Myrtle Beach in December


Although catching a tan might be out of the question, visiting Myrtle Beach in December offers plenty to do indoors and outside. The weather is typically a cool 60 degrees during the day, perfect for a brisk walk on the beach with a light jacket to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The impending holidays bring about a plethora of activities along the Grand Strand, keeping spirits bright all month long. Plan your Myrtle Beach winter getaway now with these awesome activities to add to your itinerary! 

Christmas tree on the sand in Myrtle beach in december

Things to do in Myrtle Beach in December

Myrtle Beach in the winter has just as many activities to offer as the summer months, plus a healthy dose of holiday spirit. When you visit this December, you’ll notice how every venue, theater, and store gets dressed up for the holidays, featuring twinkling lights and dazzling Christmas décor. Explore this  list of things to do to make your winter getaway delightful and filled with cheer.

Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights

You know the holiday season has arrived when you see sparkling Christmas lights in Myrtle Beach. Several displays and festivities take place just a short drive from Sea Crest Resort for you and your family to take in the sights of the season. Here are our favorites: 

The Great Christmas Light Show

This drive-through light show at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex captures the spirit of the season with millions of lights. See over 500 magical custom-made displays and enjoy new animated figures that come to life right before your eyes. Each holiday scene is a joy to journey through, and the display will serve as one of your kids’ favorite memories of Myrtle Beach winter festivities. After the drive, park your car and visit Santa’s village to meet the head elf himself, enjoy s’mores, and visit the free petting zoo.

Light Show Dates & Time: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm through December 30th (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Santa’s Village Dates & Time: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm Thursday – Sunday until December 10th; open nightly December 14th – December 30th (closed Christmas Day)

Location: 150 Citizens Circle, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Cost: $15 per vehicle when Santa’s Village is closed, $20 per vehicle when Santa’s Village is open. $50 per vehicle of between 16 and 30 riders, $100 per vehicle of 31 or more riders. 

Nights of a Thousand Candles

One of the most popular things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter is the Nights of a Thousand Candles, which has been captivating visitors for years. Walk the cobblestone pathways of Brookgreen Gardens with a cup of warm cider and enjoy the ambiance created by over 2,700 hand-lit candles and millions of sparkling string lights. The cheerful atmosphere is made even more so with strolling bagpipers and nightly entertainers, and delicious food truck offerings. 

Date & Time: Thursday – Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm through December 3, 2023. 

Wednesday – Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm December 6 through December 31. 

Location: 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC

Cost: $35 for adults, $17 for children. Members of Brookgreen Garden receive a discount, $30 for adults and $14 for children. Tickets to this Myrtle Beach holiday event WILL sell out! 

Ripley’s Festival of Trees

If you have an affinity for decorated Christmas trees, you’ll love the Festival of Trees at Ripley’s Aquarium! You and your family will be dazzled by 55 decorated and themed holiday trees, each representing a different US state and territory. The South Carolina tree is the largest, standing higher than 18 feet tall, and adorned with South Carolina specific decor. 

Date & Time: Daily November 10 – December 31, 2023.

Location: 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC

Cost: This winter activity is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket to the aquarium.

kids enjoying christmas at the beach in myrtle beach in december

Winter Wonderland at the Beach

This one-of-a-kind winter lights display and festival takes place along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and includes activities for everyone. This one-mile stretch of downtown is filled with more than 100,000 lights for you to stroll and enjoy — for free! There is also a ticketed family fun zone with bouncy houses, snowy areas, and street curling. Find gifts at the holiday park from local artisans and holiday vendors, plus enjoy the sounds of the season at the oceanfront stage and a special showing of Polar Express at Myrtle Beach Train Depot. 

Date & Time: November 24, 2023 – January 1, 2024. Light display is on daily from 5 pm to 9 pm. 

Location: Myrtle Beach Boardwalk between The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove and the SkyWheel

Cost: Light display is free, with additional Family Fun Zone passes available for less than $10. 

Breakfast with Santa in Myrtle Beach

When the countdown to Christmas is on, you can spot Santa all over Myrtle Beach. The jolly fellow enjoys breakfast, brunch, and lunch at many area restaurants. Find an event to add to your kids’ to-do lists while in Myrtle Beach this winter. 

Holly Jolly Breakfast with The Grinch

Join the Hard Rock Cafe in Myrtle Beach for breakfast with the Grinch at Broadway at the Beach this winter. Each family-friendly event offers a Legendary breakfast buffet, festive activities, including cookie and ornament decorating, photos, and holiday outfit contests for kids. Enjoy the breakfast buffet and get into the holiday spirit.

