Ford Speedway In Lights Opens for 18th Season
Beginning in December, projected images employing some of the latest advancements in digital technology immerse guests traveling down Bristol Dragway in a dazzling winter wonderland.
Also new for 2014, those visiting Speedway In Lights may more easily share their experience as BMS partners with CenturyLink to provide increased connectivity and faster Internet speeds. The open network is available to all patrons in the infield Christmas Village and a second, secure network allows vendors to more quickly process payments.
Along with lighting and connectivity enhancements, perennial event favorites return to the over four-mile route. The SUBWAY® Symphony of Lights dances around the Darrell Waltrip grandstand, dinosaurs roam the BMS grounds, elves busily load Santa's sleigh and dragsters duel down the straight strip as part of more than 250 light displays filling the World's Fastest Half-Mile.
Santa makes an appearance for the holidays as well, double-checking his list in the infield Christmas village. While waiting to ensure they made the nice list, children and their families may ride one of the various carnival attractions also located in the BMS infield or warm their fingers over the fire pits. Bags of marshmallows are available for roasting over the flaming logs.
An annual tradition for thousands of families in the region, Ford Speedway In Lights further embodies the holiday spirit as the primary fundraiser for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC). All proceeds from the show benefit SCC which raises funds in support of children's organizations throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Since its inception in 1997, the Bristol chapter has raised more than $8 million and in 2013 distributed $742,000 to 87 regional agencies.
Cost to attend Ford Speedway In Lights, open Nov. 14 - Jan. 3, is $12 for cars Sun. - Thurs., $15 for cars Fri. - Sat. Activity vans are $20 and buses are $85. The event is open nightly from 6 -10 p.m., including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
For those seeking alternate transportation through the route, Santa's Speedway Sleigh returns for its fifth season. A guided trek in a decorated open air tram, riders have their picture taken for a commemorative keepsake courtesy of Walgreens, receive hot chocolate and hot cider before the ride and are given a free bag of marshmallows to toast over the fire pits during the ride's 30-minute stop in Christmas Village.
Towed by a Ford truck, the sleigh can accommodate up to 30 passengers per trip. Santa's Speedway Sleigh leaves from a boarding station located near HVAC Chill Hill every Wednesday and Thursday night at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets, available at the station, are $8 per person. Groups can reserve the entire sleigh but are asked to call in advance. Parking is located at the North Entrance of BMS.