The Aiken Hounds will be celebrating the holiday season in their own, unique way, showcasing the lighter side of the sport of fox hunting on Saturday morning with their annual Christmas hunt.


The nation's oldest drag hunt will assemble at the Green Boundary parking lot at 8:30 a.m., and will make their way across Whiskey Road at about 9 p.m. They won't be wearing their usual formal attire. Instead, they'll be taking a more playful approach. Elves, reindeer and jolly old St. Nick, will be making their presence felt in the city's horse district.


Several of the horses will undergo a unique transformation and may have antlers, rivaling the team of reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh.


The Christmas gathering is very much a tradition for the hunt, said Larry Byers, Aiken Hounds joint Master of Fox Hounds.


“It's a chance to enjoy the sport, each other and the horses and hounds,” said Byers.


Aiken Hounds huntsman Katherine Gunter Dunbar will also be participating. Spectators will be able to see the hunt promenading down Berrie Road.


Nipper, one of the Aiken Hounds is a Penn-Marydel, and will be dressed in her holiday regalia.


“It's a lot of fun, and it puts people in the Christmas spirit,” said Gunter Dunbar.