It’s not just summertime when North Myrtle Beach shines. The Grand Strand is home to dozens of world-class music and dinner theaters that truly light up during the holiday season. A variety of seasonal events offer the perfect atmosphere for creating the best North Myrtle Beach vacation memories.
We’ve highlighted some of our favorite Christmas shows and events along the Grand Strand that will ensure your vacation itinerary is as bright as the season.
North Myrtle Beach’s Great Christmas Light Show
150 Citizens Circle
North Myrtle Beach SC 29582
Looking for lights? Take the family to The Great Christmas Light Show at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. It is just minutes from Avista Resort in North Myrtle Beach. Drive through whimsical displays of color and enjoy festive music. Browse Santa’s Village and try synthetic ice skating. Take a mini-train ride or brave the Go Ape Lighted Tree Top Adventure. Sip on hot chocolate and roast marshmallows. Don’t forget to check out the petting zoo. Guests of Avista Resort may purchase discounted tickets at the front desk. Admission may also be paid at the gate. The light show runs nightly through Dec. 31 but is closed Christmas Day.
Nights of a Thousand Candles
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Looking for elegance and natural beauty? Check out Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousands Candles. It’s worth the 1-hour drive from the Avista Resort in North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet. The expansive gardens are transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Nature is illuminated with the glow of more than 5,500 candles and thousands of Christmas lights. Massive oaks sparkle. Still waters reflect beautiful imagery. Statues take on new life under the glow. Dine on southern favorites like fresh seafood, BBQ, and more catered by Inlet Affairs. Sip on cider or hot chocolate as you stroll through the gardens. It’s romantic for couples, fun for groups and suitable for families. The event runs from 3 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 7-9 and 14-17. Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased online at brookgreengardens.com
The Christmas Show of the South
8901 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
The Carolina Opry Christmas show first debuted more than three decades ago. This year, producer and owner Calvin Gilmore launches a reunion season that marries old-time favorite cast members with new talent. More than 35 vocalists and musicians take to the stage with the theatre’s orchestra and amazing dancers. A highlight of the show is a genuine horse-drawn carriage and snowfall. Advanced reservations are suggested. The show runs through Dec. 31. For more information visit carolinaopry.com.
Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show
8907 N. Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Set sail with Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show on a holiday adventure unlike any other. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” comes to life at Buccaneer Bay. Join the crew on a journey with Captain Scrooge and his loyal first mate Bob Crachit as the true meaning of Christmas is revealed with a visit to Christmas, past, present, and future. Witness giant toys coming to life. See amazing acrobatics above a massive lagoon. Enjoy a live Nativity as you dine on a four-course feast. The show runs through Dec. 31.
The South’s Grandest Christmas Show
4750 Hwy. 17 South
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Alabama Theatre’s production of The South’s Grandest Christmas Show brings together talented singers and dancers, vibrant scenery and special effects to put you in the holiday mood. Beloved Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites make the South’s Grandest Christmas Show a fun family tradition. Add laughter thanks to the comedy of Ricky Mokel and you have the perfect holiday show for the family.
Festival of Trees
1110 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
An attraction you won’t want to miss for its beautiful sea creatures, touch tank, and amazing exhibits is Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. During the holiday season, more than 70 themed Christmas trees find a temporary home at the Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. Adding to the fun is that each of the 50 states is represented by a tree. The family can participate in a fun scavenger hunt to brush up on their knowledge of the 50 states. Admission to the Festival of Trees is free with aquarium admission.
Legends in Concert’s
Ultimate Christmas Spectacular
2925 Hollywood Dr.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Myrtle Beach’s Legends in Concert wows audiences with their Ultimate Christmas Spectacular. Enjoy holiday classics and modern tunes performed by top tribute artists. Tributes to stars such as Nat King Cole, Dolly Parton, the Blues Brothers, and Elvis Presley bring on the holiday cheer. The Legends band performs “Christmas Eve in Sarajevo” in tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Legends dancers put on a high-energy performance you are sure to remember. The show runs through Dec. 31. For more info go to legendsinconcert.com.