When in Indy, See the Lights of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

I’ve not experienced it yet since moving to Indy in 2017, but I’ve put in a request as media to try and attend. As with most light shows, a variety of new sights, attractions and promotions are available in 2018 for fans this holiday season. Lights at the Brickyard, open from November 30-Dec. 30 is in all its glory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For its third season, a popular, drive-through holiday display returns, featuring dozens of colorful displays with more than 3 million bright lights. This spectacular light show stretches over a 2-mile course through the IMS infield and historic oval, including the front stretch and world-famous “Yard of Bricks” start-finish line. ind3

There are so many great happenings at the Indy Motor Speedway, and many not car-related. During my first year here, I attended the wildly popular Mutt-Strutt with my pups. Talk about sold-out attendance. Dogs are almost as popular as cars here.

If you get a chance to show up for the lights, you’ll be treated to lots of new displays for 2018, including many more lights-500,000, to be exact, and more than 3 dozen new displays. The front stretch of the oval gets a new illumination, including 9 units displaying the evolution of the Indy car. Also new are a 200-foot-long rolling tunnel, 18-foot two Jima Memorial, 118 foot-long Christmas feast, 20-foot tall Santa and 45-foot tall Borg-Warner Trophy and tribute to the late Mari Hullman George, IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus.

Thanksgiving week, the large structure was in front of the IMS Museum. Facebook or Twitter your pals, as you bask in the glow of Indy lights. In addition, visitors can vote on IMS social channels for the new displays they would like to see added to the track. The turbine-powered car that a fan nominated will make its debut this month.

Of course, Santa will be making an appearance at the IMS Museum from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday December 9. Photos and activities will be going on.

And of course, as with all events, food is part of the festivities. Cookies, cocoa and coffee will be available on selected nights. Check the website for more information, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/lights.

Non-profit and school groups will be promoting fundraisers with special “ save 10 percent and give 10 percent” purchases available on a special link. If you are part of a group interested in this offer, contact Lauren Guidotti at lguidotti@brickyard.com.

You can also see Lights at the Brickyard displays in downtown Indianapolis, along with the infamous IBEW-sponsored Circle of Lights. Lights are also shining bright at the Circle Centre Mall, IMS Pavilion at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and at the Festival of Trees at the Indiana Historical Society. Tickets can be purchased at IMS.com.indy2

Ticket prices remain the same as last year, with Standard Lane admission $25 per car on Mondays through Wednesdays and $30 per car Thursdays through Sundays at the gate. Vehicles with 15 or more passengers will be charged $50 at the gate, with Standard Lane access; purchased only at the gate; these are valid for one drive through the displays per vehicle.

The popular Speedy Pass which allows participants to skip the long lines and come in through a special entry near the IMS golf course is also available. This pass is $40 per car through November 15 and $50 online from November 16-December 30. Speedy passes are $60 at the gate, with special midweek pricing.

Hours for Lights at the Brickyard are from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. indy1

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