8 Reasons Why Aiken is the Most Magical Town in the SC for the Holidays

8 Reasons Why Aiken is the Most Magical Town in the SC for the Holidays

It’s no secret that Aiken is a charming town especially this time of year. Aiken has been named one of the most magical Christmas towns in South Carolina.  Here are 8 reasons why Aiken is so magical.

1. Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting

It’s a tradition to gather downtown for the lighting of the Christmas tree. Carolers serenade you while refreshments are served. The best part is hearing the squeals and delights from children being greeted with a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! December 1, 6:00 pm.

2. Christmas Craft Show

Featuring over 100 exhibitors from all over the Southeast, this two-day event is a great place to find those unique holiday gifts. And, for the foodies out there, food trucks are available to satisfy your taste buds. December 1-2, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

3. Festival of Trees at the Depot

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum is known for hosts special holiday events, and this year is no different. The museum will add an extra dose of the holiday spirit by showcasing its first annual display of themed trees. December 1 - 30.

4. Night of 1000 Lights

Experience luminaries lining the streets of downtown Aiken, as the beautifully decorated windows of the shops stay open late and offer holiday treats, drinks, and music for a festive evening out. December 7, 6:00 p.m.

5. Aiken Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Home for the Holidays’

Tune in for some holiday cheer. The Aiken Symphony Orchestra, along with the Aiken Choral Society and Masterworks Chorale, performs a variety of holiday favorites. The sounds of the music will enhance your holiday spirit. December 10, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

6. Christmas in Hopelands

This enchanting walk-through exhibit features over two miles of lighted pathways and illuminated displays. The gardens are filled with holiday spirit, with over 100,000 twinkling lights, marshmallow roasting, traditional Christmas caroling and so much more! December 9-10, 14-23, and 26 from 6:00-9:30 p.m.

7. Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols Parade

This annual parade is unique because Aiken celebrates its rich equestrian heritage and the holidays at the same time! Organized by the Hatchaway Hounds Mock Hunt, the procession features horses of many breeds, carriages, carolers and even dogs with their human companions. December 16, 2:00 p.m.

8. Aiken Civic Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Have sugar plum fairies dancing in your head? The Nutcracker ballet is performed at The Etherredge Center by The Aiken Civic Ballet Company - South Carolina’s longest continuously operating dance company. December 22, 7:00 p.m. and December 23, 2:00 p.m.

The City of Aiken is the perfect place to begin a holiday tradition. Christmas in Aiken means exciting holiday packages, magical events, festive shopping and dining experiences, and so much more...Aiken is Magical!

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