Christmas on the Beach: 2018’s Best Holiday Events!
Looking to warm up this holiday season? Now is the perfect time to start planning Christmas at the beach! Every year in North Myrtle Beach, you can find holiday events to help get you and yours in the holiday spirit all over the Grand Strand. Here are some of our favorite events happening between now and the new year.
DASHING THROUGH THE GLOW 5K/1 MILE FUN RUN: NOVEMBER 16 AT 7:00PM
This is the event that starts it all! Lace up your running shoes and join us at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex on November 16 for an exciting 5K or 1-mile run throughout the attraction. Be among the first to see The Great Christmas Light Show, where there is something festive to see with every step. Participants are encouraged to wear holiday-themed attire, so don’t forget your Santa hats and stockings!
LIGHTING OF THE LANDING: NOVEMBER 17 AT 6:00PM
Visit Barefoot Landing’s newest area, Dockside Village, on Saturday, November 17, for the Lighting of the Landing. A Christmas show will start at 6pm with the tree lighting and fireworks to follow at 7pm. This is the official kickoff to the holiday season at Barefoot Landing. Every Friday and Saturday from November 23 to December 15, the shopping and dining attraction has a variety of events the whole family can enjoy, from fireworks to movies to a holiday market.
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW: NOVEMBER 23–DECEMBER 30
Visit the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex between mid-November and the end of December for The Great Christmas Light Show. More than 2 million lights are festively displayed along a 1.5-mile drive throughout the complex. Enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes dance across 500 stunning light displays located throughout the park. Each remarkable scene has been custom made especially for The Great Christmas Light Show, so we guarantee it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. At the end of the journey, stop by Santa’s Village for delicious hot cocoa and s’mores. Of course, you can’t forget to stop and see the real star of the show—Santa himself!
2018 CHRISTMAS PARADE: DECEMBER 1 AT 5:30PM
It truly doesn’t feel like the holidays until the annual North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade makes its way down Main Street. Both residents and vacationers look forward to this cheerful event every year. Enjoy rows of floats, marching bands and holidays lights as they make their way toward Ocean Boulevard. The parade begins at 5:30pm, but be sure to get there early to stake out the best spot.
2018 CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: DECEMBER 4 AT 6:00PM
Looking for a family-friendly event to kick off the holiday season? Join Santa and his friends at McLean Park on Tuesday, December 4. Watch the lighting of the City of North Myrtle Beach’s Christmas Tree and enjoy festive activities, entertainment and refreshments for children of all ages.
2018 CHRISTMAS CANTATA: DECEMBER 1 & 2
Don’t miss this spectacular annual tradition! Every year, church choirs from the North Myrtle Beach area come together to create an unforgettable musical program. This event takes place at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, located right in the heart of North Myrtle Beach.
The event is free, but you must have tickets. Get your Christmas Cantata tickets from the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.
THE CAROLINA OPRY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: NOVEMBER 1–JANUARY 5
Every year, The Carolina Opry’s Christmas Special features brand-new music, dancing and entertainment. Thirty-five of the nation’s most talented vocalists, musicians and comedians perform in a show that will captivate you from beginning to end. If you weren’t feeling festive before, just walking into the theater’s sumptuously decorated lobby will put you in the holiday spirit. To book tickets, call 800-843-6779 or visit their website.
THE SOUTH’S GRANDEST CHRISTMAS SHOW AT ALABAMA THEATRE: NOVEMBER 1–DECEMBER 31
The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at Alabama Theatre is an annual celebration featuring a combination of traditional Christmas classics, contemporary holiday favorites and hilarious comedy sure to entertain you. Another favorite of both visitors and locals, this show sells out quickly, so be sure to book soon! For information on tickets, specials and discounts, and group packages, visit their website.
CHRISTMAS AT PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER & SHOW: NOVEMBER 9–JANUARY 5
Experience a high-seas tale, Christmas style! Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is an exciting family tradition that "puts some 'Yo Ho' in your 'Ho Ho Ho!'" During this holiday special, you’ll enjoy a four-course dinner while the Crimson and Emerald pirates go on a quest to seize the coveted Christmas treasure from Captain Scrooge. This show runs through the end of the year. Book your tickets at the Pirate's Voyage website before they sell out.
Ready to get away this holiday? Start looking for a place to stay now so you can enjoy all of the spectacular 2018 Christmas and holiday events!