City of Aiken Calendar of Events

Dec
2
Fri
2022
Christmas Craft Show 2022
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Craft Show 2022 @ Odell Weeks Activities Center

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department will host the 52nd Annual Christmas Craft Show Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, from 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. This juried craft show brings artisans and shoppers from Southeast Asia to Aiken.

This indoor/outdoor show is a beautiful opportunity for crafters to sell handmade treasures to thousands of potential customers. Our 2021 show boasted over 6800 people in attendance over two days.

The Craft Show would not be complete without food vendors. If you have a food truck and want to expand your client base, this may be the perfect opportunity for you! Not only will you have guaranteed customers by hungry shoppers, but the Odell Weeks Activities Center is conveniently located off of Whiskey Road, adjacent to one of Aiken’s most popular playgrounds.

This year’s show will also feature a limited number of Young Entrepreneurs on Saturday – this is a separate application, and applications will be judged independently of the adult vendors.

If you are a Christmas Craft Show regular or new to crafting and looking to participate in a historically well-attended holiday show, APPLY NOW! Be sure to read the detailed instructions in the application packet and provide photos that capture the quality of your work. Photos of your crafts are the only way for jurors to determine acceptance to the show. Presentation is essential.

You can find the application at https://coa.page/fimg. For more information, call 803-642-7631.

Dec
3
Sat
2022
Christmas Craft Show 2022
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Craft Show 2022 @ Odell Weeks Activities Center

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department will host the 52nd Annual Christmas Craft Show Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, from 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. This juried craft show brings artisans and shoppers from Southeast Asia to Aiken.

This indoor/outdoor show is a beautiful opportunity for crafters to sell handmade treasures to thousands of potential customers. Our 2021 show boasted over 6800 people in attendance over two days.

The Craft Show would not be complete without food vendors. If you have a food truck and want to expand your client base, this may be the perfect opportunity for you! Not only will you have guaranteed customers by hungry shoppers, but the Odell Weeks Activities Center is conveniently located off of Whiskey Road, adjacent to one of Aiken’s most popular playgrounds.

This year’s show will also feature a limited number of Young Entrepreneurs on Saturday – this is a separate application, and applications will be judged independently of the adult vendors.

If you are a Christmas Craft Show regular or new to crafting and looking to participate in a historically well-attended holiday show, APPLY NOW! Be sure to read the detailed instructions in the application packet and provide photos that capture the quality of your work. Photos of your crafts are the only way for jurors to determine acceptance to the show. Presentation is essential.

You can find the application at https://coa.page/fimg. For more information, call 803-642-7631.

Dec
10
Sat
2022
Breakfast & a Book with The Clauses 2022
Dec 10 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Breakfast & a Book with The Clauses 2022 @ Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center

City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department Announces

Breakfast and a Book with the Clauses

Aiken, SC – HO! HO! HO! Santa & Mrs. Claus are visiting Aiken to attend Breakfast & a Book with the Clauses on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AMThis holiday event will include breakfast, crafts, story time with Mrs. Claus, and a special appearance from Santa. Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa!

Breakfast & a Book with the Clauses is a family event for all ages held at the Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center, located at 841 Edgefield Ave NW, Aiken, SC 29801. Each participant will receive a book, breakfast, fresh farm milk from Hickory Hill Milk, and a cookie.

Registration is November 8 – December 7, 2022, and the cost is $5.00 per person. All participants must register in advance to participate. To register, stop by the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center, H.O. Weeks Activities Center, Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center, or register online at

http://www.cityofaikensc.gov/prtregistration

Fun Funds Youth Scholarship is available for qualifying applicants.

For more information, call 803-642-7634.

Christmas in Hopelands 2022
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Christmas in Hopelands 2022 @ Hopelands Gardens

The Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will take place Dec. 10 – 22 and will transform Hopelands Gardens to a beautiful holiday wonderland. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lit pathways and holiday displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights create the perfect backdrop for special holiday memories with friends and family.

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. 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.

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 and next to the refreshment stands. Donations may also be mailed to: City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation, Christmas in Hopelands, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.

If you have any further questions about Christmas in Hopelands, please contact the City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation at 803-642-7631. 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 download the City of Aiken explorer App to receive instant notifications as soon as decisions are made.If someone in your party needs to borrow a wheelchair to enjoy the program, call 803-642-7631 ahead of time to reserve one.

