The 27th Annual Christmas in Hopelands event will transform Hopelands Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina December 15-23, and 26 from 6:00-9:30pm. This event is closed on December 24th and 25th. 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. Over 100,000 twinkling lights in the peaceful setting of Hopelands Gardens, this event should be at the top of your holiday bucket list.
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 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, Rye Patch, or The Green Boundary Club. 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 near Rye Patch. S’more kits are available for purchase for $5 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. Live entertainment is provided each night, either on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at 7:00pm 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.
Schedule of Entertainment
Concerts Begin at 7:00pm
December15 Harmony River Chorus
December16 Aiken Community Theatre Youth Wing
December17 Town Creek Baptist Church
December18 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
December 23 Josh Martin
December 26 TBA
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 on each shuttle. 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 i