Gifts of Light
Nov 15, 2011 02:42PM ● Published by Erin Frisch
This holiday season, create a new family tradition at the newest Christmas event in the area: Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. From November 18 through January 1, millions of twinkling LED lights will shine, creating a festive atmosphere that is certain to create memories your family and friends will cherish. Children and the young at heart will be in awe as they ride through the shining light park that features hundreds of sparkling holiday light displays. The wonder will continue as vehicles pass through a brilliantly lit tunnel, set aglow by thousands of dazzling lights. With 36 different functions, lights in the tunnel seem to chase each other back and forth across the pavement, racing in every direction. No Christmas event is complete without Santa Claus, and that will be just who is waiting to greet visitors in the infield of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which will have been magically transformed into Santa’s Village. Free photos with Santa himself, as well as other Christmas characters, will be available.
The light displays and Santa’s Village are created by 3 Dudes Productions and Winterland, Inc. After success with previous light parks across the country, the two companies were eager to join forces to bring this event to New Hampshire. David Fred, owner of Winterland, the Indiana-based company responsible for installing the lights. “The light park is a staycation! It is affordable entertainment that creates everlasting memories,” says Fred. “As people return each year, they say they have been looking forward to experiencing the magic of the holiday season by coming to our light shows.”
All of the light parks created by the 3 Dudes and Winterland partnership will be giving back to charitable organizations. One hundred percent of New Hampshire Motor Speedway proceeds will be given to Speedway Children’s Charities, an organization that cares for children in education, financial, social, and medical need.
The event also will be a drop-off site for Toys for Tots, the US Marine Corps Reserve program that aims to collect new toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Lastly, Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway will benefit the Salvation Army, helping further their mission of assisting those who are homeless, abused, or disadvantaged. Visitors will receive discounts in exchange for donations to either of these two organizations. “Giving to those in need is really what the Christmas season is all about,” says Mike Miller, president of 3 Dudes Productions.
The light park is open nightly from November 18 through January 1, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours of operation are Sunday–Thursday, 6pm–9pm, and Friday and Saturday, 5:30pm–10pm. Admission is $15 per car. For more information, visit www.NewHampshireGiftOfLights.com.