By the Numbers: Speedway Christmas Reaches Record Marks
The holiday season's biggest and brightest spectacle of Christmas lights, Speedway Christmas, returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. Before the sun goes down, the lights go on and the holiday cheer kicks into high gear, here's a by-the-numbers preview of the family-friendly fun fans can expect once they roll into the speedway for a Christmas lights show like no other:
3 million: LED lights strewn throughout vast decorations circling the infield, 1.5-mile superspeedway and concourse; LED lights use approximately 90 percent less energy and produce brighter lights than their incandescent counterparts;
3,700: Crews got an early start preparing for Speedway Christmas, with setup beginning in mid-October. In total, crews are expected to work more than 3,700 man hours over 32 days in preparation for opening night on Saturday, Nov. 19.
30: In 2015, fans from 30 different states and Canada purchased advanced tickets to drive through the lights, an indication of just how wide an audience the show has reached in its first six years;
2,000: Officials expect attendees of all ages to take more than 2,000 photos with Santa in the Christmas Village, open every Thursday-Sunday. The village also includes craft vendors, a petting zoo, carnival rides and more;
3.75 miles: This year's expanded Speedway Christmas light show course measures 3.75 miles in length - the longest course in Speedway Christmas history. Visitors will have the rare opportunity to drive their vehicle around more than one mile of the famed Charlotte Motor Speedway;
9: Each Thursday through Saturday night will be FOX 46 Movie Nights at Speedway Christmas, featuring holiday classics on the speedway's 16,000-square-foot HDTV. Nine holiday classics, including "A Christmas Story," "Elf" and "Frozen" will be played for those in attendance. Admission to the movie night is included in the price of the light show ticket. For a complete movie night schedule, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com;
1,200: One week before the Egg Nog Jog 5K, more than 1,200 runners have already pre-registered for the holiday season's ultimate fun run around the speedway on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Speedway officials expect a record crowd for the showcase of illuminated attire gets underway. Registration remains open until Saturday. Visit www.eggnogjog5k.com for more details;
250: Valuable volunteers who will be on hand to help with all aspects of Speedway Christmas, from parking and greeting visitors to working as actors in the Bethlehem village;
42: Total number of nights Speedway Christmas is open, with 26 nights (Thursdays-Sundays) featuring FOX 46 Movie Nights on the giant Speedway TV.
Fans can buy tickets to the Speedway Christmas lights show, which start at just $20, by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267), or visiting http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/tickets/. Fans are encouraged to register early for the Egg Nog Jog 5K by visiting http://eggnogjog5k.com/register/. Speedway Christmas Tickets are also available at the speedway ticket office.
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