ChristmasTown 5K

Sat November 26, 2022 Directions

2022 ChristmasTown 5K

$40 $35 6:00PM EST - 7:00PM EST Price increases after July 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Open to ages 3 - 147.

Join us for the 10th 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. 


Important Info

The 3.1 mile run starts promptly at 6:00 PM on Saturday, November 26. The start/finish line is on Main Street in downtown McAdenville.

The price will increase on August 1st and again on October 1st. Everyone who registers before October 15th will receive a long-sleeved unisex cotton blend shirt featuring this year's design. Registrations after October 15th will not receive a shirt. Participants will also receive some fun surprises in their race packets.

Detailed parking information will be sent to participants prior to the event, so check your email regularly. All participants will be expected to be at the start line with their bibs visible prior to the 6:00 PM gun. The start line will be closed promptly at 6:15. 


In-Person Packet Pick Up

Pharr Family YMCA Ballroom - 208 Main Street, McAdenville

  • Wednesday, November 23 - 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Friday, November 25 - 12 PM to 4 PM

RACE DAY - Pharr YMCA Plaza (front porch)

  • Saturday, November 26 - 2 to 4:30 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. Your confirmation email comes from, and the subject line is ChristmasTown 5K Registration Confirmation. 

You will always be able to resend the registration confirmation for any registrations associated with your Profile (including any sub-accounts of yours) by following these steps:

1. Log in to your RunSignUp account

2. Go to your Profile

3. See your events under Upcoming Events

4. Click Resend Confirmation next to the registration that you would like to resend the confirmation email

 5. Check the email listed in your Profile for your registration confirmation

At that point, the confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with that registration.

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 3 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.

You may officially transfer your race entry to another non-registered runner before 3 PM on Race Day. 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. 

You will not be refunded/reimbursed for your original registration. Any transfer compensation must be arranged between you and the transfer recipient. The race organizers are not responsible for the terms of payment between parties in the transfer process and we do not condone the resale of registrations at elevated prices. Please do your due diligence before sending money to anyone. Anyone offering a bib for sale should be listed under "Find A Participant" on our website. We are not responsible for any financial transactions that may result in loss of funds and/or bib. 

Race Entry Transfer Steps:

1. Find a runner interested in officially participating in the event. Race organizers do not participate in this part of the process, and there is no waiting list. It is up to you to locate someone who wishes to purchase your bib. 

2. Find your confirmation email that you received when you registered for the event. The subject line will be “ChristmasTown 5K Registration Confirmation” and the sender was RunSignup.  

3. Select the link “Manage Registration” which is located just above the QR code in your email confirmation.

4. Select “Transfer to Another Runner” and follow the steps. You only need their name and email address. They will go in and fill out the rest of their information once they receive the transfer request. If it is after October 15, our shirt order has been finalized and they will have to take the shirt size that your selected. 

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. At this time our system will not accept any changes in information. 


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

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

Our annual costume contest will take place on the Plaza in front of the Pharr YMCA at 5:30 PM, before the race. Everyone is invited to participate. 

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

All parking will be in McAdenville this year. All participants will receive detailed parking instructions closer to race day. Roads will close for the race at 5 PM. If you need to pick up your bib, you must arrive before roads close at 5 PM and park in a public lot in town. For runners who don’t need to pick up bibs and can’t arrive prior to 5 PM, you can park at the Catawba Riverkeeper Boathouse. We will share more details with participants closer to race day.

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, please contact the race director at
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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