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W I N T E R 2 019 Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community

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The Gifting and Giving Issue


Your home. Your healthcare.

You’re home here. We treat you like family. Let us help you meet the changing healthcare needs of you and your loved ones.

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the most wonderful

time of the year

‘Tis the season of joy, and what’s more joyful than gathering around the tree and the table with your loved ones? Flip through the pages of our Gifting and Giving issue to meet a collection of local small businesses who are here to make your holidays extra special this year.

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Fig Authentic Welcoming you through the front door of our state: Governor Henry D. McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster PA G E 1 2

Social Mission Learn more about our 2019 Social Mission Partner: Children’s Place, Inc. PA G E 2 2 IN THIS ISSUE

Celebrating 10 Years Spotlight: FOTAS PA G E 2 9

Impactful Gifting & Giving Discover local businesses and non-profits to support this year PA G E 3 0

And of course,

great shopping, dining, arts, entertainment, and services— as always. KEEP READING

Events Explore our wonderful town this fall—make your plans with Fig. PA G E 3 5

Get Involved! Learn how you can sign up for Datebook, become a contributor, and do more with Fig Aiken! PA G E 3 8

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P R O D U C E D BY BY FA R R D E S I G N byfarr.com PUBLISHER Fig Industries C R EATIV E D IR ECTOR Brynley Farr R EGIONAL D IR ECTOR Erin Truitt DESIGNER Laura Windham

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A NOTE FROM FIG

Ushering in fall. What a magical season we are entering here in Aiken! The lights have been strung up in all of the trees, the local boutiques and shops have curated exceptional shopping experiences for us all, and our families are beginning to gather everywhere from our homes to our local event venues. The winter chill doesn’t faze us—we’re all filled with an abundance of hope, warmth, and gratitude as we gift with love and give with full hearts. For me, this season is enchanting. I love seeing the wonder and joy in my little girls’ eyes as they discover the beauty that comes with winter. It’s the time of year when Aiken steps out of the pages of a childhood storybook. Where else can you line the streets of downtown to celebrate horses and fourlegged friends alike as they parade in holiday regalia in the annual Hoofbeats and Carols Christmas Parade, ring in the New Year in true southern flare, or share an exceptional meal with your significant other? There are truly special people in Aiken who help bring the holidays to life for us to enjoy. Within the pages of this issue, you’ll be invited into the wonderful world of holiday gifting, giving, decorating, and planning, and even through the front doors of our state into the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. We’re grateful for these entrepreneurs,

makers, creatives, and those in our community who have linked arms with us to make Fig Aiken possible this year—it’s small business supporting small business at its finest, and we’re appreciative of every hand that has made our first three issues possible. Let the local businesses in Aiken know how much you appreciate them this season. Shop with your favorite stores on Small Business Saturday, purchase your gifts during the extended and special hours they’re offering in December, and let them know that you’re thankful they’re here in Aiken. We know we are. May your days be bright, ERIN TRUITT & THE FIG AIKEN TEAM

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Creating Joy

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Baking cookies with a client who has become a friend is one of the joys of the season—and for Nancy Cerra, helping clients find the special places they call home is a joy that lasts all year long. When you’re ready to find a new place to call home or to sell your house, such as this one with a beautiful kitchen overlooking the Savannah River at 702 River North Drive, contact Nancy for more details!


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C H EE R S TO A GR EAT FIR ST Y EAR!

Lily, Meghan, and the entire Menagerie team thank you for an amazing first year and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Gifting brilliant smiles

While visions of sugar plums dance in their heads this holiday season, keep your child’s smile sparkling with Kitfox Pediatric Dentistry. Their Baby Oral Health Program focuses on teaching healthy habits early on that will give your children beautiful teeth for life!

Kitfox gets kids! They’ve created an environment that is welcoming to children and promotes a great experience.

Dr. Thomas Akins, DMD Board Certified Specialist in Dentistry for Infants, Children & Teens

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Governor Henry D. McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster

AUTHENTIC Leading the way through innovation and example.

