Shining bright for the children… Pinnacle Speedway in Lights lighting up night at Bristol Motor Speedway

Published 12:35 am Saturday, November 30, 2019

Now entering its 23rd season, the Pinnacle Speedway in Lights continues to grow from its modest beginnings of a mile and a half of lights in its beginnings in 1997 to five miles of lights utilizing two million lights today to bring smiles to children and adults alike.
The event serves to raise money for charities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to help children throughout those two areas and to date has raised $15 million dollars throughout the past years.
Not only do those who drive through the clearly defined course get an opportunity to enjoy the lights, but once inside the track the Christmas Village is a big hit as children can have their photo made with Santa as well as enjoy some Christmas goodies and ride the Christmas Carousel.
The light show opened on November 15th and will remain open through January 4th, 2020, Hours of operation for those who would like to take in the lights is from 6 to 10 pm nightly.
Sunday through Thursday, admission is $15 for cars, $30 for activity vans, and $100 for buses. On Friday and Saturday, the only change in admission is for cars as the price increases to $20.
Visitors can also visit the ice rink while at BMS where for an additional fee, one can enjoy ice skating.
In 2018, Speedway in Lights donated money to over 90 organizations that serve children so all monies raised will go to the continued work in helping to brighten children’s lives.
To start the drive through the lights, visitors actually enter from the Thunder Valley Drag Strip side of the track.
With Thanksgiving now over, its the perfect way to get into the Christmas mood and help those in need at the same time as guests will see lights bring to life dinosaurs, race cars, skaters, buildings, the Christmas story, and many other displays.
One of the most talked-about displays is the drive through the Ripley’s Aquarium portion of the light show while all lights are sure to be eye-pleasing to young and old alike.
All photos are by Ivan Sanders

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