Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend Christmas in Myrtle Beach? Well, we’re here to tell you that the excitement is REAL! The magic of the season comes to life during exciting light shows, talented performers live on stage at our world-famous theaters and scrumptious dinners served at top restaurants around town. Here’s a look at what we are excited to do during Christmas 2021 in Myrtle Beach!

Where to Eat

Reservations are recommended at these Myrtle Beach restaurants open for Christmas Eve and/or Christmas dinner. Call ahead as hours and menus change.

21 Main at North Beach

719 N. Beach Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC

21 Main at North Beach will be on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Gulfstream Café

1536 S. Waccamaw Dr., Garden City SC

Gulfstream Café will open at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They’re also offering Christmas Prime Rib dinners to go.

Greg Norman Australian Grille

4930 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, SC

Greg Norman Australian Grille at Barefoot Landing will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas night.

Carolina Roadhouse

4617 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC

Carolina Roadhouse will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and take-home meals to serve up to six people are also available for your holiday dinners.

California Dreaming

2657 Beaver Run Rd., Surfside Beach, SC

California Dreaming will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Only select seating times remain. Take home Christmas dinner on December 24 or 25 by ordering ahead.

The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro

4269 Luck Ave., Little River, SC

The Brentwood will be open from 4-9 p.m. December 24, 2021 and from 1-7 p.m. Christmas Day. They will offer a special three-course meal for $49 and a wine flight may be added for $21.

Preston’s Seafood and Country Buffet

4530 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, SC

Preston’s will be serving their famous Christmas Day Feast beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

8211 Marina Pkwy., Myrtle Beach, SC

Ruth’s Chris will serve a decadent holiday menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Night. They’ll also offer upscale sides to go for your family’s holiday feast.

Thoroughbred’s Chophouse

9706 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC

Thoroughbred’s Chophouse is now taking reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Shows to See

The South’s Grandest Christmas Show - Alabama Theatre

4750 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, SC

Check out 2021’s #1 Christmas Show on the Grand Strand – The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theatre! Talented singers, dancers, musicians and performers bring Christmas to life live on stage performing classic holiday songs and even a few new ones you’re sure to love. This show is a blast for all ages! Shows are held nightly through Saturday, January 1, 2022 (no shows on Sundays, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day). Tickets range from $44.95-$62.95/adult and $19.95/child.

The Christmas Show of the South – The Carolina Opry Christmas Special

8901 Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC

Some of your favorite performers will return to the Calvin Gilmore Theatre for The Christmas Show of the South. Entering its 36th year of performing, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special features the popular clogging group All That!, Moses Braxton, Delvin Choice from NBC’s The Voice and so many others! Don’t miss an appearance from Santa and the real-horse drawn sleigh with snow. The show runs nightly through January 2, 2022 with the exception of December 24-26. Select matinees will run throughout the 2021 season. Tickets range from $42-$70.

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show Christmas Special

8901 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC

Follow along with the tale of Mr. Scrooge as you watch mermaids, acrobatic pirates, hilarious animal guests and so much more when you join Pirates Voyage for their Christmas Special. Your meal is served as you watch the events unfold of Scrooge’s past, present and future along with sword fights and plenty of diving action. A moving Christmas scene is presented with live camels leading Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Call for show times and tickets.

Things to Do

Winter Wonderland at the Beach

Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place

812 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC

Join us for the newest holiday event in Myrtle Beach – Winter Wonderland at the Beach. This amazing walk-through light show is located along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk with fun themed areas like Toyland and Peppermint Valley. Even our local businesses will be joining in on the festivities by decorating their exteriors. Pack your skates or rent a pair and take a swirl and a twirl on the real ice rink! Live entertainment and special events are also planned throughout the 2021 holiday season. Winter Wonderland at the Beach will be open daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022 and will be closed on Christmas Day. Admission is $7/person for ages 13 and up for the light show only; $20/person for ice skating only with skate rental; $15 for ice skating only without skate rental; $25 for skate rentals and light show admission and $20 for skating without rental skates and light show admission. NOTE: This is a cashless event.

The Great Christmas Light Show

North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex

150 Citizens Circle, North Myrtle Beach, SC

One of the Grand Strand’s favorite traditions is The Great Christmas Show in North Myrtle Beach. Millions of sparkling lights are coordinated to your favorite holiday songs during the two-mile drive through the complex. Head on into Santa’s Village for a photo opp with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a petting zoo, fire pits for s’mores and a Rockin’ Christmas Tree that plays music every 30 minutes. They have snacks and hot cocoa for sale as well as souvenir toys. Admission is $15/vehicle and includes admission to Santa’s Village. Train rides and the elf hunt in Santa’s Village are $3/person. The Great Christmas Light Show is open nightly December 16-30, 2021. It will be closed on Christmas Day.

Ripley’s Festival of Trees

1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC

Ripley’s Festival of Trees has been a celebrated annual event for years and they invite you to their 2021 season. See what all the fuss is about as you explore one tree decorated perfectly for each state and a magnificent tree standing at 18 feet tall and representing South Carolina. Each tree is in a different spot within the aquarium which gives you plenty of time to explore. They have mermaid shows, stingrays and sharks to pet and the new Penguin Playhouse. The event is included with your aquarium admission. The Festival of Trees will be held daily through January 2, 2022 within Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach.

Conway Celebration of Lights

Marina Dr., Conway, SC

Every Thursday through Sunday through Christmas Eve downtown Conway will show off its Celebration of Lights. Drive through a one-mile-long light show listening to your favorite holiday classics. Santa will be available for visits every Friday and Saturday from 6-8 p.m. The show opens at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $1/person.