The holidays are a festive time in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand is busy gearing up for several area events. From cheerful tree lighting ceremonies and bustling festivals to holiday wine tastings and colorful parades, the area will offer plenty of opportunities for visitors to embrace the holiday spirit! Whether you are enjoying an extended Thanksgiving or Christmas weekend at the beach or are in the midst of an extended snowbird vacation, the Myrtle Beach area will be alive with fun events for the whole family. Take a look at our run down of the area’s top holiday events and be sure to pencil a few in during your holiday vacation in Myrtle Beach.
Carolina Opry Christmas Special – Nov.1st – Jan.4th
Gather family and friends for the biggest and most spectacular Christmas show in the Carolinas! The Carolina Opry, a multi-award winning local performance group, is proud to enter the 28th season of its annual Christmas program, known to many as “The Christmas Show of The South”. This holiday show is a tradition to visitors and locals alike and you won’t want to miss out! Tickets can be purchased in advance or the night of – but getting tickets early is recommended because many of the performances sell out in advance.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland – Nov.8th – Jan.5th
Pack a few vehicles full of family and friends and head to the Myrtle Beach Pelican’s stadium for the biggest and best holiday display in the area! This Christmas spectacle allows guests to enjoy millions of sparkling LED lights in the comfort of their vehicle. The lights are programmed to elaborate performances that are choreographed to music that you hear through your radio – making it a truly one of a kind experience. After the ride, you can get out and enjoy other holiday activities at the stadium. Tickets can be purchased in advance or the night of.
Dicken’s Christmas Show & Festival – Nov.14th – 17th
If you are looking for the area’s biggest and best Christmas festival – look no farther than the Dicken’s Christmas Show! Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention center, this weekend long Victorian themed event features hundreds of vendors offering everything from arts & crafts, home décor, and toys to specialty food items, Christmas items, and so much more! There will also be holiday performances and Christmas exhibits and appearances from Santa himself!
Broadway at The Beach Tree Lighting – Nov.23rd
Kick start the Christmas season right with a cheerful tree lighting ceremony at Broadway at The Beach! The night will include live, holiday themed performances from local musicians and elaborate Christmas decorations. The pinnacle of the evening will be the lighting of the Broadway tree followed by a spectacular fireworks display. This event runs from 6pm – 8pm.
Holiday Wine Tasting at Croissants – Nov.23rd
Wine aficionados and neophytes alike are invited to this year’s Holiday Wine Tasting at Croissants Bistro & Bakery. Held from 2pm – 5pm, this event is a fundraiser for a local college and will feature a variety of wines from around the world for guests to taste and compare. There will be live jazz performed by Tom Hanlin and Paul Grimshaw and a variety of raffle drawings for elaborate prize packages. Tickets to this event are only $10.
Barefoot Princess Christmas Regatta – Nov.30th
Enjoy the area’s most popular boat parade in style – with a first class seat onboard the Barefoot Princess Riverboat. Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway in style as you watch the parade pass by. This festive event will include guest entertainment and narration, plenty of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and so much more! The boat boards at 3:15 and cruises until about 8pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (843) 272-6796.
Night of a Thousand Candles – Dec.5th – 21st
Visitors looking for a unique holiday event should head south to Brookgreen Gardens any weekend in December before Christmas to take in the spectacle of this popular annual event. The staff at Brookgreen Gardens places millions of sparkling lights and over 5,000 hand lit candles throughout the complex to make the gardens come to life! Enjoy strolling throughout the gardens while you sip on hot cider and listen to carolers belt out holiday favorites as you take in the enchanting scenery. Tickets to this event can be purchased in advance or the night of.
Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade – Dec.7th
The Myrtle Beach Christmas parade takes place at Broadway at The Beach and offers a full day of family fun! The parade begins at 11am near the Hard Rock Café and will wind around the Broadway complex, finally ending near WonderWorks. The parade will include participants from all over the Grand Strand, live musical performances, and appearances from Santa himself. Come early to grab your spot as this event attracts a large crowd!
North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade – Nov.7th
If you can’t make the Myrtle Beach Parade or if you just want to attend two festive events, make plans to head to North Myrtle to take part in their Christmas Parade. The parade will begin on Main Street and travel to Ocean Boulevard so any spot along Main Street will give you perfect proximity to all of the action. There will be a variety of colorful floats and live musical performances, in addition to an appearance from Santa Clause. This parade begins at 5:30pm and usually ends right around 7pm.