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."
In addition to hundreds of trees covered in lights, more than 160 homes and yards are decorated and spot and floodlights are used in varying colors throughout the town to give special effects to the trees and surrounding scenery.
In fact, McAdenville ranked No. 2 in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Public Holiday Lights Display this year.
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Christmas Town, USA, will shine nightly beginning Monday and continue through Dec. 26. The lights will glow from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The annual Yule Log Parade and Ceremony and Christmas Town Festival is set for Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m.
McAdenville is easily accessible from I-85 and U.S. 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.
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