17th Annual Tree

Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, December 1 - 5:30pm

William J. Pharr Family YMCA Plaza

McAdenville, NC

Yule Log Parade


Friday, December 15 - 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:

CaroMont Health & Pharr Yarns, LLC

5th Annual Christmas Town 5K

Saturday, November 25

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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 RankinIn 1956, the idea of adorning a few trees with lights in homage to the Christmas season sparked a community passion for lighting up the skies with holiday spirit that is known today as Christmas Town USA. For 26 days each year, McAdenville is alit in spectacular fashion with traditional red, white and green lights sparkling on more than 375 trees and decorating nearly all of the community’s homes. It is a sight to behold for both the young and young-at-heart as the town casts a warm holiday glow that draws more than 600,000 visitors annually - marveling in awe as they follow the wreath-lined route through the center of town in a celebration of Christmas that has been observed for nearly six decades.

Each season, Christmas Town USA is officially kicked off in early December with the Tree Lighting Ceremony in honor of Mr. and Mrs. William James Pharr, founders of the McAdenville Christmas Lights. The Yule Log Parade, which began in 1949, pays tribute to the true community spirit that prevails within McAdenville as the entire town joins in on the log’s journey through town to Legacy Park. New to the celebration are Christmas Town Festival events featuring bands and choirs from local schools and churches, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus to entertain and delight those in attendance.

McAdenville NC - Christmas Town USAResident and visitor favorites of the walking and driving tour include the life-size nativity scene and a 46-foot lighted image of Old Man Winter blowing snowflakes into the festive reflections of tree-lit splendor. To add even more cheer, you can hear the melodic sounds of traditional holiday favorites from the chimes of the McAdenville Baptist Church, the 30-foot bell tower with an array of cast bronze bells located in the lawn of the Pharr Family YMCA, and McAdenville’s historic Bell Tower dating back to 1885, which today uses the magic of digital technology to broadcast music throughout the evening - making anyone who visits feel as though they have entered a wonderland unlike any place on earth.

Named by YAHOO in 2011 as one of the 10 Must-Visit Places in December, Christmas Town USA has been featured nationally on ABC’s Good Morning America, 700 Club, HGTV, MSNBC, Turner South Network, as well as in numerous magazines and news publications. Christmas Town USA has been featured in online, print and broadcast media in Europe.


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  • Highlights of the many Christmas light displays throughout McAdenville
  • An interactive map tour tracking the visitor's changing GPS position
  • A point-by-point description of the history and heritage of key displays along the route
Ornament Giveaway

We invite you to join our e-mail mailing list for a chance to win an official 2017 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