The fundraising event allows participants to go through Jolly Holiday Lights by walking, biking or rolling through the lights in a more up close and personal way. Guests and their pets often come dressed up in holiday garb or with decked out bicycles to heighten the experience and compete for prizes. The event increases in popularity each year and for the first time, we are offering two opportunities to participate this year: Family Night & Fitness Night.
Saturday, November 17th is FAMILY NIGHT. Come out by yourself, with your family or put together a group to walk, bike or stroll through Jolly Holiday Lights. The event starts and ends in Water Works Park with check-in at 4:30 p.m. near Santa’s Wish Shop (Water Works Park Shelter). Routes of 1.5 and 3.5 miles begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 18th is FITNESS NIGHT. Bicyclists and other more serious athletes are encouraged to come out on Sunday to enjoy Jolly Holiday Lights. Bicyclists or skaters can start El Bait Shop downtown and use the trails to get to Water Works Park for an 11 mile loop. For a shorter route or a run, check-in at Water Works Park for a 1.5 or 3.5 mile loop. Check-in at both locations is at 4:30 with a 5:30 p.m. start. The park will close at 8:00 p.m.
Both nights feature contests for Best Lit/Decorated Bike, Best Costume and Best Dog Costume (Dogs allowed on leashes only). Judging for the contests begins at 5:15 p.m. Pre-register for $5 through November 9th, registration fees are $7 following that date. On-line registration available through November 16th at www.tourdelights.kintera.org or contact Make-A-Wish Iowa’s offices at (515) 334-2636.
All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Iowa and help to grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions in the state of Iowa. Over the past 25 years, Make-A-Wish Iowa has granted more than 2,600 wishes and is currently granting about one wish every other day.