November 12, 2022

The popular “Trip the Light Fantastic” Bike Ride through Christmas in the Park is planned for Sunday, Nov. 20. Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy a magical 4.5-mile ride up to and through the more than 200 lighted, animated displays that make up Jackson County’s 35th Annual Christmas in the Park. The course is open to ride from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Lights and helmets are required for this night ride.

Parking is at the Longview Community Center located at 3801 SW Longview Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO.

“We invite you to light and decorate your bike for this one-of-a-kind ride celebrating 35 years of Christmas in the Park,” said Jackson County Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “You will be in awe of our 200 displays and more than 1 million lights and we can’t wait for you to experience it!”

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. 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.

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 23 through December 31 at Longview Lake Park, located two miles south of I-470 off View High Drive.