Wednesday, Nov. 28, 4:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza in
Medford House Tour
Saturday, Dec. 1, 4:00 p.m., followed by a cocktail
and buffet reception -OR-
Sunday, Dec. 2, 1:00 p.m.,
followed by a pastry reception. Buses
meet at City Hall in Medford Square
City Hall Tree Display
Wednesday, Nov. 28 - Sunday, Dec. 2 at City Hall in Medford Square
And don't forget...
The Victorian Stroll
On Thursday, November
29, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Medford Chamber of Commerce
will sponsor a Victorian Stroll through Medford Square
Download 2008 Program Book
Medford, Massachusetts—The Jingle Bell City
The Jingle Bell Festival is now in its ninth
year! Thanks to the generous support of local sponsors,
this year's festival promises to be a community
celebration that continues to provide needed resources
to local charitable organizations.
About the Song
"Jingle Bells," the now world famous holiday tune, was composed at the Simpson Tavern in Medford, Massachusetts in 1850 by James Pierpont (1822-1893). The tavern stood at the site which is now 19 High Street in Medford Square. The song was composed in the presence of Mrs. Otis Waterman, who later verified the location of the song's composition. In 1857, James Pierpont, while living in Georgia, copyrighted "Jingle Bells." The lyrics of the song tell of the sleigh rides held on Salem Street in the early 1800s.
Source: Medford Historical Society—1988