Three-mile display will light up the infield for guests beginning in November
By Matt Schepeler
The popular Nite Lites Christmas display will light up the infield at Michigan International Speedway in 2017. The display was previously located at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.
The show allows visitors to see a wide variety of lighting displays from inside their cars. The move will allow Nite Lites officials to expand the display to a three-mile show, doubling its former length of a mile and a half. The lighting display will open beginning on Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. It will remain open every day until Dec. 31.
“We are excited to welcome the Nite Lites display to the Michigan International Speedway,” track President Rick Brenner said. “This is a great community event and we look forward to hosting it for many years to come.”
Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Hubbell said that they are very excited about the change of venues for the event and believes it will be a great success. “People will come from all over,” said Hubbell, recalling how people travelled to Dominoes Farms to see the lights in the past. “We are very excited about the move.”
Nite Lites will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. All veterans and active military personal are admitted free Dec. 7.
“Nite Lites is proud to be lighting up the infield at Michigan International Speedway this winter,” said John Spink, Nite Lites owner and operator. “We have worked hard this year to make the display three miles of magical experiences for the guests. We take pride in making this can’t miss family event.”
The familiar Nite Lites entry way will greet the guests as they enter the display. In 2017, Nite Lites will feature 65 different themes, a 250-foot lighted tunnel, six 30-foot mega trees and three 20-foot mega trees. In addition, the crew continues to build their own displays to keep the guests coming back.
Also, a winter wonderland display will be open throughout the season. Children can tell Santa their Christmas list and take a free train ride. There will be crafts and concessions to enjoy before going through display. The reindeer will be here from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22.
Events will kick off Nov. 22 with the annual 5k run. All local runners can participate in the run that takes them through the middle of the display. It is the only night visitors can actually walk through all the lights. Runners can register at www.nitelitesshow.com.