Night of a Thousand Candles
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Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens a Christmas Tradition

Updated: November 2, 2017

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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Things to Do at Nights of a Thousand Candles

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. The main feature is an 80-foot tall China Fir tree ornamented with 60,000 lights. The tree is illuminated nightly at 5:45 pm. Other 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 18th Annual Nights of a Thousand Candles is held from 3:00 pm-10:00 pm on the select dates November 30 through December 17, 2017, with featured entertainment noted:

November 30, December 1, 2

  • Roger Day (Fun Family Christmas): 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
  • Paul Grimshaw Band: 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
  • Prettier than Matt: 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
  • Vocal Edition (Choral): 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm

December 7, 8, 9

  • Long Bay Youth Symphony (Holiday Ensembles): 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
  • TruSol Band (R&B): 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
  • Mike Frost Band (Jazz): 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
  • Ron & Natalie Daise (Gullah Family Christmas): 6:00, 8:00 pm

December 14, 15, 16

  • Thistledown Tinkers (Celtic Christmas): 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
  • Paul Grimshaw Band: 4:00, 6:00, 8:00 pm
  • Bill Oberst (A Christmas Carol): 6:00, 8:00 pm
  • Vocal Edition (Choral): 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm

December 17

  • Thistledown Tinkers (Celtic Christmas): 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
  • Paul Grimshaw Band: 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
  • Bill Oberst (A Christmas Carol): 6:00, 8:00 pm
  • Ron & Natalie Daise (Gullah Family Christmas): 6:00, 8:00 pm

All Nights
Peggy and Mark Gaudreau (Bagpipes) – Roving throughout Gardens

Note: Performance 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 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm each evening, the expansive menu features items such as seafood, barbeque, chicken and even vegetarian options. If you’d like a snack during your visit, The Old Kitchen will be open as well. You don’t want to miss the gourmet hot chocolate or homemade hot apple cider!

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

Quick Tips for Attending Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens

Keep these tips in mind to make your visit enjoyable:

  • Come on Thursday to avoid weekend crowds.
  • Carpool with family and friends to reduce the number of parking spaces your group will need.
  • Arrive early to watch the candles being lit.
  • Map out your evening at the beginning of your visit.
  • Dusk (4:00-5:00 pm) is the best time to take pictures.
  • Wear warm and comfortable clothing and shoes. You will be walking outside through the light display.
  • You will need to purchase a special Nights of a Thousand Candles admission ticket to attend.
  • Tripods are not permitted at this event.

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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