And their eyes were filled with wonder & delight......The tradition reigns and the holiday sparkles brighter than ever with the return of the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, November 8-11. Each year brings new festivities, crafters, artisans, exhibits and tours and this year is no exception. Better than ever as a must see- must do, the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals provides something special for everyone in the family, from the tiniest of tots on Santa's knee to Grandparents reliving the days of the strolling minstrel. Laughter fills the air; wide eyes discover handmade gifts and mouth-watering gourmet foods enliven the senses. If it's a tradition for your family or your very first time, share in the excitement of the old, the new and the yet to come!
We invite you to step back in time into an ever-changing magical setting where shoppers delight and engage with 350 eager period clad vendors hawking their wares among the sites & sounds of a Victorian winter wonderland showcasing everything from fine arts and crafts, holiday decorations, homemade soaps & lotions, clothing, jewelry, imported items and more. See exciting new vendors and returning vendors you may have missed over the past few years, all bringing fun & unusual items not found anywhere else on the Grand Strand. Surrounding a spectacular Christmas tree adorned for such a special occasion, everything is dressed and ready for your arrival, even the benches and lampposts are laden with snow. It is a holiday lover's paradise tried and true with Roving Carolers in full Victorian Costume - Suzanne and Jim performing songs of the era, right down to antique instruments. As old Saint Nick visits nearby in his Victorian Castle benefiting the Barnabas Horse Therapy Foundation, the child in all of us is encouraged to come alive!
While there, treat your family to one of the show's oldest and most memorable exhibits - Santa Through The Ages. Follow the transformation of Santa from Medieval Times through modern day. You can never know too much about this magical man from the North Pole. Elegantly costumed and life sized, the history of each Santa will amaze and enthrall even the biggest scrooge. Wander through the Festival of Trees, an array of fifty magnificent Christmas trees, each dressed in its own unique holiday splendor shimmering, beautifully designed, and sold to benefit the Family Justice Center. See the Festival of Wreaths, fifty spectacular examples of craft and creativity, offered for sale to benefit the Kiwanis Children's Charities. Ooh and aww over the Festival of Tables centerpieces offering selections that compliment almost any deco, sold to support the Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission.
And returning to the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals, by popular demand and keeping a dying art alive, Mr. Frank Byrne along with his Marionette Performers, recreate a lively rendition of the Punch and Judy Shows. Young and old alike enjoy this comedic performance, whether remembering days gone by or generating new ones. Warning... The giggles are contagious!
Experience the Festival of Worlds where you'll find traditions and foods of selected countries from around the world. Don't let your taste buds miss out on this one of a kind event which also benefits local charities. In the English tradition, you may decide to step back into the days of old at the Victorian Holiday Teas...an event with authentic flair featuring Mr. Scrooge - the crotchety non believer from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol' as played by Howard Burnham, festival music, and a divine feast.
From the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals inception in 1981 ...attendees have been intrigued by its uniqueness and new ingredients year after year. Unique to Myrtle Beach and to South Carolina, the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals has been named one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" in 2017 by the Southeast Tourism Society. As in the tradition of Dickens, local charities are invited to participate and gain support from the giving community. Here for a limited time only, make plans to attend this special annual event with friends and family where you'll find a holiday spirit you won't soon forget.