BROOKLYN, MI – Guests can now enjoy the Nite Lites holiday lights in the comfort of the train.
Between November 24 and December 31 — including the holidays — motorists can drive through the nearly six-mile long string of lights at Michigan International Speedway, 12626 US 12 near Brooklyn.
As in previous years, the event will only be driven through. This year, however, people can enjoy the lights through a train ride offered by organizers, said Nite Lites owner John Spink.
“We thought it was something new,” Spink said. “Just a different experience – you’re closer to the lights.”
A blue-lit train is driven on the usual route. Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather as the train is open, he said. Smaller children can also sit on their parents’ laps during the ride, he added.
People can buy a ticket for the Nite Lites Express for $60 per bank. The train seats about 60 people and has a bench for up to four people, Spink said. Tickets for the Nite Lites Express can be found here.
Visitors can expect various themes along the route including The 12 Days of Christmas, Dinosaurs, Christmas Music and Winter Scenes. Also new this year will be a Noah’s Ark exhibit, Spink said.
“It’s toward the end of the show, and there’s also a giant giraffe that you’ll drive under,” Spink said.
The exhibition is open from Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $30 per car Sunday through Thursday and $35 per car Friday and Saturday. Sedans or RVs are $45 and coaches are $100.
Veterans and active duty military members get free admission on December 7th.
Like last year, there will be a concession stand within the track for cars to drive past and have a drink or eat.
Motorists will enter the exhibit from US 12. Westbound traffic will use the Lot 8 entrance, while eastbound vehicles will use the Graves Farm entrance.
More information about Nite Lites can be found on its website.
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