Authentic:

H O L I D AY O P E N H O U S E AT THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION

December 9, 2019 from 5:30–7:30pm

Free, guests are encouraged to bring donations for the Harvest Hope Food Bank

B E H I N D T H E S TAT E LY W R O U G H T I R O N G AT E near the corner of Lincoln and Laurel Streets in downtown Columbia, you’ll find the last remaining building of the Arsenal Military Academy sitting on 9 acres of land alongside two beautiful Antebellum homes. Built in 1855, the building served as barracks for the officers of the Academy until the Civil War began. The soldiers returned after the Civil War to find their Academy in ruins after having been burned by General Sherman’s army. The building, along with the two homes, had been spared and after the war, it was converted into the Governor’s Mansion. 150 years later, the Governor’s Mansion stands firm on top of Arsenal Hill in downtown Columbia and it’s where Governor Henry McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster call home. “This house is a happy place,” Governor Henry McMaster said. “It’s full of fascinating history, furniture, portraits, and the history of our state. Did you know that there’s people who’ve lived in our state their whole life and have never set foot in the Governor’s Mansion before? We want to change that. This is the front door to our state and we want everyone who visits to be comfortable and pleased with their time here, and to see that South Carolina is the prettiest state in the world.” This year, Governor McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster will continue the tradition of welcoming guests for their Holiday Open House. They will open the front doors and invite our community in to see the history, tradition, and beauty that’s found within the walls of the Governor’s Mansion. “The Columbia Garden Club does the decorating,” First Lady McMaster said. “They’re decorating elves, and they arrive the Monday after Thanksgiving to spend the week decorating.”

thousands of lights woven in-between each branch. Garlands make their way up the bannister of the grand staircase to the second floor and holiday cheer can be found bursting from within each room of the home.

The entire home is decorated from top to bottom in preparation for the holiday season. A stunning, locally grown tree stands tall each year in one of the front rooms with

Create new memories this holiday season with Governor and First Lady McMaster and make plans to visit the Governor’s Mansion this December.

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Merry & Bright Let your home shine this winter with a fresh coat of paint on the front door, new coverings for the windows, or new wallpaper in the powder room. Marketplace Paints is here to facilitate everything from paint color selection to interior design—if you want to do it, they can help you make it happen!

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G I F T I N G, G I V I N G & G AT H E R I N G Lights have been strung on every tree around, from the ones lining Laurens Street to the tree in the lobby of The Willcox and the ones that we have up in our own living rooms at home. The colder weather has arrived, but we’re staying warm throughout the season thanks to the cheer that surrounds us as we gather with our family and friends. Carols can be heard all throughout town, there are parades to enjoy with our neighbors, and there are celebrations to attend. It’s a busy time of year! As you dash around, be sure to stop and appreciate all of the people and small businesses that help make the holidays so magical. The local

boutiques, shops, country clubs, hotels, and more have been hard at work throughout the year to curate an amazing holiday experience for all of us to enjoy. They know you—they know you’re looking to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, that you want to have the best spot to gather with your family, and that you want to give back in a meaningful, impactful way. Turn the pages of this issue to discover how to cultivate joy this season by gifting and giving with love.


A W O R L D - C L A S S H O T E L , R E S TA U R A N T, A N D S PA — R I G H T H E R E I N A I K E N ! N O. 12 B E S T H OT E L IN THE SOUTH

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BETTER WITH AGE Originally built in 1898, The Willcox has served as Aiken’s living room for over 100 years, welcoming guests from around the world as wellknown as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. The South’s finest hospitality awaits you at The Willcox with its continued commitment to superb personal service, gracious accommodations, and excellent cuisine.

Geoffrey and Shannon Ellis, the owners of The Willcox, purchased the historic hotel 10 years ago this New Year’s Eve. Together with their outstanding team, they’ve kept the grand dame alive and well in Aiken. Celebrate their anniversary with them this holiday season!

And visit their sister property in the mountains of NC,

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WITH GLITZ AND GLAM Sparkle and shine from head to toe with the signature styles from Return Engagement. Whether you’re attending a black tie gala or hosting a holiday party for your friends at your home, they have stunning apparel for both women and men.

