Millions of Lights, Thousands of Visitors, Hundreds of Displays: Speedway Christmas By the Numbers

Speedway Christmas opens its third season at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Nov. 19, bigger, brighter and better than ever. Photo: CMS/HHP Photo

Speedway Christmas opens its third season at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Nov. 19, bigger, brighter and better than ever.
Photo: CMS/HHP Photo

Charlotte, NC – Beginning Nov. 19, Charlotte Motor Speedway will welcome holiday revelers of all ages to Speedway Christmas, a spectacular wonderland featuring a drive-through holiday light park, Christmas village and outdoor ice rink, all at the legendary superspeedway.

Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway bigger, brighter and better in its third year, with a new route of more than 3.5 miles, more than 3 million LED lights in 800 displays and a drive-the-track experience that always delights visitors.

Open nightly from Nov. 19 through Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Day, Speedway Christmas will also feature a live Nativity scene in a life size Bethlehem-themed village, a Festival of Trees, photos with Santa, marshmallow roasting pits and more. Speedway Christmas will also be highlighted by the new Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink, sponsored by New Life 91.9FM and operated by Extreme Ice Center, based in Indian Trail, N.C.

Here are some essential facts about Speedway Christmas, by the numbers:

More than 3 million LED lights will be a part of Speedway Christmas. The highly efficient LED lights use nearly 90 percent less energy and produce a brighter light than incandescent bulbs. During the 41-night schedule, Speedway Christmas displays will use less energy than 35 typical North Carolina households in a given month.

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit Speedway Christmas in 2012.

300,000: linear feet of animated LED lights will be strung along the speedway’s frontstretch grandstand as part of a crowd-pleasing display set to music.

800: different light displays (200 more than last year) will line the Speedway Christmas route, including displays depicting a NASCAR Christmas, a Penguin Winterfest and the crowd-favorite Patriotic Alley.

5,100: square feet of ice will make up the Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink and ice slide, located near the zMAX Dragway tower. The rink will be open to the public Nov. 16-Jan. 21, excluding Christmas Day.

12,000: gallons of anti-freeze that will be chilled to 20 degrees and pumped under the Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink to keep the rink frozen.

41: nights that Speedway Christmas will be open to the public, from Nov. 19 through Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Day.

30: actors and live animals will make the large-scale Nativity scene in Bethlehem Village come alive each Thursday through Sunday night.

17: The number of days it will take to set up the lights and displays for Speedway Christmas. Crews are working 12-hour days, around current track activities, to complete the set-up in time for the Nov. 19 grand opening. Set-up started on Nov. 2 and is scheduled to be complete by Nov. 18.

This year’s Speedway Christmas light show course measures more than 3.5 miles in length, starting at zMAX Dragway and winding through the infield of the legendary superspeedway.

Speedway Christmas goers will have the rare opportunity to drive their vehicle around the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for nearly one mile after entering the infield at Gate 26.

Operating hours for Speedway Christmas will be 6 to 10 p.m., Nov. 19 through Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Day. Tickets are available online or at the gate nightly during event hours for drive-up traffic. Admission is just $15 per car on nights the Christmas village is closed and $20 per car on nights the village is open. Group packages are available. The Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink, sponsored by New Life 91.9FM will be open daily from Nov. 16-Jan. 21, excluding Christmas Day. Admission is $12, which includes skate rentals. For information about group lessons or private events at the rink, call Extreme Ice Center at 704-882-1830.

For more information, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com. For daily updates, connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.

 

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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