Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway launched for its 18th season at a soft-opening on Thursday, November 8. The VIP/Media night welcomed nearly 300 guests to celebrate another year of the holiday drive-thru light show. Guests included Human Nature, X Burlesque, the cast of FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, BMX rider Ricardo Laguna, comedy-magician Adam London, hypnotist Anthony Cools, and Jhoanna Trias and Mitchell Langon from Discovery Channel's series, "Men Women Wild."
Three-time alum to welcoming Glittering Lights, Human Nature returned to headline Thursday night's event. They were joined by Nicole Unger and Luke Striffler of FRIENDS! The Musical Parody to launch the lights park by way of giant red button.
Zeniya Knight, a fifth year Future Dance Scholar, helped the band turn on the lights. Glittering Lights provides funding to Speedway Children’s Charities that helps support organizations like the Nevada Ballet Theatre provide outreach programs for children like Knight. Nevada Ballet Theatre’s Education and Outreach programs impact more than 20,000 children in Clark County each year.
Additionally, Santa Claus made an arrival to the lights in a horse-drawn carriage.
During the 60 days that the holiday light park is open, Glittering Lights hosts different initiatives to support local charities, churches and schools. When people drive through the lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway the following community support includes:
- Speedway Children’s Charities receives a portion of each ticket sold. Glittering Lights and the PJ5K make up more than half the donations the charity grants to more than 50 children’s charities in southern Nevada.
- Goodwill of Southern Nevada collects clothing and household goods, transforming donated goods and monetary contributions into pathways to meaningful employment for Southern Nevadans in need.
- When guests purchase food and drink from concessions, area Boy Scout troops gain interpersonal, money management and leadership skills, along with earning money for camp and activities.
- The light park will be open every night from now to January 6. Las Vegas Motor Speedway will house the holiday spectacular of 2.5 miles of over 3 million lights.
For more information, visit www.glitteringlightslasvegas.com.