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
When | 11 a.m. next Thursday
Where | James R. Frazier Community Center, in Bucksport community
Information | 397-2606, 397-3342, 397-2530 or 397-2173
‘Lighting of the Landing’
When | 7 p.m. Friday
Where | Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17, on south edge of North Myrtle Beach
Includes | Santa’s arrival from the Barefoot Princess riverboat, as well as live nativity scenes and photos with Santa, and fireworks
Information | 272-8349 or www.barefootlanding.com
Broadway at the Beach
What and when |
Where | Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach
Information | 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com
The Market Common’s fifth annual Tree Lighting
Where | Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, and outside Grand 14 Cinema at The Market Common
When | 6-7 p.m. Nov. 23
Also | Complimentary carriage rides from Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, on north side of Valor Memorial Garden: noon-4 p.m. Nov. 23, and noon-3 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
Information | 839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com
28th annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta
Benefiting | Yachts for Tots (bring donations of unwrapped toys)
When | 5-7 p.m. Nov. 24
Where | Intracoastal Waterway from Little River south to 13th Ave North in North Myrtle Beach
Information | 249-8888 or www.christmasregatta.com
Town of Surfside Beach
What, when and where |
“Turkey Trot,” 8 a.m. next Thursday in Surfside Pier parking lot, 11 N. Ocean Blvd.
Information | 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Golf Cart Parade
Who | Town of Calabash
When | 6 p.m. Nov. 30 (Lineup at 5:15 p.m. on Carter Drive)
Where | Callahan’s parking lot, 9973 Beach Drive S.W.
Information | 910-579-6747, ext. 5; or email email@example.com
Aynor Christmas Parade
By | Aynor Chamber of Commerce
When | 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1
Where | Downtown Aynor
Information | 241-0314
Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade
By | Murrells Inlet 2020
Benefiting | U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots – bring donations on unwrapped toys
When | 3 p.m. Dec. 2
Where | 2.5 miles south on U.S. 17 Business from Willcox Avenue to Pendergrass Avenue, then west to Frontage Road at U.S. 17 Bypass
Information | 357-2007 or www./murrellsinletsc.com
North Myrtle Beach
What, when and where |
Information | Tree lighting at 280-5570 or parks.nmb.us/pages.aspx?id=12, and cantata and parade, from chamber: 281-2662 or www.nmbevents.com
Conway Christmas Parade
By | Conway Chamber of Commerce
When | 10 a.m. Dec. 8
Where | Downtown Conway
Information | 248-2273 or conwayscchamber.com/2012parade
Ninth annual ‘Christmas Towne,’ and tree lighting
By | Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Benefiting | U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots – bring an unwrapped toy
When | 2-6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, with Myrtle Beach Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. in plaza out front
Where | Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North
How much | Free
Includes | Many child-friendly games and activities, Thomas the Train amusement park , and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Information | 626-7444 or www.grandstrandevents.com
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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
Who | Serendipity Singers
When | 3 p.m. Sunday
Where | Belin United Methodist Church, 4183 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
How much | Free
Information | 215-2561 or www.serendipitysingers.org
Theatre of the Republic Christmas programs
Where | Main Street Theatre, 337 Main. St., Conway.
What, when and how much |
Information | 488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com
13th annual ‘Holiday Concert’
Who | Coastal Carolina University Concert, Chamber and Flute choirs, with members of the CCU Percussion Ensemble
Including | Selections will include Hans Leo Hassler’s “Verbum Caro Factum est,” Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium,” as well as “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “White Christmas,” Mark Hayes’ variations on “Jingle Bells” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”
When | 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27
Where | First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Ave., Conway
How much | $3
Information | 349-2502 or www.coastal.edu/culturalarts
‘Bach and Handel for the Advent Season’
What | Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio, Part I” and selections from Handel’s “Messiah”
Who | Long Bay Symphony Chamber Orchestra with Carolina Master Chorale
How much | $20 adults, $5 students
Also | “A Holly Day Tea & Symphony” by the Long Bay Symphony Guild, 1:30-4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, with music by a Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra ensemble. $35.
Information | 448-8379 or www.longbaysymphony.com
17th annual ‘Christmas Cantata: And On Earth Peace’
Who | Larry Elliott Memorial South Strand Community Choir
When | 4 p.m. Dec. 1, and 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 2
Where | Surfside Presbyterian Church, 8732 U.S. 17 Bypass, west of Surfside Beach
How much | $8
Information | 450-7546
Who | Atlantic Stage
When | Dec. 6-23: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays
Where | 79th Avenue Theatre, at Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Education Center, at U.S. 17 Bypass
How much | $27.50 general admission, $22.50 seniors (ages 55 and older)/educators/military, and $17.50 students.
