McAdenville Christmas is a tradition. McAdenville calls itself Christmas Town USA, and for good reason. For 57 years the Christmas lights display has drawn visitors to this small town west of Charlotte and east of Gastonia. Hundreds of thousands of lights set the scene for holiday displays. The lights glow nightly: Monday – Friday 5:30 – 9:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday 5:30 – 11 pm, from November 30th, 2012, until December 26th. It’s recommended that you visit Monday through Thursday if possible. You’ll encounter longer waits on the weekends. You’ll find directions on this page.
McAdenville is hosting two Christmas festivals this year.
Friday, November 30th, at 4:30pm, the tree lighting ceremony will take place at Legacy Park. The festival will follow, with music and entertainment. The first 1,000 visitors will receive free hot chocolate and kettle corn. Santa will visit.
Friday, December 14th, 2012, 5:30pm. Each year, residents and visitors follow the Yule Log which is pulled by children on a sled through town to Legacy Park located on Elm Street in downtown McAdenville. Once the log is positioned in the open fireplace it is ignited. At this point the audience joins together in the singing of Christmas carols. Santa will visit, and the first 1,000 visitors will get free hot chocolate and kettle corn.