Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols Parade

Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols Parade As Parade Day draws upon us, we are getting excited to see everyone in their festive attire! For important details, see the first post below.

Please direct questions to Trish Leslie @ 706-951-2349 or Linda- Murphy 612-710-5444 or Samantha

Operating as usual

10/09/2021

There is a chill in the air and I can begin to hear the "Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols" in the distance!!!

SAVE THE DATE!!! It is official!
Saturday, December 18th, 2021
The twelfth annual Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols Parade is back🌲🐎🐎🦮🐕‍🦺🐩

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10/06/2021

We've had a lot of requests as to the date for the parade 2021. We are asking public safety for December 18 which is a Saturday before Christmas. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear. 🌲

Not just horses. Remember the well dressed Salukis?
12/22/2020

Not just horses. Remember the well dressed Salukis?

Not just horses. Remember the well dressed Salukis?

10/23/2020

Stay tuned. We are waiting on approval for the 2020 Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols Parade from Aiken Public Safety for a potential December 19th 2pm parade! We have a covid plan which includes CDC guidelines along our 2 mile route. When we hear more, we will update with details of our new 2020 event.

Samantha Charles with Mary Shealy’s mini🎄
12/23/2019

Samantha Charles with Mary Shealy’s mini🎄

Dorothy still riding at #% years old❤️
12/23/2019

Dorothy still riding at #% years old❤️

We wish our Jewish friends a joyous first day of Hanukkah today, too❤️
12/22/2019

We wish our Jewish friends a joyous first day of Hanukkah today, too❤️

Angels at the Willcox!
12/22/2019

Angels at the Willcox!

Leslee's lovely champion Saluki's dressed beautifully!
12/22/2019

Leslee's lovely champion Saluki's dressed beautifully!

You favorite elves, mine too!
12/22/2019

You favorite elves, mine too!

Peanut was so adorable! My horse questioned his tutu LOL!
12/22/2019

Peanut was so adorable! My horse questioned his tutu LOL!

The brainchild of this parade, started 11 years ago,and still one of its organizers, here is Samantha (Charles) Spitler ...
12/22/2019

The brainchild of this parade, started 11 years ago,and still one of its organizers, here is Samantha (Charles) Spitler in red riding on Icy riding with her good friend Jyoti on Snowy from 5 years ago. Thank you for your vision Sam!

HoofBeats 2019
12/22/2019
HoofBeats 2019

HoofBeats 2019

Photo collection by EAS Photography

Aiken Pics
12/22/2019

Aiken Pics

You know it's nearing Christmas when this uniquely Aiken event returns! It looked like everyone had a great time! Hope you didn't miss it!

©2019 AP Gouge Photography
All Rights Reserved
Free to share, but please do not alter or remove watermark

Santa Claus is coming to town!
12/20/2019

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Are you ready? Saturday 2pm!
12/18/2019

Are you ready? Saturday 2pm!

12/16/2019
Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols Parade

Hoofbeats & Christmas Carols Parade

Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols
Parade Day Information 12/21/19

As Parade Day draws upon us, we are getting excited to see everyone in their festive attire! Here are some important details for you to know.
Please direct any further questions to Trish Leslie @ 706-951-2349

• Check In: All Participants must check in and sign a waiver prior to the parade! You may check in between 12pm—130pm, please be ready to ride at 2pm!
There are several options:
• Riders and Carriages check in will be at the intersection of Greenville and Barnwell
• NO walking banners or flags please
o Carriages will have additional dedicated parking and check in table at Mead Hall
o Dog walkers will have an additional check in table at Trinity Lutheran Home
• Waivers: You MUST sign the waiver prior to participation in the parade. To save time Parade Day, if you could print, sign and bring the attached waiver that would be very helpful. Do NOT email it back. Please print your name clearly, sign, and include your email address if you would like. (this will help for future emails and possible photo share)
• Donations: Please consider help with parade expenses at the time of check-in. There is a suggested $10 donation for all participants (children under 16 are free) There will be Donation boxes available as you turn in your waivers to the ELVES.

