The chilly weather didn’t deter Cumberland Village residents from heading outdoors to pack onto a hay-filled trailer pulled by a tractor and ride through their brightly decorated neighborhood on Thursday evening.


Cumberland Village Senior Living Community is holding its third annual Festival of Lights and it kicked off Thursday with the event only being offered to its residents, but it opens up to the public tonight and Saturday.


The festival includes a hayride through 38.5 acres of homes decorated by Cumberland Village staff and light displays, some reflecting off the large pond located on the property. According to Amber Holcomb, with sales and marketing for Cumberland Village, the community is covered in approximately 500,000 lights combined.


Cumberland Village resident John Delony said the festival is a beautiful event that he looks forward to each year.


“Every year, I say that it’s the prettiest one yet,” he said grinning. “They outdo themselves every year.”


Kim Rayfield, with sales and marketing for Cumberland Village, said that entry is free with a donation of canned goods. Monetary donations will also be accepted and all donations will got to JumpStart Ministry in Aiken.


“It our way to give back to the community,” Rayfield said.


Fire pits will be set up for attendees to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Popcorn and hot cocoa will also be served.


Santa Claus and carolers will also be at the festival.


The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


Cumberland Village is located at 3335 Wise Creek Lane.