Glittering Lights returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Glittering Lights, the beloved holiday drive-through spectacular, will once again illuminate the Las Vegas Motor Speedway nightly from Friday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. It will feature more than 400 animated, energy-efficient LED lights along the 2.5-mile speedway.


The attraction is back for its 13th season, and its fourth at the Speedway. A new element, that will debut on Friday, Nov. 29, is the Living Nativity, sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Another added attraction will be the Princess Fairy World, and back for its second year will be the Avenue of Trees, a dazzling display of Christmas trees that pays tribute to various charities, Glittering Lights has supported through Speedway Children’s Charity.

Over 400 Animated Displays
Over 400 Animated Displays

Glittering Lights will be open nightly Sunday – Thursday from 5:30 – 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 – 10 p.m. at $15/vehicle on weeknights and $20/vehicle Friday – Sunday and holidays. The Living Nativity will run every Thursday – Saturday through Christmas with additional dates on Sunday, Dec. 22 – Tuesday, Dec. 24. The first 15,000 vehicles will receive a gift bag filled with goodies. Purchase tickets at or at Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Discount tickets available at all area Walgreens.

“The beauty with Glittering Lights is that our visitors can bask in the holiday glow within the comfort of their vehicle,” stated Shannon Bentham, co-founder of Ivory Star Productions. “This year promises to be extra memorable with the addition of the Living Nativity.”
“This will be our fourth year hosting Glittering Lights, and our passion for ensuring that this remains the best holiday experience in our city is stronger than ever,” said Chris Powell, president of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Not only does this enable us to raise money for children in need here in the Las Vegas community, but this is also the ideal holiday activity for Southern Nevada’s families.”


Goodwill of Southern Nevada is also offering $2 off admission, with a donation of gently used items at any of the 30 sites located in Southern Nevada or at the gates of Glittering Lights.



My friend, Sue Lowden, sent me a note about her trip to Tonopah, to honor the many veterans of Nevada, which I found interesting, and thought my readers (regardless of political associations), would also find it of interest. The following is that note:

Bob Hope & Sue Lowden
Bob Hope & Sue Lowden

My commitment to our Veterans is lifelong and uncompromising. As a young woman of 18, I traveled the world as a member of Bob Hope’s USO Troupe. That year I met thousands of young men and women who were far away from home, and who were not held in high regard at the time. Saturday, I was in Tonopah and had the pleasure of meeting Pat Mooney. Pat brought pictures to show me of a show we performed in Guam that he attended. Mooney told me how much it meant to bring a part of “Home,” to our dedicated services members, while they served in foreign lands. Today we honor our Veterans and, I hope, make up a little for how the Vietnam Veterans were treated.


Senator John Hoeven, of North Dakota, has a wonderful quote that summarizes my feelings for our Veterans and their families: “From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today.” John Hoeven


My commitment to Veterans is lifelong. In addition to my service in the USO I introduced SB161, in the 1995 Legislative Session. This bill established veteran’s cemeteries in northern and southern Nevada. In addition my husband, Paul and I, donated the land and building that became the Nevada Vietnam Veterans Museum. In the 1993 Legislature, I sponsored bill SB497 that introduced Veterans license plates, and funded Nevada’s first Veterans Home.  Today I sit on the board of directors of the Nevada Military Support Alliance. This organization is raising funds to build a Fisher House near the new VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas. This morning (Monday, Nov. 11), I had the pleasure of leading the Nevada Republican Party’s Veterans Day Parade entry, with Chairman Michael J. McDonald. It was a pleasure to run into U.S. Senator Dean Heller, and to walk with Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. I was humbled by the display of support for our Veterans, estimated at up to 40,000 people, who watched the parade. Paul and I, pray we keep our promises to these dedicated men and women. Because of the dedication of our Veterans, and their families, we live in a better world.


Another friend of mine also had an interesting week. Simone Salen, had the honor of taking part in an International Holocaust Conference, Nov 1-4, right here in Las Vegas at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel. Here is her story:

What an inspirational group of survivors, all with individual memories of the holocaust, but with one thing in common, “why did they survive when six-million other Jews perished in Hitler’s ovens?”….Shame and anger are just a few adjectives they have carried within their very souls, and during their heart rendering journeys to freedom. Most of these survivors are in their 80s and 90s, but as children during the holocaust they vividly recounted moments of unbelievable courage, and a determination to live. All these wonderful individuals welcomed me into the fold, even though my recollections are simply the memories of my parents, as I was but six months old when we made our escape from Vienna in 1940. One thing I took away with me from this extraordinary group is that indeed they are all over achievers–they have given back to society as doctors, professors of various studies, and exceptional business successes. A legacy to their children and the world, and a message to everyone: “We must never forget the atrocities’ man is capable of bestowing on his fellow man.” We must spread love not hate! There is still time to make a difference in the world.


Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.

I’m outa here!

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