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H E L L O, F U N ! Who wouldn’t want to see a shiny new bike under the tree on Christmas morning? Give the gift of adventure this year— whether you’re gifting for the holidays, for a birthday, a special anniversary, or even for a wedding—a Pedego bicycle is the gift that will bring fun wherever you go!

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Each December, generous members of our community become “Guardian Angels” and step up to help Children’s Place raise funds for their annual shopping trip for the kids. The community’s tax-deductible donations help to fund the purchase of basic necessities like new clothing, coats, underwear, socks, and shoes for children in need who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, toxic stress, or other adverse childhood experiences.

Social Mission: Children’s Place, Inc. At Fig, we believe in the power of a community that works together to identify needs and find solutions— one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors. For our 2019 Social Mission partner, we’ve chosen Children’s Place, Inc., an impactful non-profit whose good works contribute immensely to our thriving, local community.

new clothing and shoes to call their own. Their wish lists include jeans that don’t fall down, a new coat to keep them warm during the winter months, and other basic necessities. Children’s Place’s wish is for every child to be equipped with the skills and positive coping mechanisms that will enable them to excel in school and life, and gifts of clothing can make all the difference.

Children’s Place relies on the generosity of our community and now, during the holiday season, they need your help more than ever. The children at Children’s Place have big dreams this time of year—not for the hottest toy or the newest digital gadget, but simply for

“Every year we hope and pray that people will choose to make our children’s wishes come true,” said Children’s Place director Peggy Ford. “I cannot put into words the emotional boost and confidence these items give our children.”

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These necessities are a luxury to the children at Children’s Place. They are gifts that give them confidence to face the sometimes very difficult journey ahead. The Guardian Angel program also provides developmental toys, books, and equipment for their Therapeutic Childcare Program that works to meet the developmental and unique needs of the over 100 children they serve annually. ’Tis the season for gifting and giving, and as you make your lists, consider becoming a Guardian Angel at Children’s Place, Inc. to give their children’s wishes wings and their hearts hope. F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N O N H OW YO U C A N H E L P, call Children’s Place at 803.641.4144. Make your donation online at childrensplaceinc.org/donate or by mailing a check to 310 Barnwell Avenue NE, Aiken, SC 29801.


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A FEW OF YOUR FA V O R I T E T H I N G S From getting your tables ready to host your guests this holiday season, to wedding registries for the newly engaged couple, to sparkling gifts under the tree, 3 Monkeys Fine Gifts has everything you need for hosting and giving this winter.

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To Learn More about Membership & Private Events, contact Jacob Cyr, General Manager at the Green Boundary Club

F I N E D I N I N G , E X Q U I S I T E A C C O M M O D AT I O N S, S P O R T I N G G A M E S, E N R I C H I N G E V E N T S The Green Boundary Club, set in the historical Georgian Style residence dating back to 1927, is a unique Aiken landmark where enriching your lifestyle is their mission. Enjoy special events, organized sports & card activities, bed & breakfast style accommodations to share with your friends, a reciprocity network that stretches over 300 private clubs across the globe, and a dining experience unlike any other you will find in the community. Join them at the Club and “Belong where your friends Belong.� 780 WHISKEY ROAD 803.649.2549

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HANDPICKED AND H E A R T F E LT Shop for all of the special one-of-a-kind people on your list this year at A Fox’s Tale where you’ll find unique, rare gifts that are sure to delight. Wrap up novel from the Caroliniana Rare Books and Archives collection, put a beautiful piece of We Dream in Colour Jewelry in someone’s stocking, or surprise a hostess with an 1803 Candle in your favorite seasonal scent.

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MEMBER EXPERIENCES: • 27 Championship Golf Holes • 6 Har-Tru Tennis Courts • 3 Pickleball Courts • Resort-style Swimming Pool Did you know: The Reserve Club is Aiken’s largest event venue!

