Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Monday, November 6, 2006
Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA, the region's most spectacular holiday light show, will celebrate it's 10th anniversary when it opens on Friday, Nov. 17 with even more lights and animated displays.
Holiday light enthusiasts visiting Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway will again take to the track, circling the concrete oval as part of their festive drive and also may visit Christmas Village, which returns to its popular infield location. In addition to spicing up the region's holiday season, proceeds from the event will benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, brightening the lives of thousands of children.
Thousands of new lights and displays will be added for the 2006-'07 edition. The highly popular York Ice Skating Rink also returns for the holidays and again will be located in the BMS front parking lot adjacent to Volunteer Parkway (Hwy. 11E). The 60' x 120' ice rink will be open to Speedway In Lights visitors during evening hours for an additional charge.
Returning Speedway In Lights favorites include the animated snowman attraction, which features flying snowballs that build a huge snowman upon impact with the ground; and Dinosaur Village, with its erupting volcano and six dinosaurs. Other favorites include the cannon shot, the poinsettia wreath and candelabra. As always, motorsports-flavored displays will occupy spots throughout the drive. More than 1.5 million lights and 200-plus displays make up this year's Speedway In Lights, Powered by TVA.
Once again the light extravaganza features crafts in Christmas Village, where children can pose for photos with Santa, roast marshmallows and enjoy hot chocolate.
Proceeds from Speedway In Lights, Powered by TVA, benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a non-profit foundation dedicated to distributing funds to qualified children's charities. Funds from the foundation directly aid children in the Tri-Cities area. To date, Speedway Children's Charities has raised more than $3 million for area agencies over the past nine years.
Tickets for Speedway In Lights, open nightly 6-10 p.m., Nov. 17-Jan. 6, are available at the BMS gate. Ticket prices for cars are $10 Sunday through Thursday, and $12 Friday and Saturday. Activity van tickets are $15 each night and bus tickets are $65 each night.
The York Ice Skating Rink will open six days a week, beginning on Tuesday, November 14 and running through January 14. Tuesday through Thursday, the rink will open from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday hours are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday the rink will open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Holiday hours are:
Nov. 23 - 4-10 p.m.
Nov. 24-25 - 2-11 p.m.
Dec. 15-16 - 2-10 p.m.
Dec. 22-23, Dec. 29-31 - 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
(subject to change)
The rink will close each Monday throughout the period for general maintenance. The cost to skate is $5, plus and additional $2 for skate rental.
Groups of 10 or more will receive free skate rental. School groups, with a minimum of 15 skaters, are $5 each and advance reservations are required. Groups wishing to have skating parties, which are available on Saturday (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and Noon-1:30 p.m.) and Sunday (Noon-1:30 p.m.), should contact Sonya Moore at (423) 989-6924 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Non-exclusive parties are $75 (up to 10 skaters) and exclusive parties (up to 30 skaters) are $200.
For more information on Speedway In Lights and the York Ice Rink please call 423/989-6900.