McAdenville lights will shine bright for Christmas, some traditions trimmed

McAdenville lights will shine bright for Christmas, some traditions trimmed

MCADENVILLE, N.C. — A pandemic can’t stop the magic of Christmas. For the 65th year, McAdenville will make its annual transformation into Christmas Town U.S.A., town officials announced Wednesday.

Christmas lights will shine brightly from Dec. 1-26. However, a few of the traditions associated with the popular attraction have been modified or canceled as a precaution because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Changes this year include:

• A revised lighting schedule from 5:30-10 p.m. nightly.

• No lights will be displayed at Christmas Town Lake.

• The Christmas Town 5K will be a virtual race.

• The Tree Lighting Ceremony and Yule Log Parade have been canceled.

Each year in December, Christmas Town U.S.A. welcomes a half-million visitors to the streets of McAdenville. The festivities have grown considerably since its start in 1956 when the McAdenville Men’s Club first decorated trees around the Community Center.

In 2019, hundreds of thousands of brightly illuminated red, white and green lights twinkled over the town’s streets and it was named among the 10 Best Public Holiday Lights Displays in the Nation by USA Today.

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