The Christmas season is not the time you will find sunbathers lined on the sand along the Myrtle Beach SC shores, but the area doesn’t turn into a ghost town after Halloween.
The Grand Strand transforms into a holiday spectacle before children can eat their last piece of trick-or-treat candy.
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From live shows to special events to beautiful decorations to celebratory parades and goodwill, the Myrtle Beach area is a perfect place to wrap up the year with your family.
The action kicks off immediately after Halloween, as the Alabama Theatre, and the Carolina Opry present the debut of their Christmas shows on Nov. 1, and Legends in Concert opens on Nov. 2.
The excitement builds throughout the month of November, with the Dickens Christmas Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, parades, and Black Friday shopping like no other place in America at the local malls, small businesses and two Tanger Outlets.
The area ushers in December with Nights of a Thousand Candles, a dazzling display of lights and beauty at Brookgreen Gardens.
Make sure not to wait on Santa, gift wrap your own perfect holiday vacation with extremely affordable rates and deals that will make your belly dance like a bowl full of jelly.
From Georgetown to Calabash, NC, there is a plethora of things to do to put you in the Christmas spirit. Check out this list of some of the most popular in the area so you can be ready to have a Merry Christmas.
Another annual holiday tradition here in the south is seeing a live Christmas show at one of Myrtle Beach’s many theaters. With so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming.
Celebrating its 32nd season, theCarolina Opry’s
multi award-winning“Christmas Show of the South”
debuted in 1985 as the first nightly Christmas Special on the Grand Strand. Popular holiday classics along with new seasonal favorites, comedy, dance and dazzling costumes offer family fun for all ages. This beloved Myrtle Beach holiday tradition is the only show that has won every major South Carolina Tourism award including the Governor’s Cup and Most Outstanding Attraction. Plus, you don’t want to miss the decorations that feature more than 35 Christmas trees, including a 30 foot lobby tree. The show runsNov. 1-Dec. 31, 2017
The Alabama Theater invites you to celebrate the holidays with their award-winning production, “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” Nov 1 – Dec. 31, 2017. The show will instill the true meaning of Christmas in your family with its combination of traditional Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites. The South’s Grandest Christmas Show is a southern family tradition on the Grand Strand with visitors and locals returning year after year.
Shore up your love for adventure and the holidays as Pirate’s Voyage! Captain Scrooge and the mystical Spirit of Christmas travel to the past, present and future of Buccaneer Bay. During this Christmas-themed journey, they encounter such wonders as Christmas toys that come to life and a beautiful live Nativity, complete with wise men and live animals. A four-course holiday feast tops off the show. The show runs Nov. 9 – Dec. 31, 2017.
And last but certainly not least, don’t miss out on Legends In Concert’s Holiday show Nov. 2 – Dec 31, 2017.
Myrtle Beach has so much to offer during the holidays, be sure and don’t miss out on those amazing Christmas shows that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CANDLES
Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet comes aglow with more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless lights for Nights of a Thousand Candles.
The exhibit runs from 3 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 7-9 and 14-17. Enjoy a cup of cider and marvel at the beauty.
Night of a Thousand Candles is full of entertainment beyond the beauty of the grounds, and dinner will be available. The menu, catered by Inlet Affairs, features a variety of Lowcountry fare including seafood, BBQ, chicken bog and vegetarian options.
For information on making the most of your visit to Nights of a Thousand Candles, check out this FAQ.
Don’t miss out on one of the most treasured holiday events on the Grand Strand, and an evening sure to get the entire family into the holiday spirit.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Ripley’s Aquarium will be kicking off the holiday season just the right way, with its Festival of Trees.
The Festival, which runs from November 6 to December 31, has added several new trees this year, bring the total to over 100! Returning this year, a mailbox for letters to Santa.
Some of the festival’s most unique trees include the glistening white decorated Alaska tree; the Kentucky Derby inspired red roses tree; Nevada, complete with a showgirl feather headdress; the all patriotic Pennsylvania tree; Oklahoma, with longhorns for a topper; and the magnificent Mardi Gras tree with masks and beads representing Louisiana.
In addition to the trees, Ripley’s Ruckus Drumline will perform on the Aquarium’s plaza every weekend.
Festival of Trees is included with regular aquarium admission, and the aquarium is open daily at 9 a.m. including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
For more information on the aquarium or the festival call 1-800-734-8888.
If you are planning a vacation to Myrtle Beach this November or December, you will definitely want to check out the various Christmas Parades that are taking place in the Myrtle Beach area from Murrells Inlet, to Myrtle Beach, to Surfside Beach to North Myrtle Beach and even Conway. We’ve compiled a list of the parades in the Myrtle Beach area.
