Concerts, Educational and Seasonal Information

Seasonal and Special Events

Christmas in Hopelands, Concerts, and Story Time.


Christmas in Hopelands

2022 Christmas in Hopelands December 10-22 5:45 pm

For more than 30 years, this magical stroll through Hopelands Gardens and Rye Patch has delighted families during the holidays. Listen to holiday music, sip hot cocoa or apple cider, and gaze upon a vista of two miles of lighted pathways and displays with more than 100,000 twinkling lights. The lights are white throughout Hopelands Gardens, in keeping with Hope Iselin’s wishes of a traditional and serene Christmas, while brightly colored lights engage children at Rye Patch.

There is no cost to enter the event or to utilize the shuttle service. All guests should use the shuttle service to the gardens available each night. Shuttles run continuously from Citizens Park, located at 1060 Banks Mill Road, from 5:45 – 8:45 p.m. The last shuttle to view Christmas in Hopelands leaves Citizens Park at 8:45 p.m.  No general public parking is allowed at Hopelands or Rye Patch. Handicap parking is available at 135 Dupree Place. No animals are allowed on shuttle vehicles.

On selected nights and hours, the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum and the Doll House are open with seasonal decorations. Visit Santa Claus at Rye Patch and listen to live music from the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage.

For more information, visit AikenisMagical.com

Hopelands Concert Series

On Monday evenings from April through June, the Concert series presents live shows by talented performers on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage. It is a lovely venue, an amphitheater set amidst the towering pines and cedars nestled alongside the lakes.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Picnic dinners are welcomed, but alcohol is strictly prohibited. The concert series is family and pet friendly with no cost to attend.

Handicapped parking is available at Rye Patch at 100 Berrie Rd. All other attendees should park at the Green Boundary Club at 780 Whiskey Rd. In case of inclement weather, performances are moved to another site.

The 2023 Hopelands Concert Series will begin in April.

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Story Time In The Gardens

 On Tuesday afternoons in March, April, May, September and October, families meet on the grounds of Rye Patch, located at 100 Berrie Rd. Everyone has fun listening to a story read by an engaging reader. Snacks and drinks, and a lawn chair or blanket make the experience more enjoyable. Admission and one book are free (if a child attends all 20 readings, they will accumulate 20 books). After the story is finished, the fun continues as children run and play with friends or perhaps engage in a craft project. 

Families are encouraged to bring used books from home to help stock the Little Free Library located at the Doll House in Hopelands. 

Reading and sharing books promote literacy in our community. Please link to the Education Box and see a bibliography of books found at the Aiken County Public Library or in the ABBE Regional Library System. You can check out these books at www.abbe-lib.org. 

2022 Fall Storytime: Tuesdays at 4:00 pm October 18, 25 and 31
For more information call 803-642-7631