• McAdenville lights up as Christmas Town USA


    Each December, the quiet little town of McAdenville, which lies along the South Fork River in Gaston County, comes alive in spectacular fashion for the holidays. Almost overnight, the town transforms into "Christmas Town, USA."

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    In addition to the lighting of trees, more than 150 homes and yards are decorated. Spot and flood lights are also used in varying colors throughout the town to accent the scenes and to give special effects to the trees and surrounding scenery.

    Love Christmas Town, USA? Cast a vote for it in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Public Holiday Lights Display. You can vote once a day through Dec. 10 at noon. Click here to vote!    

    Another Christmas tradition in McAdenville is the Yule Log Parade. Each year, folks line-up to follow the Yule Log, which kids pull on a sled through town to Legacy Park. Once the log is positioned in the open fireplace, it's ignited.

    The Christmas Town Festival follows the lighting of the Yule Log and features holiday music provided by area schools and church choirs and a visit from Santa. The first 1,000 in attendance at the festival will receive free hot chocolate and kettle corn.

    The Yule Log ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, on the front lawn of Pharr Yarns' Main Office. 

    Christmas Town, USA, shines nightly Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Dec. 26.  

    McAdenville is easily accessible from I-85 and US 29-74. For directions and recommended routes, click here.

    There is no charge to view the lights and you can tour the town on foot or by car.

    For more details, visit mcadenville-christmastown.com.

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