Charlotte Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) are giving everyone a chance to give back to those in need this holiday season simply by visiting Carolina Christmas, the region’s largest holiday light show and Christmas Village, on special SCC Foundation Nights.
SCC is partnering with several of the organizations it supports to raise additional funds on designated Foundation Nights during Carolina Christmas. Five dollars of the $20 per-car Carolina Christmas admission will go to support SCC and these local non-profit organizations and their causes on the following nights:
• Dec. 2 - Ryan Newman Foundation; money raised will go toward animal spay and neuter programs.
• Dec. 8 - Women’s Auxiliary of Motorsports; money raised will help racing families in need.
• Dec. 9 - Victory Junction; money raised will help special kids with health care needs.
• Dec. 14 - The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte; money raised will go toward providing a home away from home for families with children receiving medical care in pediatric hospitals across the Carolinas.
In addition to its Foundation Night participation, The Ryan Newman Foundation also has a decorated tree in the Festival of Trees, located in the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield in the Christmas Village. The foundation asked NASCAR fans to create an ornament for the tree that included a photo of their pets, farm animals or hunting or fishing experiences.
“We are excited to be part of the Christmas festivities at Charlotte Motor Speedway and honored to have a tree displaying photos and ornaments recognizing our fans beloved pets,” said Shelly Nunn, executive director of The Ryan Newman Foundation. “Donations from the Ryan Newman Foundation Night at Carolina Christmas will go towards spay and neuter grants for organizations around the country.”
“Speedway Children’s Charities’ programs assist thousands of children in need in our area every year,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway and vice chairman of Speedway Children’s Charities. “The Foundation Nights are just one more way SCC is serving our community and we’re proud to offer this opportunity to our Carolina Christmas guests, especially in this season of giving.”
Carolina Christmas features more than 3 million lights on an extended route, which includes a drive on the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition to the light course, Carolina Christmas visitors can enjoy a live Nativity scene in a realistic Bethlehem-themed village, Festival of Trees, photos with Santa, marshmallow roasting pits, petting zoo and more each Thursday through Sunday evening.
Carolina Christmas has a new, more convenient entrance at zMAX Dragway and is the anchor attraction of the 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.
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 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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