We have a few neighbors shaming us with their scintillating Christmas light displays, reminiscent of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation minus the buffoonery and severe injuries. We spent one evening this week getting out of the house for a bit and taking a scenic drive through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the world-famous Indy 500 and host of a holiday attraction brand new for the 2016 holiday season.
The inaugural Lights at the Brickyard is a celebration of the holidays — not just Christmas — through a series of high-watt light displays in various shapes, sizes, characters, and themes. For a price, tripled if you want “speedy pass” access, drivers follow a line of other cars through a designated pathway running around various sections of the IMS grounds, through the middle of the infield, and down the main straightaway including the finish line, a fun treat for anyone with a deep appreciation of Indy 500 and its 100-year history. Our speed limit was an oppressive 5 mph, but sometimes compromises have to be made for the sake of a stable milquetoast society.
Several displays were prettier than we can reproduce here because we’re not professional photographers. But it gave us something to do together, whether we were marveling or nitpicking. Fun for the whole family!
The Lights at the Brickyard was fun to do once, but we’re not sure we’d make this an annual event. If they’ll let me floor the accelerator for a full lap over the 100-mph mark, I guarantee I’ll be back, though that might be a deal-breaker for my wife, who clearly prizes Christmas safety over Christmas spirit.