Brighten Your Holiday Getaway With Nights of a Thousand Candles

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At Brookgreen Gardens — found in Murrells Inlet on the Grand Strand’s southern end and consistently named among the Myrtle Beach area’s most popular year-round attractions — visitors can explore over 9,00 acres of natural and manmade beauty. Boasting a unique mix of nature, art and history, the sculpture garden/nature preserve is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, houses nearly 1,500 works of American figurative sculpture (making it the nation’s most extensive collection) and also features a Lowcountry Zoo that spotlights an impressive collection of the region’s wildlife.

And while the destination offers great reasons to visit during all seasons, it really shines bright during the holidays, when the annual Nights of a Thousand Candles tradition sees more than 4,500 hand-lit candles and 100,000-plus twinkling lights illuminate the sculpture gardens’ grounds. Elevating the attraction’s holiday cheer even more, carolers, handbell choirs and other musicians perform traditional Christmas favorites during the event, and visitors can grab some hot cider to warm them up as they enjoy the spectacle.

This year, Nights of a Thousand Candles runs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from December 6 through December 22. Here’s a quick rundown of the event’s 2018 entertainment schedule:

December 6-9:
Hammock Shops Village Entertainment Tent — Raglan Road performing Carolina Celtic Christmas, and Bill Oberst, Jr. performing A Christmas Carol
Tidelands Health Entertainment Tent — Paul Grimshaw Band performing pop, rock and variety, and Vocal Edition performing choral holiday favorites

December 13-16:
Hammock Shops Village Entertainment Tent — Concert pianist Rocky Fretz, and the Ross Holmes Band performing holiday standards
Tidelands Health Entertainment Tent — Tru Soul performing R&B, soul and dance, and Natalie Daise performing Gullah Family Christmas

December 20-22:
Hammock Shops Village Entertainment Tent — Beach Brass Quintet performing Horns for the Holidays, and Prettier than Matt performing country, pop and rock
Tidelands Health Entertainment Tent — the Mike Frost Band performing cool jazz, and Vocal Edition performing choral holiday favorites

Space is limited, and tickets (priced for non-members at $25 for adults and $15 for children or for members at $20 for adults and $12 for children) must be purchased before arrival. For more information on Nights of a Thousand Candles, visit or call 843-235-6000.

When you’re ready to plan your Grand Strand holiday getaway, book a stay at Ocean Reef Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront. With our wide range of amenities and comfortable oceanfront accommodations, we’ve got everything you’ll need to make some bright holiday memories on the Carolina coast.