McAdenville Christmas is a treasured tradition in the Charlotte area. McAdenville calls itself Christmas Town USA, and for good reason. For 60 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 will be turned on Thursday, December 1st, 2016. The ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m. in front of Pharr Family YMCA.
They then will glow nightly: Monday – Friday 5:30 – 9:30 pm and Saturday & Sunday 5:30 – 11 pm, through December 26th. It’s recommended that you visit Monday through Thursday if possible. You’ll encounter longer waits on the weekends. Also visitors are encouraged to arrive before 5:30 p.m., park and walk through the town, rather than drive. You’ll find directions on this page.
Friday, December 16th, 2016, 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 and enjoys a visit with Santa.