Pack Up the Diet Coke and Head to Christmastown, U.S.A.

McAdenville is known across the country for its holiday lights display, and it's only twenty minutes down the road from Charlotte.

When it comes to holiday activities, the Queen City is not in short supply. But there’s one tradition that may beat all the others: a small town called Christmastown, U.S.A. (You may also know it as McAdenville, N.C.)

What started in the 1950s as a way to make the town a little more festive has exploded into a major annual tradition, bringing in people from all over the country. The main drag of town is illuminated in millions of Christmas lights, no house or building excluded.

Thanks to our friends at Diet Coke, the Queen City Weekend team got to check out this holiday spectacle for ourselves! We packed up a cooler with the four newest flavors (Fiest Cherry, Twisted Mango, Ginger Lime, and Zesty Blood Orange) and spent the next couple of hours driving through the town, checking out Main Street as well as the picturesque lake.

Not only is this annual event conveniently close to Charlotte, but it’s also free to enjoy! The lights switch on nightly Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

And for more fun, be sure to check out our challenges with folksĀ at the Harris Teeter off South Boulevard as well as in Uptown.

Don’t forget, Diet Coke is the perfect companion for any road trip!

This content was created in partnership with Diet Coke.