MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The air may be growing cooler, but the holiday events in Myrtle Beach are just heating up. Take a break from the cold and busyness and get away along the 60 miles of the Grand Strand's coastline. Whether it's a family vacation or a romantic retreat for two, Myrtle Beach has holiday attractions and accommodations for everyone.
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DINING & ATTRACTIONS
Alabama Theatre: The South's Grandest Christmas Show
Voted Myrtle Beach's #1 Holiday Show, the Alabama Theatre presents The South's Grandest Christmas Show, opening Friday, November 2, 2012, and running through the holiday season with a special New Year's Eve performance. An annual family Christmas tradition, this year's Christmas Show promises to surpass all expectations. The show will combine traditional classics with contemporary holiday favorites, all surrounded by big production numbers. The show plays six nights a week at 7:30 p.m. with select 2 p.m. matinees November 2 through December 31, 2012. For reservations, call 843-272-1111 or 800-342-2262.
Atlantic Stage: Holiday Memories By Truman Capote
Atlantic Stage, the only non-profit professional theatre in the Myrtle Beach area, presents Holiday Memories. A series of short stories by Truman Capote adapted for the stage by Russell Vandenbroucke, the largely autobiographical story takes place in the 1930s and describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend. The evocative narrative focuses on country life, friendship, and the joy of giving during the Christmas season, and gently yet poignantly touches on loneliness and loss. Patrons are invited to an After-Words on the first and second Sunday matinee performances, where they'll have the opportunity to talk with the actors. The show runs from December 7 through 23, 2012, with a preview December 6. For reservations, call 877-287-8587.
Barefoot Princess Riverboat: Christmas Regatta Cruise
Cruise on the Barefoot Princess and be part of the Grand Strand's Intracoastal Christmas Regatta. On Sat., November 24, 2012, passengers will enjoy a two-hour cruise, with a deli and hors d'oeuvres spread and onboard entertainment while viewing all the boat entries during this annual event. Cruise time is approximately 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and reservations are required. Coupons may not be used for special cruises. For more information, call 843-272-2140.
Barefoot Princess Riverboat: Christmas Dinner Cruise
On Sat., December 8, 2012, enjoy a two-hour Christmas Dinner Cruise with special onboard entertainment, a buffet dinner and view the Christmas lights on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Reservations are required. Casual business attire is recommended. Cruise time is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Special group rates are available, but no coupons can be used for special cruises. For more information, call 843-272-2140.
Barefoot Princess Riverboat: Hot Dog Cruise with Santa
Calling all children! On Wed., December 19, 2012, bring your letters to Santa and enjoy a hot dog meal and goodies for all. On this one-hour cruise, you never know who might show up! A picture area will be available throughout the cruise. Book your reservations for the cruise, scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon by calling 843-272-2140.
Broadway at the Beach: 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Kick off the season at Broadway at the Beach for the 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Sat., November 17, 2012. Start the day with the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk®, where you can run or walk a five-kilometer route with team members and celebrate the season by giving and helping others. Then, at 6 p.m., enjoy holiday performances by some of the area's greatest talent, all leading up to the lighting of the star of the show: the Holiday Tree. Visit www.broadwayatthebeach.com for more information.
Broadway at the Beach: Myrtle Beach Holiday Parade
Myrtle Beach's only Holiday Parade takes place on Sat., December 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Broadway at the Beach. See area mascots, high school marching bands, classic cars, beauty queens, and a visit from the man himself, Jolly Ole St. Nick! Visit www.broadwayatthebeach.com for more information.
Brookgreen Gardens: Holiday Exhibitions' Signs of the Season in Art & History; Signs of the Season in Flora & Fauna
Join us at Brookgreen Gardens for two indoor holiday displays of evergreen trees, wreaths and plaques decorated with assorted natural materials as well as an assortment of vintage carousel animal figures and antique and vintage toys, including dolls, erector sets, wind-up toys, wooden building blocks, model cars, tin and lead soldiers, pedal cars, and an expanded display of Lionel, Bachmann, and American Flyer electric trains and train paraphernalia. In addition, there will be Christmas trees with period ornaments from the 1890s to the 1960s and other special holiday decorations. Special runs Fri., November 23, 2012, through Tues., January 1, 2013. Free with regular Garden admission. Reservations not required. For more information, call 800-849-1931.
Brookgreen Gardens: Nights of a Thousand Candles
Brookgreen Gardens will come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 to 10 p.m. on December 7-8, 14-15 and 20-22. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing and carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. Tickets are $16 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, call 800-849-1931.
