The Christmas season is a magical time of year no matter where you are, and the Myrtle Beach area is no exception. The entire Grand Strand is bustling with exciting Christmas shows, holiday lights, seasonal dinners and fun events for all including several chances to see Santa Claus himself! Here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate the holiday season in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights

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There are plenty of places to see Christmas lights all over Myrtle Beach and beyond. Nights of a Thousand Candles takes place at Brookgreen Gardens every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the day after Thanksgiving through December 31st and features over 2,500 hand-lit candles, twinkling lights, themed exhibits, refreshments and live entertainment.

The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach is fun for all ages with a drive-through light show set to Christmas carols, a petting zoo and train rides in Santa’s Village. Don’t miss out on your chance to tell Santa what’s on your list while you’re there! The North Myrtle Beach Christmas light show opens the week of Thanksgiving.

The Conway Celebration of Lights light show is another drive-through lightshow along the famous historic Waccamaw Riverfront. This show has no admission fee this year and runs every weekend of December. You’ll enter from 3rd Avenue closest to 501 Bypass and begin on Marina Drive.

Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows

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No trip to Myrtle Beach is complete without visiting one of the great theaters in town.

The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theater has been a Southern tradition for as long as we can remember and showcases your favorite Christmas songs, dance numbers and a special comedy act.

The Christmas Show of the South at The Carolina Opry is a real crowd-pleaser with world-class song and dance performances as well as special appearances from All That! clogging group. Go celebrate their 35th year this year!

Pirates Voyage offers a holiday themed dinner show during the Christmas season that tells a Dicken’s Christmas Carol with a pirate spin on it. This year, there won’t be any two-a-day shows so the crew can keep up with sanitation between shows.

Christmas Parades Around Myrtle Beach

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Unfortunately, most of the Christmas parades we are used to in the Myrtle Beach area are cancelled this year. There will be a couple smaller parades throughout the area.

Surfside Beach Christmas Parade is Saturday December 12th starting at 2PM on Ocean Blvd and Surfside Drive.

Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade is Sunday December 6th starting at 3pm from Wilcox Ave to Wachesaw Road.

Conway Christmas Parade is Saturday December 12th at 10AM in downtown Conway.

Christmas Events Near Myrtle Beach

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Looking for more Christmas events in Myrtle Beach? Join downtown Myrtle Beach for Holidays on the Boardwalk with train rides, live music, a festival of lights and more each weekend from Thanksgiving through New Year’s weekend.

Ripley’s Aquarium hosts its Festival of Trees each year with one tree for all of the 50 states positioned all throughout the aquatic exhibits.

Hard Rock Café, Tupelo Honey, 810 Bowling, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, The Barefoot Princess Riverboat and several other restaurants and attractions offer special meals with Santa Claus (and even the Grinch!) throughout the holiday season in Myrtle Beach. Call early for reservations as spots fill quickly!

Christmas Dinner In The Myrtle Beach Area

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Several local restaurants are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day serving holiday feasts for their guests. These Grand Strand restaurants typically offer holiday meals (be sure to call for hours and reservations). This list is still evolving for 2020 and is subject to change.

  • Greg Norman’s Australian Grille: Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, SC
  • New York Prime: 405 28th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro: 4269 State Rd S-26-852, Little River, SC
  • California Dreaming: Surfside Beach, SC & Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Carolina Roadhouse: 4617 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Preston’s Seafood & Country Buffet: 4530 US-17, North Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Thoroughbred’s Chophouse & Seafood Grille: 9706 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC

Christmas Condos & Resorts

Myrtle Beach

Caribbean Resort Condo World

Find the perfect rental for your holiday vacation in Myrtle Beach today. With a wide variety of oceanfront suites and condos with several bedrooms, there are plenty of options for any size family on every stretch of the beach. Enjoy a bevy of indoor amenities including game rooms, indoor pools, indoor water parks and so much more.

North Myrtle Beach

Ashworth Condo World

North Myrtle Beach is home to a huge selection of oceanfront condos, private beach homes and golf villas for every type of traveler this Christmas season. Whether you’re looking for a spot near all the action or a private retreat, Condo-World can help you find the perfect getaway at the best rate.