This Friday night Carolina Christmas visitors will be treated to an old fashioned drive-in movie with a modern twist when Charlotte Motor Speedway broadcasts the holiday blockbuster “Polar Express” on the world’s largest HDTV.

The drive-in movie will begin at 8 p.m. and is included with regular admission to Carolina Christmas Friday night, Dec. 9. The holiday light show is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“Polar Express” tells the story of a doubting boy who, on Christmas Eve, boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. The movie was directed by legendary director Robert Zemeckis and stars Oscar-award-winning actor Tom Hanks.

Carolina Christmas visitors are encouraged to arrive early Friday night to see the more than 3 million lights in 600 different displays, then visit the Christmas Village in the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield before the movie begins. Once in the infield, visitors will be instructed where to park to watch “Polar Express” and will receive information on the FM radio frequency to tune into to hear the movie audio.

“Carolina Christmas drive-in movie night will bring back the nostalgia of drive-in movies for moms and dads and the kids will love watching ‘Polar Express’ on the world’s biggest HDTV,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “With the combination of the Christmas lights and village and a great holiday movie, Carolina Christmas drive-in movie night is 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

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