The Myrtle Beach area really sparkles during the holiday season! From North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet, our winter visitors have a lot to look forward to when it comes to Christmas lights. Whether you’re looking for an impressive drive through light show or an indoor display to spark holiday joy, here are a few of our favorite Christmas lights experiences along the Grand Strand:
Winter Wonderland at The Beach
Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place / 812 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach
Friday, November 26, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Winter Wonderland at The Beach will transform the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place in downtown Myrtle Beach into a sparkling holiday dreamland, filled with holiday magic and twinkling lights. This new festival will feature a path throughout the park will take you on a walking tour of the light displays, as well as an real ice rink, where you can rent skates or bring your own. Each area is themed with different types of lights, some beach themed and others more classically themed. And throughout the festival, there will be spots for families to take memorable holiday photos. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5-12. Kids under age 4 get in free! Tickets can only be purchased at the event. Ice Skating is $20, including skate rental, or $15, if you bring your own skates. Hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
City of Myrtle Beach Official Christmas Tree Lighting
Garden of Hope / 1395 Carver Street, Myrtle Beach
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Celebrate the magic of Christmas at the official tree lighting for the City of Myrtle Beach at the Garden of Hope of Carver Street in downtown Myrtle Beach. The event is free to attend, and the first 100 children to arrive will receive a free Christmas gift! The evening also features music, hot chocolate, cookies and photos with Santa and elves, and more. Entertainment will be provided by Long Bay Theatre and the Myrtle Beach High School Show Choir. The event lasts from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the City of Myrtle Beach’s Neighborhood Services at (843) 918-1062.
The Great Christmas Light Show
North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, 150 Citizens Circle, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Monday, November 22, 2021 - Thursday, December 30, 2021 (Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)
The Great Christmas Light Show is an enormous and immersive lighted celebration that is sure to capture the true spirit of the season. The drive-through light show features over 2 million lights festively displayed along a 2-mile-long drive throughout the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. All ages will delight in the over 500 magical light displays, some up to 55 feet tall, which have been custom made for The Great Christmas Light Show. Visitors will also get to experience 30 new enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights will come to life in 2021. And Santa’s Village—open Friday through Sunday until December 13, and nightly beginning on December 14—offers families a chance to park, enjoy hot chocolate, train rides, photos with Santa and more Christmas fun! Admission to The Great Christmas Light Show (up to 15 passengers) is $15 per vehicle when Santa’s village is closed and $20 per vehicle when Santa’s village is open.
Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees
Broadway at the Beach, 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
Friday, November 5, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022
Each Christmas season, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach celebrates the heritage and diversity of the United States of America by decorating over 50 trees, featuring each of the country’s 55 states and territories. The South Carolina tree is a favorite, at more than 18-feet-tall and features seashells, magnolias, golfballs and more. Visitors can test their knowledge of each state with their customized scavenger hunt or simply enjoy the beauty of so many Christmas-lit trees throughout the aquarium. This special holiday display is included with regular aquarium admission.
Celebration of Lights
Downtown Conway, 1515 Third Ave, Conway, SC 29526
Saturday, December 4 - Friday, December 24, 2021
The city of Conway is one of the most charming places to visit during the Christmas season for a number of reasons. Their downtown holiday displays, quaint Main Street shopping and scenic Riverwalk are worth a visit on their own, and the Celebration of Lights is the icing on the cake. On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., visitors can participate in an approximately 1-mile-long drive featuring thousands of Christmas lights and holiday scenes. Families can enjoy marshmallow roasting, s’mores station and hot chocolate nightly, and visit with Santa on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m. The drive-through Celebration of Lights begins on Third Avenue (next to Shelley’s Seafood), and participants will follow the route to Ash Pond Road and then to Marina Drive. The cost is $1 per person.
Nights of a Thousand Candles
Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet
Thursday through Sundays, November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Discover a true holiday spectacle at Brookgreen Gardens during Nights of a Thousand Candles. Beginning Thanksgiving week, the historic sculpture gardens put on a show of more than 2,800 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights that dazzle guests annually. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this popular winter event and cost $25 for non-member adults and $15 for non-member children. Families can enjoy a warm cup of cider or hot chocolate, while adult beverages are also available for purchase. Nightly entertainment under the tent and dining choices make it a great date night spot as well. Gates open at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. during Nights of a Thousand Candles.
In addition to these spectacular Christmas light displays, visitors to Myrtle Beach have the chance to enjoy a number of area Christmas tree lightings, as well. A full round-up of Christmas tree lightings from North Myrtle Beach to Surfside Beach can be found on our blog. And once you have seen all the Christmas lights, be sure to check out the area’s world-class Christmas shows and fantastic holiday shopping!