $2.6 million has been donated by listeners and viewers. The money raised is used to feed and buy presents for those in need during the upcoming Christmas Holiday. It’s an incredible production that is organized each year by the Jingle Bells Foundation with the help of hundreds of volunteers.
A variety of acts try out and are then then slotted to perform during the 5 hour show. It’s like a televised talent show on steroids. For many this is their first real experience performing in front of an audience. The evening is genuine and fun and one of those can miss moments of the Christmas Season.
Update: The Telethon raised $99,111 during the five hour show and more is expected to arrive as donations are accepted at the website through the end of the year.
Photos from Jingle Bells 2022
A few years ago, the telethon moved to cable stations and online. You can view the show online from anywhere in the 320 (or outside the 320 too) on Jingle Bells Website. You can tune in on the following Cable Stations:
- Selective TV channel 21.4
- Charter Cable channel 181
- Gardonville TV channel 4
- Arvig channel 14
- Park Region channel 1
- Runestone Telecom channel 6
The night of the telethon, the phone number to call in donations will be (320)-460-8777. You can also donate online through our website anytime throughout the year!
Donations can be made anytime via the website at https://www.jinglebellsalexandria.org/donations/
When: Saturday, December 10th, 2022 – 5pm-10pm
Where: Alexandria Area High School’s Performing Arts Theatre at 4300 Pioneer Rd SE, Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: (320) 335-2488