There are still quite a few holiday events taking place over the next few weeks, and one sporting event that looks pretty interesting. Many of these activities are free; there are small fees for the others. Here’s the list:
• The Conway Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Christmas parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. The parade will feature commercial floats, bands, local dignitaries, beauty queens and a variety of decorated entries. It will begin on 16th Avenue and travel down Main Street to Third Avenue, continue on Third Avenue to Laurel Street, turn right on Laurel, left on Fourth Avenue, and end at Powell Street.
• The town of Surfside Beach will also be holding its annual Christmas parade on Saturday; theirs is at 2 p.m. The parade, which will have more than 100 entries, will begin on Ocean Boulevard at Melody Lane, travel north to Surfside Drive, turn left on Surfside Drive, and proceed to Poplar Drive. Admission is free.
• On Saturdays through Dec. 28, the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation is hosting Holidays on the Boardwalk at Plyler Park. Admission is free. This event includes Caleb the Camel, Santa Claus, train rides, live entertainment, and more. Go to http://www.myrtlebeachboardwalk.com/#!upcoming-events/ct3a for the schedule.
• If you’d like to have breakfast with Santa, you can do so this Saturday or next from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Market Common. For $10, you’ll get breakfast, a photo with Santa, and a Christmas treat. This Saturday’s breakfast is at Nacho Hippo (839-9770). Next Saturday’s breakfast is at Travinia Italian Kitchen (233-8500). Reservations are required.
• Conway Downtown Alive is holding a Canine Christmas Costume Contest from 7 to 8 p.m. on Third Avenue in Downtown Conway. Admission is free for spectators; there’s a $10 entry fee for dogs. In addition to the costume contest, there will also be contests for best kisser, best singer, best dancer, best trick and more.
• The Euro-American Challenge, a one-of-kind scouting event, will be held at 7 p.m. at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. Tickets are $10. The EAC is the first and only International Scout Bowl in existence. It brings the best free-agent football players in the world to one place for a “second chance to make a first impression.” The teams are primarily comprised of recent college graduates from all levels looking to break into professional football and current/former pro players looking to land a new contract. Go to http://cdflbowlgames.com/euro-american-challenge.html for tickets.
• The Children’s Museum of South Carolina is holding a breakfast with Santa and Frosty from 9 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $12. The breakfast will be sponsored by Sea Captain’s House. There will also be kids’ activities, and each guest will receive a digital photo card to send to family and friends.
JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap. www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com.