In less than one week, Charlotte Motor Speedway will open the gates to one of the nation’s largest holiday light shows, bringing new attractions and more lights as Speedway Christmas returns for its third year.

New for 2012, visitors can skate on an outdoor ice rink, ride a camel and drive through more light displays than ever before.

The Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink, sponsored by New Life 91.9FM and operated by Extreme Ice Center is a 5,100-square-foot rink located under a pavilion outside of the zMAX Dragway tower just off the Speedway Christmas light show route. Charlotte Motor Speedway’s food service provider, Levy Restaurants, will serve up a variety of concessions, including hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cake and assorted beverages. Group lessons and private event rentals are also available.

“We are really excited to have the Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink as part of this year’s Speedway Christmas,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This is one of many opportunities for visitors to make wonderful memories and start new holiday traditions with their families here at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

The Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink will be open each Monday-Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., from Nov. 16 through Jan. 21. From Dec. 17-Jan. 1, the rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will be closed on Christmas Day.

Admission is $12 per person. There is no charge for skate rentals. Anyone who presents a Coca-Cola product at the time of purchase will receive $2 off admission. For more information about group lessons or to schedule a private event, call Extreme Ice Center at 704-882-1830.

In addition to the ice rink, fans returning to Speedway Christmas can look forward to more light displays than ever before. More than 3 million LED lights spread across more than 800 light displays (up 200 from last year) will line the 1.5-mile superspeedway. To bring even more twinkle to this year’s light show, the speedway has also partnered with Mammoth Christmas, a popular light show created by Charlotte resident Mike Stanford that wowed visitors for a decade before closing in 2010. Stanford will recreate his own winter wonderland, including popular attractions like Frigid Flyer, Polar Plunge and Mega-Tree, as part of Speedway Christmas.

Speedway Christmas runs nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 through Dec. 30. On Thursday through Sunday nights, Speedway Christmas visitors will find even more family entertainment with the Christmas Village in the speedway infield. The village includes marshmallow roasting, a festival of trees, photos with Santa, Bethlehem Village with live actors and animals, and so much more. Visitors can ride a camel or snap photos with a variety of other unique livestock, including antelope, water buffalo, yak, Indu cattle, sheep, goats, alpaca and more.

Admission to Speedway Christmas is $15 per car on nights the Christmas village is closed and $20 per car on nights the village is open. Group rates for tour buses and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, visit or call 1-800-455-FANS (3267).

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