Date & Time: December 10th, 17th & 24th (Grinch) and December 11th & 18th (Santa), 9 a.m. to noon 

Location: 1318 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC

Cost: $27.55 for ages 11 and up, $19.66 for ages 4 – 10. Kids 3 and under are free with a paying adult. 

Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows

There are so many exciting Christmas and holiday shows in Myrtle Beach every winter; check out these favorite performances to find the best options for you and your family to enjoy:

The Christmas Show of the South

Get your tickets for an unforgettable experience with The Carolina Opry’s Christmas Special. This is a beloved Myrtle Beach winter activity that brings the spirit of Christmas to life with music, comedy, and dance. The venue is a winter wonderland with countless twinkling lights, more than 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, and mounds of Christmas snow. Arrive early to have your family photo taken in front of the decorated tree before the show!

Date & Time: Monday – Saturday from now through December 23. No shows on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or December 26. Shows resume December 27 – December 31. 7 pm and 1 pm matinee shows are available, but will sell out fast! 

Location: 8901 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC

Cost: $48 – $76 per person, depending on seat

Hot Jersey Nights Christmas Special

The newest holiday show in Myrtle Beach this winter is the Hot Jersey Nights Christmas Special. Enjoy the sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, plus everyone’s favorite holiday classics, during this festive Myrtle Beach concert. The Broadway Theater is a prime venue to hear these incredible harmonies in person.

Date & Time: Tuesday – Friday in November and December (no shows on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day) with 10 am, 4 pm, and 7 pm showings available. 

Location: 1195 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC

Cost: $17.45–$47.45 per person, including fees

The Nutcracker Ballet Production

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic, and it’s the Coastal Youth Ballet’s holiday tradition. Toy soldiers coming to life and the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy delight all ages. The production is danced by the Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre company members, with students from the Coast Dance Centre, and professional guest artists and volunteers. 

Date & Time: December 9 and December 16 at 4 pm, December 20 at 2 pm and 7 pm, December 21 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and December 22 at 2 pm and 7 pm. 

Location: Main Street Theatre in Historic Downtown Conway, 335 Main Street, Conway, SC

Cost: $25–$40 per ticket

Christmas Dinner & Show at Pirates Voyage

Pirates Voyage takes the holidays to the next level with their swashbuckling Christmas production. Share in the spirit of the holidays as Captain Scrooge journeys through time to find the meaning of the season. The high-flying acrobats make this show one of the more adventurous things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter. Everyone will love the four-course holiday meal, too.

Date & Time: Daily through January 5, 2024 at 6 pm

Location: 8907 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC

Cost: $69.99 for adults, $34.99 for children

Myrtle Beach Christmas Parades

The streets fill with festive parades up and down the coast every holiday season. Have fun watching each dazzling, decorated float and enjoy festive music, too. These Myrtle Beach winter parades happen throughout December, so find one nearby and take part in the fun.

A Very Broadway Christmas Parade

Everyone’s invited to the annual holiday parade at Broadway at the Beach. The parade route begins near Dave & Busters and follows the interior road along the Broadway shopping complex. Floats are created by local shops, restaurants, and businesses. After the parade, the festivities continue next to the tree (near Margaritaville) with a visit from Santa, holiday dance party, and face painting.

Date & Time: December 2 at 11 am 

Location: Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC

Cost: Free

Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade

Kick off your holiday season with the annual Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade! This parade will begin at 3 pm in Murrells Inlet, and journey through the MarshWalk business district along Hwy 17 Business before concluding at the intersection of Wachesaw Rd. With floats decorated by locals, businesses, and restaurants, plus a possible visit from the jolly man himself, this Murrells Inlet Christmas parade is sure to delight the whole family. 

Date & Time: December 3 at 3 pm

Location: Murrells Inlet, SC

Cost: Free

Surfside Beach Christmas Parade

Known for its holiday floats, marching bands, and local performers, the Surfside Beach Christmas Parade is a hit with kids and adults alike. This year’s parade route starts at Melody Lane, runs north down Ocean Boulevard, continues left onto Surfside Drive, and ends at Poplar Drive. Head out early to grab a great viewing spot!  

Date & Time: December 9 at 2 pm

Location: Surfside Beach, SC

Cost: Free

Christmas Parade on Main

Join in the jolly fun at North Myrtle Beach’s Christmas Parade on Main. Starting at 2nd Avenue North, the parade will travel along Main Street to Ye Olde Kings Highway. Floats will compete for “Best of 2023”. Expect to see lighted floats, musical performances, and even catch a glimpse of Santa! 

Date & Time: December 2 at 5:30 pm.

