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Month: November 2015


If you are lucky enough to be in Myrtle Beach during the holidays, you will not come across a shortage of fun, festive events for your family to enjoy. Get in the Christmas spirit with one of the area’s local events – from cheerful parades and bustling festivals to lively holiday shows and spectacular light displays, you are sure to find the perfect event no matter what time of the month you are in town. Check out all of the exciting Grand Strand happenings for the holidays and make the most of your winter beach vacation!


Festival of Trees | Ripley’s Aquarium | November 6th – December 31st

Celebrate Christmas under the sea at the Ripley’s Aquarium. Drop by this nautical venue, located at Broadway at The Beach, to see over 50 trees that are ornately decorated to and scattered throughout the facility. There will be one tree to represent each state along with several traditional holiday themed trees. In addition to an array of festive foliage, the aquarium will also be covered from top to bottom in extravagant decorations that you won’t want to miss! Call (800) 734-8888 for more information.


Holidays on the Boardwalk | Myrtle Beach Boardwalk | November 28th – January 2nd

The famous Myrtle Beach Boardwalk will come to life this holiday season with festive decorations and lively events all month long! The fun will include a fun, family-friendly tree lighting ceremony and other weekly events like visits with Santa, live holiday entertainment, family games and activities, and much more. Be sure to check out the Boardwalk Facebook Page for more specific event information.


Night of a Thousand Candles – December 5th – 21st

night of a thousand candles brookgreen gardensBrookgreen Gardens, located just south of Myrtle Beach in the seaside town of Murrells Inlet, comes to life each year at the Night of a Thousand Candles event. The popular outdoor venue comes to life with thousands of professionally placed Christmas lights and over 5,500 hand-lit candles that provide a soft glow to the paths and statues. Enjoy a cup of hot cider and you peruse the gardens and delight in the sound of carolers as they gleefully belt out Christmas tunes. Inlet Affair catering will also be providing dinner plates for purchase meaning you won’t have to leave the gardens when you work up an appetite. Dates for this event include December 3rd – 5th, 10th – 12th, & 17th – 19th. Call (843) 235-6000 for more information.


12th Annual Christmas Towne | Myrtle Beach Convention Center | December 13th

The biggest Christmas celebration of the season kicks off Sunday, December 13th at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. A favorite among locals and visitors alike, the Christmas Towne includes tons of family events like face painting and crafts, amusement styles rides and inflatables, complimentary photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and the official tree lighting ceremony for the city of Myrtle Beach. Parking is provided free of charge, call (843) 916-7276 for more information.



Breakfast With Santa Events | Various


Get up close and personal with the big man himself at one of these exciting breakfast events! You will have the chance to get in a quick picture and even submit a few last minute requests. Breakfast with Santa events include:

·       Market Common, December 5th, 12th, & 19th: Santa will make appearances three times throughout the month of December at several popular Market Common locations. Dates and locations include: December 5th at Tupelo Honey Café, December 12th at Travina Italian Kitchen, and December 19th at Gordon Biersch. The event is $10 / person and includes breakfast and a beverage. Please call the venue of choice for information and reservations.

·       Hard Rock Café, December 6th, 13th, & 20th: Bring the family over to Hard Rock Café to enjoy a decadent breakfast buffet, festive family activities, live entertainment, and photo opportunities with Santa. The price is only $9.95 / person; call (843) 946-0007 for more information.

·       Waccamaw Bowling, December 5th: Enjoy a morning full of family fun at Waccamaw Bowling. The event is $5 per child and includes a hot breakfast, Christmas crafts, bowling, and pictures with Santa. The event begins at 9am. Call (843) 915-7888 for more information.

·       North Myrtle Beach (J. Bryan Floyd Community Center), December 12th: Get crafty this holiday season at the North Myrtle Beach Community Center. The breakfast with Santa event will include arts and crafts, holiday games and activities, breakfast, goodie bags, and pictures with Santa. The cost is only $5; call (843) 249-4157 for more information.

