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No surprise here: McAdenville makes ranking of nation’s top holiday light displays

Christmas Town U.S.A. aglow in lights

McAdenville, NC or Christmas Town U.S.A. held the annual tree lighting ceremony for Christmas on Tuesday evening
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McAdenville, NC or Christmas Town U.S.A. held the annual tree lighting ceremony for Christmas on Tuesday evening

Christmas Town USA in McAdenville is home to one of the best holiday lights displays in the country, according to real estate agents.

But that’s probably not a shock to the hundreds of thousands of people who brave long lines of traffic each winter to drive though the Gaston County town.

McAdenville’s display ranks #2 on a new list from RedFin, a real estate brokerage. The company surveyed real estate agents from across the country to identify the 25 best cities to see holiday lights, and the best displays in each area.

Five neighborhoods were singled out as the best in the country.

Topping the list was Dyker Heights in New York City. “These intense holiday light displays are like Christmas on crack,” declares a recent New York Post headline. One home has 29-foot-high wooden soldiers, rearing horses and a huge waving Santa as part of its decorations.

Rounding out the top five neighborhood displays were Interlochen in Arlington, Texas; 34th Street in Baltimore and Strongsville in Cleveland, Ohio.

Learn more about them in the video below. (You’ll have to forgive the reporter for mispronouncing McAdenville. Hint: It’s a short a)

In addition to highlighting McAdenville, RedFin’s list also gives a nod to other Charlotte-area displays in Indian Trail, Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood, Huntersville and Mint Hill. See the full list at http://redf.in/1QiZs4m April Bethea

Want to see the McAdenville lights?

The 59th Christmas Town USA event runs until Dec. 26 and is open 5:30-9:30 p.m. weekdays; 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Details: www.mcadenville-christmastown.com.

Directions: I-85 North to Exit 22 to Lowell or I-85 South to Exit 27 to Belmont. Follow U.S. 29-74 West, turn right onto Wesleyan Drive.

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