Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays
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5 Festive Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays

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. 14, 2019, at 10:00 am
  • Little River: 34th Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta, Nov. 30, 2019, at 5:00 pm
  • Murrells Inlet: Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade, Dec. 8, 2019, at 3:00 pm
  • North Myrtle Beach: North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade, Dec. 7, 2019, at 5:30 pm
  • Surfside Beach: Surfside Beach Christmas Parade, Dec. 14, 2019, at 2:00 pm
  • Calabash, N.C.: Calabash Christmas Parade, Dec. 6, 2019, 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 2,700 candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of 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 December 5th through December 21st, 2019.



A woman in a Mrs. Claus outfit rides a horse-drawn carriage decked out in Christmas wreaths on stage for a Christmas show.

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. 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 fireworks.

Gold and red and white striped Christmas ornaments float in the waves on Myrtle Beach

5) Rivertown Christmas Celebration

Held each Thursday evening in Downtown Conway, the Rivertown Christmas Celebration includes a variety of festive activities fun for the whole family. All activities are free for guests, and no reservations are required. Enjoy visits with Santa, carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies, and candlelight shopping throughout downtown. Moreover, live entertainment will take place to cheer up the evening.

Spend the Holidays in Myrtle Beach

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Ashley is Tripster’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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