Nights of a Thousand Candles

It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! Nights of a Thousand Candles is back for another year at Brookgreen Gardens for three magical weekends in December. The amazing holiday event shows off an extraordinary display that features thousands of candles and lights. There is a special light show through each section of the gardens plus indoor exhibits.

Nights of a Thousand Candles is a wonderful time to get together with friends and family for some holiday cheer. Guests can walk around the gardens with a cup of warm cider and listen to the carolers singing all of the classic Christmas hits. With over 5,000 candles, sparkling lights and holiday bells ringing, the celebration comes alive. There is an all-new feature this year at the event, an 80-foot tall China Fir trees perfectly decorated with 60,000 lights. You have to see this with your own eyes!

Here is a special line-up of entertainment all three weekends at Nights of a Thousand Candles:

December 3rd-5th


During the opening weekend, the main entertainment tent will feature the Paul Grimshaw Band, who is famously known in Myrtle Beach. You can catch the four-piece band at 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm and listen to a variety of music from rock to country. Some of the most outstanding singers in the Grand Strand will be performing at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm. The professional choral ensemble will get you into the holiday spirit with pop and holiday music. You can catch the Thistledown Tinkers, a powerful music duo at 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm as they perform traditional Scottish and Irish music. At 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm. Pawleys Island native, Bates Holman will be playing an arrangement of your favorite holiday tunes.

December 10-12th


At 6 pm and 8 pm, Bill Oberest will take the stage in the Main Entertainment Tent. Born and raised in Georgetown, he gives an amazing one-man performance of “A Christmas Carol.” It’s something you don’t want to miss. The TruSol Band will be playing at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm with their soulful and classical music plus a few of their holiday favorites. The Pegasus Tent will feature Susana and Timmy Abell at 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm. The duo comes from Asheville, NC and combines children’s music and a puppet theater into one. At 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm, you can see Melissa Porshia play the piano and sing amazing vocals.

December 17-19th


The last weekend of Nights of a Thousand Candles is sure to be a hit. Taking the Main Entertainment Tent at 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm is the Mike Frost Band. Their crowd-pleasing hits are sure to get you up and dancing. Back by popular demand at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm is the Paul Grimshaw Band. Head on over to the Pegasus Tent at 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm for a handbell group who will perform all of the seasonal tunes plus folk songs, original compositions and Broadway show tunes.

Be sure to come hungry to the festival! Inlet Affairs will have their buffet set up in the Main Tent area with some delicious seafood, barbecue, chicken bog and more.

Other important things to remember when it comes to Nights of a Thousand Candles include:

  • Dress warm and wear comfortable shoes. There is a lot of walking involved.
  • Locals Tip – Come on Thursday to help avoid crowds.
  • The best time of day to come to the festival is from 4-5pm. It’s beautiful at dusk and a great time to take photos.

Brookgreen Gardens is truly magical and a sight to see! Will you be attending this year?

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