There’s A Lot More Than Lights At Speedway Christmas
My first instinct this morning was, “Wow, has it really been 14 years since Speedway Christmas became a thing?” I’ll never forget that first year. My father, as a young photographer with the Charlotte News covered the opening of Charlotte Moter Speedway. Now, all those years later, he was getting to drive our Chevy Traverse through Christmas lights and actually drive ON the track. He was so excited. Even in a “mom car.”
Back then, it was just lights really. And they were spectacular. Now? Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway has come a long way and has a lot to offer. Go for the lights, but stay for the movie…and sledding?
Let’s start with “The Grinch.” The Speedway’s 16,000-square-foot SpeedwayTV will be your drive-in movie source as the holiday classic is presented by Bojangles. “The Grinch airs nightly (Thursday-Sunday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Even better, Movie nights are free with your Speedway Christmas admission.
Looking for something new? Okay, how about the all-new Cook Out Tubing Hill. It’s open nightly at 6. Four lanes and 250-feet of tubing excitement operates separately from Speedway Christmas, so here’s the deal. Unlimited rides can be had for $20 for adults and kids 12 and under get in for $10.
There’s also plenty of food and merchandsie vendors at Speedway Christmas. And of course, it goes without saying that the Christmas lights themselves are amazing at Speedway Christmas. All 5 million of them. Speedway Christmas presented by Atrium Health is open nightly through Jan. 7, BUT closed Christmas Eve. Tickets are sold per vehicle (up to 15 passengers) starting at $35 Monday-Wednesday and $45 Thursday-Sunday. Something I HIGHLY RECOMMEND is paying for the Fast Pass Lane. Now it’s a little more expensive ($75) but WELL WORTH IT as it allows you to skip the lines! TheFast Pass Lane is only open Thursday-Sunday. Tickets are available at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or at the gate.