Magic of Lights
What goes into making Magic of Lights, the holiday display coming to Daytona International Speedway?
  • One Carload, One Price to Enjoy Central Florida’s Newest Holiday Tradition Beginning Nov. 16
  • Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit the Florida Hospital Foundation

Magic of Lights, the popular drive-through holiday lights experience that is returning to Daytona International Speedway for the second straight year, will make its debut on Friday, Nov. 16.


Running every day through Dec. 31, guests visiting the “World Center of Racing,” the largest lighted sports facility in North America, will be able to enjoy spectacular displays, using the latest LED technology and digital animations, from the comfort of their vehicle. The experience will include a drive behind the Ticket and Tours Building, through the state-of-the-art motorsports facility and conclude in the Midway display area.


Here are some numbers behind the experience:

  • Approximately 10 miles of steel is used to build the displays.
  • The steel is designed, bent, cut, and welded into about 725 frames that are combined in different configurations to create the giant winter holiday scenes
  • Scenes are as high as 30 feet and as long as several hundred feet
  • Each Magic of Lights show holds more than 10 miles of LED lights strung inside the displays, in trees and on buildings throughout its course. There are ten different colors of LED bulbs used in the shows.
  • Each frame of each scene is computer-designed and hand-built from about 15 pages of design specifications each. The design and “assembly instructions” for Magic of Lights is more than 86,000 pages long.
  • Three fabrication facilities in Illinois provided the design, engineering and labor required to build Magic of Lights.
  • More than 45,000 hours of work went into the fabrication for this year’s shows alone.
  • The scenes include traditional holiday themes, like the 12 Days of Christmas, as well as some wild and fun scenes, like Santa Claus back flipping a motorcycle, or the sweet Candy Land displays or the flying the space shuttle
  • At Magic of Lights you will drive your car straight through the heart of the up-to-200-foot Enchanted Tunnel of Lights containing tens of thousands of bulbs, all animated into a dizzying and spectacular show of sparkling lights in every direction
  • Each show takes a full time crew of 10 people a month to install

Tickets are on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP:

  • $20 per car in advance, $25 per car at the gate weekdays (Monday through Thursday), or $30 on weekends (Friday through Sunday).
  • Oversized vehicles such as limousines or vans for 15 passengers or more will be $40 per vehicle in advance, $45 per vehicle at the gate and $50 on weekend dates.
  • A special “Dash Pass” ticket that provides front-of-the-line admission on weekends will be available for $40 per car in advance, $45 per car at the gate. For oversize vehicles, the “Dash Pass” is available for $60 per vehicle in advance and $70 per vehicle at the gate.
  • Tour buses cannot be accommodated.

  • A portion of the proceeds from the Magic of Lights at Daytona International Speedway will benefit the Florida Hospital Foundation with funds designated to support Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center’s Pediatric Unit. Last year’s Magic of Lights at Daytona International Speedway generated $18,519 for the Florida Hospital Foundation.


    Magic of Lights is produced by a team of family entertainment professionals at FunGuys Events, each with decades of international show experience at the highest level.


    Daytona International Speedway is among seven cities that will host the Magic of Lights displays this coming holiday season. Other iconic venues include Auto Club Speedway, Fontana California (Los Angeles); Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh New York (NYC); Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea Ohio (Cleveland); PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey; Castrol Raceway, Edmonton Alberta and Wesley Clover Parks, Ottawa Ontario.


    For more information on Magic of Lights, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com and www.MagicOfLights.com.


    About Daytona International Speedway

    Tickets for Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

    Daytona International Speedway is the world’s only motorsports stadium and was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race” – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the “World Center of Racing,” boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway grounds are also used extensively for events that include concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

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