·       Surfside Beach (The Golden Egg), December 19th: Santa is making one last stop in Surfside Beach before Christmas! This event includes a decadent breakfast and one on one meet and greets with Santa and the Claus family. Call (843) 650-9548 for more information or reservations.



Myrtle Beach Area Tree Lighting Events | Various


Take part in a holiday event that is a tradition to many – the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. There are several spots in Myrtle Beach where you can enjoy this spectacular sight: christmas tree ornament

·       Barefoot Landing, November 21st, North Myrtle Beach: Live music, fireworks, and special appearances from Santa; ceremony begins at 6pm.

·       Surfside Beach, December 3rd, Town Hall: Live music and light refreshments will be provided for al guests; free event begins at 7pm.

·       North Myrtle Beach, December 4th, McLean Park: Family friendly activities and refreshments available free of charge; event begins at 6pm.

·       Broadway at the Beach, December 5th, Myrtle Beach: Free event includes holiday entertainment, family activities, fireworks, and visits with Santa; ceremony kicks off at 6pm.




Myrtle Beach Area Christmas Parades – Several


Myrtle Beach offers several area parades throughout the holiday season – be sure to check our full Holiday Parade Schedule blog.




Myrtle Beach Holiday Shows & Live Entertainment


The Myrtle Beach area offers a plethora of lively holiday shows – check our out full list of Myrtle Beach Holiday Shows for more information. 



What Myrtle Beach Holiday event do you look forward to every year? Let us know!


The Holidays are almost here and Myrtle Beach is busy prepping for this exciting time of year. Holiday festivals and visits with Santa aren’t the only thing beach visitors have to look forward to this season, there are also tons of holiday themed shows that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Take a look at some of this season’s top holiday shows and be sure to check one out during your holiday stay:


Christmas Wonderland | Palace Theatre | November 3rd – December 19th

alabama theatre christmas showThe Christmas Wonderland show at Palace Theatre is celebrating its inaugural year and offers several unique features that can’t be found at any other area shows. Notably, Christmas Wonderland boasts the world’s largest floating ice pond that will be front and center with two championship ice dancers showcasing their top skills. Additionally, Palace performers will delight audiences with Christmas classics, colorful costumes, and expert choreography that will charm guests of all ages. Call (800) 905-4228 for information and ticket sales.


Christmas Spectacular | Pirates Voyage | November 5th – January 2nd

Seeking a family friendly holiday adventure? If so, look no farther than Pirates Voyage! This popular pirate-themed attraction trades in swords for Santa hats each holiday for a spectacular Christmas special. Sit back and watch at the green and red pirates learn the true meaning of Christmas, all while performing mind-boggling stunts and putting on a show that won’t soon be forgotten! While the show is happening, guests will be served a decadent multiple-course meal fit for a captain. This dinner and show performance is great for families or couples looking to bring out their inner child. Call (843) 497-9700 for more information.


Concert Holiday Show | Legends in Concert | November 2nd – December 19th

Prepare for a holly, jolly Christmas with Dolly Parton and several other crowd pleasers this holiday season at Legends in Concert. This special performance is brand new for the 2015 season and is the very first musical tribute of its kind. Other guest performers include Nat King Cole, Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley, and the Blues Brothers and all will perform several of their popular tunes in addition to holiday classics. Call (843) 238-7827 for more information.


The Christmas Show of the South | The Carolina Opry | November 2nd – January 2nd

The Christmas Show at the Carolina Opry is entering its 30th season and has become a holiday tradition for visitors and locals alike. The Christmas Show features colorful costumes and an award-winning lineup of performers including Calvin Gilmore, Rita Gumm, Brad Long, Christie Templeton, and many more. Guests will be wowed by the amazing performances, the horse drawn sleigh, and even real snow! In addition to a spectacular show, the theatre itself will be decked out from top to bottom in elaborate Christmas decorations including over 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, and over 5 miles of Christmas lights. The Christmas special runs from November 1st – January 3rd, call (843) 913-4000 for more information.


