Catawba Riverkeeper moved our headquarters to McAdenville, NC this year. To jump into the town’s famous holiday spirit, Catawba Riverkeeper is hosting Christmas Events throughout December!

The Boathouse will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the month December until the Christmas lights turn off in McAdenville.

Enjoy some hot cocoa and FREE parking at The Boathouse before walking through Christmas Town to see the Christmas Lights. Take our 0.25 mile trail of Christmas lights leading from The Boathouse straight onto Main Street.

Special Events at The Boathouse:

Christmas Market- December 11
12PM – 5PM | FREE

Featuring 30 vendors + food trucks!


River of Lights Scavenger Hunt- December 11
4:30PM- 8PM | FREE

For YAR members (20s-30s young professionals affiliate group)


Christmas Family Fun Day- December 18
2PM – 5PM | FREE

Santa, bounce house, face painting, crafts & more!



Events in McAdenville

Christmastown 5K – Saturday, November 27

Tree Lighting Ceremony – Wednesday, December 1

Yule Log Ceremony – Thursday, December 16

The Boathouse will be open 4-10 PM on the nights of these town events.


Where can I park?

FREE parking is available at The Boathouse and in our auxiliary parking lots. Turn onto Dickson Road (off of Main Street near I-85). Follow the signs down the road to the parking areas.

If parking in the auxiliary lots, cut through the lighted foot path to get to The Boathouse and the trail to Main Street.What are the Holiday hours at The Boathouse?

The Boathouse will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 4-10 PM starting December 3.

The Boathouse will also be open for special events on November 27 (Christmastown 5K), December 1 (Tree Lighting), and December 16 (Yule Log Ceremony) from 4-10 PM.

How long are the lights in McAdenville lit?

The lights are lit every night from 5:30-10 PM December 1-26.

Volunteers needed!

Help guests have a magical night walking through the Christmas lights! Volunteers are needed to help direct parking and to support The Boathouse staff.