Each holiday season since 1956, the Gaston County community of McAdenville has been transforming itself into Christmas Town U.S.A. It’s an all-hands-on-deck endeavor as the town’s residents festoon their homes with colorful lights and ornaments for visitors to enjoy. A lot of visitors. That poses some challenges in 2020.

Pharr and the Town of McAdenville have announced some COVID-19 safety adjustments for the 65th year of the Christmas Town U.S.A. tradition, taking place December 1-26. This year, the lighting will be limited along the route of Main Street and Wesleyan and there will not be any of the social activities typically hosted throughout the month. The changes also include:

• Revised lighting schedule to 5:30-10 p.m. nightly
• No lights at Christmas Town Lake
• Christmas Town 5K as a virtual race
• No Tree Lighting Ceremony
• No Yule Log Parade

Additional details are coming soon to the Christmas Town U.S.A. website.

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