As the Grand Strand covers over 60 miles of coastline, we have our fair share of Christmas tree lightings and celebrations as we head into the holidays! The first one of the season is this coming Saturday, November 16. The Christmas tree lightings will continue for around a month, and most of them feature visits with Santa and kids activities. Having attended every single one of them at some point, I’d have to say it’s too hard to pick a favorite—all Christmas tree lightings are fun and beautiful events! We just keep switching it up and trying to make it to at least a couple every year. Here is a look at what to expect for Myrtle Beach area Christmas tree lightings in 2019:
Saturday, November 16, 2019
25th Annual Tree Lighting at Broadway at the Beach
6 to 9 p.m.
Broadway at the Beach’s annual tree lighting event will begin in Center Court with live performances from Legends in Concert, Carolina Freestyle Cloggers and more! Meteorologist Ed Piotrowski hosts this festive event and will be joined by Santa Claus. Fireworks will follow the tree lighting at 8 p.m.
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather the 25th Annual Tree Lighting at Broadway at the Beach has been rescheduled for Friday, November 22.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Lighting of the Landing
2 to 8 p.m.
Festivities begin at 2 p.m., but the tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. in Barefoot’s Dockside Village. Fireworks will follow at 7 p.m. From 2 to 5 p.m., families will find a variety of activities, including creating holiday mail for the troops, face painting, holiday stilt walkers and balloon art. The tree lighting ceremony will be hosted by Ed Piotrowski and will feature live entertainment from The Alabama Theatre, Shelley Sasser, The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts, Chris Elswick and more. Santa visits will take place following the tree lighting at 6 p.m. and will last through 8 p.m.
Annual Tree Lighting at The Market Common
6 to 8 p.m.
The popular Market Common tree lighting will take place in front of Grand 14 Movie Theater with plenty of live entertainment and family fun, including a trackless train that will run along Deville Street. Along Reed Street, families will find balloon artists, carnival games and inflatables. Live performances include scenes from the Nutcracker by Coastal Dance Center, the Carolina Music Chorale, a brass jazz ensemble and the Lakewood Steel Band. Santa will arrive on his sleigh to light the tree and pose for photos, and free carriage rides will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Murrells Inlet Christmas Tree Lighting
3 to 5 p.m.
Murrells Inlet rings in the holiday season with their annual tree lighting at Morse Park Landing next to the Hot Fish Club. Christmas tree lighting festivities include visits with both Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with holiday crafts, hot chocolate and cookies.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
North Myrtle Beach Tree Lighting at McLean Park
North Myrtle Beach’s Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at McClean Park this year. Located near Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, the park will also kids activities, live entertainment and refreshments for the ceremony. Families will also have the chance to visit with Santa and his friends.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Town of Surfside Beach Christmas Tree Lighting
6 to 8 p.m.
The annual tree lighting ceremony for the Town of Surfside Beach will take place in front of Town Hall at 115 US-17 BUS beginning at 6 p.m. The event always features music and visit from Santa Claus.
City of Conway Christmas Tree Lighting
Downtown Conway’s Christmas Tree Lighting is like one out of a Hallmark movie. Taking place in front of Town Hall along Main Street, the event features live music and more. Last year, they arranged for fake snow to blanket the celebration from surrounding rooftops! Following the tree lighting, many stay for holiday shopping as downtown stores stay open later on Thursday nights.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
City of Myrtle Beach Official Christmas Tree Lighting
5 to 7 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season with the official tree lighting for the City of Myrtle Beach in the courtyard outside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in downtown Myrtle Beach. There will be live performances from dancers with the Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre and an inflatable bounce house, along with complimentary cookies, hot chocolate and photos with Santa Claus!
Learn more about celebrating the holidays in Myrtle Beach with the 2019 Holiday Getaway Guide.