Holiday Happenings At The Beach

Holiday Happenings At The Beach

While we may be a well-known summer destination, the Myrtle Beach area also makes for a great place to spend the winter holiday season. From Christmas parades and festivals to breathtaking theatrical performances and light shows, the Grand Strand offers everything to make your holiday season complete. Events may look a little different this year due to COVID concerns, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still happening! Check out this list of top seasonal things to do, shows to see, and festive fun still to be had at the beach.

Dazzling Light Shows

Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens
This breathtaking display of lights is unlike any light show you’ll ever see. Thousands of hand-lit candles and twinkling lights ignite the gardens and statues for just a few days each December.
WHEN: 4-9 p.m. Dec. 16-20; 27-31, 2020 (This popular event sells out fast! Check online for tickets.)

Rivertown Christmas Celebration in Downtown Conway
Enjoy candlelit shopping with beautiful window displays, carriage rides, visits with Santa, a Christmas Cruise In and camel rides.
WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, December 17

Celebration of Lights in Conway

This drive-through light show is set to your favorite holiday tunes and is free for 2020.
WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Dec.17-20 & Dec. 24
>>View Conway Event Info Online

The Great Christmas Light Show at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex
Even if you’ve been before you’ll want to see the new lights and new displays at this amazing light show perfectly set to music. Face masks are required to enter Santa’s Village. There you’ll find a petting zoo, an elf hunt, train rides and of course socially distanced visits with Santa himself.
WHEN: 5:30-9:30 p.m. every night except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Santa Sightings


The Polar Bus Express at The Market Common
Hop on the Big Red Bus for the coolest Polar Express themed-ride in town. Riders will receive their very own “Believe” bell, chocolate chip cookie, water and hot cocoa at the end. You might even see the man in red if you ring your bell loud enough!
WHEN: Saturdays in December at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Merry & Magical Musical Christmas Tree at Broadway at the Beach
Every 30 minutes a giant tree in Center Court will light up with a synchronized musical number during the holiday season.
WHEN: 4 p.m. Daily through New Year’s Eve

The Santa Experience at Broadway at the Beach
Santa will take center stage on the Heroes Harbor Stage near Margaritaville. They’ll have visits with your favorite characters and plenty of space for social distancing protocols. Appointments for photos with Santa are available online.
WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Fridays; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through December 20; 1-4 p.m. Dec. 24.
>>View Broadway At The Beach Event Info Online

Complimentary Carriage Rides at The Market Common

Take a free ride in your private carriage with your loved ones around The Market Common this month!
WHEN: 3-6 p.m. Sundays in December
>>View Market Common Event Info Online


These Myrtle Beach restaurants and attractions will have special visits and meals with Santa this year! 

Looking for more activities to get out and experience all the Grand Strand has to offer? Check out our list of 99 Things to Do! Top Things To Do On The Grand Strand

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