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Gastonia: Tis The Season Of Christmas Lights and Traffic

If you grew up in this area, more than likely you spent at least one night driving through the Christmas lights of McAdvenville. The holiday tradition is about to come to light again (pun intended) 

McAdenville is turning into Christmas during a tree lighting ceremony this Friday, November 30th. There are more than 500,000 lights strung throughout the town. The ceremony begins at 5pm and the lights officially turn on at 6pm. 

Visitors can enjoy the light displays Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. The lights stay on through Dec. 26.

The lights are beautiful but traffic can be a pain. Here's some helpful advice if you plan on taking an adventure out to McAdenville or driving through it. 

According to the Gaston Gazette, visitors can park and walk through McAdenville to see the lights. Pedestrians are asked to remain on the sidewalks and not enter homeowners’ private property.

• Drivers coming from Charlotte should use U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) into McAdenville; an alternate route is from I-85 South to Exit 27 (N.C. 273) to U.S. 74.

• Motorists driving north on I-85 should use Exit 22 (Lowell) into McAdenville.

• The ramp from I-85 North to Exit 23 (N.C. 7) will be closed nightly during events.

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