* PLEASE NOTE: The following is an article from 2016 * 


In just over a week, Atlanta Motor Speedway will transform into a brilliant winter wonderland, as the Holiday Light Spectacular by Christmas Décor opens its doors to one of the largest drive-through holiday light exhibits in metro Atlanta.

Set to kick off Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 and run through Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 the Holiday Light Spectacular brings the holiday spirit alive with millions of colorful lights and an enhanced yuletide experience for families and holiday revelers of all ages. Flying reindeer, dancing light tunnels and dozens of moving displays are just the start to the dazzling two-mile drive-through journey that headlines the more than month-long holiday attraction at the historic NASCAR speedway.

Santa's Village, located on the AMS infield, will be open each Friday through Sunday during the Holiday Light Spectacular and daily from Dec. 16, through the 30th of 2016. There, kids can meet Mr. Claus himself and have a keepsake photo or video made with him. Also inside Santa's Village, visitors can squeeze in some holiday shopping with a great variety of locally owned businesses ready to help cross items off your list. A free s'mores station, face painting, arts and crafts and letters to Santa are also available in the unique and festive atmosphere.

If the brilliant lights and Santa's Village weren't enough, visitors to the Holiday Light Spectacular can kick their evening up a notch at the carnival, presented by Forever Young Amusements. Open the same nights as Santa's Village, the carnival will feature popular rides and prize-winning games. Individual rides are just $3, while unlimited ride wristbands are available for $20. Carnival snacks and hot cocoa and cider will be available at the carnival to satisfy cravings of all varieties.

Special holiday-themed drive-in movie nights will help everyone from the young to the young at heart get into the spirit of the season on select evenings. On Dec. 10, 2016, Christmastime favorite, Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," will be shown, while "Frozen" will warm the hearts of all as it lights up the big screen on Dec. 17, 2016. The movies will run continuously on the designated nights, and there is no extra charge to watch.

On Dec. 3, 2016, runners, joggers and walkers will replace cars in the Run Through the Lights 5K. Open to all ages, the light show will open its gates for a Christmas-themed race in which all participants will receive a t-shirt, a digital photo with Santa and a free cup of hot cocoa. Prizes will be handed out to the first through third-place male and female finishers in each age division. Following the race, the light show will reopen to vehicles.

Other promotional nights at the Holiday Light Spectacular include the ribbon-cutting grand opening on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 when Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will be giving away free Santa hats to the first 500 vehicles, Double Drive-Thru days every Monday, offering each vehicle two trips through the light show for the price of one, the Great Clips Ornament Giveaway on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 for the first 500 vehicles, Public Safety and Military Appreciation Night with a $5 discount with a valid ID on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 School Spirit Sundays, Cookies for a Cause benefiting local children in need and much more.

The Holiday Light Spectacular will be open every day from Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 through Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 with the exception of Christmas Day, when all features will be closed for the holiday. Show hours are 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The show will then be open 6-10 p.m. each day from Dec. 19, 2016 through its final day on Dec. 30, 2016.

Prices are $15 per vehicle carrying up to six passengers Monday through Thursday and $20 per vehicle Friday through Sunday between Nov. 25, 2016 and Dec. 15, 2016. Vehicles are $20 every day between Dec. 16, 2016 and Dec. 30, 2016. Commercial vehicles with 6-10 passengers are $30 and $1 for each passenger over 10. Tickets may be purchased at the light show entrance, near the speedway's Gate 15, and accepted methods of payment include cash, debit card and credit card. Maximum vehicle height is 11 feet.

For more information and a complete show schedule, visit www.holidaylightspectacular.info.