November 6, 2021

By popular demand, the “Trip the Light Fantastic” Bike Ride through Christmas in the Park returns to Jackson County on Sunday, Nov. 21. The adult cyclist ride begins at 6 p.m. and the family ride at 6:20 p.m.

Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy a magical 4.5-mile ride up to and through the more than 175 lighted, animated displays that make up Jackson County’s 34th Annual Christmas in the Park. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Lit/Holiday Decorated Bike.

“For the safety of all, we will not host a pre-event gathering this year,” said Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “Folks will simply park and enjoy the ride.”

At the finish line, cyclists will enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate at Gusto Coffee Bistro and photos with Santa compliments of the Bicycle Shack. Prizes for Best Lit/Decorated Bike will be awarded around 7 p.m.

Parental discretion is advised for riders under the age of 10 as the course can be dark and hilly in places. Headlights and helmets are required for this night ride.

“Trip the Light Fantastic” is a free event. Pre-registration is not required. Parking is at the Longview Community Center located at 3801 SW Longview Rd. in Lee’s Summit.

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Since its opening in 1987, millions of patrons have made a drive through Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park part of their annual holiday experience. Christmas in the Park is open nightly from November 24 through December 31 at Longview Lake Park, located two miles south of I-470 off View High Drive.