1 Million Lights Set to Illuminate Charlotte Motor Speedway for Carolina Christmas
In less than two weeks, Charlotte Motor Speedway will welcome holiday revelers of all ages to Carolina Christmas, a spectacular 2.5-mile drive-through Christmas light park and village located on the track and infield of the legendary superspeedway.
Open nightly from Nov. 22 through Jan. 2, 2011, Carolina Christmas will be one of the largest holiday light shows in the United States, featuring nearly 500 different LED, or light emitting diode, light displays, a live Nativity scene in a realistic Bethlehem-themed village, carriage rides, a festival of trees and photos with Santa. Here are some essential facts about Carolina Christmas, by the numbers:
- $10.2 million - The estimated economic impact Carolina Christmas will have on the region, based on tourism research benchmarks and an in-depth study of other Christmas light parks in the United States.
- More than 1 million LED lights will be a part of Carolina Christmas.
- 250,000 people are expected to visit the drive-through park.
- 60,000 vehicles are expected to travel through Carolina Christmas.
- 20,000 square feet of animated LED net lighting will be synchronized to Christmas music in the Lights to Music Display along the speedway's frontstretch. Carolina Christmas visitors can tune their vehicle radio to a specified FM station and enjoy the largest synchronized lights-to-music display in the world.
- 12,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will be used by the LED lights in the displays. That's less than 10 typical North Carolina households' energy consumption in a given month.
- Nearly 500 different types of light displays will line the track and infield, including displays in Toyland, Candyland, Fairy Tale Lane, Victorian Village and 12 Days of Christmas.
- 80 seasonal jobs will be created.
- 42: The number of nights that Carolina Christmas will be open to the public, from Nov. 22 through Jan. 2, 2011.
- 30 actors and live animals will make the large-scale Nativity scene in Bethlehem Village come alive. Each night members from a different area church will be featured in the display which, in addition to the live Nativity scene, will also include demonstrations on candle making, blacksmithing and basket weaving.
- 20: The number of days it will take to set-up the lights and displays for Carolina Christmas. Crews are working 12-hour days, around current track activities, to complete the set-up in time for the Nov. 22 opening. Set-up started on Nov. 2 and is scheduled to be nearly complete by Nov. 18.
Operating hours for Carolina Christmas will be 6 p.m. 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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