Festival of Trees to warm hearts again in 2021

The holiday season is approaching, and with it marks the annual Festival of Trees at Duke Energy’s World of Energy education center at Oconee Nuclear Station. For nearly 10 years, the holiday tree display shines a spotlight on nonprofits in the Upstate community.

This year, the free, public display will be in-person at the World of Energy and virtual. Guests can view nearly 20 beautifully decorated trees in-person or virtual, and vote for their favorite.

Trees are decorated by local nonprofit organizations, businesses and civic groups. When the event ends, the entrants of the three trees that receive the most votes (first, second and third place) will receive $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, for their selected nonprofit.

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How does it work?

The Festival of Trees starts Friday, Nov. 26 and continues through Friday, Jan. 7.

The World of Energy is open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, during the event. (The World of Energy will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.)

If you plan to view the display online, visit duke-energy.com/FestivalofTrees on or after Nov. 26.

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Don’t forget! Viewers can only vote once.

Winners will be announced Jan. 11.

Since launching the Festival of Trees in 2013, the annual fundraiser has become a local tradition in which Oconee Nuclear Station has donated more than $20,000 to 18 nonprofit organizations.

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