Congratulations to Emmanuel, Bobby and Albert on finding this 1st G.Thomas Jewelers, Manhattan Running Company Jingle Bell Rock!


The first Jingle Bell Rock was found along the Linear Trail walking path under the Big Blue River Bridge. There’s a parking lot and a boat ramp access area there right off Highway 24. Here’s how the clues led you there.

Clue 1:

Watching and waiting on that holiday clock,

Ringing in the hunt for the old Jingle Bell Rock.

Just like the last we’ll hide not one rock but two,

Clues to find one rock then clues we’ll redo

Rule of the game: Lets the players know that the clues will be for the first rock then the second, not at the same time.

Clue 2:

Two rocks hidden safely like holiday twins,

Many searches start but only two will be wins.

In order to find either of these fine Christmas scores,

You’ll have to start searching but only outdoors.

Rule of the game: Keep your hunt in outdoor areas only.

Clue 3:

To complete your search you’ll need no tools,

But you will need to keep following Santa’s Jingle Bell Rules.

While Donner is donning and Dasher is dashing,

Keep your search all in public no need for trespassing.

Rule of the game: The rock will be found on public property.

Clue 4:

One final rule for your Jingle Bell guides,

Then its off to find where the Rock Jingle Bell hides.

As you look high and low with efforts painstaking,

Please be proper elves and please do no breaking.

Rule of the game: Don’t do any damage while searching for the rock. Be nice, it’s Christmas.

Clue 5:

The hunt’s rules are all set and it’s time to embark,

Load up that Christmas truckster like at Grizwold named Clark.

The old front wheel drive sleigh is off and zooming,

Fire up that search east of all the booming.

Rules are set and it’s time for the hunt! All the fire and booming reference Fort Riley, keep the search to the east.

Clue 6:

The Rock is still hiding as we start week number two,

Each day a step closer to putting those prizes in view.

For your search to be one that victory brings,

Keep looking in places that do many things.

The area where the rock was found has a boat ramp, walking/running/biking trail, and is used for a great many recreation activities all year.

Clue 7:

Back and forth in your mind with the clues you will volley,

Always the goal of a Christmas so jolly.

Too far from the goal you can’t stray,

There’s always something there to help in finding the way.

Finding the way is a reference to “wayfinding” which is a term that refers to signage that helps you find your way from place to place. In this case it’s a reference to the large wayfinding signage that is in the area where the rock was found.

Clue 8:

Eight tiny reindeer and eight jingle clues,

Minding the way you’re pointing your shoes.

With each Christmas step the closer you get,

Use some care you could end up wet.

Minding your feet is a reference to the walking path, and that it’s located right next to water, in this case the Big Blue River.

Clue 9:

This time of year is accompanied by song,

The perfect ones could help your search along.

A certain king could keep the hunt humming.

Especially if you double up on the drumming.

Beginning of the clue references “ones” which would be more than one Christmas song. First, the king is an Elvis reverence and Blue Christmas could give you a hint to the Big Blue River. Double up the drumming would take the 12 drummers drumming and make that 24, which is the highway that crosses where the river and linear trail access point is.

Clue 10:

Keep those searches running and watch out for the blues,

Just keep lining up each one of the Jingle Bell clues.

With your eyes pointed under the top of your nose,

Right near the two dozen where everyone goes.

All the hints of the week in one clue! Running for the running path, blues for Big Blue River, lining up the clues would be “linear thinking”, the top of your nose is the “bridge”, and the two dozen is 24.

Congratulations to Mitch, Tim, Phillip and Matt for finding this 2nd G.Thomas Jewelers, Manhattan Running Company Jingle Bell Rock!

Rock #2 Was found on Manhattan Hill, under a tree on the way up to the parking lot.

Clue 11:

With one Rock found it’s time for number two,

You know the rules and just what to do.

In order for the next search to be Jingle Bell best,

Start with the first rock and then head to the west.

We started the search pointing you to the west, and in this case, almost directly west of where the first rock was found.

Clue 12:

Today marks the morning, today marks the day,

Christmas is waiting just one week away.

The angels are singing songs full of harks,

Our Rock is jingling songs full of parks.

A couple pieces in this clue, one is the morning, of which the sunrise view from Manhattan Hill is pretty awesome if you’ve never seen it. Harks is a reference to Harken, of which there’s so much history up at Manhattan hill, one of the oldest landmarks in town. And for full of parks parks, well there’s a big parks and rec sign up there, it’s a city park, there’s a parking lot…lots of parks.

Clue 13:

As Christmas nears comes our favorite sights,

The night all lit up with glittering lights.

As you keep searching and looking around,

You can get closer by heading uptown.

For the sights and seeing the glittering lights, again, Manhattan Hill is a fantastic view. The bigger key here was “uptown” or specifically up-town, as the rock was on the way “up” to the parking lot where the name of the town MANHATTAN is spelled out in huge letters.

Big thanks to our sponsors:

G. Thomas Jewelers, Manhattan Running Company,

Short Stop, Manhattan Meat Market, Wahoo, Godfrey’s Indoor Ranges and Tactical Supply, Complete Nutrition,

Kite’s Bar and Grille, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Alex’s Affordable Eye Wear, Mid State Mechanical,

Arlan’s Fine Wine and Spirits, BD4 Distributing, Hi-Tech Interiors-Trinium Contractors, Rollover U, Qdoba, Goblin Games, RC Hobbies, Sacred Leaf, Glenn’s Music, Kansas Archery, Endacott Lighting,

Little Apple Dent Repair, Elevation Studios, Motorhead Cycle, Sears Hometown Store, Mobile Revive