Charlotte Area's Christmas Town USA Welcomes You: December 1-26

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McAdenville, North Carolina

McAdenville, North Carolina, also known as Christmas Town, USA  kicks off its 66th annual Christmas Light Festival, Thursday, December 1st, with the official tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 PM. From December 1st through December 26th, you can visit Christmas Town, USA where McAdenville's Christmas lights will burn bright each night from 5:30 PM till 10:00 pm.  And don't forget about the Yule Log Parade on December 15th, beginning at 5:30 PM. The Yule Log Parade has been a McAdenville Christmas tradition since 1949.


Why is McAdenville, North Carolina called Christmas Town, USA? Since 1956, the town has been transformed in the month of December into a "winter wonderland," featuring the biggest holiday light display in the USA with over 500,000 lights, plus hundreds of decorated , live trees ranging in height from six feet to over 90 feet, dozens of trees circling the lake in the center of McAdenville, hundreds of wreaths on lamp posts, chrono-chime bells playing Christmas carols throughout the 26 days of December, as do the chimes from the 80 foot steeple of the McAdenville Baptist Church.


Located just 15 miles west of Charlotte, North Carolina in Gaston County, McAdenville's fewer than 700 residents play host to over 600,000 visitors during the 26 day festival. This annual event, which has grown in popularity and scope since its inception in 1956, has been listed by both Yahoo and Time Magazine as one of the country's top 10 holiday light display destinations. 


And with so many visitors to this historic town of just 1.5 square miles, click here for tips on how to navigate McAdenville during the Christmas festivities.

 McAdenville, NC Christmas Town USA


You can stay on top of McAdenville's Christmas Light Festival by following them on Facebook.


McAdenville, North Carolina, AKA, Christmas Town USA should definitely be on your list of things to do during this holiday season! Click here for directions to McAdenville/Christmas Town USA.


This information about the McAdenville/Christmas Town, USA Festival of Lights is provided by  Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker Realty, Greater Charlotte  area residential real estate experts. We've been opening doors for Charlotte region home buyers and sellers for 22+ years.




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Comments (32)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, are you going to be able to see this event?   Is it far from your house?

Nov 28, 2022 07:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox hi Joan... it's pretty close... less than a 30 minute ride over to Gaston County. I've seen it so really don't go out of my way to return... hate all the traffic. 

Nov 28, 2022 07:45 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

WOW! Nina Hollander, Broker I had never heard of this town and cannot imagine a community of 700 playing host to over 600,000 in a 26-day period.  Pam & I may just have to make it 600K +2

Nov 28, 2022 08:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Doug Dawes hi Doug... well you know if you and Pam make it 600,000 + 2, who you need to call for a get-together!

Nov 28, 2022 08:29 AM
Doug Dawes

For certain Nina Hollander, Broker It won't be this year since we're still recovering from c19. We have a niece in Stateville and a military friend in Newland. 

Nov 29, 2022 07:47 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Doug Dawes sorry to hear about your covid status, Doug. Trust you and Pam will be back in the pink soon. Statesville isn't but an hour away, Newland... pretty far out there!

Nov 29, 2022 07:52 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nina:

This must be amazing to see in person, if the photos on their website are any indication.  Great information for residents and visitors although I imagine most know about this.


Nov 28, 2022 08:55 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Nina, you always have such wonderful posts of your community and surroundings.  You truly are an ambassador to your area.  I find myself wanting to explore your area.  Mark

Nov 28, 2022 08:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Dowler, CRS hi Jeff... the photos really don't do McAdenville justice. You're right, the locals know about it, but they still attend in droves.

Nov 28, 2022 09:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho thanks, Mark, for that nice comment. Might just have made my day! So much is always going on in the Charlotte region, there really isn't enough time to write about it all.

Nov 28, 2022 09:18 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I have done this and it is so much fun to drive through the area and enjoy all the amazing decorations. Do you ever get buyers who ask you to find them a house in Christmas Town? (it would drive me crazy for a

Nov 28, 2022 09:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty hi Jeff... it is fun to drive through, isn't it? But no, I've never had anyone ask me for a home in McAdenville. Not that I've seen many listings come up there either. I do sell all around McAdenville -- Belmont, Mount Holly, Gastonia... also historic towns, especially Belmont.

Nov 28, 2022 09:28 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina "Christmas Town sounds like a great experience.  I am going to have to plan to go to "Christmas Town" next year.

Nov 28, 2022 11:14 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina- if this doesn't get you in the holiday spirit, I don't know what will!!! I'll bet that the residents of McAdenville look forward to this all year and are ready for the peace and calm that follows when it is over. I would go just to visit the town. 

Nov 28, 2022 11:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto hi George... we could have an Active Rain meet-up in McAdenville next year!

Nov 28, 2022 11:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... this is Christmas over the top in McAdenville. I've always thought I wouldn't mind living in that little town... lots of history and close to Charlotte.

Nov 28, 2022 11:47 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I would love to attend an event like this with you on my arm Nina Hollander, Broker .

Nov 28, 2022 01:26 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker 

McAdenville, North Carolina needs to be on everyone's bucket list! It sounds better than Disneyland and very down-to-earth with real people who believe in magic and beauty in all things. I can only imagine all the beautiful faces, smiling, pretty people seeing with their eyes and hearts all there is to see. This has to be one of the most beautiful places in the good old USA! 

Nov 28, 2022 03:42 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker, I would love to see it in person, the pictures look amazing. I agree with Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, it must be one of the most amazing places to see in the US.

Nov 28, 2022 09:58 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Bob "RealMan" Timm good morning, Bob... I'd be delighted to escort you on a walk through McAdenville at Christmas time!

Nov 29, 2022 04:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP good morning, Patricia... Christmas Town USA in McAdenville should be on everyone's bucket list who loves Christmas. And you hit the nail on the head... this is not a commercial venture. Just a town that welcomes Christmas and Christmas visitors.

Nov 29, 2022 04:19 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - and that is one good reason to live in or around McAdenville! It really sounds ideal!

Nov 29, 2022 07:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Beth Atalay good morning, Beth... Christmas Town USA is truly a one of a kind place... true Southern hospitality and a place that takes you back in time to simpler days. 

Nov 29, 2022 04:20 AM