Parking:
• Horse Trailers: Parking is available along the four greenways at the intersection of Barnwell and Greenville. You may come down Barnwell from Laurens or down Greenville from Richland (near AutoZone). This is about 1-2 blocks behind Trinity on Laurens.
o Please park facing the correct flow of traffic
o You may use either side of the greenway
o You MUST have 2 wheels on the pavement, no pulling fully into the greenway—though this allows you to still unload on the grass 😊
o No Diagonal parking
• Carriage Trailers: Additional parking for carriages only will be available at Mead Hall (formerly Aiken Prep) parking lot, main entrance off of Barnwell. 619 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC, 29801. Pull into main entrance, go around the buildings to the right, parking lot to the left will be marked---Please, NO PARKING on the field on the right—this is their soccer field! This will be taped off

Safety: Public safety will lead us through town. We will have police es**rt at front and back of the group, and intersections will be blocked.
• Please wear your helmet
• It is VERY important that we stay together as a group between the es**rts. Front leaders will keep a walking pace, others, please keep up, allowing of course a “safe” amount of space for all as you are comfortable. Please note the lineup order and listen to last minute instructions at the time of lineup.
• Per Public Safety, if for some reason your horse (or dog) is not cooperating, for your and everyone's safety, please return to your trailer

Dress: Please dress festively. Horses and dogs too! WE HAVE SANTA ALREADY, SO NO EXTRA SANTA’S PLEASE, but you can wear Santa hats, etc. NO walkers with banners or flags please.

Time & Location: Please arrive no later than 1:30 and be ready to ride at 2pm sharp! We will be lining up on the two blocks of Barnwell between Pendleton and Florence. Line up order, SUBJECT TO CHANGE ----Please see Line-up instructions at registration table!!
o Public Safety es**rt
o Parade Leaders
o Large horse carriages
o Pony and mini carriages

o Horse drawn Hay Wagon—There is limited seating on this hay wagon, you must have contacted Trish, Linda or Sam for a spot and to check on any additional availability.
o Beagle pack
o Fox hunt groups
o Individual riders or other groups behind hunt clubs
o NO individual Riders OR dog walkers are to come beside nor pass Beagle Pack or Hay Wagon please!
o Led ponies (*mounted or unmounted) to follow individual riders
o Dog walkers (other than Beagle pack) NO retractable leashes for the dogs please—
o Santa’s Elves will be last, but not least!!
o Public Safety es**rt to follow the elves

o Parade route enters Trinity from its back entrance on Pendleton with a brief stop for a song and gift giving from Santa. Everyone give way for Hay Wagon carolers to enter portico.
o Parade will proceed down Laurens, left on Park, right on Newberry and Left on Colleton with a stop at The Willcox for a song or two.
o **Upon arrival at The Willcox, front carriages and riders need to pull up to Chesterfield behind public safety as much as possible to get everyone off Newberry Street. The Horse drawn wagon will stop directly in front of the Willcox and as many riders that can safely fill in please do so ---resume lineup position as we leave. Please be aware, we may not all fit!
o We will then proceed left on Chesterfield, resuming original lineup order! Left on Park, right on Laurens through downtown again, then Left on Barnwell to our parking area
o Make sure to sing and smile throughout---there are several photographers that will be out and about!! (as photos are made available to us, we will pass along (with permission) to all!)—please remember to print your name and email clearly on your waiver!!

Dog walkers
o All dog walkers are to meet at Trinity on Laurens between 130pm and 2pm
o Please park on public streets—please do NOT park in the Trinity parking lot
o You must sign a waiver upon arrival—at the registration table
o Please move to the sidewalk or grassy area and leave the portico area open, as the hay wagon will be pulling in upon arrival of the parade
o As the parade leaves, please note the line-up order as stated previously and fall on the right (sidewalk) side of the riders
o Please do NOT walk beside the carriages or hay wagons
o Per Public Safety, we must stay together as a group throughout the parade. If you are falling behind, please move onto the sidewalks until you catch up.

Songs: Carols are attached for your convenience to review or bring with you. Please listen to Kendall Standish and Andrew Siders and follow their lead on the songs!!

Thank you in advance to all of you who turn out to ride, walk and sing! Very special thanks to all of you for participating in this community event—this event is a group effort! Many, many thanks to our Aiken Department of Public Safety, Our Hay Wagon driver Tommy Flowers, Kendall Standish and Andrew Siders for leading our hay wagon, and, PEPSA (Professional Elf Scoopers of America), ALL our elves and Santa’s helpers who decorate and assist before, on and after parade day---and ALL who make the effort to “Deck the Horses, Dogs and themselves” to participate---You make this Parade the wonderfully fun event it is each year!!
Wishing all of you a very, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Horsey New Year!!!
~Trish Leslie

After Party around the piano at The Willcox 4:30-6:30 PM, Christmas Carols with
Kendall Standish, Andrew Siders and David Brown!!!

12/12/2019
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh - hey!
12/10/2019

Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh - hey!

Doggies too!
12/10/2019

Doggies too!

