Holiday Lights Magical Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet (near Myrtle Beach), South Carolina, celebrates the holidays with Nights of a Thousand Candles. I was there this December, and I will say I have never seen anything like it in all my holiday garden experiences.  There is so much I could say about this incredible garden, but I’m going to let the photos attempt to share the magic.

Peppermint walk

We entered the magic through the peppermint path.

Reflecting colors

We wandered through the greens of the garden, lit up and reflecting.

Hand-lit candles floating on the Italianate pool.

I don’t know how they do it but the 1200 hand-lit candles glow in the night, every night. This pool was especially beautiful.

More floating candles

The garden includes many reflecting pools and the candles glow on.

Cranberry pool with matching pink poinsettias

Inside, this reflecting pool is temporarily transformed into a cranberry bog.  This pool is surrounded by bronze sculptures.  The garden displays over 2000 sculptures representing the work of 425 artists.  

A Blue Christmas and more hand-lit candles

Every turn surprises you with a different lighting scheme.

All the colors all together

This garden is a forest of magnificent live oak trees draped with Spanish moss. This scene just begins the excitement of how the trees will be featured in the most spectacular element of this holiday light display.

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Walking into the magic

Brookgreen Garden has a live oak walk; by daylight, these grand trees dripping with Spanish moss create a mystical space.  But for the holidays the trees are transformed by ribbons of twinkle lights strung from the highest branches reaching to the ground.

Millions of lights

My experience with holiday lights was one light bulb about every six inches.  These light strands were six lights every inch.  You are enveloped in a cave of golden lights.

A single tree shines in glory.

Up close you see the individual impact of the lighting.  Perhaps they have an actual count of how many lights are in use but my rough guess is a bazillion!

One tree transformed

Thankfully, someone knows how to decorate in such remarkable ways. I’ve reached the point in life where enjoying someone else’s holiday decorations is greatly appreciated.

Yep, a bazillion lights

I can’t imagine how long it takes to make this magic happen and how they take the lights down and not get them tangled!

Perfect pathways for walking

If you would like to experience this magic in person, make plans now.  It sells out every year, it begins Thanksgiving weekend and goes through December 31.

I hope to return to Brookgreen for a daytime visit, it is a remarkable garden with an incredible story.  

4 thoughts on “Holiday Lights Magical Brookgreen Gardens”

  1. I can’t imagine the man hours required to make this magic happen. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  2. I’m late getting to spend time in these pictures. It must have been wonderful! Oh Christmas can be a magical time. Thank you, Linda and Rich, for always “taking your readers along”

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