 

Dec
11
Sun
2022
Christmas in Hopelands 2022
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Christmas in Hopelands 2022 @ Hopelands Gardens

The Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will take place Dec. 10 – 22 and will transform Hopelands Gardens to a beautiful holiday wonderland. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lit pathways and holiday displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights create the perfect backdrop for special holiday memories with friends and family.

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. 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.

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 and next to the refreshment stands. Donations may also be mailed to: City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation, Christmas in Hopelands, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.

If you have any further questions about Christmas in Hopelands, please contact the City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation at 803-642-7631. 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 download the City of Aiken explorer App to receive instant notifications as soon as decisions are made.If someone in your party needs to borrow a wheelchair to enjoy the program, call 803-642-7631 ahead of time to reserve one.

 

Dec
12
Mon
2022
Christmas in Hopelands 2022
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Christmas in Hopelands 2022 @ Hopelands Gardens

The Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will take place Dec. 10 – 22 and will transform Hopelands Gardens to a beautiful holiday wonderland. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lit pathways and holiday displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights create the perfect backdrop for special holiday memories with friends and family.

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. 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.

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 and next to the refreshment stands. Donations may also be mailed to: City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation, Christmas in Hopelands, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.

If you have any further questions about Christmas in Hopelands, please contact the City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation at 803-642-7631. 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 download the City of Aiken explorer App to receive instant notifications as soon as decisions are made.If someone in your party needs to borrow a wheelchair to enjoy the program, call 803-642-7631 ahead of time to reserve one.

 

Dec
13
Tue
2022
Christmas in Hopelands 2022
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Christmas in Hopelands 2022 @ Hopelands Gardens

The Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will take place Dec. 10 – 22 and will transform Hopelands Gardens to a beautiful holiday wonderland. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lit pathways and holiday displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights create the perfect backdrop for special holiday memories with friends and family.

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. 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.

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 and next to the refreshment stands. Donations may also be mailed to: City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation, Christmas in Hopelands, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.

If you have any further questions about Christmas in Hopelands, please contact the City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation at 803-642-7631. 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 download the City of Aiken explorer App to receive instant notifications as soon as decisions are made.If someone in your party needs to borrow a wheelchair to enjoy the program, call 803-642-7631 ahead of time to reserve one.

 

Dec
14
Wed
2022
Christmas in Hopelands 2022
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Christmas in Hopelands 2022 @ Hopelands Gardens

The Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will take place Dec. 10 – 22 and will transform Hopelands Gardens to a beautiful holiday wonderland. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lit pathways and holiday displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights create the perfect backdrop for special holiday memories with friends and family.

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. 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.

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 and next to the refreshment stands. Donations may also be mailed to: City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation, Christmas in Hopelands, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.

If you have any further questions about Christmas in Hopelands, please contact the City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation at 803-642-7631. 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 download the City of Aiken explorer App to receive instant notifications as soon as decisions are made.If someone in your party needs to borrow a wheelchair to enjoy the program, call 803-642-7631 ahead of time to reserve one.

 

Dec
15
Thu
2022
Christmas in Hopelands 2022
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Christmas in Hopelands 2022 @ Hopelands Gardens

The Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will take place Dec. 10 – 22 and will transform Hopelands Gardens to a beautiful holiday wonderland. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lit pathways and holiday displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights create the perfect backdrop for special holiday memories with friends and family.

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. 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.

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 and next to the refreshment stands. Donations may also be mailed to: City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation, Christmas in Hopelands, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.

If you have any further questions about Christmas in Hopelands, please contact the City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation at 803-642-7631. 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 download the City of Aiken explorer App to receive instant notifications as soon as decisions are made.If someone in your party needs to borrow a wheelchair to enjoy the program, call 803-642-7631 ahead of time to reserve one.

 

Dec
16
Fri
2022
Christmas in Hopelands 2022
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Christmas in Hopelands 2022 @ Hopelands Gardens

The Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will take place Dec. 10 – 22 and will transform Hopelands Gardens to a beautiful holiday wonderland. This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lit pathways and holiday displays. Over 100,000 twinkling lights create the perfect backdrop for special holiday memories with friends and family.

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. 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.

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 and next to the refreshment stands. Donations may also be mailed to: City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation, Christmas in Hopelands, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802.

If you have any further questions about Christmas in Hopelands, please contact the City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation at 803-642-7631. 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 download the City of Aiken explorer App to receive instant notifications as soon as decisions are made.If someone in your party needs to borrow a wheelchair to enjoy the program, call 803-642-7631 ahead of time to reserve one.