Brookgreen Gardens is a popular Grand Strand attraction and local’s favorite. A visit to Brookgreen is truly a treat any time of year, but every December the gardens turn into a magical light show and one of the area’s favorite holiday traditions with Nights of a Thousand Candles.
Starting December 5 – 21, every Thursday through Sunday night beginning at 3 p.m., guests of Nights of a Thousand Candles can stroll around the 9,127-acre sculpture gardens and take in the 4,500 hand lit candles and numerous twinkling lights. Each turn is a new discovery with colored and themed light displays intermingled with candlelit paths and fountains featuring floating candles. Walk beneath the live oaks strewn with twinkling white lights and covered in live Spanish moss. Sip on hot cocoa, cider, or a glass of wine while listening to the sounds of carolers singing holiday favorites. Then maybe warm up with clam chowder or she-crab soup at the food tent. Whether it’s a romantic date night, family outing or night out with good friends Nights of a Thousand Candles is sure to provide ample holiday cheer for all.
In 2018, the Nights of a Thousand Candles was honored by South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism with the Charles A. Bundy Award for Excellence in Tourism. Additionally, the event was also named Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Being that Nights of a Thousand Candles always ranks at the top of Grand Strand holiday attractions, tickets do sell out quickly and must be purchased ahead of time.
Located just 15 miles south of Downtown Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens is convenient to dining and shopping on the South Strand. Have dinner on the MarshWalk in the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina”, Murrells Inlet. Maybe even go a little further south to historic Pawleys Island. The food and beverage tent at Nights of a Thousand Candles also serves dishes to warm you up during this festive, outdoor holiday event. Onsite dining is also available at the Brookgreen Gardens restaurant; however, reservations are strongly recommended.
Planning a trip to the Myrtle Beach area in December? Nights of a Thousand Candles is a holiday event you do not want to miss. Start a new holiday tradition with Brookgreen Gardens and Nights of a Thousand Candles! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Brookgreen Gardens online.