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 2019 Nights of a Thousand Candles.
This year’s breathtaking spectacle will be held from 3-10 p.m. December 5-8; December 12-15; and December 19-21, 2019. 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 a Celtic holiday group, handbell concert, Prettier Than Matt, the Paul Grimshaw Band, Beach Brass Quintet, Vocal Edition, Ron and Natalie Daise, Rocky Fretz, and Bill OBerst, Jr. performing A Christmas Carol. Refreshments like hot cocoa, warm apple cider, wine and snacks will be served at several stops throughout the gardens.
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 $20 and children (ages 4-12) are $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
A Nights of a Thousand Candles Preview Benefit is new for 2019 and includes hors d’oeurves, wine and live entertainment. This special event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, November 30. Tickets are $100/person and must be purchased in advance.
Where to Stay
Warm up after the festival with an extended stay at this cozy resort nearby:
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.