November 25 – January 2, 2017
Art, History, and Horticulture Holiday Exhibits

Brookgreen Gardens’ two indoor holiday exhibits are included in garden admission. "Holiday Memories of Yesteryear: Nostalgia, Beauty, and Fun," 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 dating from the Gilded Age to the Mid-1980s. Along with the Lionel train layout, there is a full amusement park in miniature including The Big Dipper, an above-the-track-style wooden roller coaster, and "The Scorpion", an inverted roller coaster (patterned after “Montu” at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL). All of the train landscapes and settings were designed and fabricated by Brookgreen Gardens’ curatorial and exhibits staff. Many of the trains, train structures, and multi-themed holiday villages were the gifts of James Karr, Norman and Judy Miller, Barry L. Stopfel, Barbara Smullen, Bill Mack, Susan Mowry, Pat Podelstany, Sigrid and Michael McHugh.

The Horticulture Department uses natural materials and plants to create another holiday exhibit entitled, "A Forest Sanctuary." The exhibit continues outside the window of the gallery to create the illusion of bringing the outdoors indoors. Visitors are surrounded with plants from Brookgreen and see first-hand how the beauty of nature can be found in the smallest details. Sponsored in part by

Nights of a Thousand Candles
November 30, December 1-2; December 7-9; December 16-19, 2017

See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 - 10 p.m. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. More information and Buy Tickets!

Please note: the gardens are only open from 3 - 10 p.m. and the zoo is closed during this event. Photographers may use monopods. Tripods are not allowed.

Your purchases make a difference. You 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. 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 go online or call (888) 718-4253 to order your tickets. All guests must have a ticket to attend the festival. Group reservations for 15 or more call (843) 235-6021.


New Year's Eve
December 31

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, holiday lights, and music. Space is limited for this special evening in the gardens and advanced tickets are required. Tickets are $20 and $15 for members. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Sponsored in part by