• Library • Conference Room • Banquet Space • Art Studio • Daily Activities • F itness Opportunities

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G AT H E R & P L AY Treat yourself, or someone you love, this holiday season with a gift that will last a lifetime. The Reserve Club at Woodside offers members the ultimate private club experience, perfect for making memories with family and friends. With more than 50 member-led clubs and organizations on-site and a full calendar of social events, there is something for everyone at The Reserve! Inquire today for special exclusive holiday promotions. 3000 THE RESERVE CLUB DRIVE

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M E R RY E V E RY T H I N G Arrive at every gathering this season dressed in an outfit perfect for the occasion and with an incredible hostess gift in hand. Caroline’s Boutique has everything you need, from what to wear to every soirée on your social calendar to what to give to your friends and family throughout the holidays.

Don’t forget to shop their children’s shop, Pitter Patter, for gifts and outfits for your children!

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The Big Red Barn—with its down-home charm and picturesque string lighting—provides a beautiful backdrop for your wedding. From classic to boho, they can accommodate weddings, parties, and dinners of all styles! 187 CHIME BELL CHURCH ROAD, AIKEN, SC 803.292.9239

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Whether you choose to adopt a new pet for your family, make a donation to our Aiken County Animal Shelter, or volunteer with FOTAS, your generosity can give life to a dog or cat in their care.

Local schools are encouraged to form their own Junior FOTAS Club like the one at Tall Pines Stem Academy, pictured.

Giving the gift of life for 10 years Ten years ago, the situation and the conditions at the Aiken County Animal Shelter were abysmal. The shelter took in thousands of animals every year and only had the support and capacity to save 9% of them—the remaining 91% were euthanized. In the decade since 2009, the numbers have more than reversed with the shelter finding homes for 94% of the adoptable, healthy, and treatable pets. What changed? “If anyone had told me then that I would get involved in the animal shelter and in an organization like Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS), I would have told them that they were crazy,” said Jennifer Miller, a founder of FOTAS and current

president. “But we couldn’t do it without the community. We definitely did not do it, and could not do it, on our own.”

accumulated over the last decade thanks to the 300+ FOTAS volunteers and the support of our Aiken community.

FOTAS started small with a pancake breakfast where they began to raise money to purchase supplies for the shelter. The movement gained momentum throughout the year as they recruited volunteers to walk the dogs, help the shelter staff, and to foster litters of puppies. FOTAS volunteers were soon lobbying the county government for the funds to build the new, modern shelter that was better equipped to meet the needs of the animals in the shelter’s care.

FOTAS is a recipient of the S.C. Secretary of State Angel Award – one of ten organizations recognized each year representing the most efficient & effective charities soliciting in S.C. FOTAS’ future goal for the shelter is that it should be a resource for pets, not a destination.

Everywhere that you look today, you can see the collaboration and effort that has

You can easily get in involved with FOTAS! See page 30 for more about the mission of FOTAS and how you can actively volunteer with them starting today.

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The season to give

This December, as you’re shopping all of your favorite local boutiques and shops to find the perfect present for everyone on your list, consider making a donation of time, supplies, or money in their honor instead to a local Aiken nonprofit. Whether you love the arts or the outdoors, early childhood education or animals, veterans or health services, our community is filled with nonprofits that would welcome your donations this season with open arms.

AIKEN AUDUBON SOCIETY Mission: to promote the enjoyment, study, and conservation of birds of the Pikes Peak region

A I K E N C O M M U N I T Y T H E AT R E Mission: to entertain, educate, and enrich our community by providing a quality theatre experience

Get Involved: • Volunteer by leading a birding field trip • Contribute to the newsletter and/ or website by submitting articles, artwork, photography, and events • Make a donation to sustain their bird-related research and free programming

Get Involved: • Volunteer as an actor, singer, dancer, technician, stage crew, usher, & more • Purchase a ticket to see a play • Make a donation to help keep their programs vibrant and accessible

aikenaudubon.com

A I K E N C E N T E R F O R T H E A RT S Mission: to inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing art experiences for all ages. Get Involved: • Become a member • Take an art class or sign your child up for Art Camp • Make a donation of money or volunteer time aikencenterforthearts.org DYK: you can shop Aiken Center for the Arts, too! They have a gallery featuring pieces of art created by local artists and makers that are available for purchase.

