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Affordable holiday events scheduled along the Strand

Christmas is just around the corner, so there are quite a few seasonal celebrations coming up over the next few weeks that will leave you some money for shopping. Here’s what’s happening:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday (11/27-11/29)

Through December 24, Bass Pro Shops is celebrating the Christmas season with free admission to Santa’s Wonderland. This event includes crafts, kids' games, activity tables, moving trains and free Santa photos. Crafts and other activities will vary each week. Go to http://www.basspro.com/ for the schedule.

The annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Boat Parade will leave the Little River Inlet at 5 p.m. on Saturday and travel south, arriving at The Marina at Dock Holidays at 7 p.m. You can watch the parade for free at various viewing areas along the waterway. This is a fundraiser for Toys for Tots, so they're asking people to bring a new toy and drop it off at any marina in Little River or North Myrtle Beach.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, all Home Depot stores will be holding a free workshop for kids ages 5-12. The kids will be building a school house bank. Go to http://workshops.homedepot.com and click on the “kids workshops” tab to register your child.

Thursday (12/3)

Every Thursday night through December 17, the city of Conway is holding its annual Rivertown Christmas Celebration in downtown Conway. Admission is free. This event, which runs from 6-8 p.m., includes live entertainment, visits with Santa, carriage rides, living window displays and more.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday (12/4-12/6)

The annual Springmaid Beach Resort Winter Arts & Craft show begins today and runs through Sunday. Admission is free. This event will feature more than 200 art and craft vendors (wood crafts, hand-made glass, jewelry, candles, chocolates, artwork and more). Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Broadway at the Beach is having its annual tree lighting ceremony in Broadway Common (next to the official Broadway at the Beach Visitor Center). Admission is free. In addition to the lighting ceremony, there will be live entertainment and a fireworks display.

JULIE HENRY is a freelance writer, editor and project manager. She owns and operates Myrtle Beach on the Cheap: www.myrtlebeachonthecheap.com.

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