NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Thanksgiving is still a couple of days away, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Nicholasville, especially inside the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce.
For the second year in a row, the chamber has set up a Christmas Tree Trail in its office.
“This is just kind of a great way to kind of up everybody's spirits, I think, with everything going on this year,” said chamber Executive Director Ronda May.
Nineteen themed trees covered with traditional decorations, and some extras like gift cards, were donated by local businesses to be auctioned off. You can visit the Chamber to see the trees in person, or if you don't want to venture out, there's a video tour on its Facebook page.
One big change this year is that the bidding will be done online.
“I think this year, it's going to be even a larger thing since it's actually online," May said. "Last year, you actually had to bid in person. So, if you're not really ready to decorate, hey, you can buy a tree fully decorated, bring it home, set it up and you're ready to go.”
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Habitat for Humanity of Jessamine County, which is getting ready for its first new home build in years while facing pandemic impacts.
“We can't utilize volunteers with this build, which is a huge cost for us. We also are seeing construction materials increase significantly as far as costs,” said Leanne Prout, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Jessamine County. “Every single bit helps.”
The auction ends at 10 a.m. on Dec. 11.