McAdenville Christmas is a treasured tradition in the Charlotte area. McAdenville calls itself Christmas Town USA, and for good reason. For more than 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.
McAdenville Lights Schedule
The lights will be turned on Monday, December 2nd, 2019. The ceremony starts at 5:00 p.m. in front of Pharr Family YMCA.
They then will glow nightly:
Monday – Friday 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 5:30 – 11 pm, through December 26th, 2019.
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.
This probably doesn’t apply to you, but you should know that there’s a town ordinance that says: “No person shall ride or walk any horse, mule, donkey, llama, alpaca or other ungulate or ruminant that is used to transport people, equipment, or materials within the Town of McAdenville during the month of December between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.”
So, leave your llama at home. FYI, an “ungulate” is a hoofed mammal.
Also, it’s not a bad idea to get there early, before the line of cars, and park, and walk around.
You can park:
- Behind the McAdenville Baptist Church/Caromont Clinic
- Poplar Street, behind The business area of town
- Beside the lake in the heart of Christmas Town.
- McAdenville Elementary School is a great place to park for those entering from US Highway 29-74.
Also, In the business area, street parking is allowed.
Thursday, December 12th, 2019, 5:30pm. Each year, residents and visitors follow the Yule Log, which is pulled by children on a sled through town from Pharr Yarns Main Office 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. Free hot chocolate and kettle corn for the first 1,000. Entertainment will continue until 8:45 p.m.