Town of 650 will host more than 600,000 during December

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MCADENVILLE, N.C. - A local town with just 650 residents is expected to host more than 600,000 visitors during December.

They're flocking to see the 57th annual Christmas Town USA.

As the sun went down in McAdenville Friday, this town's rich tradition came to life.

More than half a million lights lit up the streets along with the hundreds of headlights in the crawl of traffic.

“It’s really very festive. I think there's a lot more people here this year. It's just a lot of fun,” said visitor Nelda Malinowski.

It's also expected to create traffic backups on Interstate 85 every evening through Dec.26.

Every evening, Exit 23 on I-85 northbound will be closed.

"It puts the town of McAdenville out there on the national map," said visitor Lisa Shoemaker.

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