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9/14/2020 2:55:00 PM
McAdenville Trims Christmas Celebrations
Virus-related restrictions effecting Christmastown, USA
The lights upon the many Christmas trees that ring McAdenville’s lake won’t be lit this year. It’s just one of many concessions that Christmastown, USA is making to virus-related restrictions.
(Photo by Steve Rankin)

The lights upon the many Christmas trees
that ring McAdenville’s lake won’t be lit
this year. It’s just one of many concessions
that Christmastown, USA is making to
virus-related restrictions.

(Photo by Steve Rankin)

Lincoln Herald Staff

You might say McAdenville is trimming its trees for Christmas.

But not in a good way. Every September, the little Gaston County community on the South Fork River begins its lengthy process of gearing up to transform itself into Christmastown, USA––a tradition of some 64 years now, involving countless red, green and white lights, displays, decorated front yards and more.

But according to Lyerly Agency spokeswoman Melinda Skutnick, it’s unknowable at this point just how State-mandated virus-related restrictions may affect the annual celebrations. To that end, the Town of McAdenville and its partner, Pharr Yarns, are getting out in front of the situation and announcing various safety-minded precautions (based upon the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations) and event cancellations for Dec. 1-26, according to Christy Gliddon. Pharr Yarns’ executive vice president for human resources, Gliddon commented on the efforts this week.

“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, 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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