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Over 300 people participate in the Annual Holiday Lights Ride through the Haggin Oaks neighborhood

Posted at 5:59 PM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 20:59:09-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.  — For over six years the local non-profit Bike Bakersfield hosts the most popular bike ride of the year, the Holiday Lights Ride.

On Wednesday night, nearly 300 people rode their bike from the Kaiser Permanente parking lot down Haggin Oaks with their bikes decked out in the Christmas spirit.

“The first one that I remember going to when I was in high school – there was like 20 or 30 people and since the last couple of years it’s gone up to 100, to 150, 200 people,” said Aaron Gonzales.

Families, friends, children and even dogs were all a part of this ride as they enjoyed the decorative Christmas lights on many homes down Haggin Oaks.

“ It’s amazing, a huge amazing community event and to see all these people come out in the evening decorate their bikes and get out and enjoy the evening its awesome,” said Danny Valencia.

Not only is this a way for the community to enjoy, it also helps bring people to Dustin’s Diner. A tradition in the Haggin Oaks neighborhood helping raise money for the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

“All of the proceeds have always gone to the Bakersfield Homeless Center and as of last year, we have raised over 250,000,” said Liz Howard from Dustin’s Diner.

Dustin’s Diner will be open every night at 6:00 p.m. until December 23rd.

Learn more about Dustin’s Diner HERE.