CHRISTMAS TOWN USA

Christmas Town USA located in McAdenville a small town just west of Charlotte, NC offers the best Christmas light display complete with holiday music in all of North Carolina and possibly all of the United States.

THE TRADITION
It all started in 1956, when the McAdenville Men’s Club along with Mr. W. J. Pharr, Pharr’s founder and president at the time, conceived the idea of using red, white and green lights to decorate the trees around the McAdenville Community Center which grew into an annual tradition. Christmas Town U.S.A.®

Over the years this traction gained national attention. Christmas Town U.S.A.® shared holiday greetings with the country via ABC's "Good Morning America". internationally on the German TV network, ARD, which boasted a viewership of over 5 million people when featured on the Charles Kuralt Morning Show.

 

FESTIVITIES

 

CHRISTMAS TOWN USA 5K
The day before the McAdenville celebrates with it's annual Christmas Town U.S.A.® 5k. Join 1200 of your closest friends and celebrate the kick off to Christmas Town USA® with a festive 5K under the lights!

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Christmas Town U.S.A.® officially begins the season with the much anticipated Tree Lighting Ceremony at the DuPont Plaza of the Pharr Family YMCA. One child from McAdenville Elementary pulls the switch to light up the town! Santa always comes to help during this special family event.

YULE LOG PARADE
Another of McAdenville's most beloved traditions is the Yule Log Parade, which began in 1949. After a trip overseas where Mr. and Mrs. Pharr attended a yule log celebration, they brought the idea of this community gathering back to McAdenville. The townspeople, adults and children alike traditionally meet in front of the Pharr Office in Downtown McAdenville to join in the parade led by a local high school band. The log is pulled through our historic downtown to the Memorial Yule Log Fireplace at Legacy Park and placed upon the fire with great exuberance!

McAdenville Christmas Town Attractions

  • Walk or drive through McAdenville's downtown and see hundreds of brightly illuminated red, white and green Christmas trees aglow along the Christmas town U.S.A.® route.

  • Listen to the sounds of the season as traditional carillon bells play Christmas carols at the Pharr Family YMCA.

  • Bask in the season splendor, including views of the town's lake surrounded by more than 30 decorated trees encompassing a 75 foot multi-colored fountain.

  • Visit McAdenville's Historic Bell Tower, fully restored and decorated for the season

  • View the vintage Christmas displays, including Old Man Winter, Santa and His Reindeer, Carolers and a beautiful Nativity Scene all located within McAdenville's decorated historic downtown.

Walking or Driving Through McAdenville

While lots of people drive, the best way to experience this spectacular attraction is to walk the town. Church and Academy, two dead-end streets near McAdenville Elementary School, will be closed to cars but open to pedestrians. If you plan to stroll around, your best bet is to park in one of the four free parking areas in town: Behind the McAdenville Baptist Church/CaroMont Family Medicine, Behind the small business area on Poplar Street, Beside the lake in the heart of Christmas Town USA, Next to the McAdenville Elementary School (easy if you are entering from U.S. Route 29-74)

VISIT THIS SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY

LEARN MORE ABOUT MCADENVILLE

McAdenville

After Your Hike Go Relax In Town

McAdenville is a place where history lives and the present thrives with dedication to character and inspired living. Given a heritage built through the willpower of hard working people, leadership of corporate stewards and a caring community; the town is a step back in time and into the future where traditions are coveted and progress is welcomed.

EXPERIENCE

Christmas Town USA

MORE THINGS TO DO

In Gaston County, NC

Christmas Town USA

McAdenville’s 650 or so residents go all-out to convert their homes into Christmas Town USA– an achievement that attracts about 600,000 visitors. Drive the half-mile route – free of charge – to see 375-plus trees strung with more than 500,000 red, green and white lights. Christmas Town, USA finished 4th in the “Best Public Holiday Lights Display in the USA” contest, sponsored by USA Today.

McAdenville

Kates Skating Rink

1151 Skating Rink Drive

Lowell

11 Mill Blueway South Fork Trail

A long paddle that will take you almost 9 miles down the South Fork River where you will witness both a beautifully protected shoreline and signs of Gaston's past in the textile industry with plenty of places to stop at parks, restaurants, and breweries along the way.

Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park

Access the Catawba River via canoe, kayak or boat from this 10-acre riverfront park.

1400 Catawba Street

Belmont

Bridge at High Shoals

As you head out of the county going north along 321 is High Shoals. Visitors enjoy taking pictures of the old truss bridge as well as launching paddle boats to explore the ruins of the iron works.

400 S Lincoln St.

High Shoals

Kings Mountain Country Club

Quality golf, beautiful views and friendly service and one of the top golf experiences in the area.

109 Country Club Rd

Kings Mountain

Our accommodations are conveniently located close to major highways and include national brands, historic boutiques, bed & breakfasts and Airbnbs.  Whether you are traveling in a large group, a family, or all by yourself, you will find our lodgings to be well appointed with all the amenities you may need for a short or long stay.

PLACES TO STAY

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