NEW ROUTE, STARTING AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY ENTRANCE, HIGHLIGHTS 16th EDITION OF SPEEDWAY IN LIGHTS; OPENING NIGHT SLATED FOR NOV. 16
With another successful race season complete at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, preparation for the 16th edition of Speedway In Lights has begun.
The green flag drops Nov. 16 on Speedway In Lights, the South’s largest holiday light show. With millions of glowing lights and hundreds of brilliant displays positioned all around the World’s Fastest Half-Mile and throughout Thunder Valley, it has long been a must-see event that continues to grow in popularity each year.
A new route for the holiday light show gives visitors a fresh look at Speedway In Lights as they will begin their drive-through trek at the Bristol Dragway entrance, just off Hwy. 394. In the past, guests have entered though the South entrance of the Speedway, off Volunteer Parkway.
Open for nearly seven weeks, Speedway In Lights, along with its companion events – the Johnson Controls Ice Rink and HVAC Chill Hill -- offers guests an evening of fun, while also allowing them to give back as proceeds benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.
Over the past 15 years, more than $6.5 million has been raised for children’s organizations in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Speedway in Lights is the single largest fund raiser each year for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.
The route of sparkling lights features such favorites as the Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse and the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies display, located underneath the front stretch grandstands at the Speedway.
Another popular display, the Subway Symphony of Lights, also returns. The spectacular exhibit features more than 300,000 LED lights which cover the Darrell Waltrip Grandstand and are synchronized to music.
Symphony of Lights also features a large Christmas tree, along with dazzling snowflakes that dance in harmony on a large, ever-changing background. Light-covered arches, reflecting brilliant colors on more than three acres of aluminum grandstand seating, set the stage for a magnificent scene.
Holiday fun-seekers can view Symphony of Lights from the infield’s General Shale Brick Christmas Village, which features various carnival rides and food vendors. Santa Claus, as always, will be on hand for the festivities.
Along the route, which includes a lap around BMS and a trip through legendary Thunder Valley, visitors enjoy numerous other presentations, including the Twelve Days of Christmas, complete with 12 animated individual scenes, and Dinosaur Village, which features six dinosaurs, including a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex and an erupting volcano.
Other favorites include the cannon shot, the dueling dragsters, the Sea of Illumination and the Alpha Natural Resources Coal Mountain Gift Mine, which is 70 feet long and 22 feet tall. The mine features a continuous miner tossing presents through the air into a front-end loader with some help from an elf.
Speedway In Lights remains open through Jan. 5. Tickets for the show, open nightly 6-10 p.m., are available at the BMS gate. Ticket prices for cars are $12 Sunday through Thursday, and $15 Friday and Saturday. Activity van tickets are $20 each night and tickets for buses are $85 each night.
Both the Johnson Controls Ice Rink ($7 admission/skate rental) and HVAC Chill Hill ($7) open Thursday, Nov. 15.
For more information concerning Speedway In Lights, the Johnson Controls Ice Rink or HVAC Chill Hill, please call 423-989-6900.