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The Gift of Lights. Courtesy photo.




Gift of Lights

Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106, Loudon
When: Daily, 4:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 20 through Jan. 2, with some exceptions. See website for full schedule. 
Cost: $15 per car Monday through Thursday, $20 per car Friday through Sunday and holidays.
Visit: nhms.com/events/gift_of_lights




Glowing all out
Gift of Lights returns with new addition

11/19/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



The New Hampshire Motor Speedway will once again be set aglow for its annual Gift of Lights holiday drive-thru, opening Friday, Nov. 20, but visitors will find a new addition to the experience this year. 

The Tunnel of Lights portion of the course will now lead into the infield of the speedway, down VIP Street, next to where NASCAR drivers keep their motor homes during race week. 
“This year the Tunnel of Lights will be a true tunnel,” said Kristen Lestock, director of communications at the speedway. “We try to add something new each year, and fans have always asked about going into the infield.”
Gift of Lights will be open almost every day, from 4:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 20 through Jan. 2. With the 130-foot tunnel addition, the drive-thru is now 3 miles long and contains 60 holidays scenes, 400 light displays and two million LED lights. It begins at the South Gate, winds around the outside of the grandstands and covers a section of the road course.
But Gift of Lights features more than just the tour. Visitors are also invited to stop by Santa’s Workshop in the Main Office, where there will be a number of family activities. Santa will be available for pictures from opening night through Dec. 23, then Frosty will take over until closing day (cost is $5 per photo). The gift shop will have Gift of Light souvenirs as well as NASCAR merchandise. 
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, a fire pit will be open for s’mores-making (supplies are provided free of charge). 
Participate in one of the theme nights and get a $2 discount off the $15 per car entry fee ($20 on weekends). Come in your PJs for Pajama Night, held every Sunday. Grab your cowboy boots and hat for Country Night on Saturday, Nov. 28, get tacky for Ugly Sweater Night on Friday, Dec. 18, or wear your best holiday costume on Thursday, Dec. 24. Other themes include Mascot Night on Saturday, Dec. 5, College Night on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Military Night on Friday, Jan. 1. 
There are also some special events planned. 
On Sunday, Dec. 13, trade in the drive-thru for a run-thru at the third annual Yule Light Up The Night event. At least 1,000 people are expected to participate in the 2.25-mile run/walk through the Gift of Lights, where runners are encouraged to dress in their most festive holiday attire. 
For the first time, Gift of Lights will host Meet the Drivers, where visitors can get autographs and photos with Joey Polewarczyk of the American-Canadian Tour on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Ryan Preece of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday, Dec. 19. 
Proceeds from Gift of Lights will be distributed to nearly 50 different children’s charities across New England. 
“It’s one of the few events like this in the area, and it’s something the entire family can do together, to celebrate the holidays and benefit some local communities,” Lestock said.  





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