Guide to Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens

By Marissa Polascak
November 30, 2018

Nights of a Thousand Candles is perhaps the most anticipated annual event of the holiday season. This event, which takes place each December at Brookgreen Gardens, features thousands of lights and hand-lit candles illuminating the beautiful sculpture gardens. But that’s not all! 

If you’ve never been to Nights of a Thousand Candles, here is a guide for your first time visiting this unforgettable event:

Dates

Brookgreen will be hosting Nights of a Thousand Candles every Thursday-Sunday from December 6-22, 2018. The gardens will be open from from 3-10 p.m. each night. There will also be a holiday tree lighting each night at 6:15 p.m.

Entertainment

Guests at Nights of a Thousand Candles will also enjoy live entertainment! Bagpipers Peggy and Mark Gaudreau will be strolling through the gardens each night. In addition, there will also be music at the Hammocks Ships Village Entertainment Tent, located near Pegasus, as well as the Tidelands Health Entertainment Tent, located in the Arboretum. 

Hammock Ships Village Entertainment Tent Schedule:

Dec. 6-9: Raglan Road (Carolina Celtic Christmas) at 4:30; 6:30; 8:30. Bill Oberst, Jr. (A Christmas Carol) at 5:30 & 7:30.

Dec. 13-16: Rocky Fretz (Concert Pianist) at 3:30; 5:30; 7:30. Ross Holmes Band (Holiday Standards) at 4:30; 6:30; 8:30.

Dec. 20-22: Beach Brass Quintet (Home for the Holidays) at 3:30; 5:30; 7:30. Prettier Than Matt (Country, Pop & Rock) at 4:30; 6:30; 8:30. 

Tidelands Health Entertainment Tent Schedule:

Dec. 6-9: Paul Grimshaw Band (Pop, Rock, Variety) at 3:30; 5:30; 7:30. Vocal Edition (Choral Holiday Favorites) at 4:30; 6:30; 8:30.

Dec. 13-16: Tru Sol (R&B, Soul, Dance) at 4:30; 6:30; 8:30. Natalie Daise (Gullah Family Christmas) at 5:30; 7:30.

Dec. 20-22: Mike Frost Band (Cool Jazz) at 3:30; 5:30; 7:30. Vocal Edition (Choral Holiday Favorites) at 4:30; 6:30; 8:30. 

 

Dining

Dining options will be available from 3:30-9 p.m. on December 6-9, 13-16, and 20-22. Food will be available for purchase, catered by Inlet Affairs of Murrells Inlet, SC. There will also be beverages available at the Dining Tent, the Hammock Shops Entertainment Tent, the Tidelands Health Entertainment Tent, and The Old Kitchen. 

Trivia

Check out these fun facts about the event!

•The event features about 4,500 light candles, as well as 2 million lights that are not candles!

•The holiday tree has 130,000 lights on it.

•Nights of a Thousand Candles welcomes about 5,500 nightly visitors, with about 52,000+ attendees total.

• The event takes 3 months to set up and 2 months to break down with 150 staff and volunteers. 

•Travel + Leisure Magazine named the event the “best Christmas lights in South Carolina.”

Tickets & Location

Purchase your tickets before your arrival! Tickets must be bought beforehand as space is limited. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets may be exchanged for another night based on availability by calling 1-888-718-4253. The deadline to request a ticket exchange is 3 p.m. on the day before the date of your ticket.

Prices:

Members: $20 for adults and $12 for children.

Non-Members: $25 for adults and $15 for children.

Special rates are available for groups of 15 of more arriving together.

Brookgreen Gardens is located at

1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 off of Highway 17 Bypass between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.

(843) 235-6000

For tickets or more info, visit www.brookgreen.org