Myrtle Beach in December: Holiday Activities


Though you may not be able to sunbathe, Myrtle Beach in December is a beautiful time of year to visit. The weather is a cool 60°F, perfect for a light jacket and a brisk walk on the beach to enjoy the panoramic views of the stunning Atlantic Ocean. With the holidays approaching, get into the spirit and at one of the many holiday activities taking place along the Grand Strand this December.

1. Christmas Tree Lightings

Gather around to enjoy a variety of tree lightings this holiday season! There are several taking place this year, most just a short drive from Sea Crest Resort. Here is a quick list of some of our favorite places to watch the trees light up:

  • Broadway at the Beach Tree Lighting Celebration: 

Date/Time: Saturday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Center Court (Between It’s Sugar & Build-A-Bear Workshop), 1211 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach

  • Market Common Annual Tree Lighting 

Date/Time: Saturday, November, 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Grand 14 Cinema, 4002 Deville St, Myrtle Beach

  • North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m.
Location: McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, North Myrtle Beach

  • Murrells Inlet Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date/Time: Saturday, December 4th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Morse Park Landing, 4939 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet

  • Surfside Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

Date/Time: Saturday, December 4th from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Park, Corner of Surfside Dr. & Willow Dr., Surfside Beach

2. Breakfast With Santa

More than a few places in Myrtle Beach offer pictures and breakfast with Santa, plus several that are hosting lunch and other special activities this year – the perfect way to enjoy some family time and to spread a little holiday cheer with the head elf himself!

  • Tupelo Honey (Breakfast)

Date/Time: Saturday, December 11th from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: 3042 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach
Cost: $10 per person
Reservations recommended.

  • Hard Rock Cafe (Breakfast & Activities)

Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, December 11th, 12th,18th & 19th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: 1318 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Cost: $11.95 per child, $17.95 per adult
Reservations recommended.

  • Nacho Hippo (Lunch)

Date/Time: Sunday, December 12th from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1160 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach
Cost: First-come, first-served
Reservations not needed.

  • EdVenture Children’s Museum (Activities)

Date/Time: Monday, December 20th from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 3061 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach
Cost: $8 per person
Reservations not needed.

  • Ripley’s Aquarium (Breakfast & Activities)

Date/Time: Saturday, December 4th from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location:1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Cost: $12.99-39.99 per child, $49.99 per adult (includes Aquarium admission)
Reservations required.

  • Uncommon Chocolatier (Activities)

Date/Time: Thursday, December 9th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: 3351 Reed St, Myrtle Beach
Cost: Not specified
Reservations not needed.

3. The Great Christmas Light Show

You don’t want to miss this spectacular light show (seriously, it’s the best drive-through-show on the Grand Strand)! Located at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, this holiday event features a two-mile drive through the park filled with more than 500 light displays, big and small. Guests are invited to enjoy this brilliantly-lit event from November 22nd – December 30th. Pricing starts at $15 per vehicle with 1-15 guests and the gates are open from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.. Santa’s Village will also be open this year with hot chocolate, s’mores, a train ride and more. 

4. Nights of a Thousand Candles

Between November 26th and January 2nd , Brookgreen Gardens brings you Nights of a Thousand Candles. The gardens come to life with the lights and sounds of the season. Enjoy carolers and musicians performing Christmas favorites, more than 2,800 hand-lit candles, innumerable twinkling lights, local food trucks and warm hot cocoa . Named one of the Best Botanical Gardens with Holiday Lights by USA Today’s 10Best, it’s a family-friendly event you don’t want to miss. Gates open from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. and tickets must be purchased in advance. Pricing is $25 for adults and $15 for children.

5. Ripley’s Festival of Trees

If you have an affinity for decorative Christmas trees, you’ll really 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 more than 18-feet tall. Ripley’s Festival of Trees starts November 5th and runs until January 2nd. This holiday event is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket to the aquarium. 

6. The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic and has become Coastal Youth Ballet’s holiday tradition. Take the family to watch as toy soldiers come to life and the dance of the Sugar Plum fairy whirl before your eyes! There will be four performances between December 11th and 19th. Tickets start at $20 and vary based on theatre seating.

7. Santa Crawl

If you’re looking for a holiday-themed event that’s for adults only, check out the Santa Crawl at the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet, taking place on December 11th from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. Dress in your best holiday swag for a chance to win one of the prizes for best dressed in several categories! Plus, all of the restaurants on the MarshWalk will have dinner and drink specials. This holiday costume contest is one you won’t want to miss!

