Ring In the Holidays Lowcountry Style with Nights of a Thousand Candles
By Kimberly Duncan
In the South’s winter months, temperatures often somersault from mild 60s upward to 70 and 80-degree temperatures – up and down and back again. Consequently, some find it difficult to catch the holiday spirit. For a surefire shift into holiday mode, don’t miss Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. It’s long been a treasured tradition among locals — and there is no more surefire sign of success.
Celebrate the season during Nights of a Thousand Candles, December 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21 from 3 – 10 p.m. After sunset Brookgreen Gardens quite literally comes to life thanks to the glimmering of nearly 6,000 hand-lit candles, countless sparkling lights and luminaries that light garden paths, fountains and the twisted limbs of centuries-old oaks. The setting is magical … and then some.
“Every year this event has grown … After last year’s record-breaking number of visitors, we knew we needed to add more nights. This year, we are open Thursday nights all three weekends of the event,” said Bob Jewell, Brookgreen president and CEO. “We’ve added new lights and decorations to keep the event fresh, but repeat visitors will see some of their favorite displays again.”
During the event, guests can ramble through the sculpture garden and view beautiful lighting displays. They will hear hand bells ringing, carolers singing and see candles drift quietly in the fountains. An extensive array of musical performances will be held throughout the gardens and on the final weekend Bill Oberst, Jr. (Google this guy; he’s world-renowned!) returns with his one-man rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
All entertainment is included in admission. Dinner is available at an additional cost. More than 50 acres of the gardens are open to the public.
In December, adult tickets are $16 and children are $8; Brookgreen individual and family members’ pricing for adult tickets is $12 and $6 for children (Helpful hint: this alone is a good reason to buy an annual membership!). All children age 3 and under are free. (Tickets are non-refundable, unused tickets are considered a donation to Brookgreen.) For group pricing of 15 guests or more, please call 800.849.1931 or 843.235.6021. If you wish to have tickets mailed, your order must be received by the end of November.
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina. All ticket proceeds go to support Brookgreen Gardens, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history.