Christmas Town USA Giveaway

Christmas Town USA Christmas 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 via by e-mail.

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Official Giveaway Rules

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Submitting your email address on the giveaway form represents your acceptance in joining our e-mail mailing list.
  • We won't share your e-mail address with third parties.
  • Winners receive one (1) official 2017 Christmas Town USA ornament collectible.
  • Winners are randomly chosen at indeterminate times.
  • The number of winners varies.
  • Winners will be notified by e-mail.
  • This giveaway is in no way associated with Apple, Google, Microsoft, or any other third party entity, nor does any other third party entity endorse, sponsor, or provide prizes for this giveaway.
  • The only exception to the above is the involvement of Pharr, a Family of Companies and CC Communications in providing the ornaments and bringing this giveaway to you.
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Map and Driving Directions

Map and Driving Directions

For estimated wait times during peak hours, please see the Mobile Tour section when in line to see the lights.

Please note that Riverside Drive from Belmont and the JM Carstarphen Bridge do not provide access to the Christmas lights, nor re-entry to I-85.

Coming from the North

  • McAdenville is just west of Charlotte off I-85. Take I-85 South to Exit 27 in Belmont. Turn left, travel for about one mile, turn right onto US 29-74. Stay on US 29-74 for about 6 miles cross the South Folk River travel 1 mile and turn right onto Wesleyan Drive (Town of McAdenville).

Coming from the South

  • McAdenville is just west of Charlotte off I-85. Take I-85 North to Exit 22 at Lowell / Cramerton. Exit and follow the signs.
    Please Note: I-85, Exit 23 (Lowell-McAdenville exit - traveling north) will be closed during the hours the Christmas Lights are on.

Entering from Highway 74

  • McAdenville is just west of Charlotte off Hwy. 29/74. From Hwy. 29/74, turn onto Wesleyan Drive at the light and follow the signs.

Entering from I-85

  • McAdenville is just west of Charlotte off I-85. Take I-85 North to Exit 22 at Lowell / Cramerton. Exit and follow the signs.

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Hours and Events

Hours and Events

Christmas Town USA operates its lights on a system that turn on and off automatically. Please check the tabs below to find out more about our schedule and plan your visit accordingly.

Dates and Times

  • December 1 - December 26

    Monday through Friday: 5:30 – 9:30 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 5:30 – 11:00 pm

Events

  • Fifth Annual Christmas Town 5K

    Saturday, November 25 2017

    More information...

  • 17th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Thursday, December 1, 2017 at 5:30pm

  • 69th Annual Yule Log Parade and Ceremony

    Friday, December 15th at 5:30pm

    Pharr Main Office

    100 Main St. McAdenville, NC

    Featuring Music of the Season by Area Schools and Church Choirs

    FREE Hot Chocolate and Kettle Corn

    Sponsored by Pharr a Family of Companies and CaroMont Health

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Christmas Town USA Overview and History

Christmas Town USA Overview and History

Overview

  • 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.

    Hundreds of decorated Christmas trees along the route
    Carillon Bells play Christmas Carols at the William J. Pharr Family YMCA
    A lake surrounded by 30+ decorated trees and a 75 foot, multi-colored water feature
    McAdenville’s historic Bell Tower decorated for the holiday season
    Vintage Christmas displays including Old Man Winter, Santa and His Reindeer, Carolers and a Manger Scene located in the heart of the historic downtown area

    Welcoming approximately 600,000 visitors, McAdenville and Pharr, a Family of Companies are dedicated to continuing the Christmas Town tradition for years to come.

The Lake

  • Situated near the heart of Christmas Town is a favorite for visitors and towns people alike, the lake, surrounded by over 30 trees ranging in height from 12 feet to 40 feet tall, giving off a magical reflection of lights adding to the beauty of the scene. The central fountain shoots water 75 feet into the air, while lights shine in sequences of red, green, blue and amber. The lake also features a 46-foot-wide lighted image of Old Man Winter, blowing snowflakes into the air.

The Bell Tower

  • Adjacent to the lake is the historic bell tower that has served as a central focal point for the Town of McAdenville since the establishment of McAden Mills in the early 1880's. In 2010, this historic bell tower was fully restored to its former prominence. In addition to the restoration, a new chime system was installed to renew the original tradition of the bell tower peeling time for the residents and workers in the village. The new chimes welcome visitors with carols, special hymns, and songs to mark each holiday season. They also play on national holidays and during special remembrances including a yearly tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Preparation

  • While much emphasis has been placed on the lighting of trees, this represents only a portion of the effort that goes into the preparation for Christmas. The town residents play a big part as they decorate their homes in original styles according to their own personal feelings. This gives a special expression of "Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas" from townspeople to their visitors. A life-size nativity scene and life-size figures of carolers, complete with music, add to the effect.

