Nights of a Thousand Candles is a Brookgreen Gardens Christmas tradition visited by thousands of locals and tourists each year. When Brookgreen Gardens decks the halls for the holidays, it encompasses 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless strings of lights that cover every tree branch, shrub, sculpture – and practically every blade of grass – of the National Historic Landmark in Murrells Inlet. Here are the details for the 2023 Nights of a Thousand Candles. The current 2023 event is sold out – look online for folks selling tickets they can’t use. 

Event Info


This year’s breathtaking spectacle will be held from 4-9 p.m. November 30-December 3; December 6-10; December 13-17; December 15-18; December 27-31, 2023. Stroll through the garden paths of Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles, a picturesque Southern winter wonderland that features dazzling photo-worthy light displays, including the 85-foot-tall centerpiece fir tree glowing with 100,000 lights. Explore the seasonal indoor displays as well, where you can find beautifully decorated trees and wreaths and so much more.

Not only are there sights to see, but also the sounds of seasonal music from under tents throughout Brookgreen. This year’s entertainment lineup includes strolling bagpipers, the Paul Grimshaw Band, Raglan Road, Vocal Edition, Prettier Than Matt, Painted Man, Three Day Weekend, Gullah Christmas featuring Ron and Natalie Gaise, and Greg Rowles. Refreshments like hot cocoa, warm apple cider, wine and snacks will be served at several stops throughout the gardens. Harvest Restaurant will be serving dinner but reservations are required.

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Don’t miss your chance to experience the event named “Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina” by Travel + Leisure. Purchase tickets for Nights of a Thousand Candles in advance. Adults are $35 and children (ages 4-12) are $17. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Where to Stay

Warm up after the festival with an extended stay at these cozy Myrtle Beach resorts nearby:

Litchfield Condo World

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort offers a quick drive to Brookgreen Gardens and plenty of ways to warm up after the big event. Accommodations at the expansive resort include condos, homes and Fairview villas with one to five bedrooms and baths. An indoor pool and hot tub are located in the Health Center – the perfect place to soak those tired feet after exploring Brookgreen. Other perks at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort include an on-site Starbucks, tavern, ice cream shop and bicycle rentals. Book a tee time at one of the four award-winning golf courses located within the property.

Sandy Beach Resort is one of the newest accommodations in Myrtle Beach. This resort offers modern oceanfront suites and fun amenities that guests will surely enjoy. It’s a short drive away from Brookgreen Garden but there are attractions that are a short walk away such as Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Mount Atlanticus Miniature Golf, Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and many more!

Event Summary
Night of a Thousand Candles
Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr,Murrells Inlet,SC-29576
Start Date
November 30, 2023
End Date
December 31, 2023
Learn about the Night of a Thousand Candles happening in Myrtle Beach, SC at Brookgreen Gardens during December 2023.
USD $35