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Richmond Raceway to Host 14th Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday, December 5

Richmond Raceway will host its 14th annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. Members of the local community are invited to attend and help the track celebrate the upcoming holiday season. The event will include music, the lighting of the community Christmas tree, and a visit by Santa himself.

“The lighting of the community Christmas tree is always a special event with the region uniting at Richmond Raceway to drop the official green flag for the holiday season,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We look forward to having members of the Richmond community out to the track for an evening of holiday cheer.”

The Christmas tree lighting will take place at Richmond Raceway’s Main Gate, located at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. Attendees are asked to enter the facility via the Service Gate located off of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

Students from Laburnum Elementary School as well as L. Douglas Wilder Middle School have thoughtfully crafted decorations for the community Christmas tree. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Mighty Marching Warriors from Henrico High School. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by the Henrico High School Football Boosters.

Once the Richmond Raceway community Christmas tree is lit, it will shine bright each night through Christmas Day.

Richmond Raceway is the home for NASCAR racing “under the lights” in 2018. NASCAR returns to the Capital of the Commonwealth for the Toyota spring race weekend on April 20-21, 2018. The action starts with the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash race on Friday, April 20. Kids 12 and younger are free in general admission seating areas for all NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Richmond’s spring weekend continues with the fan-friendly Track Takeover driven by AAA, followed by NASCAR’s best in the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race back “under the lights” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Richmond’s fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, hosts its first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoff race weekend on September 21-22, 2018. The action begins on Friday, September 21, with the first race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Playoffs. On Saturday, September 22, Richmond hosts the only Monster Energy Series playoff race “under the lights” with the Federated Auto Parts 400 at 7:30 p.m.

Over the fall race weekend, Richmond Raceway Reimagined will open with a new modernized infield offering a variety of enhanced fan experiences and amenities. Race fans will be able to get closer than ever to NASCAR’s best with new Monster Energy Series garages and a fan viewing walkway providing full immersion into the sport. Fans can purchase tickets to be in the new infield and become a part of history by calling 866-455-7223 or visiting the Richmond Ticket Office. To learn more about Richmond Raceway Reimagined, visit

Regular season tickets for Richmond’s 2018 NASCAR season go on sale December 1. To learn more, visit us in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at

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