Location: North Myrtle Beach, SC

Cost: Free

Myrtle Beach Holiday Golf Cart Parade

Watch as decorated golf carts roll through Barefoot Landing in this festive parade celebration. Proceeds of this event benefit The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach. The parade route begins by Greg Norman Australian Grille. Come early to hear the carolers or stick around for an after party at Lulu’s with music and more. 

Date & Time: December 10 at 3 pm

Location: Barefoot Landing, Myrtle Beach, SC

Cost: Free to watch, $10 to participate

Christmas Stores and Holiday Markets in Myrtle Beach

Christmas and holiday shopping can be so much fun, especially with a long list of options in Myrtle Beach! Invite the family for a day on the town, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and set out to conquer your shopping list. Myrtle Beach features year-round Christmas shops and pop-up markets where local vendors and artisans sell handmade gifts—a great way to find something special for everyone!

Christmas Mouse Stores

This year-round Christmas store in Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to find holiday keepsakes and gifts for anyone. There are ornaments with sports, occupations, food, and nearly any other theme you can imagine. Stockings, cards, and calendars are great souvenirs of your winter getaway in Myrtle Beach. 

North Myrtle Beach Location:  4852 Highway 17 South North Myrtle Beach, SC; open daily from 10 am to 7 pm, with extended hours until 8 pm on Friday and Saturday. 

South Myrtle Beach Location: 2306 South Kings Highway Myrtle Beach, SC; open daily from 9 am to 10 pm.

Holiday Markets at The Market Common

The Waccamaw Market Cooperative organizes community-based markets at Valor Park in Myrtle Beach. You’ll find handmade local goodies here every Saturday throughout the winter. Have fun strolling the artisan market to find interesting gifts and delicious treats. 

Date/Time: Saturdays November 4 – December 16 from 9 am to 1 pm

Location: Valor Park at The Market Common, 1120 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC

Christmas at the Beach

Here, it’s never too early for winter fun. Christmas at the Beach is a year-round holiday shop at Broadway at the Beach with a little of everything from décor to gifts. Plan for lots of things to do when you head to the Broadway area, even in the winter. You’ll find more than 70 shops with options from toys to hot sauce to jewelry. Stick around for lots of holiday activities all season, from quick snow showers to Santa appearances. 

Open daily at Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach Restaurants Open Christmas Day

Being away from home this winter doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite traditions, including a holiday feast. If you love preparing the Christmas meal, opt for one of our spacious suites and do the cooking yourself. Our comfortable and spacious rooms offer a fully-equipped kitchen with everything you might need to make mealtime a breeze. Furnishings include a full refrigerator, oven / stovetop, microwave, utensils, cookware and dishes so you can create your holiday favorites with an ocean view.

If you really want to embrace the true meaning of “vacation,” let others do the hard work for you! Ask our front desk staff for recommendations on where to eat in Myrtle Beach in the winter. If you’re here for the holidays, check out some of these local restaurants offering Christmas Day menus: 

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Treat yourself to a holiday meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Ruth’s Chris. This steak house has spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway to create an unforgettable dining experience. The Christmas menu features starters, sides, and dessert to accompany a beef tenderloin. Have it in-house or take it as a carry-out feast you can enjoy in your suite. 

Hours: 3 pm – 10 pm Christmas Eve, noon – 10 pm Christmas Day, 3 pm – 11 pm New Year’s Eve, and 4 pm to 10 pm New Year’s Day. 

Location: 8211 Marina Pkwy, Grande Dunes Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC

Preston’s Seafood & Country Restaurant

For buffet-style dining with carving stations and all of the traditional holiday fixings, visit Preston’s on Christmas Day. This homestyle meal includes seafood, turkey, ham, prime rib, and all of the desserts you can handle. Make your reservation by 2 pm on December 24th to hold your spot. 

Hours: Christmas Day Seating begins at 11:30 a.m.

Location: 4530 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC

When you’re ready to relax after all of your holiday fun, you’ll be glad you chose Sea Crest Resort for your December vacation. Our indoor pools and lazy river are the perfect places to unwind. Add a staycation day to your winter getaway and enjoy the offerings on our property. Check our seasonal hotel specials and book your holiday getaway at Sea Crest Resort today!

Myrtle Beach in December: FAQ

What is the weather in Myrtle Beach in December?

Expect your winter getaway in Myrtle Beach to hover around 60°F each day and stay above 40°F in the evenings — perfect for walking through holiday markets and watching parades. There are only six days with rain on average, so count on spending time outside enjoying many holiday activities. 

What else is there to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter?

Winter in Myrtle Beach boasts fewer crowds and tons of fun winter activities. Spend time enjoying holiday celebrations, golfing, shopping, noshing on delectable dining, and experiencing plenty of kid-friendly attractions when you visit Myrtle Beach in December.