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    Posted December 25, 2011 by
    Aiken, South Carolina

    Christmas Lights at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, SC

    Christmas in Hopelands Gardens was born in 1991. Hopelands Gardens, with its winding trails, 100 year old live oak trees, and a performing arts stage that is enveloped by the gentle ripples of a one acre pond was the perfect location for this event.

    The local chamber of commerce and the friends of Hopelands/Rye Patch, a local civic organization, assisted with Christmas in Hopelands. It is an intimate, slow paced, tasteful, and family oriented social event and not a "drive through" express lane down Aiken's main thoroughfare.

    Organizations and businesses were contacted to donate funds for the purchase of lights and displays. Their outstanding response enabled the city's recreation department to purchase over 20,000 individual lights, thousands of feet of lighted pathways and lighted displays of reindeer, ice skaters, swans, a horse drawn carriage, poinsettias, a bell, and a 25 foot Christmas tree. In total there are more than 100,000 light bulbs

    The displays and trails of lights were put into place by the combined efforts of the Parks Division and the Golden Hands Club, a. department sponsored senior citizens group. Christmas in Hopelands was selected in 2009, 2007, 2006 and 2000 as a "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society. The gardens have had over 219,093 visitors since the inception of Christmas in Hopelands

    For two spectacular weeks in December, the gardens shine with thousands of lights while 16,000 holiday celebrants from all over Aiken County, South Carolina, and Georgia bundle up and bring family and friends to meander alone the garden paths, listening to holiday music, and sipping hot chocolate while goodwill and joy fill the air. The program also allows the public the opportunity to visit the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.
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