It’s that time again to transform the Grand Strand into holiday land. Now that Halloween has passed I say bring out the decorations and let’s deck the town in bright lights. We have a list of family affordable and fun places to go in the Myrtle Beach area to begin the celebration.
Barefoot Landing’s annual holiday ceremony, the Lighting of the Landing, will take place on Saturday, November 19 beginning at 6:00 pm with fireworks to follow at 7:00 pm. The Lighting of the Landing will feature a visit from Santa, along with holiday music from The Alabama Theatre and other local groups and individuals. This year’s event will be hosted and emceed by Greg Rowles of The Alabama Theatre.
The Market Common’s Annual Tree Lighting Event from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m will also be on Saturday, November 19 at Reed Street and DeVille Street. There will be a trackless train for the children on Deville as well as a balloon artist, face painter, carnival games and inflatables on Reed.
The stage events begin with Ruckus Drumline in front of the Grand 14, followed by Beach Brass Quintet and Santa! Santa will use his magic to light the tree and he will then be in his sleigh in front of The Grand 14 and available for pictures and to visit with the children. Vocal Edition choral group will close out the evening with holiday music.
The Hammock Shops Village is having their annual tree lighting on November 19 from 4-6 pm and will have Santa and Mrs. Claus along with Slappy the Elf. They’ll have holiday music and lots of food and drink. For the kids they have Christmas cookie decorating, a ornament decorating station, face painting, balloon art – all FREE! Also having a silent auction to benefit Toys for Tots. The emcee for the event is Ed Piotrowski, chief meteorologist at WPDE.
Come to Plyler Park at 6pm on Friday November 25th and see The Historic Myrtle Beach Boardwalk come alive for the holiday season! Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with all the children and hear their Christmas wishes. There will also be free hot chocolate and cookies, live entertainment and someone will go home with a SIX FOOT Christmas Stocking….see you there!
Surfside Beach will hold it’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 1, from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Surfside Beach Town Hall.
Join Santa and his friends at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater in the McLeod Seacoast Meadow (150 Citizens Circle, Little River, SC 29566) for the lighting of the City Christmas Tree on Friday, Dec. 2 beginning at 6:00 pm. Activities, entertainment and refreshments are available for children of all ages. A great start to your holiday season!
Broadway at the Beach will host it’s a Very Broadway Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 11:00 am in front of Ripley’s Aquarium then head on over to the Center Court for live entertainment and fun for the whole family from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Then go eat at one of the great restaurants and come back for the Christmas tree lighting at 6 pm followed by a dazzling fireworks show at 8:00 pm.
And if that’s not enough:
Ripley’s Aquarium will be kicking off the holiday season just the right way, with its Festival of Trees beginning now through December 30. Come see trees decorated for every state and more!
The Great Christmas Light Show at the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Sports Complex runs from November 25 – December and is a park-wide lighted celebration that is sure to capture the true spirit of the season! The drive through light show will feature over 1.7 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5 mile drive throughout the Complex. Over 400 magical light displays, some up to 70 feet tall, have been custom made for The Great Christmas Light Show. Visitors will experience 14 enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights will come to life. After the journey through the light show, we invite everyone to park their car and visit Santa’s Village where they can enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores, get an up close look at the lights on the Santa Express Train Ride, ice skate, experience the Go Ape lighted tree top adventure, and, of course, meet Santa!
Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens begins in December and runs the weekends of the 1-3, 8-10, & 15-18. See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 – 10 p.m. 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.
The 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night. An outdoor glass sculpture exhibit will be on display in Anne’s Garden. Created by Conway Glass, guests will see the garden beautifully decorated with new hand-blown glass flowers and trees.