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A trip to Aiken means getting outdoors, experiencing history, meandering through beautiful parks and bustling shopping. As you explore Aiken you will notice a thriving downtown that has much to offer. Aiken hosts world-class events and festivals showcasing music, dance, outdoor concerts, food, history, and much more. In Aiken there's always something new to discover.

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Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, an avid shopper, or a history buff Aiken has more than enough to keep you on the go. See what Aiken has to offer!

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Aiken Festivals & Events

Aiken festivals and events are certainly world class--from  prestigious equestrian events, to street festivals, to one-of-a-kind celebrations you won't find anywhere else!

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Blessing of the Hounds

The annual Blessing of the Hounds is a must see for residents and visitors alike. Aiken Hounds is distinguished as having the oldest drag hunt in the nation. In a drag hunt, cloth saturated with fox scent is dragged across the terrain to create a trail for the hounds to follow. Mounted riders follow the pack.  A local clergyman officiates the event each year. The ceremony pays homage to the various traditions of foxhunting, to the heritage of Aiken’s historic hunt culture, and to the skilled hounds that make this sport so engaging.There is no parking at the South Boundary entrance but attendees may park downtown. One should allow 30 minutes to walk from Laurens Street to Memorial Gate. No motorized vehicles or dogs are permitted in the Woods for this event. There is no charge.

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Holidays in Aiken

The City of Aiken is the perfect place to begin a Holiday Tradition. Christmas in Aiken means exciting holiday packages, magical events, festive shopping + dining experiences, caroling on the street corners and so much more...

Now is the time to enter to win our special Holiday Package Getaway featuring:

A two-night stay for two at The Carriage House Inn, two Historic Aiken Trolley tickets, $50 Downtown Bucks to be spent at downtown shops, dinner for 2 at Malia's, lunch for two at Una Mas, drinks for two at The Alley Taproom.

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Christmas In Hopelands

The 26th Annual Christmas in Hopelands is an enchanting walk-through exhibit that features over 2 miles of lighted pathways and holiday displays. There is no admission charge. Over 100,000 twinkling lights are a must-see during the Christmas season.

Shuttle departs from Citizens Park: 1060 Banks Mill Rd.

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