ChristmasTown 5K

Sat November 27, 2021 Directions

Join us for the 9th annual ChristmasTown 5k. Run through McAdenville, NC, one of the world's top destinations for Christmas lights. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas on the 3.1 mile route that is our area's most popular organized road race. The lights don't officially begin until December, but our participants receive a sneak peek for one night only! It's a great way to kick off your holiday season.


In- Person Packet Pick Up

Pharr Family YMCA Ballroom - 208 Main Street, McAdenville

  • Wednesday, November 24 - 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Friday, November 26 - 10 AM to 2 PM

RACE DAY - Pharr YMCA Plaza (front porch)

  • Saturday, November 27 - 3 to 5:30 PM

Please bring your confirmation email with you to packet pick-up, or have it easily accessible on your mobile device so that we can scan your unique QR code to quickly check you in. 

Any packets not claimed after race day will not be mailed. You will have one week to email us at to arrange a time to pick up your shirt. Anything not claimed by Saturday, December 4 will be donated. 

On the Course

The US Track and Field certified route is the same as previous years. Main Street, Wesleyan and Church Street all have two-way traffic and runners need to keep to the left of the cones on these streets. There are two 180-degree turns on the route. 

  • Participants will be chip timed and must begin at the designated Start/Finish line. 
  • Due to COVID-19, this race will have water only at the finish line. Participants are encouraged to bring enough hydration and fuel for pre-race and during the race. Trash cans will be available along the course. 
  • Participants must stay on the 3.1 marked route, moving forward at all times. 
  • A pace vehicle will be at the back of the runners to keep everyone on track and on pace. 
  • Roads will re-open approximately 75 minutes after the race starts. If you can't maintain the pace to finish in time, the pace vehicle will escort you to the finish line. 
  • There will be mile markers at mile 1 and mile 2. 
  • The route follows the LEFT side of the road, please stay to the left of any roads that see two-way traffic. These roads will be marked with cones and have volunteers helping you. 
  • No pets are allowed on the course. 
  • Strollers are permitted. 
  • Everyone who is age 3 or up and on the course must have a bib visible at all times. Please place your bib on your front. Anyone participating without a visible bib will be asked to leave the course. 



This event is rain or shine, and no refunds will be given.

We will accept bib transfers until 3 PM on race day. If you wish to transfer your bib, please follow these steps below. 

  • Find someone who is interested in participating but was not able to register. 
  • Email with the full name and email address of the person you wish to give your registration.
  • The new participant will receive an email from us with directions on how to update your registration to reflect their personal information.
  • The new participant will not be charged to update the registration, and you will not receive a refund from ChristmasTown 5K.
  • It is up to you to coordinate any transfer of money between you and the person taking your bib. We will not give any refunds. 
  • The bib transfer is not completed until the new participant updates the information. Initiated transfers must be completed by the new participant before 3 PM on race day. 
  • We do not maintain a waiting list of any kind. We will not respond to any emails asking for bib transfers that don't include the name and email address of a new participant.
  • We are not able to change shirt sizes for any bib transfers that take place after October 16. Anyone who takes your registration will have to receive the shirt size that you ordered.
  • Please initiate a bib transfer if anyone other than you plans on running with the bib assigned to you to maintain the integrity of our race results. 

We will award the top three male and female overall winners. 

We will then award the top three finishers for both males and females in each of the following age categories. 

  • 12 and Under
  • 13 - 18
  • 19 - 24
  • 25 - 29
  • 30 -34
  • 35 - 39
  • 40 - 44
  • 45 - 49
  • 50 - 54
  • 55 - 59
  • 60 - 64
  • 65 - 69
  • 70 and up

We will also award the oldest participant. 

Overall winners are not eligible to win in their age category. Virtual participants are not eligible for an award. 

Presenting Sponsors
Donating Sponsors
McAdenville, NC - Start/Finish line is near the Pharr Family YMCA on Main Street

There are public parking lots located in McAdenville that will be open before the race. To access these, you must arrive before roads close to traffic at 5 PM. Once you are parked in McAdenville, you will NOT be able to move your vehicle while the roads are closed. Please plan on staying until at least 7:30 PM. You cannot park in private lots or on streets. If you park at a friend's home, please park in their driveway and not on the street since your vehicle will be blocking the route. 

If you are arriving after 5 PM, you will need to park at Harold Rankin Park at 715 Main Street in Lowell (approx 1.5 miles from the start/finish line). YMCA shuttles will be running from this lot and back throughout the evening. 

Weather Policy

This event will proceed rain or shine. In the event of threatening weather, we reserve the right to alter/postpone/cancel the event till further notice. 

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Area Lodging

You can find easy accommodations at either of these hotels that are within a few miles of McAdenville. 

Hampton Inn Charlotte - Belmont @ Montcross

Home 2 Suites by Hilton Charlotte - Belmont


McAdenville, NC - Start/Finish line is near the Pharr Family YMCA on Main Street

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