Bicycle enthusiasts will enjoy a magical 4.5-mile ride up to and through the more than 175 lighted, animated displays comprising Jackson County’s 30th annual Christmas in the Park on Nov. 21. On-site registration is 5 p.m., with the ride beginning at 6 p.m., from the Frank White Jr. Ballpark parking lot, 3901 S.W. Longview Park Drive, Lee’s Summit.
Since its opening in 1987, millions of patrons have made a drive through Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park a part of their annual holiday experience. Christmas in the Park is open nightly from Nov. 22 through Dec. 31 at Longview Lake Park.
Prizes will be awarded for the Best Lit/Holiday Decorated Bike and Best Holiday Dressed Individual before the ride gets underway.
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 free to those who sign up by Nov. 19. Cyclists can pre-register online at www.makeyourdayhere.com/lightfantastic or in person at the packet pick-up event on Nov. 19. It will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gusto Coffee Shop, 3390 S.W. Fascination Drive, Lee’s Summit. T-Shirts will also be sold for $15 at Gusto Coffee Bistro on Nov. 19 and at the ride finish line, while supplies last. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Salvation Army.
On-site registration will be available for a $5 fee. Event parking will be at MCC Longview Community College. For questions, call Marcy Caldwell at 913-568-8593.