On Thanksgiving night, Texas Motor Speedway shifts from world-renowned motorsports facility to the prestigious site of one of the state’s largest holiday light shows as ‘Gift of Lights‘ makes its return for the ninth straight year.
From Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, January 5 families can enjoy the two-mile drive of light displays throughout the speedway.
The display is open every day during that time period, including Christmas Eve and Christmas day, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
During the drive guests can enjoy the sight of more than two million lights spread across the circuit, the result of more than 1,100 man-hours of setup by holiday display giant Winterland, Inc., the company responsible for similar light shows at the speedways in Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Charlotte, New Hampshire, and Phoenix.
“We’re in the business of providing memory-making moments to our fans,” said Texas Motor Speedway President/GM Eddie Gossage. “We accomplish that three weekends each year with world-class racing events, six weeks every summer through amateur drag racing, and every holiday season by offering one of the largest light shows in the state of Texas. The holidays are about making memories, and for a decade the ‘Gift of Lights’ has done just that.”
The partnership with Winterland, Inc. comes natural in that regard.
“Since 1989, millions of people have come to see the lights that Winterland, Inc. brings to our many speedways and light parks,” said Winterland, Inc. Sales and Project Manager Noah Graham. “As a family-owned and operated business, Winterland has sought to bring people together through lights, for over three decades. People and families are brought together to celebrate the holiday, and that is the mission of Winterland, Inc.”
For the fifth consecutive year, ‘Gift of Lights’ participants will end their rides by being directed to the infield Santa’s Village. While in the 22,000-square-foot village, they can get a picture with Santa Claus (through December 24), enjoy photo opportunities with other winter characters, or ride a miniature train. This is also the second year the Santa’s Village has offered a skating rink.
Tickets to ‘Gift of Lights’ are available at the gate or online (giftoflightstexas.com
) for $30 (cars/trucks), $50 (RVs/truck trailers), and $60 (bus of 20 people). There’s a $2 discount for anyone with a military/first responder ID or any car that brings five canned goods.
The ‘Gift of Lights’ supports the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, 94.9 KLTY, and Speedway Children’s Charities – Texas Chapter. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit these charities.
Texas Motor Speedway expects to see at least 15,000 vehicles at this year’s show.