While it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see snow, December is such a fun time to live in Myrtle Beach! There are so many amazing Christmas and holiday events, festivals, shows, and activities going on in our area. We thought we’d share them so you’ll be sure not to miss out on them!
Broadway at the Beach Christmas Parade & 19th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
December 7, 2013 |11 am until 8 pm
Experience a bit of holiday magic at the annual holiday tree lighting and parade at Broadway at the Beach. The parade will begin at 11 am near Hard Rock Café and will wind around Broadway at the Beach, ending near WonderWorks. Stick around after the parade and enjoy a holiday production of spectacular music and dance—courtesy of the Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy. There will also be special performances from Legends in Concert and the Palace Theatre, followed by the lighting of the tree at 6 pm. After the tree lighting, take in the fireworks extravaganza over Lake Broadway at 8 pm—courtesy of Helicopter Adventures.
Conway Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
December 10, 2013 | 10 am
The parade will begin at 16th Avenue in Conway, between Main Street and Sherwood Street.
Surfside Beach Annual Christmas Parade
December 10, 2013 | 2 pm
There are more than 100 entries in this year’s parade, and there will be bleachers/viewing stands available at the intersection of Ocean Drive and Surfside Drive. The parade will begin on Ocean Boulevard at 10th Avenue South.
Breakfast with Santa Claus at Ryan’s Steakhouse in Surfside Beach
December 17, 2013 | 9 am until 10:30 am
Children 10 and under can enjoy a free breakfast and have their photo taken with Santa Claus. Reservations are required, and you can reserve your spot by calling 843-650-9548. Ryan’s Steakhouse is located at 8671 U.S. 17 Bypass in Surfside Beach, SC.
Photos with Santa at Inlet Square Mall
Now until December 24, 2013 | 11 am until 7 pm
Have your children’s photo taken with Santa Claus at Inlet Square Mall. Pets can also have their photo taken with Santa on December 12th and 19th from 5 pm until 8 pm. Inlet Square Mall is located at 10125 Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet, SC.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Now until January 5, 2014 | Dusk until 10 pm
Immerse yourself in thousands of LED Christmas lights by taking a drive through Shadrack’s musical light show. After the show, stop by Santa’s Village for festive refreshments and photos with Santa! There’s a ton of other fun stuff to do at Santa’s Village too—a free petting zoo, carnival games, pony and camel rides, as well as a train ride. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is located at the Myrtle Beach Pelican’s Ball Park at 1251 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Open nightly, including holidays. Admission into Santa’s Village is FREE. Rates for the drive-thru light show are as follows: Cars or Family Vans $25.50; Activity Van or Mini Bus $40; Limo $50; Tour/School Bus $5 per person.
The Palace Theatre presents Jersey Nights Christmas Special
Now until December 21, 2013
Four male vocalists and six spectacular dancers showcase favorite hits from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with a spectacular mix of holiday classics. Hit songs include Walk like a Man, Candy Girl, Jingle Bells, White Christmas, and Oh, What a Night. The Palace Theatre is located at Broadway at the Beach at 1420 Celebrity Circle in Myrtle Beach.
The Carolina Opry Christmas Special
Now until January 4, 2013 (regular evening performances and selectively scheduled matinees)
Referred to as “The Holiday Show of the South,” the Carolina Opry’s Christmas Special is filled with music, comedy, and dance from long-standing Opry favorites. The Opry has also added newer performers, such as American Idol’s LaToya London and the infamous “All That” stars of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Ticket prices range from $27.19 to $54.12. Calvin Gilmore’s Carolina Opry is located at 8901 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.
Alabama Theatre’s “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”
Now until December 31, 2013
An award-winning show featuring song, dance, and plenty of comedy—this southern, family tradition instills the true meaning of Christmas with its combination of traditional Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites. Ticket prices range from $39.95 to $49.95. The Alabama Theatre is located at 4750 U.S. 17 South at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.
The Taste of Christmas Show at Christ United Methodist Church
December 19, 2013 | 7 pm
Christ United Methodist Church is located at 2901 Fantasy Way in Myrtle Beach, SC.
“The Nutcracker” presented by the Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre
December 6, 2013 at 7 pm, December 7, 2013 at 4 pm, December 8, 2013 at 4 pm
The show will be presented in the Beach Church Auditorium located at 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC.
OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS
Brookgreen Gardens presents Nights of a Thousand Candles
December 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, & 21 2013 | 3 – 10 pm
Brookgreen Gardens comes to life as more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights light their beautiful paths. Celebrate the beauty of the season with your family and friends as you sip warm cider, walk through the gardens, and enjoy the sounds of hand bells ringing and carolers singing. Individual and family member tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 3+. General admission adult tickets are $16 and $8 for children 3+. Brookgreen Gardens is located at 1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive in Pawleys Island, SC.
photo: courtesy of myrtlebeachonline.com
Ripley’s Festival of Trees at Broadway at the Beach
Now until December 31, 2013
More than 50 trees have been put on display throughout the aquarium, and a 20 foot red, white, and blue tree can be found on the outside plaza. Each of the 50+ trees is decorated to represent a different area of the United States. Regular admission to Ripley’s Aquarium is $21.99 for adults, $10.99 for children ages 6 – 11, and $3.99 for children ages 2 – 5.
Snow Globe: Winter Holiday Festival
December 7, 2013 | 10 am until 7 pm
A winter, holiday festival at Valor Park in Market Common offering free family entertainment in the form of food, games, prizes, raffles, give-a-ways, and lots of shopping. The Market Common is located on Farrow Parkway in Myrtle Beach.
Do you know of a great Christmas event that we’ve missed? Let us know!