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 artists, and more with family and friends at Plyler Park along the boardwalk all month long. Children will be able to visit and take pictures with Santa, enjoy Christmas crafts, face painting, letters to Santa, and more. A live holiday music production will take place at 2 p.m. on stage, and a holiday train ride will be available for $3. There is also a secret shopping area for children where they can purchase two gifts for $5 to gift to someone special this Christmas. Holidays on the Boardwalk will also take place on December 29, 30, and 31, but the last visit from Santa will be the Saturday before Christmas. 

This event takes place entirely outdoors, but masks are required when social distancing cannot be accomplished. Those who aren’t feeling well are encouraged to stay home. While attending ‘Holidays on the Boardwalk,’ take advantage of the chance to visit other downtown businesses as well! The Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is a great shop for a one-of-a-kind holiday souvenir while The Bowery is the perfect spot to enjoy an early happy hour. Other fun spots to check out include Mad Myrtles Ice Cream, ILoveSugar, Boardwalk Coffee Shop, Nightmare Haunted House, HiFi Coffee, Moe Moons, Hurricanes Bar & Grill, and Oceanfront Bar & Grill. It’s easy to spend a December afternoon exploring these spots!

View the 12 Days of Christmas and Visit Myrtle Beach Holiday Getaway Guide.