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.
2020 is the 65th year of this holiday tradition, and the town will shine brightly once again! But there are a few changes, to keep everyone safe.
While you’re visit McAdenville, or other spots in the Charlotte area, we’d love for you send us pictures of your favorite Christmas lights. Click on the button below to see the list and the map, and to submit a photo.
Keep reading for all the details about McAdenville — Christmas Town USA!
The changes are in this press release, and we’ll summarize them below.
It is absolutely, definitely, still worth visiting! Get out of your car and walk around the business district, as well as the town.
It’s small enough that you can probably cover it on foot if you’re comfortable walking, and you’ll be amazed at the effort and creativity that McAdenville residents put into their displays.
McAdenville Lights Schedule
The lights will be turned on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. There will not be a ceremony for the lighting this year.
They then will glow nightly, with the last night December 26th, 2020. The hours will be 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night.
There will not be lights at Christmas Town Lake this year.
Trees will be lit in the downtown area from the Pharr Family YMCA on Main Street (N.C. Highway # 7)
to the Spruced Goose Restaurant on Wesleyan Drive, near the lake.
Homeowners may choose to decorate or not….that’s at their discretion. We visited in early December and can tell you that almost all homeowners are decorating, and it’s a feast for the eyes!
Merchants in town will be open as usual, including:
- Terra Mia, 129 1/2 Main Street
- Spruced Goose Station, 118 Wesleyan Drive
- Floyd & Blackie’s Bakery, 127 Main Street
- Mona’s 115 Main Gifts & Provisions, 115 Main Street
- Christmas Town Thomas Kinkade Gallery, 129 1/2 Main street
- Belle Dress Shop, 109 Main Street
Contact the store or restaurant directly for hours and other information.
Homeowners, churches and organizations will not be handing out refreshments this year, or offering photo opportunities.
It’s recommended that you visit Monday through Thursday if possible. You’ll encounter longer waits on the weekends.
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.
You can drive through, but you can also park and walk, and we suggest that you do that. Please wear a mask if you get out of your car.
If you do choose to park, please stay on the sidewalks. 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.
If there are any changes announced to the parking and walking instructions for 2020, we’ll update.
This year the Yule Log Parade and Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony won’t take place.
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