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5 Festive Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays

Updated: November 10, 2017

Searching for things to do in Myrtle Beach this Christmas? There are plenty of holiday events planned this season, all designed to bring out the joy and merriment of the season. I’ve narrowed down the events so you can easily plan your itinerary. With these things to do in Myrtle Beach during the holidays, you’ll have an all-access pass to a beachy-keen Christmas. 

Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays

1) Christmas Parades

Christmas parades are a classic yet festive way to usher in the holiday season. Numerous parades take place in the Myrtle Beach area. Check out the schedule below:

  • Conway: Downtown Conway Christmas Parade, Dec. 9, 2017, at 10:00 am
  • Little River: 33rd Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta, Nov. 25, 2017, at 5:00 pm
  • Murrells Inlet: Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade, Dec. 3, 2017, at 3:00 pm
  • Myrtle Beach:  Ripley’s Attractions Myrtle Beach Holiday Parade, Dec. 3, 2017, at 11:00 am
  • North Myrtle Beach: North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade, Dec. 2, 2017, at 5:30 pm
  • Surfside Beach: Surfside Beach Christmas Parade, Dec. 9, 2017, at 2:00 pm
  • Calabash, N.C.: Calabash Christmas Parade, Dec. 1, 2017, at 6:00 pm

2) Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles

Although this event is technically located in Murrells Inlet, it’s a holiday highlight of the Grand Strand. Plus, Murrell’s Inlet is only a short 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach. You can see Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 candles and countless sparking 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. Nights of a Thousand Candles is scheduled from 3:00 pm-10:00 pm on select nights from November 30 through December 17, 2017

Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the holidays

3) Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows

Watching Christmas shows is one of the absolute best things to do in Myrtle Beach during the holidays. Theaters on the Grand Strand pull out all the stops for their holiday productions. Two of the best are The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theater and Carolina Opry Christmas at Calvin Gilmore Theater.

4) Broadway at the Beach

Christmas charm can be felt throughout Myrtle Beach’s premier entertainment complex the entire month of December. Home to attractions like WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium, families can take in wholesome family entertainment while also enjoying festive decorations and even a Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony on December 2, 2017 for the 3rd Annual “A Very Broadway Christmas.” In town for New Year’s Eve? Broadway at the Beach is the place to be! They are hosting a rockin’ New Year’s Party at Celebrity Square with a DJ spinning music, club crawl and midnight fireworks.

5) Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees

While you’re at Broadway at the Beach take in the Festival of Trees at Ripley’s Aquarium. More than 50 decorated trees, covering all 50 states and U.S. territories, are spread throughout the building through December 31. A 20-foot-tall, red, white and blue tree is in the outside plaza, and the S.C. tree tops off at 18 feet, with magnolias, golf balls, sea-shell wreaths and stars.

Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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