ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Nothing screams Christmas like holiday tunes, fire pits for s'mores and the festival of lights at Chehaw Park.
For the second year in a row, Chehaw opened the trail one night early exclusively for bikers, and for the second straight year, Heather Hart and her family couldn't resist.
"Riding out there with the music playing," reminisced Hart. "It's dark, you're riding in the lights, it was really magical. I brought my nephew and my son and my husband and we came up this year to do it again."
Heather's son and nephew agreed riding through the custom-made lights has been the highlight of their holiday season so far.
"It was the tunnel," said Jacob Hart, Heather's son. "It was like in the game Mario Kart. you can actually get in the pinball level and it's like shooting you out. It's kind of like that."
"I love Christmas," said her nephew Gavin McDonald. "I love riding my bike; I love being with my family. It's really fun being with them."
Josh Fix is a volunteer with Chehaw. He had fun helping set up the event and watching as families enjoyed the hard work he and his fellow volunteers put in.
"The road is closed off to cars so it's completely safe," said Fix. "So finish up, have some hamburger, hotdog, chips and soda, and roast some marshmallows over the fire."
The purpose of Bike Night is to help fund the BMX and biking trails at Chehaw.
"There's tools that we need to maintain the trails," reminded Fix. "And Chehaw allows us to do this event to raise that money, so it's great for us."
And it's even better for those who biked through the cold, but festive night.
"It's like being in a movie kind of," said Heather. "The lights were just so pretty, and the music is cool, and it's cold thankfully. It just really makes you feel like Christmas."
The festival of lights will be open up until Christmas Eve.