# 1 Shop Oconee
Looking for unusual thoughtful gifts? Skip the big box stores and forget Amazon. You might be quite surprised to find a wide selection of items at independently owned stores in our downtowns.
Whether you seek tangible items or memorable experiences for everyone on your gift list, we encourage you to Shop Oconee’s local businesses.
The businesses and restaurants that truly impact the local culture and make our community special are those owned by local residents.
When you shop locally, independently owned businesses stay open and will continue giving back to the local economy.
# 2 Norton-Thompson Park
This festive scene is a sight to see!
The City of Seneca has put together a wonderful display of holiday lights that dance to classic Christmas music. Bring the kids or your date to enjoy a truly magical experience.
Norton-Thompson Park is located in Historic downtown Seneca at the end of Ram Cat Alley.
The Magical Musical Holiday Light show will be on display each night till December 28th.
#3 Holiday Spirits
In the past couple years Oconee County has seen a growing number of breweries, wineries and even a distillery open for business.
There are quite a number of places where adults can socialize and enjoy night life these days.
If you’re looking to unwind during this hectic holiday season, these places offering bar, wine and spirits will help ease your mind.
#4 Hot Cocoa
Whether you’re out shopping, eating, hiking or hanging with family and friends, you might wonder where to go for a cup of Joe (or cocoa)?
We’re pleased that several new businesses have come to town who offer interesting non-alcoholic beverages to satisfy all ages.
Stop by these places who will welcome you inside with something warm to make you all cozy!
#5 Festival of Trees
Duke Energy celebrates the holiday season with its 7th annual Festival of Trees on display in the World of Energy lobby.
An array of more than 20 beautifully decorated trees is open to the public during normal business hours. Visitors can vote on their favorite tree. Winning trees will receive a Duke Energy grant for the nonprofit organization of their choice.
The Festival of Trees will be open for voting through Jan. 3, 2020.
Closed December 24-25 and January 1, in observance of the holidays.
#6 Hit the Trail
Been cooped up inside decorating and stressing over Christmas? We suggest getting outside for some exercise and quality fresh air.
Don’t be afraid to go hiking this time of year. The weather here really fluctuates and, more often than not, December days are the perfect temperature for traipsing through the woods.
You’ll be able to see much further into the forest since the leaves have fallen. Take your pick from dozens of hiking trails, some wind along the river, others lead you deep into the National Forest. If you’re heading to one of the waterfalls in the area you’ll be rewarded with scenic beauty that does a body good.
No matter where you choose to go, or how long you’re there, being outside appreciating the natural world always soothes the soul.