Carolina Christmas Drive-In Movie Night Returns with "Elf," "The Grinch"
Due to the overwhelming response to the first drive-in movie night, Carolina Christmas visitors can now enjoy several additional movie nights in December when Charlotte Motor Speedway broadcasts “Elf” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on the world’s largest HDTV.
“Elf,” will be shown this Friday through Sunday evening, Dec. 16-18 at 7 p.m., and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be shown Dec. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. The movies are included with regular admission to the Carolina Christmas holiday light show, which is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“Elf” stars Will Ferrell and tells the story of a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who, after inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, is sent to the United States in search of his true identity.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Jim Carrey, is a big-budget remake of the classic cartoon that tells the story of a creature intent on stealing Christmas.
Carolina Christmas visitors are encouraged to arrive early to see the more than 3 million lights in 600 different holiday displays, then visit the Christmas Village in the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield before the movies begin. Once in the infield, visitors will be instructed where to park to watch the movies and will receive information via the world’s largest HDTV on which FM radio frequency to tune into to hear the movie audio.
“We had thousands of holiday revelers enjoy our first drive-in movie, ‘Polar Express,’” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We got such great feedback from families who enjoyed the evening that we decided to expand our movie night offerings and give more families the chance to make holiday memories. With the combination of the Christmas lights and village and a great holiday movie, Carolina Christmas drive-in movie nights are a fun, affordable evening out that the whole family will enjoy.”
Carolina Christmas features an extended route, which includes a drive on the famed 1.5-mile track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 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 the hotels at Exit 49 off I-85 and nearly three miles of twinkling lights with more than 140 light pole Christmas decorations running down Bruton Smith Boulevard from Concord Mills Mall to the speedway.
Operating hours for Carolina Christmas are 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.