Photo by: Mark Hudson
The City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Announces 27th Annual Christmas in Hopelands
The 27th Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will transform Hopelands Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina December 15-23, and 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Guests can spend time with friends and family as they stroll through Hopelands Gardens, taking in the sights and sounds of the holiday season, while sipping hot cocoa or apple cider. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lighted pathways and illuminated displays. With over 100,000 twinkling lights in the peaceful setting of Hopelands Gardens, this event should be at the top of your holiday bucket list.
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 near Rye Patch. 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. On select nights, Santa or Mrs. Claus will be there 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. Rye Patch will also host a Labyrinth display where guests can learn more about the Labyrinth in Hopelands. Live entertainment is provided each night, either on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at 7:00 p.m. or throughout Hopelands Gardens when traditional Christmas caroling takes place. Spectators should bring a blanket or use the natural amphitheater seating to enjoy the shows. There is no cost to enter the event or to utilize the shuttle service.
Schedule of Entertainment
Concerts Begin at 7:00 p.m.
December 15 Harmony River Chorus
December 16 Aiken Community Theatre Youth Wing
December 17 Town Creek Baptist Church
December 18 Bound to Sing & Aiken Kinderchoir
December 19 Aiken Youth Orchestra
December 20 M’Aiken Music *Carolers*
December 21 Christ’s Way Christian Church Light Show
December 22 Suzuki Strings of Augusta
December 23 Josh Martin
December 26 Christmas Classics with Brooke Lundy
All guests should use the shuttle service to Hopelands available each night. Shuttles run continuously from Citizens Park, located at 1060 Banks Mill Road, from 5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. The last shuttle to view Christmas in Hopelands leaves Citizens Park at 8:45 p.m. General public parking is not allowed at Hopelands, Rye Patch, Fermata Club or The Green Boundary Club. Handicap parking is available at 135 Dupree Place. No animals are allowed on shuttle vehicles.
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 case of inclement weather, Christmas in Hopelands may be cancelled. Know before you go by calling the Rain Out Hotline at 803-643-4661 or sign up to receive text message updates by texting AIKREC to 84483. If someone in your party needs to borrow a wheelchair to enjoy the program, call 803-642-7631 ahead of time to reserve one.