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A I K E N H O R S E PA R K F O U N D AT I O N Mission: to promote Aiken’s equestrian way of life and to encourage the community’s civic, educational, and charitable endeavors Get Involved: • Make a donation to the annual fund • Participate in or be a sponsor of the Aiken Charity Horse Show in the spring aikenhorsepark.org

A I K E N C O M M U N I T Y T H E AT R E Mission: to entertain, educate, and enrich our community by providing a quality theatre experience Get Involved: • Volunteer as an actor, singer, dancer, technician, stage crew, usher, & more • Purchase a ticket to see a play • Make a donation to help keep their programs vibrant and accessible aikencommunitytheatre.org

C A M P G R AVAT T Mission: to be a sanctuary for the ministry of faith formation, hospitality, leadership development, and environmental stewardship. Get Involved: • Purchase a tree for The Gravatt Tree Program to honor or memorialize individuals • Become a friend of Gravatt Annual Fund with an automatic, monthly, quarterly, or annual donation • Participate in a retreat or sign your child up for summer camp campgravatt.org

CHILDREN’S PLACE, INC Mission: to protect, heal, and strengthen children and families from the impact of trauma in their lives through education, treatment, and prevention services Get Involved: • Become a Guardian Angel by making a donation to their holiday fundraiser • Volunteer as a classroom or daytrip helper • Sign up your restaurant or volunteer your time with the annual Celebrity Waiter Night in the spring • Learn more about Children’s Place, Inc on page 22 and on our blog. childrensplaceinc.org


Don’t forget to support our local small business owners this holiday season, too! Visit aiknedda.us to learn more about the boutiques and shops in downtown Aiken that have a gift for everyone on your list this year.

EQUINE RESCUE AIKEN Mission: to rescue unwanted horses who have suffered from abuse and neglect; work with various racetracks to ‘repurpose’ Off-the-TrackThoroughbreds; and take horses whose owners can no longer care for them. Get Involved: • Adopt a horse of your own • Make a donation to help further their mission • Volunteer your time with daily chores, communications, and social media efforts

G O L D E N H A RV E S T F O O D B A N K Mission: to provide quality food and groceries to hungry individuals across their 30 county service area Get Involved: • Organize a food drive in your neighborhood, at your church, or at your office • Volunteer your time to work in the Faith Food Factory, the Master’s Table, or at a variety of special events • Make a donation goldenharvest.org

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FRIENDS OF THE ANIMAL S H E LT E R ( F O TA S ) Mission: to support the Aiken County Animal Shelter by promoting animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, and the elimination of euthanasia of all adoptable animals Get Involved: • Adopt a new pet for your family from the Aiken County Animal Shelter • Become a monthly donor or make a one-time gift donation • Volunteer your time to walk and socialize dogs, play with cats, become a foster, work with FOTAS social media, and more Learn more about FOTAS on page 29 and on our blog. fotasaiken.org

G R E AT O A K E Q U I N E ASSISTED PROGRAMS Mission: to provide equine assisted activities that promote physical, emotional, and psychological health of individuals with special needs. Get Involved: • Volunteer to assist in therapeutic riding lessons, barn management, office administration, fundraising, or community outreach • Send your children to an after school program or summer camp • Donate to sponsor a rider so anyone with needs can participate regardless of financial circumstances greatoakeap.org

H O M E WO R K S O F AMERICA Mission: to show God’s love through service to others by repairing homes of homeowners in need, assisting youth in their development, and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members. How to Support: • Volunteer at one of their One Day Blitzes, at a Summer Session, or an International Session • Donate items on their wish list • Make a donation homeworksofamerica.org

J OY E I N A I K E N Mission: to make the very best in the performing arts available to our citizens and our students Get Involved: • Purchase tickets to and attend Joye in Aiken in March • Become a sponsor of this year’s festival • Make a donation to help provide wide access to the arts by funding their free or low-cost events joyeinaiken.com


H O M E FO R T H E H O LI DAY S Fall in love with Aiken as you drive through the oak lined streets, discovering the equestrian side of town and learning all about its history with luxury real estate agent Deirdre Vaillancourt. Informed and connected, she will make you feel at home as you look for the perfect place to call your own in Aiken.

