Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols Parade set for Dec. 15 in Aiken

November 17, 2018 GMT

The organizers of the Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols Parade are inviting horseback riders, carriage drivers and dog walkers to join them in spreading holiday cheer in downtown Aiken.

The 10th annual event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Trinity on Laurens on Saturday, Dec. 15.

From Trinity, the parade will head south on Laurens Street and then travel via Park Avenue and Newberry Street to The Willcox on Colleton Avenue.

After a stop at the hotel, the parade will proceed west on Colleton to Chesterfield Street and then back to Laurens via Park.

The parade will end near the intersection of Laurens Street and Barnwell Avenue.


“This is something, I think, that is unique to Aiken,” said Trish Leslie, who is working with Samantha Charles and Linda Murphy to coordinate Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols. “Every year, the participants and the spectators all seem to enjoy it immensely.”

The staging area for horseback riders and carriage drivers is the intersection of Edgefield Avenue and Greenville Street.

The staging area for dog walkers is at Trinity on Laurens.

All participants must check in at the staging areas and sign waivers.

A $10 donation per human participant is requested except for those 16 years of age and younger.

Participants can also donate unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots charitable Christmas program when they register.

After the parade, there will be caroling at The Willcox with Kendall Standish, who was a cabaret singer in New York City, and pianist David Brown.

Leslie would like to hear from people who want to participate in the parade directly before the event. Her phone number is 706-951-2349.

Leslie added that there would be at least one wagon in the parade for carolers to ride.

“Space will be limited,” she said.

Want to go?

WHAT: 10th annual Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols Parade

WHEN: 2 p.m. Dec. 25

WHERE: Downtown Aiken

COST: Participants are asked to donate $10 per human; spectating is free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: To participate, call 706-951-2349