Aiken Is Magical: Your Guide To Christmas Fun In Aiken

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Christmas Fun In Aiken

The holidays are here and our family enjoys the traditions that come with them. One of our favorite things to do is take in the holiday events in Aiken, SC. Nothing beats a small town Christmas. The City goes all out and with a new ice skating rink coming this year…Aiken is going to be the destination for families looking to make Christmas memories. Here are some ways your family can enjoy your holiday in Aiken. 

Christmas In Hopelands

Our family does this every year. This walkthrough display is one of the best light displays in the CSRA. Bundle up and get ready to walk through over 100,000 lights. The walk is enchanting and has a lot of fun things along the way. Your kids can meet Santa and do a fun craft. They also offer cookies, hot chocolate, and hot cider. Be sure to check out the performances by various groups and the smores pit!

Things To Know:
– The lights kick off December 9 – 22 from 6 PM – 9 PM. 

– There is a shuttle service. There is no cost to enter the event or to utilize the shuttle service. All guests should use the shuttle service to the gardens available each night. Shuttles run continuously from Citizens Park, located at 1060 Banks Mill Road, from 5:45 – 8:45 p.m. The last shuttle to view Christmas in Hopelands leaves Citizens Park at 8:45 p.m

– Dress for cold weather. You will have to wait for the shuttle and that might take some time. Bundle up. 

– No general public parking is allowed at Hopelands or Rye Patch. Handicap parking is available at 135 Dupree Place. No animals are allowed on shuttle vehicles.

– If you need to bring a stroller. I suggest bringing the smallest one. Babywear if you can. 

– Bring cash for smores! 

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Annual Tree Lighting

Rock around the Christmas Tree with your local neighbors! The City of Aiken will host its annual tree lighting and there will be a special hello from Santa. 

Things To Know:
– The tree lighting will be on December 1 at 6 PM. 
– There will be a special take-home craft for the kids.
– Refreshments will be available for purchase.
– Be sure to bundle up the little ones. It will be cold. 

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Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols Parade 2023


Lots of horses, dogs, and unique carriages!! You don’t want to miss this special parade.

Things To Know:

– The Parade will be held on December 16 at 2 PM
– Candy will be thrown. Bring a bag.
– Bundle up! It will be cold. 

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Annual Christmas Craft Show

The show features handmade crafts and goodies made by talented artisans from across the Southeast. There is sure to be something for everyone’s style, taste, and budget. The Christmas Craft Show is also a great place to shop for your holiday gifts and décor.

Things To Know:

– The show will be held on December 1 & 2 from 9 AM – 5 PM
– Lots of great quality vendors!
– The playground is nearby and can make for a fun day. 

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Aiken Jaycees Parade

A local tradition that your family will enjoy!

Things To Know:

– The Parade will be held on December 3 at 2 PM
– Candy will be thrown. Bring a bag.
– Bundle up! It will be cold. 

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There is so much more going on in Aiken during the holidays.
Please visit for more holiday fun!! 

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