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Bike the Lights of Symphony Woods!

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  • Symphony of Lights : Broken Land Parkway Entrance to Merriweather

    Intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Hickory Ridge Rd, Columbia, MD (map)

    39.206791 -76.866791

  • Not sure yet, but I'm guess you will see us in the parking lot
  • The Symphony of Lights is a 1 milesh long Christmas light display put on every year (except last year due to construction) at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. Two years ago they started and event called "Bike the Lights" and a small group of us went and really enjoyed it.  For two hours, from 5pm to 7pm the light display is only open to those of us on peddle powered two wheels.

    This is definitely a family friendly event, and maybe we can all plan to do something for dinner afterwards.

    Remember, as it is a MVD event, helmets are required and by showing up you acknowledge our waiver.

    As for things to bring.  You can bring a bike light if you want, but the trail is pretty well let, and it won't really get dark until about 6pm.  

    You can pre register for $10 per person over the age of 11 on the bike the lights web page (link below), or pay $12 at the door.  Looks like kids 10 and under are free!

    Here is some more information from the official webpage:  Symphony of LIghts web page, and the actual bike the lights information is here: Bike the lights web page

    Finally, I did take the go pro two years ago and created this video.  The good news is the displays sound to be new this year, so the video shouldn't ruin it!

    And the information I received when I just registered:


    Event Date/Time: Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:00-7:00pmLast 

    Admission: Last admission to begin bicycling through the course is at 6:30 p.m.

    Event Location: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD. The Bike the Lights event entrance is off of Little Patuxent Parkway (this is the exit for the Symphony of Lights drive through).  You will not be able to enter Bike the Lights through South Entrance Road, where the drive through begins.


    The course is primarily paved. Some sections are unpaved gravel and some small hills are included in the course. While riding the course, participants must stay on the path (marked by lights on either side and/or traffic cones and signage) at all times.  Do not touch the displays as the bulbs are extremely hot, intense enough to cause burns.  Pets are not permitted at the Bike the Lights event.  All participants must wear a helmet to bike.  Bike lights and reflector lights are encouraged.  Please bring your own bikes.  The bicycling and walking course at the Symphony of Lights begins at the Gingerbread House.  A tent marked “event registration” will be by the House and lighted arches, where you may check in.  Do not bicycle the path backwards, as some areas are too narrow to accommodate two way traffic.  A “kids loop” is available for those who would like a shorter course.  The kids loop does include the laser show and holiday video, and is approximately .8 mile, as opposed to the fill course which is approximately 1.1 miles. This will be marked by a sign at the turn off. At no point does the path include bicycling on Little Patuxent Parkway, Symphony Woods Road, or South Entrance Road. Please stay only on the path. 


    *New in 2016: new event location within Symphony Woods*

    Driving Directions to Bike the Lights Parking:  Onsite parking will be available on December 5.  From 29 South, take exit 18 for Broken Land Parkway, following signs for Merriweather Post Pavilion, continue on Broken Land Parkway, and turn right onto Little Patuxent Parkway. Stay in far right lane and turn right onto Merriweather Way (immediately after the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Little Patuxent Parkway) and continue into the parking lot where the Symphony of Lights ice skating rink is located.  If you reach South Entrance Road, you have gone too far. From the parking lot, the beginning of the course will be visible. 

    For up-to-date event information and announcements, please visit our Facebook page at:

    Learn more about other Symphony of Lights festivities at

    Thank you for your support of Howard County General Hospital!

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  • Benicio

    What time will you guys be there.


  • Craig P.

    Woo Who! 21 people now! My sister and neice are coming now too! Should be interesting watching them ride bikes. They probably were on them last about 4 years ago. LOL

    2 days ago

  • Craig P.

    I'm moving this to December 5th as noted on the events website. They have canceled/moved the date to December 5th. Hope everyone can make it still!

    5 days ago

  • Edwin

    Yup. Does say postponed. I am ok with the new date.

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Oliver R.

    Craig, the website states this event tonight'a postponed to Dec 5. What you sayeth?

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Craig P.

    So, let's all meet in the parking lot...

    November 26

  • Craig P.

    Guess I should get a ticket, huh?

    1 · November 15

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  • Craig P. +2
    Event Host

    Testing the ground since '95.

  • Joe

    Mountain Biker

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    El Jefe, Organizer

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