In less than two weeks, Charlotte Motor Speedway will welcome holiday revelers of all ages to Carolina Christmas, a spectacular drive-through holiday light park and village located at legendary superspeedway.
Carolina Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway even bigger and better in its second year, with an expanded route, more than 3 million LED lights in 600 displays and a drive-the-track experience.
Open nightly from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, excluding Christmas Day, Carolina 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. Carolina Christmas will have a new, more convenient entrance at zMAX Dragway and is a big part of the new Boulevard of Lights, which features nearly three miles of twinkling lights and more than 140 light pole Christmas decorations running down Bruton Smith Boulevard from Concord Mills Mall to the speedway.
Here are some essential facts about Carolina Christmas, by the numbers:
• More than 3 million LED lights will be a part of Carolina Christmas.
• More than 200,000 people are expected to visit Carolina Christmas in 2011.
• 40,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will be used by the LED technology in the light displays. The highly efficient LED lights use nearly 90 percent less energy and produce a brighter light than incandescent bulbs. During its 38-night schedule, Carolina Christmas displays will use less energy than 35 typical North Carolina households in a given month.
• 20,000 square feet of animated LED net lighting will be strung along the speedway’s frontstretch.
• 600 different types of light displays will line the Carolina Christmas route, including displays depicting Rudolph’s Flight School, The Night Before Christmas, a Penguin Winterfest and Lowe’s Patriotic Alley.
• 75 seasonal jobs will be created.
• 38: The number of nights that Carolina Christmas will be open to the public, from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, excluding Christmas Day.
• 32 stock car light displays will fill the frontstretch grandstands, along with six giant stop lights. Carolina Christmas visitors can enjoy the blinking displays as they drive their vehicles on the track’s frontstretch.
• 30 actors and live animals will make the large-scale Nativity scene in Bethlehem Village come alive each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
• 19: The number of days it will take to set-up the lights and displays for Carolina Christmas. Crews are working 12-hour days, around current track activities, to complete the set-up in time for the Nov. 23 opening. Set-up started on Nov. 3 and is scheduled to be nearly complete by Nov. 21.
Operating hours for Carolina Christmas will be 6 to 10 p.m., Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, excluding Christmas Day. Tickets are available online or at the gate nightly during event hours for drive-up traffic. Admission is just $20 per car, truck or SUV, which includes admission for up to eight passengers. Group and motorcoach packages are available.
Families may also take advantage of The Speedway Club's Holiday Dinners and Carolina Christmas packages, which includes a speedway-provided ride through the Carolina Christmas display and a holiday meal.
For more information, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
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