Marveling at the more than 2 million twinkling bulbs at Ford Speedway in Lights has become a tradition for many families, and for most no trip to Bristol Motor Speedway's holiday wonderland is complete without a stop at the Johnson Controls Ice Rink and HVAC Chill Hill.
The only rink within a 90-minute driving radius, the Johnson Controls Ice Rink is one of the Speedway's most popular non-motorsports related events and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Located just inside the north entrance of Bristol Motor Speedway, off Volunteer Parkway (Hwy. 11E), it is just $5 for skaters to take to the ice. There is an additional $2 charge for skate rental.
Another popular contributor to the holiday fun is HVAC Chill Hill, a 300-foot long snowless slide that riders rocket down on inflated tubes, landing just outside Turn 1 at BMS. Chill Hill is located adjacent to the Johnson Controls Ice Rink and cost is $7 per person for a 50-minute session. Anyone wishing to take part in the tube slide must be at least 44" tall to ride alone. Children also can ride with someone 16 or older if they are at least 36" tall for an additional $3 cost for the pair.
Both the Ice Rink and Chill Hill are open Nov. 14 - Jan. 12, closing each Monday for maintenance. The schedule for HVAC Chill Hill also can be adjusted due to the weather so calling in advance for information and to make reservations is recommended.
For those families looking to put a different twist on their holiday traditions, Santa's Speedway Sleigh returns to this year's Ford Speedway in Lights, providing a unique perspective as passengers ride along the four-mile route in a decorated open-air tram.
A tour guide is available during their trek to answer questions and provide information about Ford Speedway in Lights, Speedway Children's Charities and Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. Towed by a Ford truck, the sleighs can accommodate up to 30 passengers per trip.
Visitors embarking on the journey have their pictures taken as a special keepsake, compliments of Walgreens, and also receive a coupon for a bag of marshmallows to roast over the fire pits during the ride's 30-minute stop in Christmas Village.
Santa's Speedway Sleigh leaves from a boarding station located near HVAC Chill Hill every Wednesday and Thursday night at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets, available at the station, are $8 per person. Groups can reserve the entire sleigh but are asked to call in advance. Parking is located at the North Entrance of BMS.
For a complete schedule or more information on the Johnson Controls Ice Rink, HVAC Chill Hill or Santa's Speedway Sleigh, click here or call (855) 580-5525.
Proceeds from Ford Speedway in Lights, Johnson Controls Ice Rink, HVAC Chill Hill and Santa's Speedway Sleigh benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds benefiting children's agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The Bristol Chapter of SCC has raised more than $7 million since 1997.