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Celebrating seasons is upon us and the chance to make memories

November 09, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Celebrate The Season, which begins Nov. 25, is one way Santee Cooper and its sponsors give back to the community.

Yesterday, a co-worker of mine told about his weekend. He was rummaging around his attic in search of his family’s Christmas decorations. Yes, that’s right. Santa’s not the only one checking off lists. Christmas trees are going up as you read this.

And although that fact gives me some anxiety – not only because I love Thanksgiving, but also because my co-worker is putting up nine (you read that right – nine) trees in his house – I know the holiday spirit is in many of my friends' hearts and homes already.

Santee Cooper and Old Santee Canal Park are also working on making spirits bright. Employees are assembling snowflakes, decorating trees, taking conference calls with Santa, and testing thousands of sparkling blue, green, red and yellow LEDs in preparation for this year’s Celebrate The Season Holiday Lights Driving Tour and Holiday Fairs.

These jolly elves are happy to pitch in for this community event because they’ve seen the smiles on children’s faces when they visit Celebrate The Season and the weekend Holiday Fairs.

Most of all, they know everyone who visits Celebrate The Season is supporting their community. It may only be $5 per carload, but each $5 adds up. In the last five years, Celebrate The Season has donated over one-half million dollars to local charities.

Although it may seem a little early and you may not be ready to hear jingle bells yet, I’d like to invite you to make some new holiday traditions and lovely family memories by making plans to visit Celebrate The Season.

It all starts on Friday, Nov. 25, and the daily Holiday Lights Driving Tour continues through Dec. 30 (6 to 9:30 p.m., closed Dec. 24 and 25). The weekend Holiday Fairs take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 25 through Dec. 18, and feature visits with Santa, arts and crafts at Santa’s Workshop, marshmallow roasting and s’mores, live entertainment, refreshments, and a Holiday Craft Market where you can purchase some unique gifts from local artisans.

Celebrate The Season is a place where traditions and memories are made. We look forward to helping make your holidays the most wonderful time of the year.

To get a “sneaker preview” of the Holiday Lights Driving Tour, join us for the family-friendly Tinsel Trot, a 2-mile fun run/walk on Nov. 19. For more information on Tinsel Trot and Celebrate The Season, visit