Get your costumes ready for Dec 21 2pm downtown parade!
12/10/2019

Get your costumes ready for Dec 21 2pm downtown parade!

12/05/2019

Practice these carols to sing along!
JINGLE BELLS
Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go Laughing all the way
Bells on bobtail ring' Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight!
**Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh.

A day or two ago I thought I'd take a ride
And soon, Miss F***y Bright Was seated by my side,
The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank And then we got upsot.
***Jingle bells…..

JOY TO THE WORLD
Joy to the World, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, Rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders, of His love

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
We wish you a merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas And a happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring, To you and your kin We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, and bring it right here!
We won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here!
We wish you a merry Christmas, We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas And a happy New Year!!!

JINGLE BELL ROCK
Jingle bell Jingle bell Jingle bell rock! Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time
Dancing and prancing in Jingle Bell Square In the frosty air
What a bright time, It's the right time To rock the night away
Jingle bell time is a swell time … To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh
Giddy-up jingle horse Pick up your feet, Jingle around the clock
Mix and a-mingle in the jingling beat… That's the jingle bell,
That's the jingle bell, That's the jingle bell rock!

DECK THE HALLS
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yule tide treasure,Fa la la la la, la la la la.
SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT
Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright.
round your virgin, mother and child. Holy infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night. Shepherds quake at the sigh.
Glories stream from heaven afar. Heavґnly hosts sing alleluia.
Christ the savior is born. Christ the savior is born.
RUDOLF THE RED NOSED REINDEER
You know Dasher and dancer And Prancer and V***n,
Comet and Cupid And Donder and Blitzen.
But do you recall, The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer) Had a very shiny nose
(like a light bulb) And if you ever saw it (saw it) You would even say it glows
(like a flash light) All of the other reindeer (reindeer) Used to laugh and call him names (like Pinocchio) They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph)
Join in any reindeer games (like Monopoly)

Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say (Ho Ho Ho)
Rudolph with your nose so bright Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?
Then all the reindeer loved him (loved him) And they shouted out with glee
(yippee) "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer)
You'll go down in history!" (like Columbus)

SILVER BELLS
City sidewalks, busy sidewalks. Dressed in holiday style, In the air
There's a feeling Of Christmas Children laughing People passing
Meeting smile after smile And on ev'ry street corner you'll hear

***Silver bells, silver bells It's Christmas time in Aiken city
Ring-a-ling, hear them sing, Soon it will be Christmas day

Strings of street lights Even stop lights Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush Home with their treasures Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch This is Santa's big scene And above all this bustle
You'll hear
******Silver bells…..

12/03/2019

Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols
Parade Day Information 12/21/19

As Parade Day draws upon us, we are getting excited to see everyone in their festive attire! Here are some important details for you to know.
Please direct any further questions to Trish Leslie @ 706-951-2349

• Check In: All Participants must check in and sign a waiver prior to the parade! You may check in between 12pm—130pm, please be ready to ride at 2pm!
There are several options:
• Riders and Carriages check in will be at the intersection of Greenville and Barnwell
• NO walking banners or flags please
o Carriages will have additional dedicated parking and check in table at Mead Hall
o Dog walkers will have an additional check in table at Trinity Lutheran Home
• Waivers: You MUST sign the waiver prior to participation in the parade. To save time Parade Day, if you could print, sign and bring the attached waiver that would be very helpful. Do NOT email it back. Please print your name clearly, sign, and include your email address if you would like. (this will help for future emails and possible photo share)
• Donations: Please consider help with parade expenses at the time of check-in. There is a suggested $10 donation for all participants (children under 16 are free) There will be Donation boxes available as you turn in your waivers to the ELVES.

Parking:
• Horse Trailers: Parking is available along the four greenways at the intersection of Barnwell and Greenville. You may come down Barnwell from Laurens or down Greenville from Richland (near AutoZone). This is about 1-2 blocks behind Trinity on Laurens.
o Please park facing the correct flow of traffic
o You may use either side of the greenway
o You MUST have 2 wheels on the pavement, no pulling fully into the greenway—though this allows you to still unload on the grass 😊
o No Diagonal parking
• Carriage Trailers: Additional parking for carriages only will be available at Mead Hall (formerly Aiken Prep) parking lot, main entrance off of Barnwell. 619 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC, 29801. Pull into main entrance, go around the buildings to the right, parking lot to the left will be marked---Please, NO PARKING on the field on the right—this is their soccer field! This will be taped off

Safety: Public safety will lead us through town. We will have police es**rt at front and back of the group, and intersections will be blocked.
• Please wear your helmet
• It is VERY important that we stay together as a group between the es**rts. Front leaders will keep a walking pace, others, please keep up, allowing of course a “safe” amount of space for all as you are comfortable. Please note the lineup order and listen to last minute instructions at the time of lineup.
• Per Public Safety, if for some reason your horse (or dog) is not cooperating, for your and everyone's safety, please return to your trailer

Dress: Please dress festively. Horses and dogs too! WE HAVE SANTA ALREADY, SO NO EXTRA SANTA’S PLEASE, but you can wear Santa hats, etc. NO walkers with banners or flags please.

