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Top Photo Spots to Capture Holiday Magic

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
Surfside Beach Christmas Tree lighting

Need a holiday card photo spot? We've got you covered

Holidays are all about memories, and what better way to remember a moment than through a photo. Myrtle Beach has the perfect spots for capturing the love and joy of the holidays. Throughout the Grand Strand you’ll find gorgeous Christmas trees, holiday décor, stunning light displays, among other things, that are perfect for taking a photo to put on your family’s holiday card!

Broadway at the Beach

Around the 350- acre shopping and entertainment complex you can find beautiful ornaments, lights, clusters of trees, and a 56-foot lit Sequoia! The tree features 580 branches and glows with 14,500 RGB LED lights. There will be a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 11th at 6 p.m. with live entertainment, fireworks, and more. What better place to take photos than somewhere that has everything? While visiting Broadway, you can spend the day there before the fun happens to finish up your Christmas shopping and seek out all the beautiful places where you’ll take your photos.


Myrtle Beach’s iconic Boardwalk has colorful lighting displays throughout. The SkyWheel of course is always beautifully lit in many colors, and now you can visit the Winter Wonderland at the Beach at the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place. There will be a light show of over 10,000 lights, a family fun zone, and various vendors with entertainment. The light show will be lit daily from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will start on Black Friday going until New Years Day.

Market Common

The Market Common is an upscale shopping and entertainment district with a small city feel. The area is beautifully arranged for the season with a variety of sleighs and decorations dotted throughout the stores. Each one has its own unique design, so you’ll never find two that are alike. And near to the movie theater you can enjoy a huge tree and drop a letter off to Santa at the North Pole’s mailbox. It’s a good place to grab some hot chocolate from the local Starbucks, walk around to enjoy the festivities, and take a photo on a sleigh (or two).

North Myrtle Beach Christmas Light Show

The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach has over two million lights festively displayed along a 1.5-mile drive. After the journey, guests can visit Santa’s Village with Santa Express Train, tubing and ice skating, petting zoo, and meetings with Santa! There are several photo spots along the way to capture the magic you’ll create this evening!

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens is an evening filled with 4,500 hand-lit candles, countless sparkling lights, carolers, and festive entertainment. Filled with primarily soft, glowing lights, your eyes will be in awe after seeing the decorations on the beautifully drooped trees around the property. This event is a recipient of the Charles A. Bundy Award for

Excellence in Tourism from the South Carolina Parks and Recreation Department. Also, Travel+Leisure Magazine named Nights of a Thousand Candles the “Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina.” If you arrive at the event before sundown and you’ll find beautiful scenic spots to capture holiday photos with the sunset in the background, then the transition to the light display will begin and you won’t be able to refrain from taking photos even if you wanted to.

Theater Lobbies

A local’s tip for getting great Christmas photos is to visit any of the theater lobbies in Myrtle Beach. Some such as the Carolina Opry and Alabama Theatre have gorgeous decorations throughout their buildings, and visitors are free to stop by. It’s a great opportunity to dress up and take photos along the steps or around any of the trees on display.

Additional Spots

This year there will be various parades and tree lighting events all over the city that can also make for good photo opportunities. The Surfside Beach Christmas Parade will take place on Dec. 9th and be followed by a movie on Martin Field, and Broadway’s Christmas Parade will have a small festival in coordination with it on Dec. 2nd. These are only two of the many that will be happening. And the tree lighting ceremonies will also be held in many places such as Barefoot Landing, Georgetown, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, and the Annual Garden of Hope ceremony in Myrtle Beach.

Regardless of when you visit Myrtle Beach this holiday season, you can ensure there will always be something going on to participate in, and of course, take the perfect photos for all of your family and friends to see!

Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.