Hopelands Gardens lights up tonight for the holiday season.


The gardens will be shining bright with more than 100,000 lights throughout the run of the event. The walk-through exhibit features more than 1.5 miles of lighted pathways and light displays of presents, bells, trees, horses, swans, carolers and more.


Christmas at Hopelands is open today through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 and 27 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night. There is no charge to attend.


Parking and shuttle service are available at Citizens Park this year. There will be no parking and shuttle service to Hopelands from the South Park Shopping Center as in previous years. Construction is ongoing at the shopping center and parking lot is closed.


The last shuttle will run at 9 p.m. Handicap parking is available in the Hopelands parking lot on Dupree Place.


This is the 21st year the City of Aiken has held Christmas at Hopelands.


On selected nights, local school, community and church choirs will perform live on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts stage. Unless otherwise noted, concerts start at 7 p.m. Listeners should bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.


The Rye Patch Reception Center will be open and will feature local artisans and their creations. It will also host Crafts for Kids, where children can make and take home a holiday craft. Crafts for Kids will take place every night during Christmas at Hopelands.


The Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and the Dollhouse will also be open during Christmas in Hopelands. Local garden clubs have decorated the Dollhouse with the theme Christmas Around the World.


Complimentary refreshments will be served outside the Hall of Fame.