Information | 877-287-8587 or www.atlanticstage.com
‘The Nutcracker’ ballet
Who | Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre of Murrells Inlet
When | 7 p.m. Dec. 7, and 4 p.m. Dec. 8-9
Where | Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Parkway, between U.S. 501 and U.S. 17 Bypass, just west of Myrtle Beach
How much | Advance $15 adults and $10 for children/seniors; at the door, $20 and $15, respectively
Also | “Breakfast with the Nutcracker Characters,” 9 a.m. Nov. 24 at Travinia’s Italian Kitchen at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, then shifting across the street to the Grand 14 Cinema lobby for storytelling with Clara’s mother and photo opportunities. $25, which includes a ticket to an “Nutcracker” performance Dec. 7-9. Reservations necessary at 233-8500.
Information | 651-2006 or www.coastalyouthballettheatre.org
When | 5 p.m. Dec. 9
Where | Myrtle Beach mall, on U.S. 17 at S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres
How much | Free
Information | Daniel Johnson at 910-962-7559, 910-962-7106, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.tubachristmas.com
Annual ecumenical ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’
By | Waccamaw Neck Ministerial Association
When | 7 p.m. Dec. 9
Where | Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, 113 Baskervill Drive, Litchfield Beach, west of U.S. 17, about a half-mile north of Martin Luther King Road
How much | Free, but donations welcome
Information | 386-6523, 237-3459, 237-5648 or www.hcfm.us.
‘Singing Christmas Tree’
When | 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14-16
Where | First Baptist Church Surfside Beach, 711 16th Ave. N., Surfside Beach
How much | Free with ticket
Information | 238-0206 or www.fbcsurfside.org
Second annual Christmas Concert
Benefiting | North Strand Housing Shelter
With | Artists and children’ groups from local churches and organizations
When | 7 p.m. Dec. 15
Where | Living Water Baptist Church, 1569 S.C. 9 E., Longs
How much | Free, but donations welcome
Information | 421-3815 or www.northstrandhousingshelter.org
‘Feliz Navidad: Christmas from Spain and Latin America’
Who | Carolina Master Chorale
When and where | 4 p.m.:
How much | $20 adults, $15 seniors, and $5 children and students younger than 25 with ID
Information | 444-5774 or www.carolinamasterchorale.com
Christmas music recital
With | Local music students of all ages in strings and guitar ensembles
When | 2 p.m. Dec. 16 (participants’ registration closes Dec. 7)
Where | Andy Owings School of Music & Performing Arts Center, in Coastal Grand mall in Myrtle Beach.
How much | Free
Information | 839-1505 or www.andyowingsmusic.com
‘Festival of Trees’
What | Celebrating every U.S. state and territory with its own Christmas tree of decorations
When | Through Dec. 31: Open 9 a.m. daily
Where | Ripley’s Aquarium, at Broadway at the Beach, off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach
How much | Free with admission: $21.99 ages 12 and older, $10.99 ages 6-11, $3.99 ages 3-5, free ages 2 and younger
Information | 916-0888, 800-734-8888 or www.ripleysaquarium.com
‘Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland’
What | Drive-through parking lot light display and a Santa’s Village – with Santa on hand nightly through Dec. 23 – on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ stadium third-base concourse and beach and inflatable area, with a petting zoo and activities, some for an extra fee.
When | Through Jan. 6: 6-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays
Where | TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, on Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, just south of 21st Avenue North
How much | $25.50 car or family van, $40 activity of mini-/half-bus, $50 limousine, and $5 person in a tour/school bus
Information | 888-321-7547 or www.shadrackchristmas.com
Eighth annual St. Nicholas Winter Festival
Benefiting | Local charities: Churches Assisting People, Father’s Place, Fostering Hope, Friendship Clinic, Neighbor to Neighbor and The Shepherd’s Table
What and when | Thursday-Saturday:
Taste of Conway, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday
Where | Peanut Warehouse in downtown Conway
Entertainment | Besides local artists, includes:
The SandSations, from Conway, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and noon-2 p.m. Saturday
How much |
“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.
Information | 504-5362 or www.stnicholaswinterfest.com
‘Holiday in the Park’
Benefiting | St. Michael Catholic School in Garden City Beach
When | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1
Rescheduled from | Rained-out 13th annual Harvest Fest Oct. 20
Where | Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common on Farrow Parkway
How much | Free admission; wristband for children’s inflatables, games and activities: $12, for ages 4 and older
Information | 651-6795 or www.saintmichaelsc.org/school
Third annual ‘Atalaya Holiday Celebration’
Benefiting | Friends of Huntington Beach State Park and its park improvement projects, such as renovation of the park’s north restrooms and the boardwalk this past year, and plans to install new shower towers.
When | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1 (Park open daily: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. through November, and 6 a.m.-6 p.m. December-February )
Includes | Thirty rooms decorated, Lionel Train Club display, a children’s holiday craft booth, and roving actors playing Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.
Scheduled entertainment | Pawleys Island Concert Band at 11 a.m.; Cantorium, a local women’s chorus, noon and 2:30 p.m.; Cornbread & Biscuits band 12:30 p.m.; Serendipity Singers 1 p.m.; Jill Trika 2 p.m.; and The Resurrection Ringers hand-bell choir 3 p.m.
