The Carolina Opry Christmas Special in Myrtle Beach, SC

Calvin Gilmore Theater8901 North Kings HighwayMyrtle Beach, SC 29572
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A long-standing Opry favorite of the season, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special offers an unforgettable holiday experience for the whole family. Featuring time-honored traditions, dance routines, award-winning vocalists and musicians, more than 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, snow and more, the show continues to live up to its “Top attraction in Myrtle Beach” title each year, according to CNBC.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Myrtle Beach Travel Experts
  • Arrive 10 minutes before show time to see the pre-show.
  • Beer and wine is available.
  • Show duration: 2 hrs.
  • No flash photography.
  • Featuring classic Christmas songs, beautiful holiday decor, and award-winning entertainment.


from The Carolina Opry Christmas Special
The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is the “Top attraction in Myrtle Beach” according to CNBC. A holiday tradition for over 30 years, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special brings the spirit of Christmas to life with music, comedy, and dance. Referred to as “The Holiday Show of the South,” this show is at the top of every Myrtle Beach Holiday itinerary.

Award-winning producer, director, and performer Calvin Gilmore said recently, “Right now, families and groups need light-hearted entertainment more than ever before. We are pulling out all the stops to make this the most amazing, funny, warm and wonderful show ever.”

As always, the 2017 Christmas show will bring stunning changes, beautifully blended with time-honored tradition to create a family experience that is second to none. New talent will mingle with acclaimed rotating artists and long-standing Opry favorites. A holiday brass section and some surprise vocalists will be joined by our award-winning cast of over 35 of the nation’s finest musicians, vocalists, dancers and special effects professionals – and a real horse-drawn sleigh and real snow!

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is the original Christmas show in Myrtle Beach and has been a perennial vote leader as Best Holiday Show in Myrtle Beach. Shows run November 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, with regular evening performances and selectively scheduled matinees.

Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer Reviews

4 Reviews
Lucy C.
1 Review
January, 2018 NEW
The show was great, I didn’t like the ending. The song they sang had to do more with Easter. I thing it would have ended better with a Nativity scene and everyone singing “joy to the world”. The audience would have been able to sing along. It would have been a great finale of the show.
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Kay Swanson
1 Review
"What a Wonderful Show!"
December, 2016
This was the first show my husband and I have watched. It was outstanding. There are so many multi-talented performers. I highly recommend anyone visiting Myrtle Beach attend this show. Well worth the money!!!
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Tip: Can buy popcorn and drinks.

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Michael Fultz
High Point, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Carolina Pry Christmas Review"
January, 2015
Outstanding show
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James Jones
Jacksonville, NC
1 Review
"Honeymoon Memories at Carolina Oprey Christmas Special"
January, 2015
One of the best Christmas Specials I have seen in the past few years. This was one of our stops during our honeymoon and created memories that will last a a lifetime. Would recommend this show on anybody's travel in Myrtle Beach. The staff was friendly and courteous and performers were wonderful on and off the stage.
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Tip: Be ready for a fun and memorable time. There is a lightshow with a ot of flashing lights just something to be aware of if you are prone to seizures or migraines, but amazing.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
"Pure Magic is purely magical!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2018 NEW
We literally have been to over 100 magic shows over the years, ranging from Copperfield to our 13 year old son. We are so glad that the Gilmore family has brought a real magic show to Myrtle Beach. They didn't have to look far as Brandon and Hannah Wagster have been fan favorite fixtures in a number of other productions at the Carolina Opry as well as their own local performances at resorts, libraries and schools. This full out Magic spectacular is over an hour of grand illusions, sleight of hand, comedy and inspiration. I don't want to spoil the show for those who read this, but the show starts with a surprising production of his assistant, and ends with this talented duo combining in an amazing finale. Everything in the middle will keep you scratching your head and your mouth open in astonishment. There is a fair amount of audience participation for young and old too! You will understand once you begin to experience their well choreagraphed routines, why this young married couple have kept Grand Strand audiences excited for years and why they have found a home at The Opry. After the show they make time for photos, autographs and questions (just don't ask them, how they did it :) ).
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Deb S
Granville, New York
"Best Christmas Show Ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2018 NEW
My husband and I recently moved to Myrtle Beach after visiting many years with our girls. There is so much to do. The Christmas Show at the Carolina Opry was better the the Christmas Rockettes in New York City.
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Andrew P
Albany, New York
"Rainy Day Surprise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2018 NEW
It was one of those days, no golf and no beach. What to do? The last place I wanted to do was to go to "The Opry". Okay, I did and I'm glad I did. As a matter of fact I went to both shows, TCO and Time Warp, being offered during our visit. I highly recommend both of these shows to bring you back to memory lane and for just some good ol' entertainment from the heart. Glad I went and will stop in again when I return.
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Glen Burnie, Maryland
"Outstanding show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 04, 2018 NEW
Really loved the show at the Carolina Opry. Performers are outstanding and full of energy. Acts move along at a very fast pace. Costumes and sets are top of the line. Seating is very comfortable-seat cushioning is soft and aisles are wide. Would definitely go again.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"Worst Christmas show"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 03, 2018 NEW
An amature show at best. Very poor coordination of a show . A horrible comedian . We walked out at half time. The show was a mishmash of singing and dancing, though , thought to be in the Christmas spirit. The 5 clogging dancers from , America's Got Talent were great, when it came to them dancing as a group , but when they paired them off with female Partners they were absolutely horrendous. Many of the singers were totally off key and the orchestra was much too loud, overshadowing and drowning out the singer's. The solo pianist was good, but he was over flamboyant and full of himself. It's amazing to me how much money people will pay to see a really lousy show it's a shame.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Carolina Opry Christmas Special

How long is the show?
The show is approximately 2 hours long.

How early should I arrive for the show?
The Carolina Opry Christmas Special offers a pre-show for all guests. To see the pre-show, be sure to arrive 15 minutes early.

Is this show appropriate for children?
Yes. The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is appropriate for all ages.

Are food and beverages available at the theater?
Beer and wine are available for purchase at the theater.

Is the theater accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility issues?
Yes. While you can book wheelchair accessible seats online, we highly recommend calling our box office to ensure you receive the seats necessary to accommodate your needs.

The following sections are designed specifically for individuals with wheelchairs:
Premium Section – Sections A and C, row 1
Regular Section – Sections A and C, rows 2 through 6 on the outside aisle, Sections D and H rows 7, 8 and 17

In addition, all aisle seats on the ground floor are Disability Aisle Transfer seats. The seat arm raises completely out of the way and allows you to be transferred into the theater seat.

For additional mobility questions, please call customer service.

Where is the theater located?
The Calvin Gilmore Theater is located at 8901 North Kings Highway right next to Pirates Voyage.