Can't make it out to Christmastown, USA or just curious what it's all about? Check out a photo tour of the McAdenville, NC Christmas lights. A Christmas tradition for many years, the town of McAdenville, NC has come to be known as "Christmas Town, USA" - one of the best Christmas light displays in the nation. The town attracts visitors from all over the country, as almost every single home or building in the town has some form of Christmas decoration.
For some people, pulling the Christmas tree out of the attic is a Thanksgiving tradition. But for a lot of families, it's just not Christmas without a real tree. There are plenty of options to get a real tree, as it seems like a lot pops up on almost every corner or parking lot. But if you're looking for something a little special, check out one of the area's "choose and cut your own" lots.
The town of McAdenville, North Carolina is named "Christmas Town USA," and with good reason. Each year, the small town of less than 700 residents comes alive each winter with a fantastic light display that draws in over 600,000 visitors annually. Located about 15 miles west of Charlotte, a visit to the tiny town is a holiday tradition for most locals, and has been for over 50 years.
Not everyone likes to cook on Thanksgiving. So, if you'd rather enjoy the holiday by having someone else do all the work, here's a listing of Charlotte restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day 2013. With almost 20 restaurants in Charlotte offering Thanksgiving dinner, you'll find something that works for you.
For those that served or are actively serving, this is your day! In honor of your sacrifice, there are plenty of places around Charlotte to get a free meal, a free haircut and more. You've earned it! Check out a list of restaurants that are saluting veterans.
Veteran's Day 2013 in Charlotte
This weekend marks the first weekend in November, so that means free museums for Bank of America customers. Four area museums participate in the "Museums on Us" program, including:
- Mint Museum Uptown
- Mint Museum Randolph
- Levine Museum of the New South
- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Check out the complete list of participating museums for more details. You must be a Bank of America cardholder to participate in this program.
It's Halloween, and whether you have kids or not, it's a holiday of candy and chocolate for most. But where do you turn in Charlotte if you're looking for some real chocolate? Some quality chocolate? Charlotte has plenty of specialty places and bakeries to fill your chocolate cravings. Whether it's a quick snack or a special gift, check out some of the best chocolate stores in Charlotte.
Looking for a last minute Halloween costume? Thrift stores can be an excellent resource for costuming on a budget. Whether you're looking for a used, but still in great condition costume of you're piecing together one of your own, check out one of these Charlotte spots.
As we get closer to the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, many people start seeking out ways to give back. Whether it's a community service project for a high school club, a graduation project, a Girl Scout or Boy Scout project, of you're simply looking for a chance to do some good in the community, here are some places to volunteer in Charlotte, and some ways to actively give back.
Where to volunteer your time in Charlotte
For most people, the best part of visiting a town is finding where the locals eat. In recent years, it's been much easier to scope out these places thanks to the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." Spikey-haired Guy Fieri travels the country, stopping in at the very best from across the country. Several Charlotte spots have been fortunate enough to make the show over its run. Check out which ones made the cut here.