Fill Your Holiday Season With Shows, Shopping and Festive Events in Myrtle Beach

As veteran visitors to the Grand Strand will enthusiastically tell you, off-season escapes to the Myrtle Beach area don’t have to mean excitement off the itinerary. In fact — and especially during the holiday season — there’s a long list of attractions, events, and activities to enjoy on this scenic stretch of the Carolina coast, no matter when you visit.


Are you and your coast-loving crew looking for good reasons to head for the beach between early November and New Year’s? Consider the following list of ways to make the most of a holiday-season getaway to the Grand Strand:

Holiday shows

  • The South’s Grandest Christmas Show: Head for North Myrtle Beach’s Alabama Theatre to catch a Grand Strand holiday tradition filled with song, dance, laughter and the holiday spirit. Learn more about this festive area favorite here.
  • Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show: Enjoy a four-course feast — and a swashbuckling, adventure-filled show (that gets a Christmas twist during the holiday season) — at Myrtle Beach’s Pirates Voyage. Learn more about the Christmas Carol-inspired holiday show here.
  • Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament: Get your fill of food and fun during a trip back to the Middle Ages at Myrtle Beach’s Medieval Times, where knights battle it out to protect the throne — and the castle gets a festive Christmas upgrade during the holiday season. Learn more about this epic tournament experience here.
  • The Holiday Spectacular at Legends in Concert: At Myrtle Beach’s Legends in Concert, tribute performers belt out the biggest hits of some of the most recognized names in music history. And to add even more festive flair, the holiday season sees a number of Christmas favorites added to the tribute artists’ setlists.
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  • Hot Jersey Nights Christmas Special: Presented at Myrtle Beach’s Broadway Theater, this show celebrates the legacy of Frankie Valli and the Four Season with amazing performances of hits like “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Oh What a Night” — plus a collection of favorite Christmas tunes like “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas.” Learn more about this fun and festive walk down memory lane here.

Holiday shopping

  • Coastal Grand Mall: This Myrtle Beach mall is home to a long list of nationally known retailers, plus a large selection of locally owned boutique shops. Explore all the offerings here.
  • Broadway at the Beach: Found off Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach, this shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot offers a long list of perfect places to get your holiday shopping done. See all the shops on tap here.
  • Barefoot Landing: This popular North Myrtle Beach destination puts an array of shopping, dining and entertainment options all in one place. Check out the many retail options available here.
  • Tanger Outlets: Find great deals while knocking out your Christmas shopping list at this popular outlet-store center. The Myrtle Beach area offers a pair of Tanger Outlets locations — one on Highway 501 and another on Highway 17.
  • The Market Common: This “uptown downtown” retail district in Myrtle Beach puts an array of shopping, dining and entertainment options in easy reach for Grand Strand vacationers. Explore all the offerings here.
  • The Hammock Shops Village: Found on the Southern Strand in Pawleys Island, this shopping destination delivers a delightful mix of shops, restaurants, nature and history, all in an iconic setting. See all the shops here.

Holiday events

  • Nights of a Thousand Candles: Held at Murrells Inlet’s renowned botanical gardens/sculpture gardens Brookgreen Gardens, this holiday-season event sees the beauty-filled grounds illuminated by 2,700-plus hand-lit candles and millions of sparkling lights. Find more event information here.
  • The Great Christmas Light Show: On this 2-mile drive through the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, more than 2 million lights and holiday-themed displays are sure to brighten your holiday season. Get the full 411 on this festive event here.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees: Find fascinating creatures of the deep alongside a collection of Christmas trees decorated to represent the 55 U.S. states and territories at this annual Ripley’s Aquarium event in Myrtle Beach. Get more event information here.

Of course, the list above is far from being a comprehensive one — more fun things to do can be found up and down the Grand Strand throughout the holiday season. Start making your plans to find some seasonal fun in the Myrtle Beach area today!

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Enjoy a Holiday-Season Stay on the Grand Strand

Ready to plan your activity-filled escape to Myrtle Beach this holiday season? Book your stay at The Strand Resort in Myrtle Beach today. With our array of comfortable accommodation options, extensive on-site amenities and convenient oceanfront location, we make it easy to enjoy your holiday beach retreat and create unforgettable memories on the Grand Strand.

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