World of Energy to host 2016 Festival of Trees in December

UPSATE — The World of Energy hosts its fourth annual Festival of Trees Dec. 1 through Dec. 30. Nearly two dozen trees are now on display, decorated by local businesses and organizations for the public to view. Tree viewing takes place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Duke Energy’s World of Energy education center at Oconee Nuclear Station.

Visitors are asked to vote on their favorite tree; the winning organization receives a $1,000 grant from Duke Energy to donate to their registered charity of choice. A tree-lighting ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. Dec. 1, for the community to enjoy with live music by the Seneca High School Madrigals. Light refreshments will be served.

Also, as part of the holiday festivities, Santa Claus is visiting the World of Energy from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Children can visit with Santa, and parents are encouraged to capture the memories with their camera. No reservations are required.

All holiday activities at the World of Energy are free and open to the public. The center is an official Toys for Tots drop-off location, so those visiting are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the drop box.

For more information on the Festival of Trees activities, call (864) 873-4600.