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Ring in 2018 in Grand Strand Style With These New Year’s Festivities

While the celebrations in big cities like New York, Las Vegas and Chicago might get the most attention as 2018 arrives, few New Year’s Eve vacation destinations in the United States can offer the unique blend of fun, coastal atmosphere, subtropical climate and family-friendly environment found on the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coast know as the Grand Strand when the calendar flips to 2018.

If you’re looking to start your new year in a place that will welcome the whole family - and without the need for a heavy winter wardrobe - look no further than Myrtle Beach and The Strand Resort. While you’re visiting, check out these exciting ways to ring in 2018 in Grand Strand style:

Brookgreen Gardens - While you may envision higher-energy merriment as the clock strikes midnight, this popular Murrells Inlet sculpture-garden attraction offers a chance start your evening off with a serene candlelit stroll. Thousands of hand-lit candles and holiday lights will illuminate the grounds from 6 to 9 p.m., all while holiday music sets the mood. Learn more at brookgreen.org.

A Southern Times Square - At The Market Common, a New Year’s Eve celebration reminiscent of the famous one in found New York City’s Times Square will boast a Southern spin. Among the fun activities planned in the Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment district are a live-stream of the Times Square festivities on a jumbo screen,  as well as a mirror-ball drop at midnight followed by a fireworks show just after to welcome the new year with a bang. You can bring the whole family along, too, as kids’ entertainment will include bounce houses, face painters, mimes, human statues and more. Live music being performed on two separate stages is sure to prompt some dancing in the streets, and a collection of Market Common food and drink vendors will keep the drinks flowing and the festive crowds well-fed. For more information, visit marketcommonmb.com.

House of Blues - This famed live-music venue at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach will offer a pair of New Year’s bashes to choose from. Guests who opt to attend the New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance will be treated to music from the Chocolate Chip & Company Band, a four-course meal followed by a champagne toast at midnight, and complimentary tickets to a 2018 HoB concert. At the HoB’s second event, Corey Smith fans can welcome 2018 with a full concert by the country-tinged singer/songwriter. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Broadway at the Beach - At major Myrtle Beach attraction Broadway at the Beach, no admission fee is required of those who want to watch the skies over Lake Broadway light up at 8 p.m. as Helicopter Adventures presents a Fireworks Extravaganza to celebrate 2017’s final evening. A party at the Hard Rock Cafe will feature entertainment by Diversity, a live simulcast from Times Square, party favors, a complimentary hors d’oeuvre buffet at 11 p.m., and confetti cannons and a balloon drop at midnight. If you’re looking to start your 2018 with the VIP treatment, upgraded packages are available and offer dinner, private seating and more.

The list of exciting ways to spend your New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach goes on and on. While you’re here, The Strand Resort can provide you with easy access to all the year-opening action while hosting you and your party crew in a comfortable oceanfront room. Resolve to make your New Year’s plans with The Strand Resort - it’ll be an amazing way to kick off your new year!