A festival of lights: Speedway Christmas

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CONCORD, N.C. - When you hear "Charlotte Motor Speedway," you typically think of cars accelerating at maximum speeds, but during the holiday season, the motorsports hub transforms into a light show like something you have never seen before.

Speedway Christmas is the area's premier holiday-lights extravaganza and enables visitors to the track to ride through more than 800 displays that are made up of more than 3 million holiday lights.

This is the third year that the speedway has transformed the two tracks into a winter wonderland filled with lights.

However, Speedway Christmas offers much more to visitors than just a light show.

Once visitors complete the light show, they can park in the track's infield and visit the Speedway Christmas Village, which features a Bethlehem Village with live actors and animals.

Children can head to Santa's workshop to tell Santa of their Christmas wishes as well as get a photo with Santa.

On Fridays and Saturdays, holiday movies are shown on the big screen inside the infield, and if movies aren't your thing, you can check out the ice-skating rink at the zMAZ dragway.

Speedway Christmas runs through Dec. 30, and is open seven days a week.

The cost for a car that holds up to nine people to go through Speedway Christmas is $15 Monday-Wednesday, when the Christmas Village is closed, and $20 Thursday-Sunday.

To visit Charlotte Motor Speedway's website, click here.

To see photos from Speedway Christmas, click here.