Downtown Kingston’s Pewter Collectibles return for 30th season

The local landmarks to be featured as part of the Downtown Kingston BIA’s 2023 Pewter Collectibles (clockwise from top left): CKWS — photo of pewter ornament via Downtown Kingston BIA; The Waaban Crossing — photo by John Andrew; Kingston Tennis Club — photo via Kingston Tennis Club website; The Military Communications and Electronics Museum — photo via museum website; Gord Edgar Downie Pier — photo by Shane Schofield via Swim Drink Fish website.

After 30 years, the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA) is still finding fun and unique ways to celebrate the city’s storied past with the annual release of their Limited Edition Pewter Collectibles. This year’s five-piece series launches Monday, Nov. 20, with a new ornament available for purchase every Monday through December 18, 2023.  

“It’s quite incredible, but we still receive suggestions all year long,” said Jan MacDonald, Director of Events with Downtown Kingston. “It’s wonderful how much Kingstonians, and former Kingstonians, enjoy this program with many having collected since the first year of ornaments!” 

Rendering of the Military Communications and Electronics Museum pewter collectible. Graphic via Downtown Kingston BIA.

The 2023 selected ornaments and their release dates are:

  • CKWS — November 20
  • Kingston Tennis Club — November 27
  • Military Communications & Electronics Museum — December 4
  • The Gord Edgar Downie Pier — December 11
  • Waaban Crossing — December 18
Rendering of the Kingston Tennis Club pewter collectible. Graphic via Downtown Kingston BIA.

In a media release, Downtown Kingston stated that the ornaments are $10 each when $25 worth of receipts from downtown businesses are presented at time of purchase. The ornaments have a regular retail value of over $20. Receipts dated after November 1, 2023, are valid and may be from several businesses. Receipts from all downtown businesses are applicable the BIA stated, including, of course, all holiday purchases. Quantities are limited and are available only while supplies last.

Ornaments are available at the following locations beginning November 20th: 

Grand Theatre Box Office
218 Princess Street
Monday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Leon’s Centre Box Office
1 Tragically Hip Way
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The box office will be open on one Monday only — Dec 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitor Information Centre
209 Ontario Street
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, the BIA said not all renderings of the ornaments available yet. This article will be updated when those images become available.

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