- Conway: Downtown Conway Christmas Parade, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.
- Little River: Intracoastal Christmas Regatta (see separate entry), Nov. 25, 5 p.m.
- Murrells Inlet: Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade, Dec. 3, 3 p.m.
- Myrtle Beach: Ripley’s Aquarium/ Broadway at the Beach Holiday Parade, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.
- North Myrtle Beach: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m.
- Surfside Beach: Ocean Blvd./Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
- Calabash, N.C.: Beach Drive, Calabash, Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
INTRACOASTAL CHRISTMAS REGATTA
Line the shore for a Christmas extravaganza like no other, as hundreds of decorated boats take over the waterway in the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta in Little River.
Families are encouraged to find a spot from the inlet to the marina, and to also bring a new toy and drop it off at a collection point.
The decorations range from zany to spectacular, with Santa himself making an appearance.
Boats can enter the parade by filling out an application online or calling (843) 249-8888.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS
Christmas tree lightings are an annual tradition for Myrtle Beach and the rest of the Grand Strand. It’s what helps put a little holiday spirit in all of us. Gather up the family and head out to some fun and festive events this Christmas season.
Barefoot Landing: The annual “Lighting of the Landing”, 6 p.m., Nov. 18. Fireworks will welcome Santa Claus to Barefoot Landing for the annual “Lighting of the Landing” at Barefoot Landing. The Lakeview Courtyard will play music and feature free carousel rides, refreshments, live animals and more.
Broadway at the Beach: 23rd annual Christmas tree lighting, 6 p.m., Dec. 2. Broadway at the Beach will host their 20th annual Christmas tree lighting with live entertainment from local stars followed by a dazzling fireworks show.
The Market Common: The 6th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Market Common will be held on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in front of Grand 14 Cinema with fun for the whole family. Stop by the restaurants for a bite to eat afterwards.
North Myrtle Beach: The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sport Complex, 150 Citizens Circle. Get ready for an evening with plenty of fun, refreshments and activities.
Surfside Beach: Surfside Beach Christmas tree lighting, 7 p.m., Nov. 30. Don’t miss the Surfside Beach Christmas tree lighting. Enjoy light refreshments and music and stick around for a glimpse of St. Nick!
Calabash, N.C. Calabash parade and tree lighting, 6 p.m., Dec. 1. Watch Santa arrive in the annual parade and rejoice and sing carols as you welcome the holiday spirit.
DICKENS CHRISTMAS SHOW
In a far away land, known as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a unique art, craft and gift show was created. Its inspiration, taken from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, The Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals has become the premiere holiday event, attracting some 15,000 plus attendees from all over the southeast.
A National-Award Winning Event that provides a magical, Victorian themed shopping experience, the Dickens Christmas Show features 350 period-clad vendors hawking everything from fine arts, crafts, imported gifts, gourmet foods, clothing, jewelry, toys, Christmas décor and much more. But the fun doesn’t stop there.
Strolling Victorian Musicians, Tea Leaf Readers, Punch & Judy Shows, Shadow Box Displays, a Life Sized Historic Santa through the Ages Exhibit and a real Live Santa, each lend their own charm to the show.
Plus there are the elaborate Festival displays of Trees, Tables, Wreaths and the Festival of Worlds that add to the experience too! All displays are available for purchase at silent auction with 100% of the funds going to the sponsoring non profit.
The show runs Nov. 9-12.
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW IN NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
The event will open on November 24 at 5:30 p.m. and run nightly through December 31. (Closed Christmas Day.)
For a complete schedule of events and times click here. The Great Christmas Light Show will feature several attractions including Santa’s Village, ice skating, train rides, the Go Ape Lighted Tree Top adventure and more.
Guests will also have the opportunity to shop from a vendor village.
Admission is $15.00 per vehicle for 1-15 guests; $30.00 for 16 – 30 guests; $60 for 31+ guests. Admission includes visits to Santa’s Village. There will be a minimal fee for ice skating, train rides, Go Ape Lighted Tree Top adventure and concessions.
BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING
Black Friday has become an annual tradition in Myrtle Beach as families head our way to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and get a jump on their Christmas shopping with some amazing deals. Die hard shoppers love the once a year chance to take to the streets in the middle of the night and many others just like to browse and shop at more
The List: (Check it Twice)
The Market Common, 4017 Deville St., Myrtle Beach, SC
Open: 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24
You’ll definitely want to make The Market Common a part of your Black Friday plans this year as they have a great selection of the more upscale stores and restaurants in the area. The list of stores include Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Fossil and The Kangaroo Pouch. You are sure to find something for everyone on your nice list at The Market Common. Drop the non-shoppers off for a movie at the very comfy Grand 14 Cinema, and then meet up with them later for great food and drinks at one of the many restaurants.
Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC
Open: 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24 (some stores opening early)
Broadway at the Beach has more than 100 specialty shops to peruse for unique gift ideas. Stop by Ripley’s Aquarium or WonderWorks for a fun — and educational — break for the little ones in your group.
Barefoot Landing, 4898 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Open: 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24 (certain stores may open earlier)
For shoppers on the north end, Barefoot Landing is the ideal place to hit the stores on Friday. Enjoy the natural scenery while you check out all the specialty shopping, dining and entertainment options that Barefoot Landing has to offer.
This next list is not for the faint of heart; these stores are for the put-this-turkey-away-and-get-me-to-the-mall shoppers. The following stores are opening extra early with red-hot deals on Black Friday:
Coastal Grand Mall | 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC www.coastalgrand.com
OPEN: 6 a.m. Friday, November 24
Select stores will open at 12 a.m. Friday at Coastal Grand Mall and the rest of the stores will open at 5 a.m. Saturday they open at 8am and they’ll stay open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Get the best deals at some of the biggest retailers on the Grand Strand.
Best Buy | 1145 Oak Forest Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC www.bestbuy.com
OPEN: 4 p.m. Thursday, November 23
Camp out to get the best deals on all of your electronics at Best Buy. The store opens on Thanksgiving night so you can shop all night long and then head out to the other sales later that day. The store will also hand out tickets up to two hours before the opening for doorbuster specials.
h.h. gregg | 550 Seaboard St., Myrtle Beach, SC www.hhgregg.com
OPEN: 7 a.m. Friday, November 24
h.h. gregg will open at 7 p.m. on Friday. They’ll have doorbusters and a chance to win them on Black Friday. The mystery doorbusters will begin at 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Black Friday.
Kohl’s | 8646 Highway 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach, SC www.kohls.com
OPEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, November 23
Kohl’s will open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night with in-store specials featuring huge savings and incredible gifts. They will offer over 500 early bird and night owl specials including toys, electronics, jewelry, watches, small appliances, bedding, apparel and more through 1 p.m. on Black Friday.
Myrtle Beach Mall | 10177 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC, www.mymallmyrtlebeach.com
OPEN: Thursday, November 23
Bass Pro Shop will open at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Myrtle Beach Mall followed by Ruby Tuesday, Carmike 12 and Books A Million. Belk, JC Penney and other retailers will open at 8 p.m. The stores will reopen at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
Tanger Outlet Center | 10835 Kings Road, Myrtle Beach, SC and 4635 Factory Stores Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC www.tangeroutlet.com
OPEN: 6 pm Thursday, November 23 through Black Friday. Sales will run through November 27.
At Tanger Outlets, you can shop overnight! Both outlet locations open Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. and stay open through Friday, November 27 until 10 p.m. Each store has a great list of savings for Black Friday and all weekend long.
Target | 1150 Seaboard Street, Myrtle Beach, SC and 140 Sayebrook Parkway, Myrtle Beach www.target.com
OPEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, November 23
Target is following the trend this year and opening at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night. If you’re not too stuffed, head over to the two Myrtle Beach locations for everything from video games and electronics to toys and homegoods. They’re offering hundreds of doorbusters. Shop Friday until 11 p.m. and again Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Toys “R” Us | 1100 Seaboard Street, Myrtle Beach, SC or 10125 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, SC www.toysrus.com
OPEN: 5 p.m. Thursday, November 23
Toys “R” Us starts the shopping frenzy from 5 on Thanksgiving night. Get your little bundles of joy the hottest toys of the season and grab some great stocking stuffers too! The store will have extended hours throughout the holiday weekend.
Walmart | 541 Seaboard Street, Myrtle Beach, SC; 2751 Beaver Run Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC; 151 Myrtle Ridge Drive, Conway, SC; 545 Garden City Connector, Murrells Inlet, SC; 2709 Church St, Conway, SC; 550 Highway 17 N, North Myrtle Beach, SC www.walmart.com
OPEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, November 23
Walmart opens its Black Friday sale up at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night with discounts on toys, electronics, home and apparel. During that time they’ll have a one-hour in-stock guarantee in the stores. More specials will be available beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday and again at 8 a.m. Friday.