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Christmas Festivities in Myrtle Beach

Taking in all the sights and sounds of Myrtle Beach during the holiday season is an unforgettable experience. From dazzling light shows to indoor displays that are sure to spark holiday joy. While the winter may not seem like the best time of year to visit the beach, the Grand Strand comes alive with Christmas festivities in Myrtle Beach and beyond! Enjoy day trips to light displays, cruises, and of course, beautiful Christmas trees! Here are a few things you can look forward to for your Christmas in Myrtle Beach.

Winter Wonderland at The Beach

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
6-9 pm, Holiday Festival December 1-3, 2023

This unique holiday festival in Myrtle Beach will transform the Boardwalk into a winter wonderland filled with glittering lights, lively music, and delightful surprises. Enjoy hours of holiday cheer along walking tours filled with festive displays. Winter Wonderland at the Beach is a free event, allowing you to explore the shores in full Christmas spirit. This event is family-friendly and offers tons of great photo opportunities for the whole family!

The Great Christmas Light Show

North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex
November 20 through December 30, 2023 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

The Great Christmas Light Show lives up to its name! This drive-through light show features over 2 million lights festively displayed along a 2-mile-long drive throughout North Myrtle Beach. This event welcomes all ages with over 500 custom-made light displays to view from the comfort of your car. Come see your favorite Christmas characters come to life in 30 enchanting, animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights will come to life. Join Santa’s little helpers for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, explore the petting zoo, and create smores around the fire pits, and more.

Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees

Broadway at the Beach
Monday – Saturday in December, 2023

Christmas festivities in Myrtle Beach wouldn’t be complete without a tree lighting! This special Christmas event hosted by Ripley’s Aquarium celebrates the natural diversity all around the country. Every year, Ripley’s decorates over 50 trees, featuring at least one from every state and US territory. Each is decorated with that state’s culture, environment, and people in mind – like the South Carolina tree boasting natural shells, magnolias, golf balls, and more! You’ll have so much fun trying to figure out which tree is which, or just enjoy the beauty of the festive event. 

This special holiday display is included with regular aquarium admission. 

Celebration of Lights

Downtown Conway
Thursday – Sunday, November 30, 2023 – December 24, 2023

The Conway Celebration of Lights is another amazing light display to explore this season. Every weekend, drive through a magically light display through the historic Downtown Conway. These lights will brighten the streets from 5:30 pm – 10 pm all the way up to Christmas Eve! Plus, take the kids to visit Santa every Thursday – Saturday from 6 pm – 8 pm. 

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Brookgreen Gardens
Select Dates, November 25 – December 31, 2023

Night of a Thousand Candles is a staple of the Grand Strand. See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 2,700 hand-lit candles and millions of sparkling lights. This natural sculpture park is the perfect place for a festive walk through handmade displays all through the season. 

If you’re interested in this event, tickets must be purchased in advance. Grab a warm cup of cider or hot chocolate and settle down in front of the crackling fire to listen to live music and enjoy family-friendly activities. Stay a while, or just drop in for a drink. Looking for a place to eat? Harvest Restaurant, located inside the park, is taking reservations for dinner throughout the event. Brookgreen Gardens is open from 4 pm – 9 pm during the event.

North Pole Express Cruise

Barefoot Queen Riverboat by Barefoot Landing

December 8th-9th, 14th-16th, and 18th- 23rd, 2023 | 6 p.m.

Come dressed in your Christmas PJs and enjoy a magical Christmas evening, onboard the Barefoot Queen Riverboat. You will be captivated by The Polar Express Story, make a ‘Believe Ticket’ for Santa Claus, visit with Santa himself, and enjoy snacks and hot chocolate. Plus, take home some reindeer food too! There will be a fully stocked bar serving select beers, wines, and liquors available for purchase.

Christmas Festivities in Myrtle Beach with SkyWheel

We can’t wait to give you a glimpse at all of the holiday magic Myrtle Beach has to offer! Whether you’re looking for traditional tree lighting at the beach or an enchanted evening stroll through the lights, we are sure to have something that will please everyone in your family. Or come view it all from the skies on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel!

The SkyWheel is a unique option for your whole family this fall! With enclosed gondolas to keep you from the colder temperatures, view the shore from the skies. You can purchase your tickets online at any time. You can even reserve your VIP Experience with first-class service at new heights. Come experience the height of Myrtle Beach attractions at SkyWheel. Question? Give us a call at 843.839.9200