Charlotte Motor Speedway set to glitter with a million lights

By David Whisenant - bio l email

CONCORD (WBTV) - Crews are working quickly to string more than one million lights for the first ever "Carolina Christmas" at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The attraction will be a drive through Christmas village that will cover two and half miles in the speedway's infield.

There will be more than 500 individual displays, including seasonal and patriotic themes.

Along with the lights there will be a Bethlehem Village complete with more than 30 actors and live animals.

Hilton Miller is one of the designers.

"When I start drawing on it, what I end up doing is building it in my mind," Miller said.  "I can see, even in 3-D and just look at it and analyze it, can it be better?"

The Salisbury advertising and marketing firm Miller-Davis is organizing and building the displays.

The attraction will be open nightly from November 22 through January 2.

The cost is $20 per vehicle.

Organizers expect the event to pump approximately $10.2 million into the local economy.

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