Revel in the holiday magic of Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. The Myrtle Beach holiday event is an extraordinary light display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and candles, all of which illuminate the lush, green gardens of Brookgreen. Each section has its own unique light display and nightly shows and indoor exhibits are also offered during Nights of a Thousand Candles.

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The gardens and sculptures of Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach come to life amid the soft glow of over 5,000 candles and sparkling lights, creating a delightful holiday experience. Grab a cup of cider, walk the paths of the historic gardens, listen to carolers singing and hear the holiday bells ringing in the Christmas cheer. This year has an all-new feature too – an 80-foot tall China Fir tree ornamented with 60,000 lights. The tree is illuminated nightly at 5:45pm. Other new Nights of a Thousand Candles events include The Peppermint Forest in the Children’s Gardens and The Ice Garden in the Lower Left Wing Garden.

The 17th Annual Nights of a Thousand Candles is held from 3pm-10pm on the select dates December 1 through December 18, 2016, with featured entertainment noted:

December 1, 2, 3
Thistledown Tinkers Celtic 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Vocal Edition Choral 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Paul Grimshaw Band Pop/Variety 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Ron & Natalie Daise Gullah Family Christmas 6:00, 8:00 pm

December 8, 9, 10
Ross Holmes Band Standards 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Indigo Choral Society Choral 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
TruSol Band R&B 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Bill Oberst “A Christmas Carol” 6:00, 8:00 pm

December 15, 16, 17
Timmy & Susanna Family Folk 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Mike Frost Band (15th & 16th) Jazz 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Roof Cat (17th only) Guitar & Ukulele 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Paul Grimshaw Band Pop/Variety 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Vocal Edition Choral 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm

December 18
Timmy & Susanna Family Folk 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
Mike Frost Band Jazz 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Paul Grimshaw Band Pop/Variety 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
Ron & Natalie Daise Gullah Family Christmas 6:00, 8:00 pm

All Nights Peggy and Mark Gaudreau (Bagpipes) – Roving throughout Gardens NOTE: Schedule is subject to change without notice

Inlet Affairs will offer a dinner buffet in a heated tent for an additional fee for those would like to dine during the event. Served from 3:30pm to 9pm each evening, the menu features lowcountry fare such as seafood, barbeque, chicken bog and even vegetarian options. If you’d like a snack during your visit, The Old Kitchen will be open as well.

Get a sneak peak of Nights of a Thousand Candles here:

Keep these tips in mind to make your visit enjoyable:

  • Come on Thursday to avoid weekend crowds.
  • Arrive early to see the candles being lit and map out your evening.
  • Dusk (4-5pm) is the best time to take pictures.
  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. This is a walk-through, not drive-through, holiday light display.
  • You will need to purchase a special Nights of a Thousand Candles admission ticket to attend.

 

Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach is a National Historic Landmark as it has a significant collection of figurative sculpture and has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas.


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