The colors of a full field of race cars come alive this season in North Carolina’s ultimate motorsports destination
(November 16, 2015) – Concord, NC – From an illuminated superspeedway to a laser light show in the hometown of a NASCAR legend, The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites travelers put a Speed City spin on traditions this year.
At Exit 49 off of I-85, the area’s premier holiday light show and the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Carolinas are situated less than a mile from 12 hotel properties—including one with snow showers inside the lobby!
Racing under the lights isn’t just for NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway! Run at your own pace on the same superspeedway as stock car greats this weekend at the Egg Nog Jog 5K on November 21. In its third year, this holiday-themed 5k fun run through the dazzling lights of Speedway Christmas is complete with costumed runners and fireworks. eggnogjog5k.com / @eggnogjog5k
Following the Egg Nog Jog, Speedway Christmas returns for the sixth year. Recognized as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, Speedway Christmas features over 3 million lights throughout the redesigned 3.5-mile course. Create unforgettable memories as you drive on the frontstretch of legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway with synchronized lights-to-music dancing in the grandstands above. Out of the 39 nights Speedway Christmas is open, 24 feature a Christmas village with Santa, petting zoo, marshmallow roasting and more included in the price of a light show ticket. Each Thursday through Sunday night, holiday classics play on the gigantic 16,000 square-foot HDTV—A drive-in movie experience like no other! Open nightly November 21 – December 30 (Closed Christmas Day). charlottemotorspeedway.com / @CLTMotorSpdwy
The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with fireworks on November 20 and 87th Annual Concord Christmas Parade on November 21 highlight holiday events in Historic Downtown Concord. The Concord parade is one of the oldest and largest in the Carolinas and begins at 2:30pm. concorddowntown.com / @ConcordDowntown
Beginning November 28, bring your pack to Great Wolf Lodge and discover the magical world of Snowland. Daily snowfall in the Grand Lobby during the Clock Tower show and dinner inside the life-size gingerbread house will make your cub’s Christmas! greatwolf.com/concord / @greatwolflodge
Bargain hunters will enjoy ‘extra festive’ hours as Concord Mills waves the green flag on holiday shopping. The Carolinas’ largest shopping and entertainment destination is open from 6pm on Thanksgiving Day to 9:30pm on Black Friday. Snap a photo with the man in red at the Food Court through December 24 and catch Scuba Claus at Sea Life Aquarium in December (sea website for dates). Outdoor karting track The Speedpark adds over 4,200 square feet of real ice to skate at The Icepark November 19 – January 18! concordmills.com / @ConcordMillsNC
A Kannapolis Christmas kicks off November 28 at the Annual Tree Lighting and continues all month in Dale Earnhardt’s hometown with the Celebration of Lights (over 250,000!), Winterland Express train rides and more. New in 2015, the Kannapolis Intimidators offer three nightly Holiday Laser Light Shows December 4 – 6. And on December 12, grab a seat in Downtown for the 77th Annual Kannapolis Christmas Parade of Lights. kannapolischristmas.com / @Kannapolis
Join holiday festivities in Harrisburg including live Nativity, horse and carriage rides and on-stage entertainment at the annual Town of Harrisburg Christmas Tree Lighting in Veteran’s Park on December 4 at 6pm. harrisburgnc.org / @harrisburg_nc
On December 5, explore A Golden Christmas at Reed Gold Mine—the site of the America’s first discovery of gold and the only underground candlelight mine tour during the day! Just around the corner, Christmas Open House at Rocky River Vineyards will feature local artists, live music and wine tastings from 12-6pm. nchistoricsites.org/Reed / rockyrivervineyards.com
About the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau
As a destination marketing organization, the CCCVB is dedicated to promoting Cabarrus County as a visitor destination and enhancing the complete visitor experience. We also represent and support the interests of the local tourism industry and promote public awareness of the importance of tourism. In 2014, tourism generated $400.3 million in visitor spending, $87.06 million in payroll, $28.95 million in state and local taxes and 4,190 jobs. For more, visit www.CabCoCVB.com or find us at Facebook.com/VisitCabarrus and @SpeedCityUSA.
Julie Hinson, Communications Manager