How to have the best holiday vacation at the beach this year


This piece is brought to you in partnership with Visit Myrtle Beach. All opinions are our own. 

Spending winter holidays at the beach might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s honestly an underrated way to celebrate. Fewer crowds, gorgeous views and salty air make for a super relaxing holiday weekend. If you find yourself in the Myrtle Beach area over the holidays, here are a few things to do to make your vacation as fun as possible:

Catch a holiday show

Get out of the cold and into the warm theater for an evening of music and dance. At the Pirate’s Voyage Dinner & Show, enjoy a maritime twist on the classic Christmas Carol show. See what fate awaits Cap’n Scrooge as he travels through Christmases past, present and future.

Alabama Theater pulls out all the stops for “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” every year. The award-winning production combines comedy, song, dance and theater in a modern version of the classic Grand Stand shows.

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special was the first Christmas Special in Myrtle Beach. This year, you can expect to walk into a theater completely transformed into a winter wonderland with 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, 5 miles of tree lighting wire, festive snow, and of course, the pièce de ré·sis·tance: a 30-foot tree with more than 25,000 lights.

There’s more fun to be had at other theaters in the area, too. Asher Theater, GTS Theater and Legends in Concert are all hosting their own holiday specials this year. Click here for more information about these shows.

Get your shopping done

Less crowds at the beach means more shopping time for you. Pick up beachy stocking stuffers at Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, hit the outlets for fabulous discounts on apparel for the whole family or spend the afternoon shopping ‘til you drop at the high-end Market Commons.

Click here for more information about holiday shopping in Myrtle Beach.

Check out the decorations

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk comes alive during the holiday season with tens of thousands of beautiful twinkling lights. Every weekend from Nov. 24 through Jan. 1, 2019, visitors can experience Polar Bear Express and camel rides, live music and Santa and his elves on the gorgeous holiday boardwalk.

Thursdays through Saturdays from Dec, 6-22, see Brookgreen Gardens come to life during their annual Nights of a Thousand Candles events. Named “Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina” by Travel+Leisure Magazine, the twinkling gardens are not one to miss!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Brookgreen Gardens website.

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