Where | Huntington Beach State Park’s Atalaya home, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens
How much | $2 in addition to park admission: $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15
Third annual ‘We Found Santa on Vacation at the Beach!’
When | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1 (On this day only: No fishing from pier. Also, park open daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m. through November, then 6 a.m.-8 p.m. December-February)
Includes | Bingo, story times with a park twist, reindeer relay races and games, and from noon-3 p.m. on pier: Bring your own camera for photos of families, including leashed pets, with Santa, noon-3 p.m. on pier
Where | Myrtle Beach State Park, on U.S. 17 Business, along south city line of Myrtle Beach
How much | Free with park admission: $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15
Information | 238-0874 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com
‘Nights of a Thousand Candles’
When | 3-10 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 20-22
Where | Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park
How much | Discounted advance tickets available through Nov. 30 are $13 ages 13 and older, $7 ages 4-12 and free ages 3 and younger (for members, $9 and $5, respectively), otherwise as of Dec. 1: $16 ages 13 and older ($11 members) and $7 ages 4-12.
Regular gardens hours | On days outside the festival: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., with admission that lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12.
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
Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org
Sixth annual ‘Grand Strand Turkey Trot’
Benefiting | Arthritis Foundation and YMCA
What and when | Next Thursday: 1 mile at 8:30 a.m., 8K and 5K each 9 a.m., and Tot Trot 10:15 a.m.
Where | Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, on Farrow Parkway, across from The Market Common
Registration | Signup online closes Wednesday
How much | Registration: Advance online closes Wednesday, and opens 6:30 a.m. race day, respectively: 8K $30 and $35, 5K $28 and $33, 1 mile $25 and $30, and Tot Trot $5 either way.
Information | mbturkeytrotrun.racesonline.com
Fifth annual ‘After Turkey Day Zumbathon’
What | Zumba and Zumba toning
When | 4-6 p.m. Nov. 23
Where | Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA, 5000 Claire Chapin Epps Drive, Myrtle Beach, west of U.S. 17 Bypass, opposite 62nd Avenue
How much | Free for Y members, otherwise $5
Information | 449-9622 or coastalcarolinaymca.org
Rummage and Holiday Bake Sale
Benefiting | Local church programs, philanthropic outreach and student scholarship
When | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Where | St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 3301 33rd Ave. N. Extension, Myrtle Beach, at U.S. 17 Bypass
How much | Free
Also | Learn how to make Greek baklava 2-3 p.m. Nov. 30 and galatoboureko (custard-filled filo pastry) 2-3 p.m. Dec. 1.
Information | 399-8955, 448-3773 or www.stjohn-mb.org
‘Pet Photos with Santa Paws’
Benefiting | Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, 409 Bay St.; 249-4948 or www.humanesocietynmb.org.
When | By appointment only: Saturday and Dec. 1
Where | Wags & Whiskers, 710 Fifth Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach
How much | Packages $7-$25
Information | 280-7686
Benefiting | Children’s Museum of South Carolina
What | Activities such as building igloos in Frosty’s Imagination Playground, putting on a show on the North Pole Stage, and writing letters to Santa at the Secret Snail Mail Post Office.
For | Families with children ages 8 and younger
Where | The Market Common, 3073 Howard Ave., Myrtle Beach, between the Sunglass Hut and Fossil stores
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24
How much | $5 donation ages 2 and older (or $3 museum members), and free ages 1 and younger
Also | Visit the museum 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays at 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, also accessible from Oak Street, for $8 ages 2 and older, otherwise free. “Turtle Travels” special exhibit continues through Jan. 5.
Information | 946-9469 or www.cmsckids.org
What | 2.5-mile woods hikes with guides Trista Hindman and Lee Brockington
What and when | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.:
“A Plantation Christmas,” Dec. 13
How much | Each $25; bring a lunch; cookies and drinks provided
Where | Hobcaw Barony, on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown
Reservations necessary | 546-4623
Information | www.hobcawbarony.org
‘Deck the Dolls 2: Winter Invitational’
Who | Palmetto State Rollergirls and other area, flat-track roller derby teams
Benefiting | Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, 409 Bay St.; 249-4948 or www.humanesocietynmb.org
When | 6 p.m. Dec. 1
Where | Dream Land Skating Arena, 4475 Privetts Road, east of U.S. 701, north of Conway
How much | $10 adults ($8 in advance, online), $6 children/seniors
Information | www.palmettostaterollergirls.com or email email@example.com
Third annual Ethnic Holiday Cookie and Craft Sale
When | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 15
Where | St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 404 Maple St., Myrtle Beach
Also | Cookies are not pre-boxed and they’re sold by the pound
Information | 283-2402
Live Drive-Through Nativity
With | Seven scenes, including live camels, donkeys, sheep, llamas and goats plus a large cast of more than 50 people in period costumes
When | 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16
Where | Church of the Resurrection (Episcopal), 8901 U.S. Bypass S., between Garden City Connector and Glenns Bay Road, west of Surfside Beach
How much | Free, but donations welcome
Information | 215-4500 or www.resurrectionsurfside.org