“With Christmastown, USA preparations beginning, we want to share with our thousands of yearly visitors that this tradition will continue in 2020,” she said, “but in a compliant manner. We want folks to feel safe in McAdenville as they enjoy this spirited tradition.”
Known around the world for its lights and displays, McAdenville attracts countless visitors every year, as Skutnick noted. The festivities have grown considerably since their humble start in 1956, when the McAdenville Men’s Club first decorated trees around the town’s community center. Last year, hundreds of thousands of brightly illuminated red, white and green lights twinkled over the town’s streets. The spectacle was named among the 10 Best Public Holiday Lights Displays in the Nation by USA Today.
And visitors this year can still expect a town that shines bright with Christmas cheer. However, Pharr Yarns and Town of McAdenville leaders plan to limit the lighting along the route of Main and Wesleyan streets, and they will not hold the social activities typically hosted throughout the month. Some of the virus-related changes include:
- a revised nightly lighting schedule of 5:30-10 p.m.;
- no lights upon Christmastown Lake;
- no tree-lighting ceremony;
- and no Yule log parade.
There will also be no Christmastown three-mile run. Additional details are forthcoming and will be available on the Website at www.christmastownusa.org, as Gliddon revealed.
“One thing that remains constant is the reason for the lights,” she said. “We look forward to welcoming festive families to McAdenville for a joyful and healthy Christmastown, USA.”
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