JCPenney Rings in the Holidays with Caroling Campaign that Inspires Customers to "Jingle More Bells"

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PLANO, TX - (Nov. 19, 2013) - When it comes to shopping for loved ones this year, JCPenney [NYSE: JCP] is helping customers pull off the best Christmas ever by offering more fa la la for less moo la lah. That`s the inspiration behind the Company`s holiday tagline, "Jingle More Bells," to express how shopping at JCPenney enables customers to be as generous as they want to be this season.

The integrated marketing campaign debuts Nov. 19 with a series of creative ads showcasing a festive choir singing fun reinterpretations of classic Christmas carols with whimsical lyrics that reflect the joy of shopping and finding that perfect gift.

"Our holiday campaign was developed to charm and entertain, but more importantly, it reinforces that when customers shop JCPenney, they will find a variety of gifts that will fit their style and budget," said Debra Berman, senior vice president of marketing at JCPenney. "From offering great deals to stocking everyone`s favorite brands, we`re the shopping destination that customers can count on this holiday season."

The campaign also comes to life in Spanish using the tagline, "Más Navidad Para Repartir." Its debut marks the Company`s renewed commitment to reconnect with its Hispanic customer base. In addition to developing dedicated holiday spots using canciones Navideñas for broadcast stations catering to Hispanic audiences, JCPenney will launch its first ever Facebook page in Spanish to reach one of the fastest growing groups on the Internet.

O Come All Ye Carolers
Continuing the theme of yuletide carols, JCPenney will be welcoming all aspiring vocalists to visit jcp.com/JingleMingle. Starting Dec. 3, the site will invite the public to create and upload a personal video singing "Silent Night" that they can share with friends and family via email and social media. As a compelling incentive for participation, JCPenney will donate $20 to the USO for each video submitted to the online choir gallery, up to $100,000. Additionally, customers can choose to submit their video to be part of a virtual caroling event with superstar Blake Shelton in New York City on Dec. 19.

The USO is the featured JCP Cares charity partner in December. Customers will be invited to round up their store or jcp.com purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to the USO. Proceeds raised will support USO programs and services that provide memorable moments for troops and military families around the world, whether it is helping them stay connected during deployments or live fulfilling lives after returning home.

Thanksgiving Shopping Feast
JCPenney will kick off the season by hosting one of the biggest Black Friday sales events in stores for 25 hours straight starting at 8 p.m.* on Thanksgiving Day. With compelling Doorbusters that include over 30 styles of women`s boots for $19.99 and a Skyway four-piece luggage set for $39.99, customers can take advantage of Black Friday specials on jcp.com all day on Thanksgiving and until 1 p.m. CST on Friday.

Reviving a JCPenney Black Friday tradition, stores will offer its early morning shoppers a complimentary 2013 edition Disney® snow globe, starting at 4 a.m. while quantities last. These popular collectors` items were previously distributed to customers on the morning after Thanksgiving for over a decade.

"With more customers visiting JCPenney for Black Friday than any other time of year, we are going to do everything we can to provide an incredible shopping experience," said Tony Bartlett, executive vice president of stores at JCPenney. "From passing out free snow globes and hosting carolers in various stores, to smiling brighter and greeting with more holiday cheer, it`s that level of service that is going to set us apart from the competition."

For JCPenney related images, b-roll, holiday look books and other media assets, visit jcpnewsroom.com.

*Except where prohibited by law in Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico.

JCPenney Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (JCP), one of the nation`s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to becoming America`s preferred retail destination for unmatched style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,100 stores and at jcp.com, customers will discover an inspiring shopping environment that features the most sought after collection of private, national and exclusive brands and attractions. For more information, please visit jcp.com.

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