Brookgreen Gardens is located in Murrell’s Inlet, just south of Myrtle Beach down Highway 17. Internationally known for their impressive displays of horticulture and sculptures, they also host a spectacular Christmas event every year called Nights of a Thousand Candles. Every Friday and Saturday night in December, the gardens are lit with a beautiful combination of electric lights and thousands of hand-lit candles. The atmosphere feels almost surreal as you wander through mazes of brilliantly lit trees, hanging Spanish moss, and wonderful works of modern and traditional sculpture created by renowned artists.
Several scenes are set up throughout the gardens which feature vocal ensembles, jazz groups, and bell choirs. The music sets a holiday mood as you stroll along the pathways between each exhibit. While the emphasis is placed on the nighttime ambience and soft light, there are still trees in blossom and green fauna everywhere – impressive considering the season and chill in the air.
Nights of a Thousand Candles provides hours of family fun. You’ll want to plan your time wisely so you can appreciate each piece of art and light displays. The musical performances last until the gardens close at 10:00 pm. Refreshments and drinks are available for purchase. Have dinner at their onsite restaurant before the tour!
Don’t miss this impressive attraction while you’re here at Ocean Drive Beach Rentals of North Myrtle Beach. Your family will want to make it an annual Christmas tradition!
Written By: Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, 2011