Tribune Photos/Charlie Mizell

November 4, 2023

The popular “Trip the Light Fantastic” Bike Ride thru Christmas in the Park is planned for Sunday, Nov. 19 at Longview Lake Park. 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 36th Annual Christmas in the Park.

Your ride begins at the Frank White Jr. Sports Complex, 3901 SW Longview Road, with parking at the Longview Community Center and MCC Longview. The course is open to ride from 6 to 7 p.m. Adults begin at 6 and families at 6:30. Lights and helmets are required for this night ride.

“We invite you to light and decorate your bike for this one-of-a-kind ride celebrating 36 years of Christmas in the Park,” said Jackson County Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “You will be in awe of our 200 dazzling animated displays and more than 1 million brilliant lights. We promise you a truly memorable holiday experience!”

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. Go here for more information.