Las Vegas is known for its glittering lights up and down the Strip, but come the holiday season, the premier location for flash and glitter can be found north of town at the city’s NASCAR track.
Glittering Lights Las Vegas has opened for its 21st consecutive year, giving residents and visitors a chance to experience more than 5 million lights all over the race track. And visitors never have to leave their cars to experience the awe and wonder.
Glittering Lights takes visitors on a complete journey around the NASCAR track with more than 600 animated displays.
“We are so happy to be back with even more lights and displays than ever before,” event producer John Bentham told KTNV. “We have a full 2.5-mile course with more than 5 million LED lights and 1,000 display elements. You’ll see a lot of fun traditional light displays.”
The show opens nightly at dusk, around 5:30 p.m. in November and 5 p.m. in December and January. It is open until 9 p.m. weeknights and 10 p.m. weekends and holidays. Glittering Lights will remain open until January 9.
Getting the display set up is no easy task. Work could not begin until early October after the NASCAR South Point 400 was completed on the track.
“It takes a complete 30 days,” Bentham said of the setup. “This year, we were kind of delayed due to some previous events at the speedway, because of COVID, and supply-chain issues. But we had a crew that worked non-stop and opened on Veterans Day with thousands of families welcomed.”
Advance tickets are required for the display, with prices varying depending on a number of factors. They start at $25 per car Monday through Thursday or $35 for any day. A fast pass that allows you to bypass any lines at the entrance is available for $55, or a season pass runs $85.
On select nights, visitors can ditch their cars and ride an open-air tram instead. Tickets for the tram are $20.
Proceeds from the event are distributed among numerous local charities, including Goodwill of Southern Nevada and Speedway Children’s Charities. Community groups also participate in the event.
“This really is a community-focused event,” Bentham said. “We have churches, Boy Scouts, and several corporate sponsors participating. They have all come together to make this a community-based event for some holiday cheer.”
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