By Corrine Watson
November 23, 2019
Charlotte Motor Speedway is kicking off the holiday season with its 10th annual Speedway Christmas. From astounding displays of lights and decorations to holiday exhibits and events, the Speedway is sure to get the whole family into the Christmas spirit. Speedway Christmas will run from November 22 to January 5 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the exception of Christmas day.
For the season, racing fans will see the 3.75 mile course transformed into a dazzling drive-thru light show featuring an array of over 4 million LED lights. This year’s theme will take Christmas to the Sarengeti as guests drive through Santa’s Safari. For the full effect of the illuminated winter wonderland, guests can tune in to 101.3 FM to listen to Christmas music while they enjoy the light exhibit.
The festivities don’t end at the track. Every Thursday through Sunday from December 12 to the 29, guests can explore the indoor Christmas Village complete with vendors, specialty foods, and the stunning display of decorated Christmas trees. Kids will also have the opportunity to engage in crafts activities and visit Santa.
Outside, the Bethlehem Village will host rides and entertainment from 100 ft slides to the 50 ft Ferris wheel, and carousel. Visitors can also explore the 100 ft walkway of lights and warm up by the fire pits and roast s’mores.
Each weekend, the Speedway will host drive-in movie screenings of classic family Christmas movies on the 16,000 sq. ft. HDTV. Movies will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the exception of opening night, which will begin at 7:45 p.m. For those who begin their visit by exploring the grounds, a second showing of each movie will take place immediately after the first showing ends.
The full list of movies includes:
Nov. 22 – Nov. 24: Elf
Nov. 28 – Dec. 1: Home Alone
Dec. 5 – Dec. 8: Polar Express
Dec. 12 – Dec. 19: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Dec. 20 – 24: The Star
Dec. 26 – Dec. 29: A Christmas Story
During the week, tickets range from $20-30 per car (max 10 people), $40-$50 per van (max 36 people), and $140-$175 per bus (max 57 people). Additional discounts are available for military, first responders, and educators to be purchased at the gate. Guests can also save $5 on admission per car by bringing a bottle or can from a Coca-Cola product any night. Every Thursday, guests can receive a discount of $5 by bringing an unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots. To order tickets, visit charlottemotorspeedway.com or call (800) 455-3267.
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