18th Annual Tree

Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 30th - 5:30pm

William J. Pharr Family YMCA Plaza

McAdenville, NC

Yule Log Parade


Thursday, December 13 - 5:30-7:30pm

Pharr Main Office
100 Main Street McAdenville, NC 28101

FREE Hot Chocolate & Kettle Corn

Music of the Season

Area Schools & Church Choirs

Sponsored by:

CaroMount Health and Pharr

5th Annual Christmas Town 5K

Saturday, November 24

For more information

and registration:



McAdenville is just west of Charlotte off both I-85 and Route 74.


I-85 North to Exit 22 to Lowell/Cramerton
I-85 South to Exit 27; in Belmont, right on Hwy 74/29 West; right on Wesleyan Dr., McAdenville


Christmas Town USA

Lighting the Skyline with Holiday Cheer

McAdenville NC - Christmas Town USA; Photo by Steve Rankin

Each season, just west of Charlotte, the quaint town of McAdenville becomes a Christmas wonderland. Almost overnight, the little textile town that could is transformed into “Christmas Town USA” attracting visitors from across the country.

It all started in 1956, when the McAdenville Men’s Club conceived the idea of using red, white and green lights to decorate nine trees around the McAdenville Community Center. Mr. and Mrs. Pharr loved the idea and began the tradition of support for this beautiful example of bringing light into a dark world. The tradition grew and today 375 trees and nearly all the community homes are alit in spectacular fashion with the same red, white and green lights! It is a sight to behold for the 600,000 annual visitors, both young and young at heart that walk along the wreath-lined route through the center of town.  A unique Christmas tradition that has spanned more six decades.

Each December 1st Christmas Town USA begins the season with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Dupont Plaza of the Pharr Family YMCA. One child from McAdenville Elementary pulls the switch to light up the town for the next 26 days. Santa always comes to help during this special family event. One of McAdenville’s most beloved traditions is the Yule Log Parade which began in 1949. After a trip overseas where Mr. and Mrs. Pharr attended a yule log burning, they brought the idea of this community gathering here. The townspeople, adults and children alike, meet in front of the Pharr office in downtown McAdenville to join in a parade lead by local school bands. The log is dragged through the streets to the memorial yule log fireplace at Legacy park and placed upon the fire with great exuberance.  Following the parade is a festival of Holiday music and Christmas cheer. 

McAdenville NC - Christmas Town USA

Nestled just at the feet of the historic 1881 Mill Tower which broadcasts Christmas carols throughout town is a favorite attraction for so many residents and visitors alike, the 46-foot lighted image of Old Man Winter blowing snowflakes over the glowing tree wreathed lake.  The newly restored Traditional Nativity scene is always displayed on the lawn of the Baptist church as Christmas melodies ring out next door from the Pharr Family YMCA’s Carillon Tower Bells. And no one can ride through McAdenville without feeling a bit nostalgic as they pass the traditional old-world carolers positioned at the historic town library.

McAdenville’s Christmas Town USA was ranked as one of the best cities to see holiday lights by Redfin in 2015. The town has also been featured nationally on ABC’s Good Morning America, 700 Club, HGTV, MSNBC, Turner South Network as well as numerous magazines and news publications both in the US and abroad!

We look forward to seeing you this Christmas season! 


Ornament Giveaway

We invite you to join our e-mail mailing list for a chance to win an official 2019 Christmas Town USA Ornament collectible. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be notified by e-mail.

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Preserving History in Architecture and Spirit
“The history and traditions here are something special. My family loves being a part of Christmas Town USA. The rich history here is something I continue to appreciate as a newcomer to the town. I love that they are preserving the history in the architecture as well as in the spirit of the town.”

Greg Richardson, Resident,
McAdenville Village


25 Days of Christmas, 365 Days of Goodwill
“We may have 25 Days of Christmas with Christmas Town USA, but we have 365 days of goodwill. The spirit of McAdenville’s residents and business owners have always lit up this town with a “can-do” approach to whatever we endeavor to do. Anyone investing their interests in our town has the entire town ready and willing to assist.”

Mel Collins,
Pharr Yarns