Time & Location: Please arrive no later than 1:30 and be ready to ride at 2pm sharp! We will be lining up on the two blocks of Barnwell between Pendleton and Florence. Line up order, SUBJECT TO CHANGE ----Please see Line-up instructions at registration table!!
o Public Safety es**rt
o Parade Leaders
o Large horse carriages
o Pony and mini carriages

o Horse drawn Hay Wagon—There is limited seating on this hay wagon, you must have contacted Trish, Linda or Sam for a spot and to check on any additional availability.
o Beagle pack
o Fox hunt groups
o Individual riders or other groups behind hunt clubs
o NO individual Riders OR dog walkers are to come beside nor pass Beagle Pack or Hay Wagon please!
o Led ponies (*mounted or unmounted) to follow individual riders
o Dog walkers (other than Beagle pack) NO retractable leashes for the dogs please—
o Santa’s Elves will be last, but not least!!
o Public Safety es**rt to follow the elves

o Parade route enters Trinity from its back entrance on Pendleton with a brief stop for a song and gift giving from Santa. Everyone give way for Hay Wagon carolers to enter portico.
o Parade will proceed down Laurens, left on Park, right on Newberry and Left on Colleton with a stop at The Willcox for a song or two.
o **Upon arrival at The Willcox, front carriages and riders need to pull up to Chesterfield behind public safety as much as possible to get everyone off Newberry Street. The Horse drawn wagon will stop directly in front of the Willcox and as many riders that can safely fill in please do so ---resume lineup position as we leave. Please be aware, we may not all fit!
o We will then proceed left on Chesterfield, resuming original lineup order! Left on Park, right on Laurens through downtown again, then Left on Barnwell to our parking area
o Make sure to sing and smile throughout---there are several photographers that will be out and about!! (as photos are made available to us, we will pass along (with permission) to all!)—please remember to print your name and email clearly on your waiver!!

Dog walkers
o All dog walkers are to meet at Trinity on Laurens between 130pm and 2pm
o Please park on public streets—please do NOT park in the Trinity parking lot
o You must sign a waiver upon arrival—at the registration table
o Please move to the sidewalk or grassy area and leave the portico area open, as the hay wagon will be pulling in upon arrival of the parade
o As the parade leaves, please note the line-up order as stated previously and fall on the right (sidewalk) side of the riders
o Please do NOT walk beside the carriages or hay wagons
o Per Public Safety, we must stay together as a group throughout the parade. If you are falling behind, please move onto the sidewalks until you catch up.

Songs: Carols are attached for your convenience to review or bring with you. Please listen to Kendall Standish and Andrew Siders and follow their lead on the songs!!

Thank you in advance to all of you who turn out to ride, walk and sing! Very special thanks to all of you for participating in this community event—this event is a group effort! Many, many thanks to our Aiken Department of Public Safety, Our Hay Wagon driver Tommy Flowers, Kendall Standish and Andrew Siders for leading our hay wagon, and, PEPSA (Professional Elf Scoopers of America), ALL our elves and Santa’s helpers who decorate and assist before, on and after parade day---and ALL who make the effort to “Deck the Horses, Dogs and themselves” to participate---You make this Parade the wonderfully fun event it is each year!!
Wishing all of you a very, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Horsey New Year!!!
~Trish Leslie

After Party around the piano at The Willcox 4:30-6:30 PM, Christmas Carols with
Kendall Standish, Andrew Siders and David Brown!!!

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What is the date for the 2020 parade?
This photo was actually taken during the parade... I took a little time to edit it and thought it was cute. Not sure who the owner is, but hopefully they’ll see it. https://www.facebook.com/588424151600087/posts/824382964670870/
Thanks Hoofbeats & Christmas Carolers for another great Holiday Parade!
Also had these photos..feel free to share..thanks for a wonderful parade everyone..
Does anyone know the owner of this baby? I have a photo that I’d like to share with them.
Deerest Cow Pony Ever.
So sad to miss this fun event this year. 💔