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Gift of Lights 2020-2021

One of the most impressive Christmas displays in New Hampshire

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Gift of Lights is an annual festival at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. During the holidays, instead of roaring cars, it features over 2.5 million twinkling lights. The festival, presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, opens on Thanksgiving Day and lasts through early January.

The main attraction of the 2.5-mile (4-km) drive-thru is the impressive Tunnel of Lights. The 130-foot (40-m) infield entrance and exit tunnels are lit so brightly to make it one of the most memorable experiences of the season for everyone. Overall, there are 520 displays and 80 different scenes at the Speedway. There is also a s’mores pit, hosted by the Loudon Firefighters Association on Friday and Saturday nights. Santa will be awaiting kids in the NHMS Main office for pictures on select days.

The mascot of New Hampshire Motor Speedway—Milo the Moose—will be at the Gift of Lights displays on certain days to the delight of children. Theme events like PJ Night, Military Night, and Ugly Sweater Night bring even more fun to the place. You may bring three or more non-perishable food items for Loudon Food Pantry donations to get an entry discount and support the local charity. There is also a memorable Holiday at the Museum Christmas event, hosted jointly by North East Motor Sports Museum and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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