MCADENVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – Hundreds of thousands of people head to McAdenville, North Carolina each year to see their impressive display of Christmas lights.
The entire town gets involved with the tradition, decking out every home and covering every tree in lights. Over the years, McAdenville has earned the nickname “Christmas Town USA.”
Back in 1954, Dick Roberts and a group from the local mill decided to do something special for Christmas, taking some old rods and “use them to spell Merry Christmas,” Roberts remembered. “We started from there and it’s just expanded throughout the town.”
In the decades since, the town still sticks with the original light colors of red, white and green. They’ve also managed to keep commercialization out of the tradition.
Here – it is all about family time.
“If you could stand here one night and hear the little kids come by and holler Merry Christmas at you, the excitement you see on their face is worth every bit of it, it really is,” Roberts explained.
Driving through the light display is always free of charge. The lights run through Monday, December 26.
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