Synchronized "Symphony of Lights" adds magical touch to Speedway In Lights
Visitors to the 14th season of AutoTrader.com Speedway In Lights powered by TVA have a number of holiday-themed activities to take advantage of while at Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. A new attraction this year, however, gives them the opportunity to see the largest display to be added in the event's 14-year history.
Symphony of Lights, a spectacular show consisting of more than 300,000 LED lights, clearly is the highlight of this season’s event. Each light is synchronized to music, creating an amazing display, sure to delight young and old alike. The new dancing lights, located in the Darrell Waltrip Grandstand, are particularly entertaining for guests who take part in Christmas Village activities. The show, is programmed by Shadrack Productions to dance to a vairety holiday songs.
A large Christmas tree is the focal point of the display, while glittering snowflakes dance in harmony on a large, ever-changing background. Arches, fountains and more reflect dazzling colors on to more than three acres of aluminum grandstand seating, causing an incredible illusion of light.
Guests can watch Symphony of Lights from a designated viewing area inside the BMS infield, the perfect place to see the amazing dancing lights.
After making their way through the 4.5-mile magical journey, which includes a lap around BMS and a trip through legendary Thunder Valley, visitors can pull into the infield of the "World’s Fastest Half-Mile" to visit Christmas Village.
In addition to Symphony of Lights, visitors can enjoy plenty of fun holiday activities inside the 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.
More than 200 displays and nearly two million lights make up the AutoTrader.com Speedway In Lights. All the favorites return, including the cannon shot, the dueling dragsters and the Sea of Illumination presented by Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
The Twelve Days of Christmas, complete with 12 individual scenes, and Dinosaur Village, which features six large dinosaurs and an erupting volcano, also are crowd favorites.
Among the largest and most popular displays is 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.
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 Speedway In Lights, please call 423-989-6900.