Carolina Improv Company: Dysfunctional Holiday Gathering
Dysfunctional is the new functional! Don't let the holidays get you down because mom can't cook, your co-worker wears bad holiday sweaters, your brother came out of the closet, your boss is a creep and your dad is now a priest. Carolina Improv Company presents this improvised holiday comedy about dysfunctional families and places of employment. Show is appropriate for ages 18 and over and tickets are $14. Dates include November 21 and December 6, 13, 20 and 27. For more information, call 843-272-4242.
Carolina Improv Company: Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?
In this improvised and interactive show, Carolina Improv Comedy will take suggestions from the audience to poke fun at the holidays ... like fruit cakes, bad sweaters, fake customs, real traditions, family squabbles and more. Show is appropriate for all ages and tickets are $12 to $14. Dates include November 23, 24, 30 and December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 26 and 28, 2012. For more information call 843-272-4242.
Croissants Bistro and Bakery: Christmas Eve Dinner
Spend your Christmas Eve dining with Croissants Bistro and Bakery. Enjoy a three-course meal with dishes such as Black Linguini with Lobster, Pecan and Molasses Crusted Lamb Chops and Salsify Bisque with Crisp Oyster Mushrooms. Offer valid December 24, 2012. For reservations, please contact us at 843-448-2253.
Legends in Concert: Legends In Concert Holiday Show "Rock Your Holidays!"
The World's Greatest Live Tribute Show is a holiday favorite for all ages; raising your spirits and brightening your nights. From November 2 through December 20, 2012, this Las Vegas-based production will stir holiday memories with timeless classics of this magical season combined with the greatest hits from Johnny Mathis, Celine Dion, Alan Jackson and Elvis, accompanied by the hilarious, cheerful antics of the Blues Brothers. Also, be sure to make your reservations now for a New Year's Eve Blow-Out, at 10 p.m. on December 31, 2012. Call 800-960-7469 for reservations.
Myrtle Beach State Park: Santa at the Beach!
Escape the holiday stress and spend the day in the great outdoors! On December 1, 2012, enjoy some holiday fun at Myrtle Beach State Park, where Santa Claus will be on the beach, making his list and checking it twice! Bring your camera for a unique family photo on the beach. Santa will be available for pictures from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. And remember, Santa also loves pets, so feel free to bring your pet on a leash. Holiday activities will include bingo, story times with a park twist, reindeer relay races and games, roast-your-own marshmallow and hotdogs, and much more. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holidays shoppers can also enjoy a sale at the pier gift shop Offer free with park admission, which is $5 for ages 16 and up, $3 for ages 6 to 15, and free for ages 5 and under. Reservations aren't necessary. For more information, call 843-238-0874.
Pirates Voyage: Christmas at Pirates Voyage
Christmas at Pirates Voyage takes guests on a voyage with Captain Scrooge and the mystical Spirit of Christmas as they travel to the past, through the present, to the future of Buccaneer Bay. From November 2 through December 31, 2012, families will thrill as the colorful Christmas toys come to life before their eyes, performing amazing acrobatics high overhead. The fast-paced show is topped off with a four-course holiday feast, featuring Buccaneer bread, a roasted half chicken, barbecued pork, corn on the cob, mashed and flogged taters, and apple o' eye pie. A truly awe-inspiring live Nativity, complete with wise men and live animals that seem to magically walk across the lagoon, convinces Scrooge to mend his ways and let all the pirates compete for the Christmas treasure. For more information, call 843-497-9700.
The Belle W. Baruch Foundation/Hobcaw Barony: Hike Hobcaw: The Woods at Thanksgiving
Native American tribes walked the trails at Hobcaw and hunted deer, turkey and bear. Travel those same ancient paths along a 2.5-mile walk down an original portion of Kings Highway through a longleaf pine ecosystem. On November 14, 2012, see evidence of early settlers' success at processing lumber, pitch and tar for shipbuilding, and learn how the forest is reclaimed for use by endangered or invasive species. Appropriate outdoor attire is recommended and cookies and drinks only will be provided. For more information, call 843-546-4623.
