Gift of Lights

Friday, November 20, 2015 - Saturday, January 2, 2016 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
NHMS Winter Wonderland

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays.  The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course.  It also has the super-popular Tunnel of Lights, which measures over 250 feet in length.

NEW IN 2015, the Gift of Lights will add a trip through the infield tunnel and down VIP Street as a part of the circuit.

Closed Days

The Gift of Lights will NOT be open on the following days:

Mon., Nov. 23
Tues., Nov. 24
Mon., Nov. 30
Tues., Dec. 1
Mon., Dec. 7
Tues., Dec. 8
Fri., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

Additionally, there will be a delayed opening to 5:30 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 13, due to the Yule Light Up The Night two-mile run.

Buy at the gate or online.

Visitors may buy tickets at the gate or online.  Carloads may get a $2 discount at the gate by donating three or more non-perishable food items that NHMS will deliver to the Loudon Food Pantry.

Cost per car

Monday-Thursday - $15

Friday-Sunday & Holidays* - $20

*Holidays include Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. (Closed on Christmas Day.)

Buses and limos are permitted at $20 for the up to 10 people and $2 additional per person.


A portion of the proceeds from Gift of Lights will go to kickstart the 2016 fundraising efforts by the N.H. Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, the official charity of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.  All cars in line by the 9 p.m. closing time will be allowed to drive through the Gift of Lights.

Enter at the South Entrance

Visitors to the Gift of Lights should proceed to the South Entrance of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  This entrance is located next to the Big Apple Shell Station.

There is no physical address for this location, and visitors are encouraged to use the address for the Big Apple and follow signs indicating the entrance:

904 New Hampshire 106
Loudon, NH 03307

Upon arrival, please drive through the South Entrance and follow signs and lights until you arrive at the Main Gate, where you will be asked to purchase a ticket.

Visit Santa's Workshop!

After your drive through the Gift of Lights, be sure to stop by Santa's Workshop in the Main Office to see Santa, Milo the Moose (the NHMS mascot), peruse the Gift Shop, and roast a s'more (weekends only).  The tour ends at the parking lot for the Main Office, and visitors are encouraged to park and come check it out.

Photos with Santa

From opening night through December 23, children, families, adults (anyone, really) may have their photo take with Santa for $5.  The package includes a photosin a custom Gift of Lights framed that is printed on high-quality photo paper in a matter of seconds.

Once Santa takes off for his big night and heads home to rest up, Frosty will be available for photos from December 24-January 2.

NHMS Gift Shop

NASCAR fan or not, the NHMS Gift Shop has you covered when it comes to rounding out someone's Christmas list.  The shop includes plenty of NASCAR-related merchandise to compliment the NHMS and Gift of Lights products in the store.  The Gift Shop is open every evening until last car has completed the Gift of Lights drive.

Local Driver Apperances

Each December Saturday leading up to Christmas, a local driver will be present from 5-7 p.m. to sign autographs and meet fans in Santa's Workshop.  The appearance schedule is as follows:

  • Dec. 5 - Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (American-Canadian Tour, won the 2010 ACT Invitational at NHMS)
  • Dec. 12 - Eddie MacDonald (made Sprint Cup debut at NHMS in July 2014, four-time Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational winner at NHMS)
  • Dec. 19 - Ryan Preece (Whelen Modified Tour, made Sprint Cup debut at NHMS in Sept. 2015)

S'more Pit

The s'more pit will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and there is no charge (nor age-limit) to take advantage of this childhood pastime.  The fire pit is located across the parking lot from the Main Office.  All necessary supplies will be provided by a member of our staff at the location.

Dec. 13 - 4 p.m. - Yule Light Up The Night

This is a two-mile run through the Gift of Lights put on by Millennium Running.  A portion of the proceeds go to support the N.H. Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.  Pre-event registration is encouraged but not required.  Please note that the Gift of Lights will not open for cars until 5:30 p.m. on this day.

Be sure to attend on one of our special theme nights.

Gift of Lights Photo Gallery

  • Credit: NHMS/Alan MacRae
  • Credit: NHMS/Alan MacRae
  • Credit: NHMS/Alan MacRae
  • Credit: NHMS/Alan MacRae