Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is not only a popular family beach escape, but during the months of November and December it also becomes one of the east coast’s top holiday vacation destinations. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Myrtle Beach and see along the Grand Strand including popular attractions and some hidden gems that will help you discover the spirit of the season on your Myrtle Beach holiday getaway.
Celebrating over 30 years of holiday tradition, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is brimming with music, comedy, and dance. Each year the show mixes new changes with time-honored traditions that the entire family will enjoy. A popular feature of the show includes the renowned All That! clogging group from America’s Got Talent, which heats up the stage year after year. Known as “The Holiday Show of the South,” The Carolina Opry’s Christmas Special is consistently at the top of must-see lists. Plus, the theatre lobby itself is a sight to behold with 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, and over five miles of light strands!
Voted Myrtle Beach’s #1 Holiday Show, the Alabama Theatre presents “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show.” Every year the theatre’s Christmas extravaganza combines talent, comedy, scenery and special effects to produce a spectacular musical experience. The South’s Grandest Christmas Show is a southern family tradition on the Grand Strand for visitors and locals alike.
If you are looking for an exciting new twist on an old classic, then the Pirates Voyage Christmas Show is sure to please. This family-friendly dinner show takes guests on a voyage with Captain Scrooge through time and space to find the meaning of Christmas. Watch in awe as Christmas toys come to life, performing amazing acrobatics high overhead. The event is topped off with a delicious four-course holiday feast during the show. Come early to enjoy a live Nativity with wise men and live animals in the lobby.
Festive Holiday Displays
Nights of a Thousand Candles begins near dusk on each weekend in December leading up to the Christmas holiday at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet. Stroll amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. Pro tip: Be sure to arrive early as the line of guests waiting to enter this popular event can often become quite long after sundown.
In North Myrtle Beach, The Great Christmas Light Show features over 2 million lights among more than 500 custom displays, some up to 55 feet tall! See the displays along a 1.5-mile drive through the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. After your drive, visit Santa’s Village and get your photo taken with the Big Man himself, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, tube down an inflatable slide and more. The more adventurous can even take on a festive ropes course and zip line over the light displays!
Finding That Perfect Gift
Broadway at the Beach touts itself as the largest tourist destination in the Myrtle Beach area, and with good reason. This large outdoor plaza is a sight to behold with its many shops, restaurants, games, and attractions all surrounding a central man-made lake. Don’t be surprised if you end up spending an entire day taking in everything this entertainment hub has to offer.
If you are looking for something one-of-a-kind, be sure to stop in at The Hammock Shops in Pawley’s Island. This outdoor shopping area showcases handcrafted wares by local vendors including candy, wine, bird houses, custom hammocks, and more. While you are shopping, be sure to stop in and watch a live demonstration at the Hammock Weaver’s Pavilion.
Outlet shoppers rejoice! Myrtle Beach boasts not only one, but two Tanger Outlets locations. Featuring top national brands at discount prices, these popular outdoor shopping areas are a haven for bargain hunters.
These top attractions and vacation ideas are sure to instill the holiday spirit in any vacation. Browse Myrtle Beach vacation rentals to find your holiday home-away-from-home.