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Organizers eagerly await city of Aiken’s Festival of Trees

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 6:43 PM EST
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere, and downtown Aiken soon will look like it, as well.

Competitors will start to decorate their Christmas trees for a competition. Organizers at the Aiken Visitors Center told us what we can expect this year.

“We get all kinds we never know who’s going to want to participate but it’s always interesting,” said Hampton Wayt, tourism coordinator for the city.

Dental offices, mental health associates, a mom’s league and more – all get together to tell a story through the theme of their tree for the community.

“It brings together the Christmas holiday and the beautiful trees and also it’s educational sometimes. ... They have themes and messages that are important to the community so it kind of wraps the holiday into the community itself and what’s available for citizens that live here,” he said.

Wayt says he loves the event because it reminds him a lot of a similar festival when he was growing up.

“I know that many children that come through here when they get older they’ll have some very fond memories of coming to the Visitors Center and Train Museum having seen all of these really fun festive trees,” he said.

An aesthetically exciting and fun event – last year they even had a “Tiger King”-themed tree.

“It really is a wide wide range of creativity and we never know what we’re going to get but it’s always been exciting we’ve had great years,” said Wayt.

And looking forward to what the teams come up with this year.

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