NASCAR at New Hampshire Motor Speedway may be done for the season, but that does not mean there isn’t still loads of fun to be had up at the track! The days may have gotten shorter, but for those looking to brighten up their nights they have to look no further than the sixth annual Gift of Lights. New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s two-mile long drive-thru illumination show opens on Friday, Nov. 25 and will run for 37 days through New Year’s Eve with Christmas Day being the only planned closure. Santa has to work after all!
Open daily from 4:30-9:00 p.m., the Gift of Lights features more than 400 displays and 2 million LED lights, and will once again benefit local charities, including the New Hampshire chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.
“The Gift of Lights has been so important to what we are able to raise and what we are able to provide so many children throughout New England,” said Cheryl LaPrade, director of the SCC’s New Hampshire chapter. “For the last half-decade, this has become an annual stop for countless families in the region and we can’t wait to see so many familiar faces and first-time visitors during the holiday season.”
Over the last five years, the Gift of Lights has raised more than $134,000 for the SCC’s New Hampshire Chapter, benefiting close to 300,000 children across New England. That’s an average of $26,800 per year, while the Loudon Food Pantry has benefited from the more than 64,000 pounds of food that has been donated. Patrons can once again save $2.00 off their Gift of Lights admission when they donate three (3) cans or more of perishable food items. Admission is $20 per car at the gate. Buses are $20 for the first 15 people and $2 for each additional person.