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McAdenville Lights Return This Week

CHARLOTTE – The arrival of the holiday season   means more traffic for the Gaston County community of McAdenville, also known as Christmas Town, USA. 

As thousands of visitors are expected to drive through the area, the N.C. Department of Transportation is working to ensure traffic flows smoothly, both for motorists heading to McAdenville and for drivers passing through to  other destinations. 

The town will officially kick off its 63rd year of this popular free attraction at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, continuing through Wednesday, Dec. 26. Visitors can enjoy the festive light displays Monday through Friday from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 – 11 p.m. 

Steve Rankin with the Christmas Town Committee says visitors will have a special experience. “McAdenville is so unique versus other Christmas displays”, says Rankin. “McAdenville is a real town with real people, decorating real homes…it’s all free. Even the parking is free.” 

Due to the large number of vehicles expected in the area, motorists should expect delays and slow down during the holiday season. One option for visitors is to arrive early, between 5 – 5:15 p.m., find a parking spot and wait for the lights to come on at 5:30 p.m. 

NCDOT will place message boards on I-85 to inform motorists of the following:  

  • Drivers coming from Charlotte should use U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) into McAdenville; an alternate route is from I-85 South to Exit 27 ( N.C. 273) to U.S. 74;
  • Motorists driving north on I-85 should use Exit 22 (Lowell) into McAdenville; and
  • The ramp from I-85 North to Exit 23 (N.C. 7) will be closed nightly during events. 

Walking through McAdenville offers another way to see the lights while hearing the church chimes ringing in the background. Pedestrians are asked to remain on the sidewalks and not enter homeowners’ private property.


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