In less than three weeks, Charlotte Motor Speedway will come alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas with the return of the family friendly Speedway Christmas drive-through light show.

But before any cars turn laps on the illuminated holiday spectacle, the completely redesigned 3.1-mile course will be a supersized playground for Charlotte-area runners during the second annual Egg Nog Jog 5K on Friday, Nov. 21.

Last year, more than 1,500 runners got a sneak peek of the 3 million Christmas lights and 800 illuminated displays that make up the area's largest holiday light show during the inaugural Egg Nog Jog.

"The kids loved seeing all the lights, getting a picture with Santa and then running around the track," said Jen Sercy, of Concord, after last year's fun run. "When we came through the tunnel, they just couldn't believe it. It was hard not to be filled with holiday cheer."

This, participants will be treated to music by Ace and TJ's Charity Case band before and after the run. In line with the season of giving, all proceeds from the Charity Case performance benefit Ace and TJ's Grin Kids. A portion of the proceeds from the Eggnog Jog 5K will support Speedway Children's Charities.

Registration is open for the second annual Egg Nog Jog 5K. Runners can register online at www.eggnogjog5k.com for just $40 through Nov. 14. Event week registration is $50 per runner. Teams of four or more will get a $5 discount for each runner. Runners are encouraged to get in on the fun with festive costumes.

The jog kicks off more than a month of holiday fun at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The drive-through Speedway Christmas show opens Saturday, Nov. 22 and will be open nightly through Dec. 30 from 6-10 p.m., except Christmas Day. Every Thursday through Sunday night, fans will also enjoy an enchanted Christmas Village with a petting zoo, Bethlehem Village, photos with Santa and more. In addition, guests can watch holiday classics like "Elf," "Polar Express" and "Frozen" every Friday and Saturday night beginning Nov. 22 on the speedway's gigantic 16,000-square-foot HDTV.

Admission to Speedway Christmas is $15 per car on nights the 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.

Fans can also get great deals on souvenirs for their favorite NASCAR friends and family members at the 21st Annual Souvenir and Race Ticket Blow-Out. The Black Friday event will open on Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. and will close at 4 p.m. Fans who purchase at least $50 in souvenirs or a qualifying race ticket package, or those who make a qualifying donation to Speedway Children's Charities can drive their personal vehicle around the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway.

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