McAdenville, NC: Charlotte’s Holiday Neighbor
Ask any Charlotte native where to go for the absolute best Christmas Lights display in the area and their answer- without skipping a beat- will be McAdenville. Dubbed “Christmas Town” by the locals, this charming little village is a mere 20 minutes from Uptown via I-85 South.
The entire town lights up for Christmas. Street after street of the most charming historic homes you ever did see, all done up in the finest light displays. You’ll see inflatables, icicle lights, spotlights, handmade decorations, antique heirlooms, and enough cheer to make even the Grinchiest Scrooge smile a bit.
Tour goers have the option to drive through town or park and walk. There is never a charge to see the lights; it truly is one of the real free events in the Charlotte metro area.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Certain streets in town closed to motor traffic. (All streets open to foot traffic.)
- Delays on I-85 during busy weekend hours.
- Lights glow nightly from Nov. 30 to Dec. 26. The official lighting occurs on Nov. 30 at 6pm. All other nights, the lights come on at 5:30. Weeknights they stay on until 9pm; 11pm on weekends.
- Once in town, follow the flow of traffic or park and walk. Enjoy a large lake in the center of town surrounded by 38 lighted spruce trees. In town you will find over 150 homes done up in their finest as well as 265 evergreens covered in more than 500,000 lights.
In its 63rd year, USA Today has ranked Christmas Town USA in the Top 20 Holiday Lighting Displays in the nation. Voting is currently taking place to make them number 1! A quick visit to the official Christmas Town website gives you instructions on how to vote as well as more info on how to make your visit the best possible.
Mark your calendars! Lights go on this weekend. Be sure to visit and see why McAdenville is one of the most highly desired neighborhoods in all of Gaston County and the Charlotte Metro. You won’t be disappointed!