A Festive Tradition

Each December, just west of Charlotte, the quaint town of McAdenville becomes a Christmas wonderland. Almost overnight, the vibrant little town transforms into Christmas Town U.S.A.®, attracting visitors from across the country. For media inquiries, contact (704) 823-2333.



November 30, 2024

Christmas Light Display

December 1-26, 2024

Walk or drive through our downtown area to view the frosty majesty of the winter landscape. Green, red and white lights will shine from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM each night. Arrive early to enjoy dinner at Terra Mia Ristorante, a craft beer or glass of wine at 115 Craft, and shop at Mona’s Boutique and Gifts, The Modest Market and Revolver Records. An evening in Christmas Town U.S.A.® is like a magical trip back in time. Enjoy!

Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 1, 2024

Each December, Christmas Town, U.S.A.® is kicked off with a Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Join us at Dynamo 31, 102 Main Street in McAdenville at 5:30pm to celebrate as the children usher us into the Christmas Season! The countdown is always exciting just before a child “flips the switch” to turn on the beautiful light display!

Yule Log Parade

December 12, 2024

The Yule Log Parade, which began in 1949, pays tribute to the true spirit of community that makes McAdenville stand out during Christmas.

Join the event on December 12 with plans to arrive to Town early at 100 Main Street near the Yule Log on the vintage sled. Singing will begin at 5:30 PM.

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The History of Christmas Town U.S.A.®

The tradition of the lights began in 1956, when the McAdenville Men’s Club along with Mr. W. J. Pharr, Pharr’s founder and president at the time, conceived the idea of using red, white and green lights to decorate the trees around the McAdenville Community Center.

In 1980, Christmas Town U.S.A.® gained national attention when featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt. Since then, Christmas Town U.S.A. has been featured on Good Morning America, Carolina Impact – 2017 Christmas Town and other television shows, in addition to popular periodicals such as Southern Living Magazine.

Visitors can expect a Town that shines with holiday cheer December 1 – 26, from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Whether you choose to drive through town or park to take a stroll with friends and family, you will thoroughly enjoy the festivities of Christmas Town. Listen to the sounds of the season as bells play Christmas carols while you visit our historic downtown area. We hope our quaint little town creates Christmas memories to cherish forever. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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