With Carolina Christmas opening at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 6 p.m. on Nov. 22, commuters traveling on Highway 29 or Bruton Smith Boulevard can expect increased traffic in the speedway area.

Evening rush hour commuters and weekend motorists to plan accordingly by taking alternate routes.

More than 60,000 cars and 250,000 people are expected to visit the speedway during the 42-night event. Due to holiday traffic at Concord Mills Mall, particularly on weekend evenings, Carolina Christmas visitors are encouraged to utilize Highway 29 to get to the speedway, rather than Interstate 85 and exit 49, Bruton Smith Boulevard.

From Interstate 85, visitors are encouraged to use exit 48 to I-485, or exit 52 to Poplar Tent Road, and take Highway 29 to the speedway.

All Carolina Christmas traffic should enter the speedway at the main entrance at the intersection of Bruton Smith Boulevard and Highway 29 and turn left to purchase tickets at the Gate 26 infield tunnel entrance.
Attendees with the Fast Pass, or no waiting, tickets should enter at Entrance N off Morehead Road. Speedway Club guests should enter at Entrance L off Morehead Road.  

For a printable traffic map, click here.

For a printable infield display map, click here.

Operating hours for Carolina Christmas will be 6 to 10 p.m., Nov. 22 through Jan. 2, 2011. Tickets are available online at www.visitcarolinachristmas.com or at the gate nightly during event hours for drive-up traffic. Admission is just $20 per passenger vehicle, with group and motorcoach packages 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 full individual or family-style holiday meals starting at just $20. For more information, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

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