BRISTOL, Tenn. (Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008) - Time certainly does fly when you're having fun. That is why it is so difficult to believe that one of the area's most beloved holiday traditions will soon celebrate its 12th anniversary.

The Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA light show at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway begins its 12th season Nov. 14 and to mark the occasion a spectacular new display, The Twelve Days of Christmas, will light up the night to anchor an already dazzling show.

While the extravaganza, one of the largest holiday happenings in the Southeast, has been impressive in the past, it will even be more so this year with The Twelve Days of Christmas addition. The magnificent layout features a dozen scenes, each approximately 10 feet tall and nearly 15 feet wide, making up one of the largest displays at Speedway In Lights at approximately 180 feet long. Naturally, the exhibit features 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

"We're so excited about the new Twelve Days of Christmas display," said Claudia Byrd, director of the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. "It's a wonderful holiday song that everyone knows and to be able to have such a large display with 12 different scenes will just make Speedway In Lights all the more enjoyable and impressive. And how fitting that it makes its debut in our 12th season."

"I can hardly believe it has been that long but I do honestly feel that this will be our best season yet. This event has been the mainstay for us as far as raising funds for Speedway Children's Charities and the number of people who come out to support it is just phenomenal. I hope each and every person who visits Speedway In Lights realizes that they play a substantial role in making so many children's lives better."

While the light show features in excess of 1.5 million lights and more than 200 displays, one of the most enticing elements of the four-mile drive-through route is that spectators actually get to drive on the World's Fastest Half-Mile well as take a trip through Thunder Valley at Bristol Dragway.

While several motorsports displays are featured along the route, a number of distinct favorites also return, including animated snowman attraction, which features flying snowballs that, upon impact, build a snowman; Dinosaur Village with six enormous pre-historic creatures, along with an erupting volcano, the cannon shot and the poinsettia wreath.

The largest spectacle along the route features several animated figures from Gatlinburg leading up to the Sea of Illumination presented by Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies exhibit. The magnificent layout takes patrons on a drive under the grandstand area on the frontstretch side of the Speedway and features sharks, fish and a variety of other sea creatures and will stretch nearly 750 feet.

Subway Christmas Village, located in the infield of BMS, is a popular destination on the drive-through route and features a variety of rides for children who can also visit with Santa, have hot chocolate and roast marshmallows. Several crafts vendors also will be set up in the Village.

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 Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. To date, Speedway Children's Charities has raised in excess of $4 million for area agencies.

Tickets for Speedway In Lights, open nightly 6-10 p.m., Nov. 14-Jan. 3, 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.

For more information concerning Speedway In Lights Powered by TVA, please call 423/989-6900.