The Belle W. Baruch Foundation/Hobcaw Barony: Hike Hobcaw: A Plantation Christmas
Cedar, yaupon holly, Spanish moss, pine and even mistletoe are symbols of Christmas at Hobcaw. Drive out to the edge of the marsh on December 13, 2012, to enjoy a 2.5-mile hike to Clambank Landing, studying favorite greenery gathered at Christmas by former Hobcaw residents. Imagine the thousands of ducks that once overwintered in the marshes of the lowcountry, travel through Friendfield Village and hear how Christmas in the Quarters was celebrated, then travel down to Hobcaw House to see the bluff as we share stories of Christmas past. Appropriate outdoor attire is recommended and cookies and drinks only will be provided. For more information, call 843-546-4623.
The Carolina Opry: The Carolina Opry Christmas Special
A holiday tradition for more than 26 years, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special brings the spirit of Christmas to life with music, comedy and dance. Referred to as "The Holiday Show of the South," it is at the top of every Myrtle Beach Holiday itinerary. This season, we're offering a two-show Holiday Special that include The Carolina Opry Christmas Special and the Holiday LIGHT Laser Show for just $49.95. Offer valid for Gold section seating only. Show runs November 1, 2012, through January 5, 2013, with regular evening performances and selective matinees. For tickets, call 843-913-4000 or 800-843-6779.
Avista Resort: Alabama Theatre's "The South's Grandest Christmas Show" Package
Stay in a one-bedroom, ocean view condo at Avista Resort for two nights and receive accommodations at Avista, daily breakfast at Just Off Main, champagne and chocolates upon arrival, and two adult tickets to Alabama Theatre's "The South's Grandest Christmas Show." This package is available November 1, 2012, through January 1, 2013, from $314. Rate is based on two adults for the time period of November 4-6, 2012; other dates and rates available. Rates vary depending on season and availability. Offer not valid for existing reservations. Some restrictions apply. Discount must be confirmed at the time of booking. Taxes, resort and processing fees are additional. For more information call 866-996-8084.
Bay View Resort: Holiday Skywheel Getaway
Enjoy your holidays relaxing at the Bay View Resort! This holiday season, spend two nights or more with us and enjoy two free Skywheel tickets each morning of your stay. This offer is available November 1, 2012, through January 2, 2013. There is a three-night minimum over the Thanksgiving holiday. Call 1-888-490-2725 now to reserve your room.
Breakers Resort: Holiday Shopping Package
What better place to do your last-minute Christmas shopping than right here in Myrtle Beach. Stay a minimum of two nights at Breakers Resort and receive a hearty breakfast buffet and a $100 Tanger gift card! This offer is available November 1, 2012, through January 3, 2013. To book your stay, call 888-428-1486.
Caribbean Resort & Villas: ‘Tis the Season for Savings
Make your holiday getaway to the Caribbean Resort & Villas, the vacation choice of families and couples for more than 40 years. From November 1, 2012, through January 1, 2013, enjoy a minimum two-night stay in an oceanfront room starting at only $49 with two free breakfasts at the Sea Captain's House. Call 888-482-7061 for more information.
Compass Cove: Chamber Exclusive: Holiday Breakfast Special
Get away to Compass Cove this holiday season and we'll treat you to two free breakfast buffets each morning of your holiday stay with this exclusive offer. This holiday special is available November 1, 2012, through January 2, 2013. For more information, call 1-888-432-9942.
Dunes Village Resort: Winter Splash
Enjoy 25 percent off your room at Dunes Village Resort and discounted tickets to Ripley's Aquarium with the Winter Splash package. This offer is valid November 1, 2012, through January 2, 2013, and rates start at $116. For more information, call (888) 465-5889.
Grand Shores Ocean Resort: Carolina Opry Christmas Show Package
Spend two nights in a one-bedroom, ocean view condo at Grand Shores Ocean Resort and receive daily breakfast buffet at Shoreline Café, champagne and chocolates in room upon arrival, and two adult tickets to the Carolina Opry's Christmas Show. This package is available November 1, 2012, through January 1, 2013, from $286. Rate based on two adults for the time period of November 4-6, 2012; other dates and rates available. Rates vary depending on season and availability. Offer not valid for existing reservations. Some restrictions apply. Discount must be confirmed at the time of booking. Taxes, resort and processing fees are additional. For more information, call 866-278-5228.
Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort: Explore the history and beauty of Brookgreen Gardens this Holiday Season!
Spend the holidays at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort and enjoy a full breakfast buffet, free bicycle rentals, free tennis courts and tickets to Brookgreen Gardens. This offer is valid November 1, 2012, through January 3, 2013, and rates start at $66 per couple. Rates vary according to dates of stay and accommodations. For more information, call 888-471-5659.