#1 Shop Oconee

think Oconee shop local imageLooking 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 Holiday Light Show

magic of Christmas in Seneca clip artThis 4th annual holiday event is a festive sight to behold! Over 1 million lights this year!

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 at The Magical Musical Holiday Light Show.

The festivities begin November 19th and will be on display each night through December. Norton-Thompson Park is located in Historic downtown Seneca at the end of Ram Cat Alley.

#3 Holiday Spirits

two seasonal brews from The Beer StationIn the past couple of years, Oconee County has seen a growing number of breweries, wineries, and even a distillery open for business.

There are many places where adults can socialize and enjoy the nightlife.

If you’re looking to unwind during this hectic holiday season, these places offer a bar, wine, and spirits that will help ease your mind.

You’ll discover many refreshing holiday drinks and seasonal brews.

#4 Hot Cocoa

Front view of Mountain Mocha Coffee Shop in WalhallaWhether 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 that offers interesting non-alcoholic beverages to satisfy all ages.

Stop by these places for coffee for a warm and welcoming environment and enjoy some cozy communication with friends and family.

#5 Hit the Trail

beautiful round Mountain ViewBeen cooped up inside decorating, worrying about Covid, and stressing over Christmas?

We suggest getting outside for exercise and brisk fresh air. 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 and others lead you deep into the Sumter 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!