Barbara's Beat: Speedway Christmas lights up the holidays with family fun at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Speedway Christmas lights up the holidays with family fun at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday

The South’s largest light show and Christmas extravaganza; A “must see” attraction for kids of all ages

Speedway Christmas returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway. By CMS
Families, start your engines and get ready to race your way into the holiday season. Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and the spectacular holiday light show will be even bigger and better in its fifth year. With more than three million lights, an infield Christmas Village and the chance to drive the track, Speedway Christmas has become the area’s favorite family holiday tradition.

Speedway Christmas will feature:
  • The completely redesigned 3.1-mile course, which weaves through the infield of the 1.5-mile super speedway, offering visitors the chance to drive on the track and – new for 2014 – continues under the concourse behind the front stretch grandstands 
  • More than 800 light displays, with music to lights broadcast on the track radio channel 
  • An infield winter wonderland with activities for kids of all ages, including a Bethlehem Village with live nativity and petting zoo, Santa’s Workshop where kids can visit Santa, delicious food, decorated Christmas trees and mini fair rides for kids 
  • Drive-in holiday movies (Elf, Frozen, Christmas Story) each Fri. and Sat. night on one of the world’s largest HDTVs 
  • Dining in the spectacular Speedway Club overlooking Speedway Christmas, with a full menu featuring fresh seafood, steaks, pasta, gourmet desserts and more 

Speedway Christmas is one of the brightest spots on the Carolina Christmas Corridor, which stretches from Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, to McAddenville, to Biltmore House in Asheville.  Families can extend their fun at the nearby Great Wolf Lodge and Concord Mills Mall. For more Carolina Christmas Corridor activities visit www.visitnc.com.
           
Friday Sneak Peek 
Race starts at 7:30pm – Concert starts at 8:30pm
The Eggnog Jog is an event for everyone.  This is a non-timed fun run that does not require drinking eggnog. 
 
You can run or walk the 5k course that will include Christmas lights, a tunnel of lights, lights to music, and many more lights. Participants are encouraged to bring the family and strollers - as spectators to greet their friends and family! They can enter in for the lights and concert through Gate 1 for $5 per person (no pets allowed though, sorry!).  The lights, music, and the course are supplied; you supply the costumes. Bonus points go to runners that work lights into their outfits.

Dates, Times, and Cost
Opening night for the drive-thru course is Saturday, Nov. 22. The Christmas Village is open every Thursday-Sunday, and Mon., Dec. 23 and Tues., Dec. 24. 

The show is open nightly through Dec. 30, closed only on Christmas day. Admission into Speedway Christmas is $20 per car on nights when the Christmas Village is open and $15 per car on nights when it is closed. Group rates for vans and buses are available.

How to get there          
Charlotte Motor Speedway is located at 5555 Concord Parkway S, Concord, NC.  Take Interstate 85 to exit 49 (Bruton Smith Blvd.) toward Hwy. 29. Fans should enter at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s main entrance.

More information          
For more information, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS (3267). For daily updates on Speedway Christmas or any speedway activity, connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway by following on Twitter at or become a Facebook fan.




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