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


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 the first three weekends in December 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 plus an ice-skating rink for children, 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.

Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows


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.

Legends in Concert brings your favorite tribute artists live to the beach with fun, holiday themed shows throughout the season.

Pirates Voyage also offers a holiday themed dinner show during the Christmas season.

New to 2019 is Christmas on Ice featuring award-winning figure skaters and singers performing together in a grand tent.

Christmas Parades Around Myrtle Beach


Christmas Parades line the Grand Strand in early December. The Broadway at the Beach Holiday Parade is held the first Saturday in December around the complex.

Visit Main Street in North Myrtle Beach in the early evening that same day for their annual parade.

Other parades are held in Surfside Beach, downtown Conway and Murrells Inlet.

Christmas Events Near Myrtle Beach


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


Several local restaurants are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day serving holiday feasts for their guests. These Grand Strand restaurants offer holiday meals (be sure to call for hours and reservations).

  • 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.