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
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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 www.cmsckids.org
‘MOVIES ON MAIN’ CLASSICS
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 www.theatreoftherepublic.com
SECOND ANNUAL ‘HOLIDAYS ON THE BOARDWALK’
By | Oceanfront Merchants Association (www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com)
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.
• 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 www.myrtlebeachboardwalk.com/#!upcoming-events/ct3a
BREAKFASTS WITH SANTA
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. www.surfsidebeach.org.
• 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 www.marketcommonmb.com.
SUNDAY EVENING STREET FESTIVAL
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 www.northconwaybaptist.com
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
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 www.hcml.org
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
‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’ (FROM 1946) SCREENINGS
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 www.cinemark.com
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
• 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 www.basspro.com/santa
GRAND STRAND MODEL RAILROADERS
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 www.gsmrrc.org
‘HOLIDAYS AT THE MUSEUM’
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 www.nmbmuseum.com.
MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY
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 calabashmarketplace.com
CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW
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
‘HOLIDAY ELF CAMP’
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 | www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
BOLIVIA CHRISTMAS PARADE
When | 11 a.m. Saturday
Where | From Brunswick County Complex, 23 Referendum Drive, Bolivia
Information | 910-253-3476
ANNUAL ‘NIGHTS OF A THOUSAND CANDLES’
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
• 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 www.brookgreen.org
ANNUAL ‘FESTIVAL OF TREES’
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 www.ripleysaquarium.com
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
THIRD ANNUAL ‘SHADRACK’S CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND’
Benefiting | American Red Cross and Impact Ministries
When | Daily through Jan. 5: dusk-10 p.m. – or later on weekends
Where | TicketReturn.com 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 www.shadrackchristmas.com
EASY ESCAPES: 24TH ANNUAL ‘HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS’
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 www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=1546