Myrtle Beach is the sun fun capital of summertime destinations, but there is also great holiday fun to be had on the Grand Strand as well! It may be quiet in the winter months (who’s complaining?), but during the holidays, there are plenty of opportunities for fun! Making a beach trip this holiday season? We have some options to get you into the holiday spirit!
Myrtle Beach is known for its music theaters, and during the holiday season, area theaters put on sell out Christmas shows each year. The Carolina Opry, Alabama Theater and Pirate’s Voyage are consistent holiday favorites, and new for 2019, is a Christmas on Ice show. We also offer a special Carolina Opry Christmas Show package. Coastal Youth Ballet Theater also puts on several performances of the holiday favorite, The Nutcraker, at nearby Coastal Carolina University.
A great light show is sure to get you in the holiday mood, and the Grand Strand is the home to the granddaddy of all light shows, Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles. Held at the 9,127-acre sculpture gardens in Murrells Inlet, this holiday spectacular features 4,500 hand-lit candles and countless twinkling lights of various types and colors. Guests can stroll through the gardens taking in the sights and sounds of the season. Nights of a Thousand Candles runs every Thursday through Sunday night in December, but you must purchase tickets in advance. How about a drive by light show? Head up to North Myrtle Beach and check out the Great Christmas Light Show at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. This 1.5-mile drive through show features 2-million dazzling lights within 20 animated displays. End your ride at Santa’s Village for s’mores and hot chocolate! The Great Christmas Light Show runs November 25 through December 30.
The Myrtle Beach area is a shopper’s paradise with everything from indoor shopping malls to outlet malls and smaller, local boutiques. A little retail therapy is fun any time of year, but there’s just something special about shopping during the holidays. All of the area shopping spots are decked out in full holiday regalia this time of year, with Christmas music piped in to set the mood, and there are always special events going on at the shopping destinations during the season. We even offer a holiday shopping package which includes a $50 Visa gift card!
Lighting the tree for the first time of the season is truly magical, especially when it’s a large, magnificent tree! Many of the area shopping destinations hold annual tree lightings as well as area towns and municipalities. Here are a few you may want to check out:
Friday, Nov. 22 | Broadway at the Beach, 6 p.m. (Fireworks at 8)
Saturday, Nov. 23 | Market Common, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23 | Lighting of the Landing (Barefoot Landing), 2-8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29 | Boardwalk Christmas Tree Lighting, 12-8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1 | Murrells Inlet (Morse Landing), 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5 | Surfside Beach (Surfside Beach Town Hall), 6 p.m.
Everyone loves a parade! The Myrtle Beach area does a great job of putting on festive Christmas parades each year. With so many options, you’re sure to catch at least one:
Saturday, Dec. 7 | A Very Broadway Christmas Parade, Broadway at the Beach, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 | North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade, Main Street, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8 | Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade, MarshWalk, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 | Surfside Beach Christmas Parade, Ocean Blvd., 2 p.m.
Whether you’re coming to the beach for a holiday shopping trip, to catch one of the Christmas shows or check out a holiday light display or parade, there is plenty of fun to be had during the holidays in Myrtle Beach!