Annual Festival of Trees lights World of Energy

By Stephanie Jadrnicek
Courtesy The Journal

SENECA — The World of Energy will be all aglow from now through Dec. 31 with its third annual Festival of Trees.

A tree-lighting ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 3, with music provided by Zion Quartet.

Decorated by local businesses and organizations, nearly two dozen trees will be on display for visitors to not only view, but also to vote for their favorite. The winning tree will receive a $1,000 grant from Duke Energy to donate to the winning organization’s registered charity of choice.

“We want our guests to be able to experience an enjoyable holiday event during their visit to the World of Energy,” Duke Energy communications consultant Mikayla Kreuzberger said. “This event is an interactive way for Duke Energy to give back to the community.”

Over the years, the Festival of Trees has drawn a variety of organizations from Oconee and Pickens Counties. The World of Energy has provided more than 20 trees each year.

“This has been a successful event, not because of the number of trees, but because of the different organizations we partner with in our local communities,” she said.

Kreuzberger encourages folks to visit the Festival of Trees display as a part of their overall experience at the World of Energy. While there, visitors can venture through the self-guided Story of Energy tour, which recently received several new exhibits. The World of Energy also features a 3-D map, historical exhibits, a butterfly garden and a nature trail.

As part of the holiday festivities, Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to visit the World of Energy on Dec. 12 from 1-3 p.m. All holiday activities are free and open to the public. The center is also an official Toys for Tots drop-off location, so visitors are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for the drop box.

“Duke Energy and Oconee Nuclear Station have been a part of this community for more than 40 years,” Kreuzberger said. “We provide educational, fun, family-friendly activities year-round for all ages. The Festival of Trees is just one way we get to work with our community partners.”

For more information, call (864) 873-4600.