Night of A Thousand Candles

      Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

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      345 reviews
      Dec 8, 2022
      Group size: 30 - 45
      Night of A Thousand Candles
      Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

      • Email address verified
      345 reviews

      Dec 8, 2022
      Group size: 30 - 45

      About this trip

      Holiday Greetings to the Porters Neck Home & Garden Club!  

       Join your club members for an evening trip to one of the Southeast's premier holiday festivals, Night of A Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens.  

         Brookgreen Gardens, America’s first sculpture garden consisting of four former colonial rice plantations, is located just 18 miles south of Myrtle Beach.  It is the floral jewel of South Carolina’s coastal community.   Named by Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event, Night of a Thousand Candles offers nights of holiday magic when visitors stroll through sculpture gardens lit by thousands of luminaries and twinkling lights while enjoying an  array of musical performances.  

      The Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights.  Crowd favorites  include the beautiful Cranberry Pool, the Live Oak Allee dripping with thousands of lights and the Model Train Exhibit.  Visitors also love the Fountain of the Muses and the Majestic Pegasus all dressed out for this beloved annual event.   Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with the nightly lighting of the 80-foot-tall Holiday Fir tree.  

      Cancellation Policy

      This is a rain or shine event.  In the rare case of a severe winter storm, the trip will be rescheduled to an alternate date during the 2022 season.  If a passenger cannot join the alternate trip date, a trip refund will be issued for the 2023 season.  

      Covid Policy

      Please follow CDC current guidelines and stay up to date on vaccines to protect yourself from variants during travel and exposure to crowds. 

      Activity Level

      Moderate walking and standing on gravel pathways is required.  

      About the Dining Options:

      Inlet Affairs - will be serving their signature favorites in the Leonard Pavilion. Food Trucks will be on the lawn near Pegasus and the Entertainment Tent. Harvest Restaurant will be open with a limited menu - indoor and terrace seating by reservation only. The Old Kitchen, in the heart of the sculpture garden, will be serving small bites, soup and beverages. Brookgreen Beverage Stations will provide beverages, beer, wine and our homemade hot cocoa.

      You can also pack and enjoy a picnic dinner at the picnic area near the front gate.  

      What’s included

      • Transportation
        Enjoy a comfortable ride on a luxury 56 passenger coach
      • Admission
        Admission to the event
      • Snacks
        Snacks & water on the bus

      What’s not included

      • Dining
        There are dining options at the event and bringing your own food and beverage on the bus is welcome!

      Available Packages

      Trip Price


      Holiday trip
      Night of A Thousand Candles

      3:00pm - Depart from Porters Neck. We are hoping to be able to depart from the Club parking lot.  That will be confirmed at a later date.  Although simple snacks i.e. chips and water will be available, feel free to bring your own appetizers and beverages for the journey.  

      5:15pm- Arrive Brookgreen Garden in time to get a Garden orientation at sunset

      8:15pm- Depart Brookgreen Gardens and return to Porters Neck.  To enhance your Christmas experience, a seasonal movie and popcorn can be enjoyed on the way home.  

      Your Organizer

      345 reviews
      I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!


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      By Arlene B for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on Jun 15, 2024
      I had a great time. The hotel was nice and well located. Ticket/entrance to Biltmore so easy. Bus pickups convenient. Loved the bus stop on the way back in Winston-Salem. Well-organized box lunch there. Very impressed. One thing I will add - a movie was played on the tVs. There was no way to adjust volume since it just blared out. It was way too loud for me (I already have tintinittis) and I wasn't interested in it. But the loudness of it kept me from being able to concentrate on my reading, and I had even put ear plugs into my ears. And some of the ladies near us were commenting loudly about it during the movie. I just waited for the movie to end so I could relax again.
      By Helen W for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on Jun 14, 2024
      I apologize for the bad experience with the movie on the bus on the way home. I appreciate the feedback so that I can address this in the future. I don't think I should show movies unless I have the ability to offer with or without audio. Thank you Helen for providing feedback that will help improve future trip experiences.
      By Patty on Jun 15, 2024
      We had a great time and really enjoyed the trip.
      By Teresa H for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on Jun 14, 2024
      Patty, one of the best hostesses, demonstrated that all the aspects were organized and timely. Thank you!
      By Anne L for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on Jun 14, 2024
      Amazing musical, another fun trip that Patty has put together. Love her trips.
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