Visit with Santa and enjoy complimentary carriage rides and hot chocolate during the annual tree lighting ceremony. Event begins at 5:30pm.

From 10am-5pm, shop holiday arts and crafts, enjoy food and live music at the Historic Peanut Warehouse in Conway during St. Nicholas BBQ Fest.

The 33rd annual holiday event showcases the best in holiday decorating at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. You can also take part in holiday tours and Victorian Holiday Teas at St. Johns The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Fellowship Hall.

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 holidays.  I’ve narrowed down the events so you can easily plan your itinerary and hit the highlights in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Five Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays:

1) Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland: Shadrack is known for its over-the-top holiday light displays presented at a few select destinations across the United States.  Myrtle Beach is lucky enough to be one of the few locations hosting the LED Christmas light and music show.  Held at the Pelican’s Baseball Park, visitors are treated to more than just wintry lights.  The winterland includes Santa’s Village, where you can get your photo taken with Santa and enjoy seasonal goodies like hot cocoa, candy apples, and kettle corn.  Nightly snowfall adds to the magic of the event.  Plus, you can ride atop a pony or camel on select nights, among other activities.  Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is open through January 8, 2013. 
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 3pm-10m December 5 -7, 12 – 14, 19- 21, 2013.

3) Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows:  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 (December 7 only).   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.

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Revel in the holiday magic of Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. The Myrtle Beach holiday event is an extraordinary light display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and candles, all of which illuminate the lush, green gardens of Brookgreen. Each section has its own unique light display and nightly shows and indoor exhibits are also offered during Nights of a Thousand Candles.

Due to the popularity of the Brookgreen Gardens event, Nights of a Thousand Candles has been expanded to nine nights in 2013. Grab a cup of cider, walk the paths of the historic gardens, listen to carolers singing and hear the holiday bells ringing in the Christmas cheer.
Nights of a Thousand Candles is held from 3pm-10pm on the following dates with featured entertainment noted:

December 5-7

  • Paul Grimshaw Band
  • Zeidwig, pianist (show of holiday favorites with zany antics and humor to add sparkle to the season)
  • Miller-Rowe Consort (classical guitar and hammered dulcimer)

 

December 12-14

  • Paul Grimshaw Band
  • Miller-Rowe Consort (classical guitar and hammered dulcimer)

 

December 19-21

  • Miller-Rowe Consort (classical guitar and hammered dulcimer)
  • Bella Corda (7-member guitar ensemble)
  • Palmetto Bronze (handbells)
  • Barbara Bailey Hutchinson
  • Bill Oberst (A Christmas Carol)
  • Carolina Master Chorale

Inlet Affairs will offer a dinner buffet in a heated tent for an additional fee for those would like to dine during the event. Served from 3:30pm to 9pm each evening, the menu featured lowcountry fare such as seafood, barbeque, chicken bog and even vegetarian options. If you’d like a snack during your visit, The Old Kitchen and a Snack Tent will be open as well.

Get a sneak peak of Nights of a Thousand Candles here:

Keep these tips in mind to make your visit enjoyable:

  • Come on Thursday to avoid weekend crowds.
  • Arrive early to see the candles being lit and map out your evening. Plus, dusk (4-5pm) is the best time to take pictures.
  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. This is a walk-through, not drive-through, holiday light display.
  • You will need to purchase a special Nights of a Thousand Candles admission ticket to attend.

 

Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach is a National Historic Landmark as it has a significant collection of figurative sculpture and has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas.

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Dive into a holiday fun at Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach.  They are hosting Festival of Trees November 7 through December 31, 2013.  Over 50 holiday trees will be on display, each uniquely decorated to represent the diversity of the United States.

Festival of Trees will be going on all November and December and is included in the price of regular admission. The aquarium opens daily at 9am, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

To add even more excitement to your day of discovery reserve a mermaid, sailor or pirate experience for your child.  They get to dress up as their character of choice, take souvenir photos and be treated to a day of make-believe.  Little girls especially love the enchanting mermaid package as it includes fashion jewelry, costume make-up and extra mermaid accessories. 

You can also join the Family Snow Ball at Ripley’s Aquarium on December 8 from 5-8pm.  During this semi-formal event you will be able to enjoy a live band, refreshments, dancing, decorations, and good old fashion holiday cheer.  Cost is $29.99 plus tax per adult and $19.99 plus tax per child.

And don’t forget you can still swim with the stingrays for only $62.50. This offer, which has a savings of $22.50, is available for a limited time, so make sure to take advantage of this exciting adventure while you can.  Your two hour package includes admission to the Ripley’s Aquarium, a behind the scenes tour, a hands on learning session, a backpack, logo t-shirt, a photo cd and unlimited fun.

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The Grand Strand is a great place for a holiday vacation.  Myrtle Beach Holiday Packages feature Myrtle Beach Christmas shows, fun attractions and oceanfront Myrtle Beach hotels.

Two of the best holiday shows include The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theater and Christmas on Ice at the Palace Theatre.  The South’s Grandest Christmas Show is a southern family tradition. This year’s Christmas extravaganza brings an incredible combination of talent, scenery and special effects to the Grand Strand to produce a spectacular new holiday musical experience sure to put you in the season’s spirit.  Christmas on Ice features award winning artistry, fabulous costumes, breathtaking lighting and glorious holiday music.  Save $8.40 on Christmas on Ice tickets when you make reservations today.