Let the local shopping festivities commence with the annual A Holly Day in downtown Aiken.
In-store promotions, entertainment, refreshments and door prizes will all be a part of the downtown experience for residents and visitors on Saturday.
“We are extremely excited about this year’s event because we have so many wonderful businesses participating offering an amazing variety of shopping opportunities,” said Avery Spears-Mahoney, executive director of the Aiken Downtown Development Association. “This event is a day to come embrace what makes downtown Aiken unique and shop with businesses that support our local community.”
Performers include Megan Jensen and the East Aiken School of Arts Orchestra and Chorus. MAiken Music will be caroling throughout downtown. Shoppers may also be visited by Santa’s elves carrying gifts from Vinya’s, La Dolce, My Aiken Body and more.
Spears-Mahoney said she encourages shoppers to spend a day shopping downtown enjoying the Christmas ambiance, while also checking out the volunteer choral and musical groups and entertainers in front of sponsored stores.
“Locally owned businesses recycle revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community,” Spears-Mahoney said. “Come stroll downtown and enjoy the many charming shops, galleries and restaurants.”
The Aiken Downtown Development Association will issue maps highlighting participating businesses and their events for shoppers at its office, 208-A The Alley, on the day of the event.
Sponsors this year include Aiken Center for the Arts, Birds Butterflies, Aiken Antique Mall, Bone-I-Fide Bakery, Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe, Caroline’s/Pitter Patter Boutique, Elk Eagle Originals, Folly, Equine Divine, La Dolce, Lionel Smith Ltd., Nandina, My Aiken Body, Plum Pudding, PowerCuts Salon Spa, Public Education Partners, Re-Fresh, Tea Garden Gifts, Return Engagement, Vinya’s and True Value Hardware.
For more information or to volunteer, call 803-649-2221 or visit www.downtownaiken.com.
Maayan Schechter is the city beat reporter with Aiken Standard.
An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree from the University of North Carolina Asheville.