It’s that time of the year, when folks start thinking about the holidays, conjuring up images of sleigh rides and winter wonderlands, all while singing Christmas carols.

That picturesque scene can be a reality for visitors attending AutoTrader.com Speedway In Lights powered by TVA at Bristol Motor Speedway Nov. 19-Jan. 8.

On Thursday nights throughout the Speedway In Lights season, BMS will operate Santa’s Speedway Sleigh, a special tram designed to give visitors the experience of an open-air ride through the more than 200 light displays along the 4.5-mile route.

During the excursion, a tour guide will provide information about Speedway In Lights, Speedway Children’s Charities and Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway while Christmas carols are played on the tram’s sound system.

Santa’s Speedway Sleigh gives every member in the family the opportunity to enjoy all the favorite light displays including Dinosaur Village, the Sea of Illumination presented by Ripley’s Aquarium, the Alpha Natural Resources Coal Mountain Gift Mine, and Symphony of Lights, this year’s newest display. Symphony of Lights features more than 300,000 LED bulbs dancing in perfect harmony to music played through the Speedway’s public address system.

Once inside the Speedway, the tram will stop for 30 minutes to allow its passengers time to enjoy the fun holiday activities in Christmas Village. Several crafts and food vendors will be on hand and children can have their pictures made with Santa. Guests can sip hot chocolate, ride carnival rides and even roast marshmallows.

Santa’s Speedway Sleigh, pulled through the light show by a Ford truck, will be able to accommodate 30 passengers on each trip. Upon embarking on their journey, visitors will have their photos taken as a special keepsake to remember the trip as Walgreens Photo Services will provide each person in the group a photo. Additionally, Walgreens will issue a coupon which can be redeemed to incorporate the photo into a unique Christmas card.

Each guest also will receive a coupon to redeem in Christmas Village for a free bag of marshmallows to roast. Also, blankets will be available for patrons’ use for the duration of the ride.  

Santa’s Speedway Sleigh will leave from a boarding station located near the HVAC Chill Hill every Thursday night at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets, available at the station, are only $5 per person. Children two and under are free if they sit on a parent’s lap. Groups can reserve the entire sleigh, but are asked to call in advance. Parking will be located in the North Entrance parking lot of BMS.

Proceeds from AutoTrader.com Speedway In Lights benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for children’s agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The Bristol Chapter of SCC has raised in excess of $5.5 million since 1997.

Tickets for Speedway In Lights, open nightly 6-10 p.m., Nov. 19-Jan. 8, will be 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 Santa’s Speedway Sleigh or Speedway In Lights, please call 423.989.6900.