November 27-January 3 - Indoors holiday exhibits in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. These exhibits are free with garden admission. "Holiday Memories: Trains, Trees, and Trinkets" - Brookgreen Gardens’ 2015 holiday exhibit theme builds upon its previous show-stopping displays of electric model trains (both Lionel and American Flyer), period Christmas trees, and other nostalgia from holiday celebrations of the Twentieth Century. The exhibit is free with garden admission.
Featured in the exhibit are paintings of scenes of children, Christmas, and toy trains by Angela Trotta Thomas. She is the only artist ever to be licensed by famed toy train manufacturer Lionel Trains Inc./Lionel LLC. Her toy train art has been exhibited in the Smithsonian and Everhart Museums, in the Sardoni Gallery in Kings College, and toured Japan as part of an American art exhibit. Her Rockwell-like paintings have earned her the title of “The Train Lady”.
Period Christmas trees will display authentic ornaments and lights that bring back memories of the 1930s to the 1960s. Providing a decorative border around the room will be lighted houses, churches, shops, and villages – all collectible treasures from Dept. 56, Lemax, Summit, Kurt Adler, and other companies.
For children, a new “Thomas the Train and Friends” display is featured in the front of the gallery and, for adults, the “Front Street Georgetown” outdoor train display has expanded to include the historic Town Clock and other structures.
Representing the “Trinket” in the title will be a Tiffany-inspired store window featuring beautiful costume jewelry on loan from the collection of Sherri Duncan. Every woman loves a gift of jewelry for the holidays, so this might inspire that special bauble for your special someone!
Please note: the gardens are only open from 3 - 10 p.m. and the zoo is closed during this event. Photographers may use mono pods but tripods are not allowed.
Your purchases make a difference. All of your purchases help support Brookgreen Gardens, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit whose mission is to display figurative sculpture by American artists and to preserve regional plants, animals, and history. Tickets are non-refundable and will go on sale August 1, 2015. Unused tickets will be considered a donation to Brookgreen Gardens.
Members of The Huntington Society, the Chairman’s Council, and the President’s Council, please call 843.235.6016 or go online to receive your tickets. All guests must have a ticket to attend the festival. More information
For group pricing of 15 guests or more, please call (800) 849-1931 or (843) 235-6021.
New Year's Eve 'Garden by Candlelight' Pre-Party
Begin your New Year's Eve celebration at Brookgreen when the sculpture garden will open from 6 - 9 p.m. with thousands of hand-lit candles and holiday lights. Performances by the Vocal Edition, choral ensemble, are included. Space is limited for this special evening in the gardens and advanced tickets are required. Tickets are $20 and $15 for members. Buy tickets online beginning August 1, 2015 or call (843) 235-6016. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Sponsored in part by