It's a winning combination.

The majestic beauty of horses paired with the sounds of the holiday season.

Aiken's downtown will come alive, the streets fully animated with horsemen and horses who will perform Christmas favorites as part of the Fifth Annual Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols on Wednesday.

The event is free and the public is welcome.

The procession into town will begin at 3 p.m. on South Boundary Avenue, at the wall near the Aiken County Historical Museum.

The participating horsemen will be led by a police escort down Laurens Street, to the Trinity Lutheran Home and will end up at The Willcox sometime between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

Spectators are encouraged to bring a gift to be donated to the Toys for Tots program collection, located at The Willcox.

“It's a great event and brings a little Christmas cheer to the area,” said Samantha Charles, of Sidelines magazine. “The horses will all be decorated.”

And although this year's event won't feature a wagon with Santa and carolers in tow, the horsemen will make their best effort to share their vocal talents, performing Christmas standards.

Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004.