I’ve been to several drive-through light shows over the years, but one of my favorites has to be North Myrtle Beach’s The Great Christmas Light Show. The Great Christmas Light Show is a lighted celebration featuring over 2 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5-mile drive through the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. The drive-through light show is open nightly November 23 - December 30, 2018, except for Christmas Day.
This light show is spectacular for any age but seems exceptionally enchanting for little ones. Over 500 magical light displays, some up to 55 feet tall, have been custom made for The Great Christmas Light Show. Visitors will experience 20 animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights will move and seem to come alive.
After the journey through the light show, attendees can park their car and visit Santa’s Village, where they can enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores, get an up-close look at the lights on the Santa Express Train Ride, go tubing down Santa’s new 40″ inflatable slide and meet Santa! And throughout the rest of December (aside from Christmas Day), Santa’s village opens when gates open.
We’ve gone each year from when my first son was age one, and it seems to grow each year! If you plan your visit on a weekend, be sure to allow extra time for traffic. While the city of North Myrtle Beach does a great job getting everyone in and out of the park, it can take a while to get into the main light show during peak visiting times. We’ve never found it to be a problem and just pack lots and lots of snacks for the kids.
Gates open nightly at 5:30 p.m. and remain open until 9:30 p.m. Pricing is per vehicle, based on the number of guests. It costs $15 per vehicle with 1-15 guests, $30 per vehicle with 16-30 guests, and $60 per vehicle with 31+ guests. They also recommend calling (843) 280-5570 to schedule buses.
If you want to have the full Santa’s Village experience, also plan on bringing extra cash. They have lots of fun activities to do (like ice skating and a petting zoo!), but most of them cost a little something. However, photos with Santa are free, so don’t forget to bring your camera! For more information on The Great Christmas Light Show, check them out online at www.NMBChristmas.com.