Christmastime brings more than visits with Kris Kringle and special concerts and festivals; the season also heats up with parades and tree lighting ceremonies.
The Bucksport community will have its 35th annual Thanksgiving parade next Thursday, stepping off at 11 a.m. from the James R. Frazier Community Center. Lindell Sherman said his family was among the group that helped the tradition get going in that part of Horry County.
Sherman remembered how his wife of 44 years and their four now grown children, who all graduated from Conway High School, joined other Buckpsort residents in cooking up their tradition on the late 1970s.
“We said, ‘Let’s try it,’ ” he recalled. “Nothing was going on around Thanksgiving, and everybody has time to eat and watch football.”
Seeing people team up to decorate and fill floats “set off the momentum of the parade,” Sherman said, crediting Boy Scout troops, Shriners, Knights of Columbus and other participants who return year after year to march.
“It’s really been an exciting day,” Sherman said, reiterating the invitation for any local marching band or company mascot to fall in line. “It’s open to anybody and everybody.”
He called the parade “a blessing for young kids” as well as “the old folks, the seniors who run it.”
In North Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Landing will kick off the season formally on Friday with its “Lighting of the Landing” celebration.
Kim Kelley, marketing director at Barefoot Landing, said the complex has celebrated Santa Claus’ arrival every year it has been in business for more than two decades. This also marks the second year the holly, jolly fellow will arrive in the Barefoot Princess riverboat, with fireworks.
Kelley said the cruise lets Barefoot Landing highlight its sightseeing and dinner cruise operator “as well as draw some attention to other parts of Barefoot.”
Santa will greet people and other boaters on the neighboring Intracoastal Waterway, Kelley said, then once on site, he’ll make his way up to Barefoot Landing’s carousel area and “light the big tree there.”
“This is more just of a festival kind of holiday celebration,” Kelley said, crediting Barefoot staff and store personnel who start decorating about Nov. 1.
“We’re planning it at the end of summer,” she said. “You go from one season to the next. We have a lot of tenants who get involved. ... With the lake and the waterway, it’s just a really pretty holiday setting.”
Seeing temperatures turn south just a tad might not hurt, either.
“We’re kind of hoping to get kind of nip in the air,” Kelley said, “but not too cold.”
35th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
‘Lighting of the Landing’
Broadway at the Beach
The Market Common’s fifth annual Tree Lighting
28th annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta
Town of Surfside Beach
“Turkey Trot,” 8 a.m. next Thursday in Surfside Pier parking lot, 11 N. Ocean Blvd.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Golf Cart Parade
Aynor Christmas Parade
Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade
North Myrtle Beach
Conway Christmas Parade
Ninth annual ‘Christmas Towne,’ and tree lighting
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Inlet Square, at U.S. 17 Business and U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet, with Santa’s arrival 10 a.m. Saturday at First 100 children receive a free doughnut, milk, fruit and a train ride. Also, “Christmas Season Music Festival,” Dec. 1-24 with various local artists. 651-6990 or www.inletsquaremall.com.
‘Holiday Gifts’ concert
Theatre of the Republic Christmas programs
13th annual ‘Holiday Concert’
‘Bach and Handel for the Advent Season’
17th annual ‘Christmas Cantata: And On Earth Peace’
‘The Nutcracker’ ballet
Annual ecumenical ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’
‘Singing Christmas Tree’
Second annual Christmas Concert
‘Feliz Navidad: Christmas from Spain and Latin America’
Christmas music recital
‘Festival of Trees’
‘Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland’
Eighth annual St. Nicholas Winter Festival
Taste of Conway, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday
The SandSations, from Conway, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and noon-2 p.m. Saturday
“Taste of Conway,” on Thursday – Admission $5 for two tickets advance online or $5 for one at door, then buy tickets for samplings desired, $1-$3 each.
‘Holiday in the Park’
Third annual ‘Atalaya Holiday Celebration’
Third annual ‘We Found Santa on Vacation at the Beach!’
‘Nights of a Thousand Candles’
Two holiday exhibits, Nov. 23-Jan. 2 and free with admission: “Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna” and “Signs of the Season in Art and History,” free with gardens admission
Sixth annual ‘Grand Strand Turkey Trot’
Fifth annual ‘After Turkey Day Zumbathon’
Rummage and Holiday Bake Sale
‘Pet Photos with Santa Paws’
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24
“A Plantation Christmas,” Dec. 13
‘Deck the Dolls 2: Winter Invitational’
Third annual Ethnic Holiday Cookie and Craft Sale
Live Drive-Through Nativity