The Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which officially opens Friday, has become a family tradition during the holidays. Since it began in 2010, it has served as an opportunity for children, young and old, to get into the holiday spirit and as a way to give back to the community. Through the years, more than $100,000 has been distributed to local nonprofits through Gift of Lights proceeds and more than 50,000 pounds of food has been donated.

The Gift of Lights supports such charitable entities as Speedway Children's Charities, the Loudon Food Pantry and new this year, the Loudon Fire Department. Speedway Children's Charities has raised an average of $25,750 per year over the last four years.

"We are so grateful to the visitors of the Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," said Cheryl LaPrade, director of the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. "By attending, not only are people getting the gift of a wonderful holiday light display but they are providing support to children in need throughout New England."

New Hampshire food pantries have benefited from the more than 53,000 pounds of food that has been donated, and the Loudon Food Pantry has been again chosen as he local recipient. Patrons can once again save $2 off their Gift of Lights admission when they donate three (3) cans or more of non-perishable food items.

The Loudon Fire Department will also be on hand for one night only on Saturday, Nov. 28. Through donations to the LFD, patrons will be able to purchase Christmas trees and bird seed wreaths, as well as decorate gingerbread men with the help of the firefighters.

The Gift of Lights has gotten bigger and better each year. The 3-mile long drive-thru illumination show will showcase more than 2 million LED lights in over 400 displays. New this year, visitors will get the chance to drive into the speedways infield through the Tunnel of Lights, two 130-foot long illuminated tunnels.

For 36 days, the Gift of Lights will be open nightly from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m., beginning Nov. 20 through Jan. 2. Tickets are $15 for a carload during the week and $20 on weekends and holidays. It will be closed on Nov. 23, 24, 30; Dec. 1, 7, 8, and Christmas Day.