Beginning Thursday, May 24, and continuing through August 19, 2018, Brookgreen Gardens will be lighting up the night with their first ever Summer Lights Festival. We bought our tickets as soon as we were able following their announcement about this event. Considering how magical Brookgreen Gardens is around the holidays with Night of a Thousand Candles, we know this event will be something truly special.

The Summer Lights Festival exhibit will be held in the Lowcountry Zoo section of Brookgreen Gardens. The exhibit was created by Chinese craftsmen in the tradition of famous Chinese Lantern Festivals, and will feature larger-than-life illuminated silk lantern sculptures in a variety of native animals, insects and plants. The festival will also offer a variety of activities, music, Chinese paper cutting, Chinese horoscopes, local food truck and more.

The Summer Lights Festival will run all summer long from Wednesday through Saturday in the evenings. Brookgreen Gardens will close at 5 p.m. and gates will re-open at 6:30 p.m. for festival attendees. Festival hours are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under are free. Brookgreen Gardens members receive a $5.00 discount on the ticket price. This is the important part: only advance tickets are being sold for this event. Space is limited and all tickets must be purchased prior to your arrival. Knowing the amazing events Brookgreen Gardens hosts throughout the year, this is one not to be missed. Especially as getting the chance to be in the park after hours is a one-of-a-kind, memorable experience. To purchase your tickets, visit the Brookgreen Gardens website.