The Nutcracker – Coastal Youth Ballet | Coastal Carolina University | December 12th – 20th

the nutcracker christmas showThe Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre is proud to present a true Christmas tradition – The Nutcracker. This magical performance tells the classic tale of Clara and the handsome prince with a whimsical score by Tchaikovsky, a renowned musical prodigy. This “must see” performance is being offered at select times from December 15th – 22nd at the Wheelwright Auditorium (Coastal Carolina University). This magical holiday performance offers beautiful choreography, a live orchestra, and is sure to engage guests of all ages. Guests can call (843) 448-9224 for more information.


The South’s Grandest Christmas Show | Alabama Theatre | November 2nd – January 2nd

The Christmas Special at Alabama Theatre is consistently voted “Best at the Beach” and it’s not hard to see why! This lighthearted, family friendly show features an impressive lineup of classic and contemporary Christmas songs, colorful costumes and stage props, and exciting choreography. This year will also feature comedian Ricky Mokel who will provide a fun, new twist on this holiday extravaganza. Call (843) 272-1111 for more information.


Carolina Girls & The Naughty List | Carolina Improv | Various Dates November & December

Carolina Improv is proud to offer two exciting shows for the holiday season – the Carolina Girls Christmas Show and The Naughty List. The Carolina Girls are originally from the north but are adapting nicely to our southern ways… kind of. Kick back and enjoy a few laughs as the ladies discuss and mock a few of our favorite southern traditions. The Naughty List is an interactive improv show that uses audience participation to figure out if you’ve been naughty or nice. Both shows are 18+ and are a great way to enjoy a festive night out on the town. Call (843) 272-4242 for more information or tickets. 



What Myrtle Beach holiday show is your favorite? 


The holidays are just around the corner and the Grand Strand is busy gearing up for this festive season. There are so many fun holiday themed events in the area and parades in particular are a popular draw. There are several holiday themed parades in the area – meaning you will have plenty of chances to catch one during your stay in Myrtle Beach. Whether you are enjoying an extended holiday stay in the area or you are planning for a longer snowbird vacation, be sure to check out of the area’s Christmas parades!


Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Boat Parade | November 28th | 5pm

christmas parade santaThe Intracoastal Christmas Regatta, which takes place each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, has become an area tradition for many. The parade begins at the Little River Inlet at 5pm and slowly floats down the Intracoastal Waterway, finally ending at Dock Holidays Marina around 7pm. Watch as boats of all shapes and sizes decked out in Christmas décor pass by and light up the river! There are several public viewing spots along the route, so bundle up the whole family and make this a part of your holiday tradition.


Ripley’s / Broadway at the Beach | December 5th | 11am

Head to Broadway at the Beach on Saturday, December 7th for the city of Myrtle Beach’s only official holiday parade! The parade includes tons of local floats and harbors a very family oriented atmosphere. The fun starts at 11am as the parade begins near the Hard Rock Café and winds around the complex, finally ending near WonderWorks. There will be tons of entertainment in Broadway after the parade, so stick around for an afternoon full of fun!


City of North Myrtle Beach | December 5th | 5:30pm

Venture to North Myrtle Beach to see their annual holiday parade. The parade route begins on Main Street and goes all the way down to Ocean Boulevard and includes a variety of local floats, walking groups, and street performers. This parade starts at 5:30 and ends at approximately 7:30.


Murrells Inlet | December 6th | 12pm

The Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade also takes place on a Sunday afternoon and is a great option if you cannot make it to a Saturday parade. This cheerful event begins at 3:00 pm and rides down highway 17 business, passing by the popular MarshWalk area. The parade will include a variety of local floats, marching bands, motorcycles, and more!


City of Surfside Beach | December 12th | 2pm

If you can’t make it to one of the Sunday parades – fret not! Just head south to the quaint town of Surfside Beach and participate in their annual Sunday celebration. The parade begins at 2: oo and winds down Ocean Boulevard. The event will include plenty of themed floats, walking groups, and an appearance from Santa himself!



Be sure to check out our Myrtle Beach Holiday Show Schedule and our full list of Myrtle Beach Area Christmas Events



Which area parade is a tradition for your family?