Updated: Oct 27
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a favorite beach destination all year-round for bringing people together and being your best self. Each season brings a new wave of excitement with food festivals and events, new attractions, dazzling shows, and eager visitors ready to take it all in. This holiday season, The Beach is filled with holiday cheer around every corner. From traditional events to new festivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy and new traditions to make. We invite you to experience the magic of the holidays and find where you belong at The Beach. Season’s Beachings!
Winter Wonderland at The Beach brings the magic of the holiday season to life, right in the heart of Myrtle Beach, and this year, it is bigger, brighter and beach-ier than ever before. A twinkling light display will transform the Boardwalk, a mile-long, oceanfront area in downtown Myrtle Beach with restaurants and shops, into a holiday dreamland. And the holiday cheer doesn’t stop with the light display. There will also be holiday movies and live music, a family-fun zone with holiday inflatables, oceanfront appearances from Santa, a holiday market with local artisans, and more!
Brookgreen Gardens, the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the country, hosts Nights of a Thousand Candles each November and December. This award-winning event is the epitome of holiday beauty and splendor in the Myrtle Beach area. The gardens are immaculate during all months of year, but during the holidays, each section comes to life with over 2,800 hand-lit candles and even more sparkling lights. The lights “frost” each limb and path in Brookgreen Gardens, guiding guests from one dazzling area to another. There is also hot chocolate and other beverages available as well as small bites from The Old Kitchen in the heart of the garden.
Holiday Live Shows and Entertainment
Joy and magic come to life this holiday season in Myrtle Beach through the many magnificent holiday shows debuting at area theaters throughout the area. Alabama Theatre and The Carolina Opry are two classic theaters in the Myrtle Beach area, known for their timeless performances and long-standing history in the entertainment industry.
Alabama Theatre: Get in the holiday spirit at The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theatre, where talented singers, dancers, musicians, and performers bring Christmas to life live on stage performing classic holiday songs and even a few new ones you’re sure to love. Most well-known for their exquisite costumes and backdrops, this show is perfect for merry visitors of all ages.
The Carolina Opry: This year will mark the 37th season of “The Christmas Show of the South” at The Carolina Opry. This show brings the warm spirit of the holidays to life with music, comedy, and dance. The Carolina Opry has stood the rest of the time for their spectacular Christmas décor around the theater, stunning Christmas trees, thousands of twinkling lights, fluffy snow, musical numbers and more. Come back year after year to collect holiday photos in front of their amazing Christmas tree, along with the other 35 trees lit to perfection.
Bring on the bubbles! The New Year is almost upon us and with it comes many new and exciting adventures. If you are in town when the clock hits midnight, The Market Common hosts “A Southern Times Square” New Year’s Eve Celebration every year, just one of the many New Year’s events in the area. Beginning at 9 p.m. they’ll host a beer and wine garden, live music, food vendors, fun activities for all ages, a photo booth and lots more. Get ready for the official New Year’s Eve countdown and our very own ball drop at A Southern Times Square followed by fireworks to celebrate the new year.
For more information on visiting the Myrtle Beach area as well as other tips for events, entertainment, and restaurants during the holidays, please check out the Holiday Vacation Guide on our website! https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/plan/getaway-guides/holiday-vacation-guide/