• McAdenville will light up Friday for annual tradition


    MCADENVILLE, N.C. - This year, the lighting ceremony for Christmas Town USA will be Nov. 30, since Dec. 1 falls on a weekend.

    The event will start at 4:30 p.m., and the switch will be pulled around 5:30 p.m., kicking off the 57th year of the town’s nightly lights display.

    The McAdenville Elementary School choir and other entertainment will be involved in the lighting.

    Friday will also be the first night to view the famous lights.

     Thousands of people visit the Gaston County town every year to see the free display of holiday lights. Houses, fir trees and wreaths along a two-mile stretch are adorned with thousands of lights, and chime bells play Christmas carols throughout the season.

    The town was recognized by Yahoo! Travel as one of the top 10 destinations for holiday lights this year.

    Visitors can drive or stroll through the small town, which started the holiday tradition in 1956. Free parking is available in three different areas.

    Click here for a McAdenville traffic guide from Traffic Team 9.

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