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The quiet little town of McAdenville, which lies along the South Fork River in Gaston County N.C., comes alive in spectacular fashion each year as Christmas draws near. Almost overnight, the small textile town is transformed into “ Christmas Town, USA .”
The more than 375 trees which were decorated last year range in height from 6 feet to more than 90 feet. Only live trees are used. The number of lights on individual trees varies with the height, diameter and fullness of the trees. As few as 500 lights and as many as 5,000 lights may be used on one tree.
One of the favorite spots for viewers is the lake which is situated near the heart of town. Here are 33 trees, ranging in size from 12 to 40 feet, which ring the lake. The reflection of the lights in the water adds to the beauty of the scene. A fountain, located in the center of the lake, jets water 75 feet into the air. Lights shining on the fountain go through a sequence of red, green, blue and amber about once every ten seconds. At the lake, a 46 foot wide lighted image of Old Man Winter blows snowflakes into the air.
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 doors in original styles according to their own personal feelings. This gives a special expression of “Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas” from the townspeople to their visitors. A life-size nativity scene and life-size figures of carolers, complete with music, add to the effect.
More than 200 wreaths adorn lampposts throughout the town. Santa and his reindeer, a display that is nine feet tall and seventy feet long, are featured as part of the annual tradition.
Spot and flood lights are used in varying colors throughout the town to accent the scenes and to give special effects to the trees and surrounding scenery. Chrono-chime bells, mounted on a 30 foot structure located at the Pharr Family YMCA play Christmas carols during the Christmas season.
Also, Chimes ring out Christmas Music from the 80 foot tower/steeple of the McAdenville Baptist Church during the 26 nights of our Christmas light display.
The first night, the festival will follow the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The second night, the festival will follow the Annual Yule Log Ceremony and Parade.
Starting at 4:30 pm on November 30
The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony followed by the Christmas Town Festival Both events will start and end at Legacy Park
Starting at 5:30 pm on December 14.
The Annual Yule Log Ceremony and ParadeThis event will start on the front lawn of Pharr Yarns Main OfficeFrom that point, the Yule Log Parade will travel up Main Street to Legacy Park.