So here's something I'd like to see ...
Speedway Christmas at the Charlotte Motor Speedway returns for the sixth year with more than 3 million lights throughout a redesigned 3.5-mile course. Visitors can drive on the front stretch of the speedway to see synchronized lights set to music in the grandstand above.
Among the 39 nights that the event is open, 24 include a Christmas village with Santa, a petting zoo, marshmallow roasting and more, which are included in the price of the light show ticket. Each Thursday through Sunday, holiday classics will play on a 16,000-square-foot HDTV.
It opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 30 (closed on Christmas day). It's open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (except on opening night when it starts at 7:30 p.m.).
Ticket price depends on whether the Christmas village is open and the night you drive through, but they run $20 to $30 per car; $40 to $50 for a van (that seats no more than 36); and $140 to $175 for a bus (with no more than 57 people). On the nights when the village is open, you can buy a fast pass for another $10 to move to the front of the line.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway is about 2.5 hours from Raleigh.