Christmas in Hopelands
Date(s) - 12/15/19
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The 28th Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will transform Hopelands Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina December 14-23, and 26 from 6:00-9:30pm. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lighted pathways and illuminated displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights in the peaceful setting of Hopelands Gardens are a must-see during the holiday season.
PARKING: 1060 Banks Mill Road (Citizens Park)
Handicap Parking: 135 Dupree Place (Hopelands)
There is no cost to enter the event or to utilize the shuttle service. All guests should use the shuttle service to Hopelands available each night. Shuttles run continuously to and from Citizens Park, located at 1060 Banks Mill Road, from 5:45pm – 8:45 pm. The last shuttle to view Christmas in Hopelands leaves Citizens Park at 8:45 pm. 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.
The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, The Doll House, Rye Patch, and the Rye Patch Stables will be open and decorated for visitors to enjoy. The Rye Patch Stables feature the exhibit; “Aiken’s Historic Horses”. Complimentary refreshments will be served in the Hall of Fame courtyard and outside of the Guest Cottage. S’more kits are available for purchase for $5 (cash only) at Rye Patch, where you can roast your marshmallows at our s’more pit. Rye Patch will be the destination for fun holiday activities for children. Santa will be in Rye Patch from 6:30-8:30pm each night to hear your child’s Christmas wishes and take what is sure to become a treasured photo. Children can write a letter to Santa or make a craft to take home. Parents must accompany children at all times.
December 19th-88.3 WAFJ will be broadcasting live outside Rye Patch. Come say hi, register to win a prize & enjoy some holiday tunes!
Live entertainment is provided various nights on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at 7:00pm. Spectators should bring a blanket or use the natural amphitheater seating to enjoy the shows.
Schedule of Entertainment
Concerts Begin at 7:00pm
Sunday December 15th Hillview Baptist Church Choir
Monday December 16th Aiken Kinderchoir & Bound to Sing
Tuesday December 17th Tim Gidley
Wednesday December 18th Aiken Youth Orchestras
Thursday December 19th Suzuki Strings of Augusta
Friday December 20th Town Creek Baptist Church &
Saturday December 21st Littlest Christmas Tree Light Show
Sunday December 22nd Harmony River Chorus
Monday December 23rd Josh Martin-Edward Phillips &
While Christmas in Hopelands is a free event, donations are accepted and are used to help support the growth of the program. Donation boxes are located at each entrance. Donations may also be mailed to: City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department Christmas in Hopelands, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.
If you have any further questions about Christmas in Hopelands, please contact the PRT Department at 803-642-7631 or visit www.aikenismagical.com .
In the event of inclement weather, you can call the City of Aiken Rain Out Hotline at 803-643-4661. You can also check the City Channel 4 on Atlantic Broadband, the City of Aiken website, City of Aiken PRT social media accounts or download the City of Aiken Explorer app for instant notification of any changes. You will need to sign up and enable notifications.
If someone in your party needs to borrow a wheelchair to enjoy the program, call 642-7631 ahead of time to reserve one.