Christmas Town USA kicks off tonight in McAdenville | Community Spirit
MCADENVILLE -- The 56th annual Christmas Town USA kicks off Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.
WBTV's Kristen Miranda will be there live on WBTV News at 5:30 to help kick off the festivities.
A McAdenville Elementary student will throw the big switch to kick off the 2011 season.
The town has provided some helpful tips if you plan on going this year:
We're expecting this to be our biggest year ever...and to help plan your trip, we've prepared some pointers for dealing with ChristmasTown traffic:
• Your best bet for avoiding the heaviest traffic is to arrive early in the evening (around 5:30 when the lights come on) - this is ...especially recommended on peak traffic nights (Fridays, Saturdays and the last Sunday before Christmas) when significant backups start as early as 7:00.
• Those getting "in line" right at peak traffic (starting around 7:00 but especially by 8:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and the last Sunday before Christmas) should expect to wait in line in upwards of 2 hours before entering town.
• Look for our wait signs (e.g. “1 hour from this point”) to determine whether you have enough time to see the lights before shutoff time. Those not “in line” by 7:00 on Friday nights or by 8:30 on Saturday nights may miss all or part of the lights (which are set to automatic timers). ChristmasTown hours are 5:30 to 9:30 on Mondays through Fridays and 5:30 to 11:00 on Saturdays and Sundays from December 1-26.
• Mondays through Thursdays are generally less crowded than weekends.
• Traffic lines are typically shorter for those entering McAdenville from U.S. 74 rather than I-85.
• Historically, the lightest traffic times are the first two Sunday nights (this year, December 4th and 11th) from 9:30 till 11:00 (with little or no waiting).
With 600,000 people driving through our tiny town each December, heavy traffic is unavoidable on our busiest nights. We hope these tips are helpful - we want all our visitors to have a great time!
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