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Month: November 2021

Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights - Nights of a Thousand Candles

Gather ‘round Christmas-light super fans! Holiday Inn at the Pavilion has your 2021 guide for all of the Myrtle Beach Christmas lights you and your family will be able to experience. 

From Little River to Georgetown, the Grand Strand shines bright during the holiday season. No matter what the weather, there are indoor and outdoor light displays for you to enjoy. We’ve created a list of all of the Myrtle Beach Christmas lights from the north end to the south end of the Grand Strand (along with all of their joyful details)! 

The Great Christmas Light Show

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, 150 Citizens Circle, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Ages one through ninety-two will marvel at this winter wonderland, with more than two million lights displayed along a two-mile drive synced to music through your radio. Once you’ve seen the 500+ magical light displays, park your car and head over to Santa’s Village. Guests can enjoy a petting zoo, hot chocolate, s’mores and photos with Santa. 

  • Drive Through Experience: Nov. 22nd – Dec 30th, Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • Santa’s Village: Thurs. – Sun. Until Dec. 12th, Closed Thanksgiving Day; Open Nightly Dec. 14th – 30th, Closed Christmas Day
  • $15 per vehicle when Santa’s Village is closed (up to 15 passengers)
  • $20 per vehicle when Santa’s Village is open (up to 15 passengers)


Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees

Broadway at the Beach, 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Celebrate with your underwater friends this holiday season at Ripley’s Aquarium. Ripley’s features 55 decorated Christmas trees throughout the aquarium. Each state in the US (plus each territory) has a tree decorated to represent it. Test your US knowledge with a Christmas tree scavenger hunt.  Ripley's Aquarium Festival of Trees

  • Open November 2nd – January 2nd
  • Event is included with general admission tickets at no additional charge
  • General Admission starts at $12.99 for kids and $36.99 for adults

Winter Wonderland at the Beach

Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, 812 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Join the festivities of the inaugural Winter Wonderland at the Beach. Visit the Winter Wonderland Lights Display, a beach-themed holiday-inspired walking light display. A real outdoor Ice Skating Rink will also be part of the event, located just steps from the beach! Guests are invited to stroll the Boardwalk, taking in the festive decor and live entertainment at restaurants and storefronts throughout.  

  • Ice Skating: Nov. 26th – Jan. 2nd, Mon. – Fri. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sat. – Sun. Noon – 5:00 p.m., $15 (bring your own skates) or $20 (w/ skate rental)
  • Lights Display: Nov. 26th – Jan. 2nd, Mon. – Fri. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sat. – Sun. 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Kids under 5 – Free, Ages 5-17 – $5, Adults – $7


Celebration of Lights

Downtown Conway, 1515 Third Ave, Conway, SC 29526

Light up your holiday in the Historic Rivertown of Conway. The drive-thru Celebration of Lights begins on Third Avenue (follow the signs) and totals approximately 1 mile. After you enjoy the lights, stop by 200 Laurel Street for hot chocolate sipping and marshmallow roasting. Conway Celebration of Lights

  • Dec. 4th – 24th, Thursday – Sunday ONLY, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Visits with Santa on Friday and Saturdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Admission is $1 per person


Christmas Tree Lighting

Memorial Park, Surfside Dr &, N Willow Dr, Surfside Beach, SC 29575

Head down to the ‘Family Beach’, and enjoy the annual Christmas Tree Lighting of Surfside Beach. This event will feature live holiday music, food vendors and kid-friendly activities. Plus, Santa will be there!

  • Dec. 4th from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Free to attend 


Nights of a Thousand Candles

Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Explore an illuminated wonderland while you celebrate Christmas at Brookgreen Gardens. From sparkling wine and delicious entrees to live holiday music and lighted art installations, Nights of a Thousand Candles will not disappoint. There are more than 2,800 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights throughout the gardens. Be sure to check the live music schedule and menus for each of the on-site restaurants when booking your visit. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Nights of a Thousand Candles

  • Nov. 26th – Jan. 2nd, Various Dates, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Members: $25 for adults, $12 for children (ages 4-12)
  • Non-members: $30 for adults, $15 for children (ages 4-12)


Tree Lighting Ceremony 

The Hammock Shops Village, 10880 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Gather the kids and head to the Hammock Shops Village for an old-fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting. The event also includes rides on the Christmas Trackless Train located in Santa’s Village. 

  • Dec. 5th, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Train Rides: Dec. 4th – 19th (Sat. & Sun. only) 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. 


Shine Bright Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Sparkle and shine with family and friends at the Shine Bright 2021 event. In addition to the Christmas tree lighting, guests can enjoy s’mores and cider, food trucks, local art, a kids craft tent and a live performance by the Pawleys Island Concert Band. Don’t forget your lawn chair to sit in while you listen to your favorite Christmas songs.

  • Dec. 5th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
  • Admission is free!


