AutoTrader.com Speedway In Lights Opens November 19 For 14th Season Of Giving
Autotrader.com Speedway In Lights, one of the country’s largest holiday light shows, kicks off the season Nov. 19 and remains open through Jan. 8, 2011.
The World’s Fastest Half-Mile, home to NASCAR’s most popular events, transforms into an enchanted holiday attraction, decorated with nearly two million dazzling lights and more than 200 animated displays to delight both young and old. The show features a 4.5-mile drive-through route that allows spectators to take a lap around the World’s Fastest-Half Mile, as well as tour Bristol Dragway.
Among the largest and most popular displays is the Alpha Natural Resources Coal Mountain Gift Mine, which is 70 feet long and 22 feet tall. The mine features a continuous miner tossing presents through the air into a front-end loader with some help from an elf.
The 12 Days of Christmas, complete with 12 individual scenes, Sea of Illumination presented by Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and Dinosaur Village, which features six large dinosaurs, along with an erupting volcano, also are crowd favorites.
Visitors to Autotrader.com Speedway In Lights can also enjoy Christmas Village, located in the BMS infield. Plenty of crafts and food vendors will be on hand and children can have their pictures taken with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate, roast marshmallows and enjoy several carnival rides.
Tickets for Speedway In Lights, open nightly 6-10 p.m., Nov. 19-Jan. 8, will be available at the BMS gate. Ticket prices for cars are $10 Sunday through Thursday, and $12 Friday and Saturday. Activity van tickets are $15 each night and bus tickets are $65 each night.
While the NASCAR and NHRA events at Bristol Motor Speedway have ended for the year, there is still plenty of racing to be done over the next few months. Just not on the race track.
The racing will come on ice and a tube slide as autumn begins to slip into winter and a holiday atmosphere begins to settle over Thunder Valley. That’s when the Johnson Controls Ice Rink and the HVAC Chill Hill join Autotrader.com Speedway In Lights in transforming the World’s Fastest Half-Mile into a winter wonderland.
Both the Johnson Controls Ice Rink and the HVAC Chill Hill Tube Slide open Thursday, Nov. 18, just one day before the 14th season of Autotrader.com Speedway In Lights kicks off at BMS Nov. 19. All three events have become can’t-miss holiday traditions, making BMS the place to be throughout the holiday season.
The Johnson Controls Ice Rink is the only rink within a 90-minute driving radius of BMS, making it one of the Speedway’s most popular non-motorsports-related events. In its ninth season, the rink draws both young and older, putting in excess of 30,000 skaters on the ice each year.
The rink, which is 60’ x 120’, and is completely coverdd is located just inside the main entrance of Bristol Motor Speedway, off Hwy. 11E. Cost to skate is $5, plus an additional $2 to rent skates.
The HVAC Chill Hill, added just last year, is a 300-foot long snowless slide. It features two side-by-side lanes and inflated tubes on which riders sit as they rocket to the bottom of the hill.
Chill Hill is located adjacent to the Johnson Controls Ice Rink. Cost is $7 per person for a 50-minute session. Anyone wishing to take part in the tube slide must be at least 48” tall to ride alone. Children also can ride with someone 16 or older if they are at least 36” tall for an additional $3 cost for the pair.
Both the ice rink and Chill Hill will be open six days a week, closed only on Mondays, through Jan.16.
Proceeds from Autotrader.com Speedway In Lights benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for children’s agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The Bristol Chapter of SCC has raised in excess of $5.5 million since 1997.
For more information concerning Speedway In Lights, please call 423-989-6900.