Seventh Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off the Holiday Season in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area

Christmas Tree Lighting

The holiday season has officially begun at Richmond International Raceway, after the track hosted its Seventh Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last night. The event was attended by hundreds in the community who joined together for a night of holiday cheer to kick off this special season.

Students from Laburnum Elementary School provided musical performances and tree decorations.  Douglas Wilder Middle School students also provided tree ornaments. The Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band provided holiday music and Henrico’s athletic boosters served hot chocolate and cookies to those in attendance. 

Additionally, Frank Thornton, Henrico County Board of Supervisors-Fairfield District; Henrico County Manager, Virgil Hazelett; local fire and police officers and Nutzy of the Richmond Flying Squirrels attended the event.

The night was capped off with the illumination of a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree that will remain lit every night through December 25.

Several attendees brought food and toy items for Richmond International Raceway’s drives to benefit the Central Virginia Foodbank and the Marine Toys for Tots program.  The track will match all donations received, item-for-item, through Friday, December 17.

NASCAR returns to Richmond International Raceway for a Spring Tripleheader Weekend, April 28-April 30. Tickets for the weekend, which includes the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (Saturday, April 30), the BUBBA Burger 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race (Friday, April 29) and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race (Thursday, April 28) go on sale Friday, January 14. For tickets and information, call 866-455-RACE (7223) or log on to www.rir.com .

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and one NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the state-of-the-art Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider .

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