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.
We’ve put together a huge day-by-day list of holiday events in the Charlotte area, including parades, markets, Santa visits, tree lightings, Hanukkah parties, Kwanzaa celebrations and more! We are updating it every day.
2021 is the 66th year of this holiday tradition, and the town will shine brightly once again! All the pictures in this article were taken in 2020, and you can expect even more in 2021.
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!
It is absolutely, definitely 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 Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. There will be a tree lighting ceremony on December 1st, 2021, at 5 p.m., on the Plaza, in front of the Pharr Family YMCA.
The switch will be turned on at 6 p.m. by a student from McAdenville Elementary School.
They then will glow nightly, with the last night December 26th, 2021. The hours will be 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night.
Some of what you’ll see at Christmas Town
- A large nativity scene in the front yard of McAdenville Baptist Church
- Over 250 evergreens, covered with more than one-half million white and green lights in the center of town
- large lake circled with dozens of evergreens, with red, green and white lights
- Historical McAden Mill Bell Tower towers high about the lights and plays seasonal music
- Over 100 homes are beautifully decorated in December
You can drive through, but you can also park and walk, and we suggest that you do that.
If you choose to drive, makes sure to read all the information on the Christmas Town website.
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.
The Yule Log Ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 16th, 2021. It starts at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Pharr Corporate Office. At approximately 5:50 p.m., the small parade will start. The two-block parade will end at Legacy Park with the lighting of the Yule Log at 6 p.m.
Following the lighting of the Yule Log, the Christmas Town Festival will begin. It will feature music provided by area schools and church choirs. Santa will be there! The entertainment will continue until 8:45 p.m.
More Holiday Events
Check out our huge day by day list of holiday events in the Charlotte area or see a few here.