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7 Reasons to Spend the Holidays in North Myrtle Beach

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Holiday gatherings with the extended family usually end up in one of two scenarios: adults and children all crammed into shared bedrooms at a relative’s house, or a last-minute rush to a common meeting place. But there’s another option: Get your family and friends together and spend the holidays in the seaside villages of North Myrtle Beach!

In North Myrtle Beach, you’ll find spacious accommodations, like condos and beach homes for your entire family, and you can leave the hassle of hosting to us. With a variety of ways to have fun, relax and be entertained, everyone (including your in-laws) will be filled with joy!

Here are seven reasons why you should spend some time in North Myrtle Beach this holiday season:

1. North Myrtle Beach is convenient.    

Located just south of the South Carolina/North Carolina border, North Myrtle Beach is easily accessible by car and by air, making it a convenient meet-up destination for your holiday vacation. Once you're here, getting around is a breeze. You'll see why our visitors feel like locals in our charming seaside communities.

2. Get the space you need at a price you can afford.

North Myrtle Beach isn’t filled with high-rise hotels and expensive beach homes. It’s that perfect middle ground. Yes, there are hotels and motels, but we also offer other options well-suited for larger families and groups, including affordable beach houses and condo rentals. Our family-friendly accommodations offer enough space for everyone to be together, but be able to spread out and enjoy plenty of privacy. Most rentals come with a kitchen, so you can still cook your favorite holiday meal—unless, of course, you decide to go out to eat in one of our fabulous local restaurants

3. There’s a lot do on the beach… even in December.

Wintertime in North Myrtle Beach means mild temperatures and fewer crowds. You’ll find plenty of unexpected activities to make your holidays truly memorable, too—like horseback riding on the beach. Take the family to Inlet Point Plantation, located on a 1,380-acre undeveloped island, and can choose between a one- or two hour-long horseback riding tour.

The holidays are a wonderful time to take advantage of North Myrtle Beach’s other outdoor activities, too, like Segway tours, paddle boardingzip lining or fishing at Cherry Grove Fishing Pier

4. One word: entertainment.Alabama Theatre

During the holidays, North Myrtle Beach is home to an exciting assortment of events, festivals and live shows. Visit The Alabama Theatre to marvel at the annual “The South’s Grandest Christmas” show—an award-winning tradition voted the best live entertainment destination. Or book tickets for The Carolina Opry’s Christmas Special, where 35 of the nation’s most talented vocalists, musicians and comedians put on a show that’s sure to captivate you from beginning to end.

Check the schedules of The House of Blues and Pirates Voyage when planning your trip, as they have regularly-scheduled must-see shows to entertain the whole family. 

For a wonderful show that takes place outside of a theater, plan to visit the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. This magnificent venue transforms into The Great Christmas Light Show from Thanksgiving weekend through the end of December. With more than 2 million lights festively displayed across the 1.5 mile Christmas Joy Ride, it is truly a sight to behold! Afterwards, make time to shop in Santa's Village, take a train ride on Santa's Express or befriend the animals at the on-site petting zoo.

5. You can find the best shopping in North Myrtle Beach.

Forget the mall! Do your Christmas shopping in North Myrtle Beach. Find the perfect gift at one of the fantastic locally-owned shops that line Main Street, or spend an entire day shopping at Barefoot Landing. This one-of-a-kind boardwalk is brimming with boutiques and souvenir stores across a 27-acre lake and waterway. Or visit the nearby Tanger Outlets, located just off Highway 17, to score savings from your favorite brands.

Shagging at OD Pavillion

6. You don’t have to worry about planning a week of home-cooked meals.

Most accommodations offer a fully-equipped kitchen, but if you don’t want to spend all of your time cooking over the holiday, try any of North Myrtle Beach’s delicious restaurants and indulge in local favorites like fresh seafood, Southern-style comfort food, giant pancakes or gourmet tacos.

North Myrtle Beach is also home to several finer dining establishments where you can enjoy white-tablecloth service during your stay. For spectacular interior decor and waterway views that cannot be beat, make a reservation at Greg Norman's Australian Grille in Barefoot Landing.

Another fabulous option is 21 Main at North Beach, where the upscale menu boasts fine 28-day dry-aged meats, fresh seafood, and North Myrtle Beach's best sushi.

If you’re hoping to dine out during the holiday season, always be sure to check with restaurants for their holiday hours. 

7. You can have plenty of kid-free fun, too.

Golfers, rejoice: North Myrtle Beach is home to award-winning golf courses designed by pros like Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman. Make sure you bring your clubs so you can enjoy a day on the greens. Why not plan to attend a golf event, like the Shop with a Cop Charity tournament on December 8th? Located at the Fazio Course on Barefoot Resort, all proceeds collected from this wonderful tournament will benefit children in the North Myrtle Beach community.

Wine lovers can find new their favorite label and play bocce at Duplin Winery or tour the vineyard and enjoy a tasting at La Belle Amie. During the holidays, guests can taste limited seasonal wines at both locations.

In the evenings, go out on the town to enjoy live music or dance The Shag, the official state dance of South Carolina. Visit one of our iconic shag halls, like Fat Harold's Beach Club, to watch seasoned veterans swing around the dance floor. If you want to join in on the fun, you can sign up to take lessons and learn the dance yourself. Before heading home, grab a late night bite from Senor Willie's Taco Shack, located on Main Street in Ocean Drive. 

There’s no better place to gather family and friends over the holidays than North Myrtle Beach. Accommodations fill up quickly, so don’t wait long to book the perfect beach home, resort, or condo for an unforgettable destination holiday in North Myrtle Beach. Whether you’re carving a turkey, gathering around the Christmas tree or ringing in the New Year, our collection of seaside villages is a great place to start a new tradition.