Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights

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Y’all know I’m crazy about lighting. Specifically chandeliers, but any lighting in general makes me a bit giddy.

As you can imagine at THIS time of year, I’m on sensory overload with all the amazing light displays to see on houses, buildings, and race tracks.

Wait, did I say, “race tracks?”

Yep. RACE TRACKS. And I don’t mean the North Dallas Tollway.

reindeer at tms gift of lights

Get your engine running and head out to the Gift of Lights at our very own Texas Motor Speedway, the largest sporting venue in our state. Open each evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 1st, you’ll be oo-ing and ah-ing over the 2.5 million LED lights in 600+ new custom displays that guide you through the oval and under the grandstands at TMS. After you pass through patriotic alley and the tunnel of twinkle, head over to Santa’s Village for free photos and even more fun.

tunnel of twinkle at tms gift of lights

Brought to you by Christmas by Zenith, this light display is more than a popular family tradition, it also benefits our local charities. Your $20 per car admission will in part go to Toys for Tots, Ronald McDonald House, Boy Scouts of American and Speedway Children’s Charities. Gift of Lights is also a toy drop off center for Toys for Tots, and bringing a donation  will get you an additional $5 off admission.

race car at tms gift of lights

I had the special privilege to take a preview drive through these unique displays before the Gift of Lights opened to the public. Thinking it would be great fun for the Princess Cupcake and her sweetie for an evening out, I found myself taking oodles of photos rather than leisurely rolling through the exhibit. And because it was just us, those two monkeys were able to get out of the car and up close personal with the installations. Please note: During normal hours, you can’t do this. Nor do I recommend this. Once they’re out of the car…. They’re out of the car and they’re not getting back in.

kids at TMS gift of lights

Sigh.

The good news is that they ran most of the 1.7 mile-long route and then slept the whole way home. Score one for the mommy.

archway at tms gift of lights

And score one for the winners of our Christmas Craft contest who won free tickets for dinner and the event! You can see some of those great entries here.

licking candy canes at tms gift of lights

I really love how Christmas by Zenith got to be known for their lighting displays. For the past 16 years, in 16 cities, they have been putting on light shows like ours at TMS. It all started when the owners graciously offered to put up Christmas lights on six elderly neighbor’s homes. Word got out about their generosity, and someone asked if they’d be interested in hanging lights on a shopping center. Viola, their company took off just by paying it forward.

Find out more information about Gift of Lights and purchase tickets here. http://www.tmsgiftoflights.com

race car lights at tms gift of lights

Merry Christmas!

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