The holiday season is upon us! While many things are different in the world, there are more than a few things that remain intact in Las Vegas. The Cosmopolitan Ice Rink has returned for its ninth consecutive year. Another Las Vegas tradition is returning to suburban Las Vegas. The Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is returning for its 20th year.
The Glittering Lights display at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been a socially distanced event before we knew what that means. Guests enjoying the holiday light show will do so from the comfort of their own car. Anyone who happens to fly to Las Vegas might even be able to enjoy Glittering Lights in a car driven by a robot (more on that later).
“Even through challenging times, Glittering Lights continues to be a source of hope and happiness,” says John Bentham, event producer. “We create a positive environment that unifies the community, putting smiles on the faces of visitors from all walks of life. That’s what Christmas is all about.”
Times may be different but some Las Vegas holiday traditions continue.
Glittering Lights Is Open
Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is open now through Jan. 10, 2021. Guests will enjoy a 2.5-mile-long drive through a festival of lights. This year Glittering Lights features five million LED lights.
The displays this year include The Tunnel of Love, Fairytale Land, Santa Goes Racing, and more. New for this coronavirus holiday is a feature that will allow guests to take socially distanced Santa photos for the family.
While in their vehicle, guests can drive through the display while listening to festive music from Glittering Lights’ Ho Ho Radio.
Las Vegas residents make up the majority of visitors to Glittering Lights. This year, Photo Tours Vegas welcomes tourists for a new experience. The company has memory-making trips through Glittering Lights with luxury transportation, professional photography, and expedited entry for guests.
Self-Driving Cars Returning To Las Vegas
While this bit of news isn’t directly correlated to the holiday light display, it could sure make the event interesting.
If you’ve been to Las Vegas in the past couple of years, you may have noticed some different Lyft cars around town. Las Vegas was a test market for Aptive self-driving vehicles. Yes – cars that don’t need a driver.
For a while, Lyft offered free rides in a self-driving vehicle. Even though a human wasn’t driving, there was a person in the car in case of a problem. The test was put on hold due to coronavirus and rebranding the company.
Motional, a global driverless technology leader, and Lyft recently announced the resumption of the self-driving car service in Las Vegas. The new fleet of cars will have passengers will ride in the first-ever Motional-branded robotaxis.
The service resumes as consumers demand new transportation options. The robotaxis will allow passengers to travel without a stranger in the car. According to a recent report, 70% of Americans say coronavirus is a concern impacting their transportation decisions. These robotaxis should alleviate some of those concerns.
You can find more information about the robotaxis in Las Vegas here.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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