Monday, December 19, 2011

City of Lights

Last week Zach and I visited McAdenville, NC, also known as Christmastowne, USA, to enjoy all the Christmas lights. This town is just outside Charlotte and is a huge tourist attraction December 1 - 26th during their Christmas light event.
This place takes outdoor Christmas lights to a whole new level and it's not because they do super fancy stuff or have crazy expensive outdoor light displays. It's the fact that the ENTIRE town - EVERY house and almost EVERY tree has Christmas lights on it. This tradition of decorating with exterior Christmas lights is such a big deal that Pharr Yarns, the largest employer and land owner in McAdenville, actually pays everyone's electric bill to encourage participation and spread holiday cheer through the twinkling of Christmas lights.
All the trees lit up surrounding the lake and Christmas-colored fountain
Trees reflected in the lake
Mammoth trees like these two are found in almost every yard and in some cases, you can barely see the houses because of it. I have no idea what kind of trees these are that grow so big and wide, but they are huge and end up covered in anywhere from 500 - 5000 Christmas lights. 
If you live near Charlotte you should pack up the car with cocoa and Christmas music and go check it out. It's free and a great family activity. Merry Christmas and thanks McAdenvillers for a fun night out!

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