“I have worked with Deirdre for over ten years as a buyer, seller, and homeowner looking for tenants. She has always surpassed my expectations in every endeavor. Deirdre gets along well with other realtors, contractors, and tenants which makes EVERYTHING go better.” ­

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AIKEN’S BEST KEPT SECRET There is no shortage of welcoming Southern hospitality when you stay at the Carriage House Inn in the heart of historic downtown Aiken. Discover the charm of the Inn from the moment that you walk in the front door—enjoy everything from their elegant accommodations to the complementary breakfasts and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

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Joye is something to feel. Joye in Aiken is one of South Carolina’s premier arts festivals, bringing you it-doesn't-get-better-than-this performances by artists from The Juilliard School and beyond. Experience the Joye of Jazz, Juilliard Opera, dance, cabaret, and much more in Aiken's intimate and historic settings, like the iconic Willcox. This organization is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the SC Arts Commission.

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Winter 2019 events A C H R I S T M A S S T O RY December 5–8, 12–14 All of the elements from the beloved motion picture, A Christmas Story, are in Aiken Community Theatre’s holiday production. Travel back to the ’40s and join 9-year-old Ralphie on his journey to get a genuine Ryder BB gun under the tree just in time for Christmas Day. aikencommunitytheatre.org F E S T I VA L O F T R E E S December 5–20 Stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum for the third annual Festival of Trees! You can vote for your favorite tree until Thursday, Dec. 19. visitaikensc.com/holiday A N N U A L D OW N T OW N TREE LIGHTING December 6 Celebrate the holidays with a special evening on Newberry Street as Aiken’s Christmas tree is lit for the first time of the season. There will be music, refreshments, and a countdown to the lighting of the tree as well as a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. visitaikensc.com/holiday N I G H T O F 1,0 0 0 L I G H T S December 12 Experience one of the most beautiful nights in Aiken with the Night of 1,000 Lights where thousands of luminaries will line the streets of downtown Aiken. Shops will stay open late with holiday treats, drinks, specials, music & more. visitaikensc.com/holiday

2 8 TH A N N U A L C H R I S T M A S IN HOPELANDS December 14–23 Stroll through Hopelands Gardens this December with your family and friends to take in their annual Christmas lights. Sip on hot cocoa or apple cider as you walk through over two miles of lighted pathways and illuminated displays as you enjoy over 100,000 twinkling lights. visitaikensc.com H O L I D AY C O O K I E S T R O L L December 15 Spend a delicious afternoon in downtown Aiken as you explore the local shops and boutiques, collecting a delectable cookie from each participating business. aikendda.us/news/events/ THE NUTCRACKER December 20–22 A annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, comes to the USC-Aiken Etherredge Center this December presented by the Aiken Civic Ballet. aikenballet.org H O O F B E AT S A N D C H R I S T M A S C A R O L S PA R A D E December 21 Spread holiday cheer from horseback, by horse drawn carriage, or on foot with this annual parade through downtown Aiken. Bring an unwrapped toy to help fill the Toys for Tots box and continue the celebration in the lobby of The Willcox with caroling after the parade.

R E S TA U R A N T W E E K January 9–19 An 11-day celebration at hundreds of participating restaurants around the state, it’s your opportunity to discover a new restaurant or enjoy an old favorite. restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com 2 1 ST A N N U A L A I K E N A N T I Q U E S H OW January 21–February 2 The largest fundraising event for the Aiken Center for the Arts, the Aiken Antique Show supports access to the arts, arts education, cultural activities, and arts exhibits in addition to community outreach. Uncover an antique gem and support our local community at the same time! visitaikensc.com B AT T L E O F A I K E N February 22–23 See history come alive with cannons, cavalry horses, and living history experts as reenactors eat, sleep, live, and fight in a recreated version of the world in 1865. It’s a full-blown Civil War Festival with living history presentations, battle reenactments, and more. battleofaiken.org J OY E I N A I K E N March 6–13 Experience Joye In Aiken this March with a collection of free and ticketed musical performances around downtown Aiken. It’s a cultural event that you won’t want to miss! joyeinaiken.com

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