Have you ever heard of Brookgreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina? It is a magnificent botanical garden and history & wildlife preserve that is a combination of art, history, and nature! Brookgreen Gardens is not only a majestic botanical garden, but is also a zoo that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Here you will also find America’s largest collection of American figurative sculptures! This destination is a must see for anyone visiting the Myrtle Beach area. However, visiting the gardens around Christmastime is absolutely necessary!
Nights of A Thousand Candles
Imagine magical botanical gardens covered in a thousand candles… That is a reality at Brookgreen Gardens! You can see this magnificent Christmastime event in the month of December from 4:00-9:00 PM Thursday-Sunday. During this time, Brookgreen Gardens will be covered in over 2,800 hand-lit candles and endless twinkling lights. To add to the already beautiful sight, there will be holiday music and carolers singing! Getting hungry while you walk the paths? There are many food options available! Choose from food trucks, small bites from The Old Kitchen, sit-down dining at Harvest Restaurant (reservations strongly recommended!), or a buffet from Inlet Affairs! If you’re not in the eating mood, grab a beverage, beer, wine, hot cider, or homemade hot cocoa from Brookgreen Gardens beverage stations!
In addition; Brookgreen Gardens also hosts live entertainment! From live bands, to vocalists, even harpists, the entertainment selection has a little something for everyone and changes every year. Don’t forget about the Lighting of the Trees event at 6:45 p.m. at the Leonard Pavilion!
An Unmissable Family Experience
Brookgreen Gardens is a fantastic place to visit any time of the year, but Nights of a Thousand Candles is certainly an event so good it should not be missed! Good for a family affair, a romantic evening, or a solo adventure there is something for everyone here. It’s no wonder Brookgreen Gardens is named “Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina” by Travel+Leisure Magazine and winner of the 2018 Charles A. Bundy award for excellence in tourism from South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism. A vast amount of people visit consistently every year and even more visit for their first time. Tickets sell out fast, so buy yours ASAP and visit this incredible place before the end of December!