8. Take in A Christmas Show

There are so many exciting Christmas and holiday shows in Myrtle Beach to see during December. Check out three of the best you and your family are sure to enjoy: 

The Carolina Opry’s annual Christmas Special is affectionately referred to as “The Christmas Show of The South” – and for good reason! This upbeat holiday performance features special guest performers and popular permanent performers in a festive celebration. From a real horse-drawn sleigh to a hysterical Christmas comedian, this show has it all. The Christmas Special runs through January 2nd. 

Head to Barefoot Landing and grab your tickets to see “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” at The Alabama Theater. This year’s show combines a spectacular array of performers, festive props, colorful costumes, and – of course – plenty of exciting entertainment. The cheerful performance combines traditional Christmas classics with more contemporary holiday favorites and is ideal for guests of all ages. The show runs through January 1st.  

Pirates Voyage takes the holidays to the next level with their adventurous Christmas production. With high-flying acrobats, live animals, a beautiful nativity and more, it’s a show stopper from start to finish. Plus you’ll love the finger-licking-good four-course meal served at every show! This Christmas special runs through January 1st. 

9. Holiday Shopping

Christmas and holiday shopping can be so much fun, especially with all the shopping options in Myrtle Beach! Grab a girlfriend or one of the kids, a cup of hot cocoa and set out to conquer your shopping list. Myrtle Beach features a few unique places where local vendors and artisans sell handmade gifts – a great way to find something special for your someone special.

  • Holiday Market at The Market Common

Date/Time: Saturdays, November 6th – December 8th from Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Valor Park @ The Market Common, 1120 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach

  • Rivertown Holiday Market

Date/Time: Saturday, December 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Conway Sports and Fitness Center, 1515 Mill Pond Rd, Conway

10. Christmas Parades

Up and down the Grand Strand, the streets will be filled with festive parades this holiday season. Check out when and where to find them all:

Join the spectators on December 5th starting at 3:00 p.m. in Murrells Inlet, approximately 12 miles south of Sea Crest Resort, for the Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade. The beloved (and free to enjoy!) annual parade begins at Wilcox Avenue and runs south down Hwy 17 Business to Wachesaw Road. New, unwrapped toys are being collected for the USMC Toys for Tots drive. Enjoy a mouthwatering meal on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk after the parade. 

Yachts for Tots presents the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta in North Myrtle Beach on November 27th. The parade starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Little River Inlet, travels south down the waterway and will reach Dock Holiday’s Marina around 7:00 p.m. You can view the parade anywhere along the route for free, but official viewing locations are listed online. If you’d like to donate to the community, bring a new, unwrapped toy or pet supplies (like cat litter or cat and dog food) to one of the designated drop-off locations before Dec. 24th.  

Barefoot Landing will host the 3rd annual Holiday Golf Cart Parade on Saturday, December 12th starting at 3:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach.

Everyone’s invited to the annual holiday parade at Broadway at the Beach. The parade route will take place around the Broadway shopping complex with floats created by local shops, restaurants and businesses. Festivities start at 11:00 a.m. on December 4th.

Join in the jolly fun at North Myrtle Beach’s Christmas Parade on Main. Starting at the old Bi-Lo grocery store, the parade will travel along Main Street to Ocean Blvd. Expect to see lighted floats, musical performances and even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus! Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on December 4th. 

With more than 100 holiday floats, marching bands and local performers entering to participate in this year’s event, it’s sure to be one of the best! The Surfside Beach Christmas Parade will be held on December 11th starting at 11:00 a.m. The parade route starts at Melody Lane, runs north down Ocean Boulevard, turns left onto Surfside Drive and ends at Poplar Drive. Head out early to grab a great viewing spot!  

11. Holiday Dining

Being away from home doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite holiday traditions, including a holiday feast! If you love the hustle and bustle of preparing a full holiday meal, opt for one of our spacious suites, which offer a modern kitchen fully equipped with everything you might need to make mealtime a breeze! Furnishings include a full refrigerator, oven / stovetop, microwave and all of the utensils, cookware and dishes you could need! 
On the other hand, if you really want to embrace the true meaning of “vacation,” let others do the hard work for you by checking out one of the many local restaurants that will be open for the holidays. There are plenty of restaurants open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day near Sea Crest Resort like Carolina Roadhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Hard Rock Cafe. Check with our front desk staff for more customized recommendations to fit your family’s tastes. 
If you are looking for an appetizing non-holiday meal during your vacation, check out these delectable brunch spots and new restaurants in the area
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It’s not hard to see why a beach vacation is appealing to many. Be sure to check our seasonal hotel specials and book your holiday getaway at Sea Crest Resort today!