Last hurrah for holiday events across Myrtle Beach area

spalisin@thesunnews.comDecember 17, 2013 

The list of area Christmas events has lessened a little bit as the countdown to Dec. 25 winds down, but the amount of choices of things to do remains plentiful.

Several productions head into their final weekend with their yuletide touch.

Legends in Concert, the Palace Theatre’s “Hot Jersey Nights Christmas Special,” and Brookgreen Gardens’ “Nights of a Thousand Candles” each wrap up Saturday evening, and two local theater troupes’ runs finish with matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday: Atlantic Stage’s “A Christmas Carol” and Stage Left Theatre Company’s “Sorry! Wrong Chimney.”

Also, “Santa’s Wonderland,” a free family attraction at Bass Pro Shops at Myrtle Beach Mall, near Briarcliffe Acres, that includes children’s crafts, and photos with Santa, continues only through 5 p.m. Dec. 24, the same day the big guy gets to work on his own annual overnight project.


By | Horry County Fire Fighters Relief Fund

When and where | 6-8 p.m. at these Horry County Fire Rescue stations: Carolina Forest (No. 39) Friday, and Socastee (No. 1) Saturday

Also | Bring cameras for photos with Santa

Information | 626-1223


What and when |

• Final Ornament Workshop, noon-1 p.m. Saturday, free with admission

• “Breakfast with Santa and Frosty,” 9 a.m. Monday, with meal by Sea Captain’s House, for $12 (or $6 members) advance only

Where | 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, also accessible from Oak Street

Regular hours | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, for $8 ages 2 and older.

Also | “Noon Year’s Eve,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 31, with countdown, a sparkly toast and balloon drop at noon, for $5.

Information | 946-9469 or


By | Theatre of the Republic

What and when |

• “White Christmas,” from 1954, at 7:30 p.m. Friday

• “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where | Main Street Theatre, 337 Main St., Conway

How much | $5 each

Information | 488-0821 or


By | Oceanfront Merchants Association (

Where | on Myrtle Beach boardwalk, on Ocean Boulevard, near Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White (formerly 10th) Avenue North

Events include | noon-6 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 28

• Noon-4 p.m. weekly – Santa Claus strolling, Caleb the Camel, and Polar Express train rides for children

• 3 p.m. weekly – Concert by the Rileys

• Dec. 21: Carolina Vocals concert , 2 pm.; and “A Blue Christmas with Elvis” tribute by David Chaney of Myrtle Beach, 5 p.m. on Ninth Avenue (North) stage.

Also |

• 5 p.m. Sunday – Community Candle Light Caroling, with various local churches, at Plyler Park

• Fireworks, midnight Dec. 31, near Pier 14, 1306 N. Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach

How much | Free

Information | 602-4813 or!upcoming-events/ct3a


What and when | Saturday:

• By town of Surfside Beach, 9-10:30 a.m. at Golden Egg Restaurant, 415 U.S. 17 Business N., for free for ages 10 and younger, with reservations at 650-9548.

• 9-11 a.m. at Travinia Italian Kitchen, at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Reservations at 233-8500. More details at 839-3500 or


By | North Conway Baptist Church

When | 6-8 p.m. Sunday

Where | Sessions Street, between 16th and 17th avenues

How much | Free

Includes | Live nativity, with animals, along with choirs, and a drama performed at 6 and 7 p.m.

Parking | Available by brick Aberdeen building, accessible from Main Street or 16th Avenue

Information | 248-4922 or


When | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday

Where | Horry County Memorial Library Carolina Forest branch, 2250 Carolina Forest Blvd., east of U.S. 501

Information | 915-5282 or


When | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 24

Where | The Shepherd’s Table, a Christian ministry, 1412A Gamecock Ave., Conway

Information | 488-3663


When | 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24

Where | Cinemark, at Coastal Grand mall, on Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach

How much | Regular movie prices

Information | 839-3225 or


What | A Christmas village, with an old-time model train area, remote control trucks, a laser arcade, slot car racing, and activity tables for writing a letter to Santa, coloring and other crafts

Where | Bass Pro Shops, on south end of Myrtle Beach Mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres

When | Daily through Dec. 24

Includes |

• Family photos with Santa through Dec. 24: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Saturday

• Crafts, 5-7 p.m. daily through Friday and on Monday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, and 3-5 p.m. Dec. 24 – in these themes, while supplies last: reindeer gift bag, through Dec. 22; and cookie decorating, Dec. 23-24

• Games and activities, daily during regular store hours

How much | Free

Information | 361-4800 or


What | Club site full of interactive, working toy trains

Where | in Myrtle Beach mall, three doors from Bass Pro Shops, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres

When | 4-7 p.m. Mondays, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays (but not Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays

How much | Free

Information | 293-4386 or


What | Display of peace posters by art classes at North Myrtle Beach Middle School; Christmas trees decorated with historic ornaments; Hanukkah dolls; and historic Christmas and Hanukkah cards.

When | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N.

How much | Free with admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors and $3 youth

Information | 427-7668 or


By | Intracoastal Model Railroad Club

When | Open 10 a.m. daily through December

Where | Calabash Marketplace, 10050 Beach Drive (N.C. 179), Calabash

How much | Free

Information | 910-579-8910 or


What | 1,000 feet of walking trail lined with lights and with music

When | Open 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Dec. 24, weather permitting

Where | Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue, 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904), Ocean Isle Beach

How much | $5 ages 6 and older, otherwise free

Information | 910-287-3030


For | Ages 5-12

When | 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday

Where | N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach

How much | $50 per day, includes aquarium admission, crafts, making and wrapping gifts for loved ones, lunch and snacks

Pre-registration required | 910-458-7468

Also | Aquarium open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, but not Dec. 25 – regular admission: $8 ages 13-61, $7 seniors and $6 ages 3-12

More information |


When | 11 a.m. Saturday

Where | From Brunswick County Complex, 23 Referendum Drive, Bolivia

Information | 910-253-3476


When | 3-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday in gardens only, not Lowcountry Zoo

Where | Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park

How much | $16 ages 13 and older, $8 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger. Group rates available.

Scheduled entertainment | Bates Holmand & Friends (jazz; Dec. 19 and 21 only), Barbara Bailey Hutchison (singer/songwriter), Bill Oberst (solo rendition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”), Bella Corda (guitar octet – eight guitarists), Carolina Master Chorale, Palmetto Bronze Handbells, and Miller-Rowe Consort

Also |

• Gardens open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (but not during days with “Nights of a Thousand Candles” or on Dec. 25) – regular admission, which lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12.

• Exhibits “Batteries Not Included: Christmas Trees, Trains, and Toys” and “Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna,” through Jan. 1 – free with admission.

• New Year’s Eve “Garden by Candlelight” Pre-Party, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 31 in sculpture garden with strolling musicians, hand-lit candles, and holiday lights, for $20 (Brookgreen members $15)

Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or


What | 55 decorated Christmas trees, honoring every U.S. state and territory

Where | Ripley’s Aquarium, at Broadway at the Beach, on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

When | Through December

Hours | Open 9 a.m. daily, until 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays

Special hours | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec, 24 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 25

How much (plus tax) | Free with admission – Prices until 11 a.m.: $22.99 ages 12 and older, $12.99 ages 6-11, and $4.99 ages 2-5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: $23.99, $14.99, and $5.99, respectively; and 5 p.m. until closing: $21.99, $11.99 and $4.99 and younger. Free at all times for ages 2 and younger.

Information | 916-0888, 800-734-8888 or

Also | Free with admission: Starting 11 a.m. daily and atop each hour, alternating between Rainbow Rock and Ray Bay; and mermaid shows at noon and 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays


Benefiting | American Red Cross and Impact Ministries

When | Daily through Jan. 5: dusk-10 p.m. – or later on weekends

Where | Field at Pelicans Ballpark, on Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, just south of 21st Avenue North

Two parts | Drive-through all-LED light-and-music display in parking lot, synchronized to music on car radio (95.3 FM); and Santa’s Village, with various activities, some for an extra fee

How much | $25.50 car or family van, $40 activity of mini-/half-bus, $50 limousine, and $5 person in a tour/school bus; extra fees for other activities in Santa’s Village

Information | 888-321-7547 or


With | More than 700 displays and 2 million lights

When | Through Dec. 31: 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, and 5:30-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

Where | Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission’s James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston

Directions from U.S. 17 | Heading south on U.S. 17, cross Ashley River, then go south on S.C. 171, west (right) on S.C. 700 (Maybank Highway) and south (left) on Riverland Drive; or from downtown Charleston, take S.C. 30 to its end point, then right on Folly Road, left on Central Park Road, and left on Riverland.

How much | Per vehicle: $15 for 1-15 guests, $40 for 16-30, and $100 for 31 or more

Also | Mondays-Thursdays, $10 per vehicle (1-15 guests) with donation of a non-perishable food item or dog/cat food to benefit Lowcountry Food Bank

Information | 843-795-4386 or

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