Tips & Tricks for Visiting Speedway Christmas

November 26, 2019

The 10th edition of Speedway Christmas is bigger and better than ever before!

The largest holiday lights extravaganza in the Southeast, this Charlotte Motor Speedway tradition features 4 million LED lights, a 100-foot slide, 75-foot Christmas tree, 50-foot Ferris wheel, 100-foot LED-lighted tunnel, Christmas Village, drive-in holiday movies on a 16,000-square-foot screen and so much more!

Whether you’re visiting for an outing with the whole family or a couple’s date night, here are a few pointers on how to enjoy this spectacular show, save with discounts and see it all!

Holiday lights display at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Know Before You Go

Wondering when to visit? Speedway Christmas runs from November 22, 2019-January 5, 2020 and is closed on Christmas Day. The drive-through light show is open nightly from 6-10pm. On Thursday through Sunday nights and every night from December 12-December 29, the family-friendly Christmas Village is open and features tons of fun in the infield including drive-in movies.

Have a favorite holiday flick? Plan to visit on the night it’s playing on the giant Speedway TV! Movies are played twice nightly with the first showing at 6:30pm. Here’s the schedule:

  • Nov. 22-24 – “ELF”
  • Nov. 28-Dec. 1 – “Home Alone”
  • Dec. 5-8 – “The Polar Express”
  • Dec. 12-19 – “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
  • Dec. 20-24 – “The Star”
  • Dec. 26-29 – “A Christmas Story”

Let’s talk tickets! Admission prices are per car rather than per person. Advance tickets are sold for the vehicle only and must be printed (no mobile tickets!). Pricing varies based on what night you’re visiting and the vehicle you’re driving, so be sure to check for full details on admission. To save some time, purchase an Express Pass at the gate for an additional $20 and skip the line. To save some money, take advantage of a discount! Charlotte Motor Speedway offers a variety of ways to save. Here a few:

  • $5 off for Military/First Responders/Educators
  • Bring a bottle or can from a Coca-Cola product and receive a $5 discount on purchases at the gate. One discount per car any night.
  • Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots each Thursday night and receive a $5 discount on purchases at the gate.

Check Out What’s New! The theme this year is Santa’s Safari, so keep an eye out for the area of the 3.75-mile course that includes whimsical characters you’d spot on an African safari! Plus, a 75-foot Christmas tree with RGB lights—the latest and greatest technology—is synchronized to music for another awe-inspiring sight. In the Christmas Village, stroll through the new 100-foot LED-lighted tunnel for an Instagram-worthy shot, then take a turn on the 100-foot slide joining the crowd-favorite carousel and Ferris wheel this year.

No matter who you’re visiting with, Speedway Christmas offers something for everyone to enjoy. Here are a few more tips for visiting with:


Skip the line with a Fast Pass and get straight to the fun! Watch their faces light up along with the twinkling lights, keep them cozy and entertained with happenings inside the Christmas Village and grab a snack to enjoy during the drive-in movie. Don’t forget to get a photo with Santa!

School-Age Kids:

After driving through the lights, kids can zoom down the new 100-foot slide, ride the carousel and Ferris wheel plus enjoy games and see the nativity at Bethlehem Village. Be sure they bring their wish list to share with the man in red, then enjoy an interactive treat at the s’mores making station.


Help your teenagers snap some share-worthy photos during your visit with a stop at the selfie wall and stroll through the 100-foot LED-lighted tunnel. Then, grab tasty treats from the fun food vendors, have some laughs as movies like Elf and Christmas Vacation play on the big screen, or catch live music on stage.

A Date:

For a fun twist on dinner and a movie, make a reservation to enjoy an upscale meal with a view above the lights at The Speedway Club. Then, drive through the light show and be sure to stop at the Overlook in turns 3 & 4. Afterwards, grab a craft beer or hot cocoa and cozy up to a holiday classic drive-in movie.

Need a place to stay?

Charlotte Motor Speedway is located off I-85 at Exit 49 in Cabarrus County. There are over 2,000 hotel rooms at this exit including ones at Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park resort which hosts Snowland during the holidays, and Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord Golf Resort & Spa where you can relax during the holiday rush. Find a full list of places to stay here.

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