Racing Around the Gift of Lights

The Gift of Lights will continue giving this year. It’s just made a major shift from one end of the Valley to the other. The 8-million-light display spent its first nine years at Sunset Park before relocating to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this holiday season. The event, which will run from Nov. 19 to Jan. 2, was moved after Clark County and Meehan & Associates, which created the Gift of Lights, could not come to agreement on rental fees for the use of the park.

Last month it seemed the lights might not go on this year, but the speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North, stepped up to donate the use of its facility for the display. Organizers say the move to the speedway will allow for the largest Gift of Lights yet, with all displays in LED lighting.

Admission is $15 per vehicle, and tickets can be purchased online for $12.50. Entrance is $10 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and $13 on every other night when donating gently used items to Goodwill. Military personnel with valid ID get a $2 discount. Buses (with a maximum height of 11 feet) are $1 per person with a $15 minimum. Hours for the Gift of Lights are 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Holiday hours are 5-10 p.m.

The Boy and Girl Scouts will host a “Hot Cocoa Corner” with the proceeds going toward their organizations. The Gift of Lights will donate $2 from every vehicle to the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. If this weather’s bad, call 451-1641 before you make the trip to make sure the display is operating. For more information, go to

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