Lights, decorations, music, food, crafts, carriage rides, Santa’s arrival, and other special events are all a part of this year’s Christmas celebration in Aiken, S.C. (population more than 30,000), located east of Augusta, Ga. Events get underway in the middle of November and continue past Christmas.
BEGINNING THE SEASON
Aiken’s first seasonal happening this year is the “Southern Living Holiday Mantel Workshop” at the Historic Willcox Inn, which opened in 1900. During the day-long event on Nov. 12 participants will learn how to plant a holiday container and decorate a mantel for the holidays, with a break for a light lunch at the hotel. Read more here.