    In early August, Tim Gibson and his team begin checking bulbs, wiring and circuits. By September the stringing of lights begins and is not completed until a day or two before the lights are turned on.

Historical Timeline

  • 1956: The McAdenville Men's Club decides to decorate a few trees around the Community Center. With the permission of town officials and Mr. W. J. Pharr, President of Pharr Yarns, nine trees were decorated. It was Mrs. Pharr who suggested the use of specific Christmas colors and later also suggested the addition of the manger scene.

    1973 - 74: Marks the only years when the lights did not dazzle and delight the eyes and hearts of local citizens and millions of visitors. This was due to our country's energy crisis.

    1980: Charles Kuralt placed Christmas Town USA on the map featuring it on the nationwide televised "Morning Show."

    1997: Christmas Town shared holiday greetings with the nation by way of "Good Morning America."

    2003: International coverage from ARD, a TV network in Germany, to 5 million viewers.

    2006: An Austrian Newspaper, "Osterreich," features Christmas Town.

    2007: TFI, a French Television Network, reported on a day-in-the-life of an American family living in Christmas Town USA to 10 million viewers.

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Acknowledgements

Steve Rankin

Steve Rankin is a photographer and longtime resident of McAdenville, North Carolina. Many of the photographs of McAdenville on this mobile web app were provided by Steve. He runs the official Christmas Town USA website, McAdenville-ChristmasTown.com. The Christmas Town USA Facebook page is Facebook.com/ChristmasTownUSA.

"This town attracts a special kind of people who haven't lost sight of what it is to be a neighbor. We are a community of honest, hard working people willing to help one another out and look out for one another. I saw this when I delivered papers as a young boy and I still see it today. If someone needs help, you get a lending hand. If someone gets sick, food comes to you every night until you are well again."

Steve Rankin, Longtime Resident

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How to Use This App

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To enhance your experience, we invite you to use this mobile web app to learn more about the many points of interest along the tour. Click on the red “Christmas Tree” symbols for information about each point along the route. – If you chose to reveal your current location when the app first appeared on your screen, your physical position along the route will be represented by a yellow “Personal Locator” icon as well.

Remember that, with most smart phones, you may shrink or enlarge the view of the mobile tour route map by sliding your fingers together or apart along the surface of your screen in order to access various interactive touch points, etc. - Further, the mobile tour route map is easier to see and manipulate when viewing your phone vertically (holding it up and down) instead of horizontally.

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Westbound (Dickson Rd. & S. Main St.)
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Videos

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Enjoy these videos about Christmas Town, USA.

Christmas Town, USA - McAdenville, NC

Are seeing Christmas lights a holiday favorite for your family? Well, there is a one town that is world famous for their lights, is on a national "Top 10 Must See" list....and it's right here in the Carolinas. Just a few miles outside of Charlotte, more than half-a-million Christmas lights brighten the night of McAdenville, NC.

Source: Around Carolina

Entire NC town lights up for the holidays

Anna Kooiman reports from North Carolina.

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Parking

Parking

Parking is available in the following areas, should you decide to walk the tour. These locations are also shown on the mobile tour map.

  • On Poplar Street behind
    Truliant Federal Credit Union

  • In the McAdenville
    Elementary School parking lot

  • Behind Legacy Park
    (On 12/1 and 12/16 this lot
    will be reserved parking only)

  • Behind the Baptist church in
    the gravel lot (On 12/1 and
    12/16 this lot will be reserved
    parking only)

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About Closing Time

Beginning 60 minutes before the Christmas Town USA holiday lights are turned off for the evening, a brief notification message will appear every 10 minutes until closing time. Our holiday lights operate on a fixed timer and will turn off regardless of the traffic pattern at that time.

We encourage you to return to Christmas Town USA to view the holiday lights again soon.

Dates and Times

  • December 1 - December 26

    Monday through Friday: 5:30 – 9:30 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 5:30 – 11:00 pm

    Peak:

    Friday – Saturday Dec 18 – Dec 25

    Off Peak:

    Sunday - Thursday

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