If there is one bucket list holiday event not-to-be-missed, Brookgreen Garden’s Nights of a Thousand Candles is it. The Myrtle Beach area boasts so many great holiday activities, but this one shines extra bright. Attendees at Nights of a Thousand Candles have the rare opportunity to see the already spectacular sculpture gardens by the candlelight of more than 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 4 to 9 p.m. on designated evenings in December 2020. Attendees can walk the garden pathways with a warm cup of cider, cocoa, or…

I love heading down to the Myrtle Beach boardwalk this time of year. Not only because it’s less crowded, but because it’s home to one of my favorite area Christmas trees. The large, decorated tree makes for a great photo opp with the ocean in the background—a good reminder that Christmas is better at the beach! Another perk of heading downtown come December is the Oceanfront Merchants ‘Holidays on the Boardwalk’ event, happening every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 to 8 p.m. Enjoy strolling carolers, costumed characters, caricature…

The Market Common is a holiday hub this December, and we are loving it! The popular shopping/dining/entertainment area is hosting events all month long, including complimentary photos with Santa, The Polar Bus Express, happy hours with Santa, lunches, and bowling with Santa, and more. But one of our favorite activities this time of year is their horse-drawn ‘sleigh’ ride through The Market Common. Every Sunday in December, you can take a break from all of your shopping and enjoy complimentary carriage rides from 3 to 6 p.m. Pick up and drop off…

This year has been hard on so many people, and local shops, artisans, farmers, and craftsmen are no exception. As the holidays approach, one of the things we try to do is buy some of our gifts locally. The Waccamaw Market Cooperative has made that easy for us by hosting a series of ‘Holiday Markets’ at three different locations along the Grand Strand this Christmas season. The Holiday Markets are similar in nature to the Waccamaw Market Cooperative’s regular farmers market (one of my all-time favorite things about summer in the south), but…

Conway, South Carolina, boasts one of the most picturesque Main Streets in the south come Christmastime, and we look forward to our holiday visits with friends and family in that area every year. The town knows how to take advantage of their quaint Southern charm come December and hosts a fun event called the ‘Rivertown Christmas Celebration’ that is definitely worth checking out. The Annual Rivertown Christmas Celebration occurs each Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. through December 17. The festive activities are all free and include candle…

A Christmas parade is a fun way to energize the holiday spirit, and there are a couple coming up this weekend we plan on checking out! One of the things I love about a parade is that it gets my family outdoors together, which is more of a perk this year than ever before. So we’ll pack our Santa hats, Christmas-themed face coverings and plan on social distancing this coming Saturday and Sunday for two different parades. On Saturday, December 12, 2020, from 2 to 5 p.m., the town of Surfside Beach hosts their annual Christmas Parade. It’s one of…

While this holiday season may be different from years past, one family tradition that we can safely continue is a visit to The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Gates are open nightly beginning Thanksgiving weekend, and my mother-in-law and I drove through with all three kids last week. It was beautiful! And it was a perfect Christmas activity for social distancing as well since we stayed safely in our cars for the entire experience. Every year seems brighter, and park employees confirmed it’s because they’re…

The holiday season is underway here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! Trees are up, Santa is making his rounds and we’re welcoming visitors to enjoy all the Christmas season has to offer in the south. While this December is bound to be different than years past, there are still plenty of ways to safely celebrate the most wonderful time of year. Below we’ve gathered some of the events we’re most looking forward to in the weeks leading up to Christmas: Shakes with Santa at The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar Thursday, December, 10, 2020 Location: 1220…

There are so many wonderful ways to make the holidays memorable in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From festive parades to light shows to theater performances and more, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to celebrate the Christmas season at the beach. In our special ’12 Days of Christmas’ series, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy right up to Christmas Day! Day 1: The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach This fun Christmas event always kicks off the holiday season for our family. It features well over 2 million…

Give the Gift of a Beach Vacation!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 5:00 PM by Julie Ellis

The gift of travel is a hot item this holiday season Most Americans had to cancel their 2020 travel plans due to Covid-19, and no one is very happy about that. Beside the fact that the pandemic has crushed the hospitality industry, there’s a human aspect to this crisis that isn’t being addressed. People need people, and they need to unwind and escape the rigors of everyday life—especially life in 2020. According to the US Travel Association, taking time off greatly benefits Americans: it is essential to a person’s overall wellbeing, and it…