Light Up the Lawn!

Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440

Join us as we celebrate and light up the Kaminski House lawn. Festivities include a Holiday Market with local vendors selling sweet treats and handmade goods plus carousel rides for the kids. Kaminski House Museum Light up the Lawn

  • Dec. 10th, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tree lighting @ 5:30 p.m.


Once you’ve explored the best area Christmas Lights, don’t forget to check out the spectacular Christmas Shows that Myrtle Beach has to offer – and when you’re ready for dinner, here are some amazing restaurants located along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. 

We’re so excited that you’ve included us in your holiday plans this season! Be sure to browse all of our amazing accommodations including oceanfront rooms and suites perfect for you and your family.

Happy Holidays from Holiday Inn at the Pavilion 

Santa and Snow Maiden in Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us once again – One of our favorite ways of getting into the Christmas spirit is to attend one (or two) of the many Myrtle Beach Christmas shows that go on each year. With so many exciting choices, you really can’t go wrong!

Christmas at Pirate’s Voyage Dinner & Show

Combine action with Christmas classics at this exciting holiday show! The story of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol unfolds before your eyes with a pirate-themed twist. Join the adventure as Captain Scrooge and his first mate Bob Crachit travel through time to find the treasure and discover the true meaning of Christmas.  This show features a 15-foot lagoon, a full-sized pirate ship and a delicious four-course meal. Christmas at Pirate’s Voyage runs through January 1st. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling their box office at 843-497-9700.

Brookgreen Garden’s Nights of A Thousand Candles

Perfect for a romantic night out or fun family experience, Nights of a Thousand Candles features more than 2,800 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights covering nearly every inch of the beautiful sculpture gardens. You’ll enjoy walking the pathways of the gardens while sipping on hot cocoa and listening to Christmas carolers. Several local food trucks will be on-site during each evening of the event and on-site restaurants will be open for business featuring special seasonal menus. This year’s event will take place on various dates between Nov. 26th and Jan. 2nd. Tickets for this annual Christmas show must be purchased in advance. For more information on event dates, food menus and performing artists, visit their website. Be sure to reserve your tickets soon— this event sells out every year!

Carolina Opry’s The Christmas Show of the South

You’ll be whisked away to a winter wonderland full of singing, dancing and a real horse-drawn sleigh at this award-winning Christmas spectacular. The Carolina Opry will celebrate its 36th season with a line-up of new entertainment and returning favorites. You don’t want to miss performances by Moses Braxton, Delvin Choice (from NBC’s The Voice), Brad Long (Nashville recording artist) or any of the other talented musicians and artists in this year’s Christmas show. The Christmas Special is running until January 2nd. Visit their website to purchase tickets

Alabama Theatre’s The South’s Grandest Christmas Show

Celebrate the holidays with talented musicians, breathtaking scenery, incredible special effects and your favorite Christmas music! The South’s Grandest Christmas Show will take you and your family back to the true meaning of Christmas through a performance that captures the season. You’ll laugh a little, smile a lot and might even shed a tear of joy at this year’s holiday experience. To reserve your tickets, call 843-272-1111 or visit the website

A Celebration of Christmas at Theatre of the Republic

For more than 50 years, Theatre of the Republic has presented live theatre productions and musicals featuring some of the area’s most talented performers. Past productions include Kinky Boots, A Rocky Horror Show, Matilda Jr., Aladdin, Elf and many more. For Christmas 2021, Theatre of the Republic presents Joy to the World, a celebration of Christmas spotlighting your favorite holiday songs. Tickets are available for Dec. 9th – 12th and 16th – 19th. Visit the website today to reserve your seat. 

Christmas Shows at GTS Theatre

GTS Theatre is the home of the Original Motown Tribute show. With a cabaret-style theatre and award-winning performers, any evening at the GTS Theatre will be one to remember. They host numerous live performances throughout the year including comedians, magicians and tribute performers. During the holiday season, guests are invited to enjoy a festive twist on these beloved productions. Check the calendar of events for this year’s joyous lineup. 

  • Original Motown Christmas Tribute Show: Christmas classics with a Motown vibe
  • A Magical Christmas & Comedy Show: award-winning magician Michael Bairefoot presents a magical Christmas 
  • Step Into Christmas with Elton John Tribute Show: your favorite Christmas tunes performed by an Elton John tribute artist 
  • Christmas with Elvis starring Alex Mitchell: Elvis Presley’s iconic Christmas classics are performed by Alex Mitchell, an award-winning Elvis tribute artist


We know this list of Christmas productions will make your beach vacation merry and bright. Looking for more holiday activities? We’ve got a complete guide to all the festive holiday lights around town! When you are ready to book your next Myrtle Beach getaway, peruse our specials page to snag the best deal – We offer cozy suites with an incredible view of the Boardwalk and beach.