Gift of Lights

Next Upcoming Date: Thursday, December 8 2022

The holiday season will be merry and bright at Dover Motor Speedway as the “Gift of Lights at Dover Motor Speedway” drive-thru event comes to the Monster Mile.

The inaugural Gift of Lights event runs every evening from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, with more than 60 scenes and 3 million lights set up along a 1.5-mile pathway winding through the Woodlands of Dover Motor Speedway - the Monster Mile’s largest camping lot during its NASCAR weekends as well as the home of the annual Firefly Music Festival.

Learn more here.

The tentative schedule for the in-car experience is as follows:

Thanksgiving through Wednesday, Dec. 7:

Thanksgiving: 4:30-10 p.m.
Sunday-Thursday: 4:30-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 4:30-10 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 8 through Monday, Dec. 26:

All days: 4:30-10 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 27 through New Year's Eve:

Tuesday-Thursday: 4:30-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 4:30-10 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 4:30-9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at or upon arrival. No advance reservations are required. Vehicles will enter the display via Persimmon Tree Road and exit on Leipsic Road. Follow area traffic signs for directions and up-to-date messaging.

Several theme and discount nights are planned for Gift of Lights, including Military, Healthcare and First Responders Night presented by the Delaware Lottery on Dec. 7. From 4:30-9 p.m., all active-duty airmen, reservists, guardsmen, guardians and veterans, along with, nurses, police, firefighters and paramedics with valid IDs receive free admission to Gift of Lights.

Other theme nights include:
Monday, Nov. 28: Pajama Night, presented by Dover Behavioral Health Systems ($5 off per car if wearing pajamas)
Tuesday, Nov. 29: Food Bank of Delaware Community Night (Bring five non-perishable items to donate to the Food Bank of Delaware and your car will receive a free admission)
Wednesday, Nov. 30: Pet Night presented by Delaware’s Quaint Villages, ($5 off per car if you bring a furry friend).
Thursday, Dec. 1: National Christmas Lights Day (Decorate your car and drive it through the show for $5 off).
Tuesday, Dec. 6: Christmas Sweater Night presented by Visit Delaware (Wear your most festive holiday sweater for $5 off per car).

Gift of Lights is produced by Winterland, Inc., a holiday services firm headquartered in Marion, Ind., along with support from partners including Kent County Tourism, Grotto Pizza, Delaware Lottery, Dover Behavioral Health Systems, Delaware Tourism, Delaware Office of Highway Safety, Garrison Energy Center and Dover Pools.

Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1982 by Speedway Motorsports chairman O. Bruton Smith to honor his late son Bruton Cameron Smith, has awarded more than $61 million in grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations that meet the direct needs of children across America no matter the obstacles they are facing.

Upcoming Dates For This Event:
  • Thursday, December 8
  • Friday, December 9
  • Saturday, December 10
  • Sunday, December 11
  • Monday, December 12
  • Tuesday, December 13
  • Wednesday, December 14
  • Thursday, December 15
  • Friday, December 16
  • Saturday, December 17
    • 599 Persimmon Tree Ln Dover, Delaware
  • Location: The Woodlands of Dover Motor Speedway
  • Time: 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM

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