One-of-a-Kind Holiday Experiences Await Carolina Christmas Visitors
Charlotte Motor Speedway is gearing-up for 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. Here are just a few of the attractions, displays and unique offerings that await Carolina Christmas visitors.
Carolina Christmas Maps, Tickets, Traffic Tips Available On-Line
From millions of lights, to interactive displays, to photos with Santa, to a cold-weather skating rink, there truly is something for holiday revelers of all ages at Carolina Christmas. For a full listing of displays, traffic and infield maps, or to purchase tickets, visit www.visitcarolinachristmas.com or www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or for more information, call Charlotte Motor Speedway at 1-800-455-FANS (3267).
Lights to Music Display Features World’s Largest LED Netting
The entire frontstretch grandstands and catch-fencing through Charlotte Motor Speedway’s tri-oval will come alive with a Lights-to-Music display during Carolina Christmas. The display will feature world’s largest continuous netting of light emitting diode, or LED, Christmas lights, custom-designed for the speedway. The netting will cover 20,000 square feet along the speedway’s 22-foot high catch-fencing on the frontstretch. The lights themselves will be synchronized to eight holiday songs, which visitors can hear through FM station 91.1 on their vehicle radio.
Area Churches Make Bethlehem Village Come Alive
A large-scale Nativity scene with more than 30 participants and live animals will greet visitors to the Bethlehem Village at Carolina Christmas. Actors from these area churches will serve as the Bethlehem townspeople on the following nights: Memorial Baptist Church, Kannapolis, N.C. (Mondays); Franklin Heights Baptist Church, Kannapolis (Tuesdays); Christ Covenant Church, Cornelius, N.C. and Forest Hill Church, Charlotte, N.C. (Wednesdays); Covenant Church, Harrisburg, N.C. (Thursdays); Full Life Four Square Church, Concord (Fridays); Parkwood Baptist Church, Concord (Saturdays); Rocky River Church, Concord (Sundays). In addition, Concord churches University City Fellowship and Renaissance Bible Church will each hold a Christmas Eve service in the Bethlehem Village area at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.
Salisbury Company Provides “Green” Panels for Bethlehem Village
W.A. Brown and Sons will be providing energy efficient wall panels for the Bethlehem Village display during Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Salisbury, N.C.-based W.A. Brown and Sons has been in business for more than 100 years. The panels they construct are sold worldwide and used in housing structures in third world countries, ravaged areas and even in military operations. These single and multi-story panels will set the stage for the entrance, shops and stable in the Bethlehem Village, creating an environment full of ambience fit for a king.
Custom Light Displays Include Lowe’s Patriotic Alley
More than 500 custom light displays will line the infield and track at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a part of Carolina Christmas. Displays include Toyland, an animated toy factory with dolls, drums and rocking horses; Rudolph’s Flight School, with parachuting deer in flight; and Lowe’s Patriotic Alley, a tribute to servicemen and women featuring the U.S. flag and Statue of Liberty.
Charities Benefit with Festival of Trees Decorated by Area Organizations, Hot Chocolate Sales
The Festival of Trees at Carolina Christmas, located in the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage, will feature holiday trees decorated by area companies and non-profit groups. Many of the trees will be donated to charity. Some of the organizations expected to decorate trees in the display include Girls on the Run, Victory Junction Gang Camp, Carolinas Medical Center, B.R.A.K.E.S., the USO and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. In addition, a portion of proceeds from The North Pole’s Hot Chocolate Café will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities.
Enjoy Skating Rink, Café, Shoppes in North Pole Area
The North Pole at Carolina Christmas, located in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, is a complete winter holiday wonderland in itself. The highlight of the North Pole is the Coca-Cola Igloo, a cold-weather skating rink made of artificial ice, constructed of a special plastic polymer that closely mimics a traditional ice skating experience. Skates will be available on-site for rental. Also in the North Pole will be the Hot Chocolate Café, perfect for a quick indulgence of holiday treats and warm drinks. Finally, The Shoppes at the North Pole will feature crafts including holiday candle-making, artists including world-renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass and holiday gifts from area vendors including Village Fudge and Green Diva Soap.
Carriage Rides Use Real Horsepower to View Carolina Christmas
Carolina Christmas visitors can enhance their experience by dashing through Charlotte Motor Speedway under some original horsepower with a horse-drawn carriage ride. The 20-25 minute tour is $65, which includes a carriage ride for up to four adults and two children and an open-air view of the light park on a customized route.
Take a Photo with Santa; Watch Elves Make Toys in Santa’s Elf Workshop
No need to head to the mall this year to get your child’s photo taken with Santa, have one taken at the speedway! In addition to photos with Santa, each Carolina Christmas visitor may also take special photos with a NASCAR stock car, Indy Racing League car, or the Christmas-themed pace car featuring Lugnut, the world’s fastest mascot. Santa’s elves will also give live wooden-toy-making demonstrations throughout the evening in the Santa’s Live Elf Workshop.
PRN’s ‘Fast Talk’ Streamed Live from The Speedway Club Nov. 22
Doug Rice, president and general manager of Performance Racing Network (PRN), will host a special edition of Fast Talk Monday night, Nov. 22, in The Speedway Club on opening night of Carolina Christmas. Kyle Petty will co-host the show, which starts at 7 p.m. EST. Between 7 and 8 p.m. fans can e-mail questions for the show hosts to or may call 1-800-771-TALK (8255). Also, fans can listen live at www.goprn.com or watch the show online, as Fast Talk will be video streamed live at www.ustream.tv/channel/prn-s-fast-talk.
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.
Individual meals start at just $20 and family-style meals are also available. For more information, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
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