We might be biased, but we think that a Myrtle Beach Christmas is the best Christmas.
Besides the fact that Christmas in South Carolina is objectively superior to places where you have to dig your car out of three feet of snow, Southern Living named Myrtle Beach one of the best towns to celebrate Christmas in the South.
New to the area? Visiting for the holiday? Make sure to catch these great holiday events!
1. The Snowball Drop
Who says you have to wait until New Year's for a drop?
For the last 10 years, Conway Downtown Alive has hosted an annual Snowball Drop, in which 1,500 ping pong balls with store names and prize numbers are fired from a "snowball cannon."
After catching their "snowballs," participants are invited to take a stroll and visit various shops to collect their gift, special offer, or coupon.
Sounds pretty fun, right?
Just make sure to be punctual--the blizzard starts at 10 AM sharp!
If you want to bring the family, make sure to come early, as the first launch is for kids only and features small prizes from Conway Alive, while the remaining launches are for adult prizes at 40+ Conway businesses.
2. Broadway at the Beach
Who needs the Big Apple when you've got Broadway at the Beach?
This place has a little (or a lot) of everything, with 20 popular attractions, more than 100 shops and boutiques, and over 20 restaurants and nightclubs, Broadway at the Beach has something festive for everyone.
Besides standard fare, it offers a few special holiday events like a tree-lighting ceremony with live entertainment and the annual holiday parade featuring Santa Claus, marching bands, classic cars, and more.
3. Nights of a Thousand Candles
If you want something for the adults to enjoy while the kids stay home with Grandma and Grandpa, make sure to check out the Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens, one of the best winter events in Myrtle Beach.
Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark about 15 miles south of Myrtle Beach. On each of the Nights of a Thousand Candles, the gardens come alive with 4,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights while warm cider, hand-bell choirs, and live carolers add to the festive atmosphere.
It's a lovely holiday date night combining beautiful gardens, an esteemed sculpture collection, and a healthy dose of holiday spirit.
4. Intracoastal Christmas Regatta
You've seen plenty of Christmas parades in your lifetime. What about changing it up a little and seeing a Christmas parade on the water?
This boat parade on the Intracoastal waterway occurs the first Saturdays after Thanksgiving. If you love Christmas but wish there was a way to incorporate a nautical flair, then you'll want to see the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta, as some of the area's best boats are decked out and on display for the occasion.
For the best dry-land viewing, grab a seat at one of the restaurants lining the waterway (plus, you can have dinner and a drink while you watch!)
5. The Market Common Holiday Bazaar
If your favorite part of the holiday season is a good holiday market, then you'll want to head over to the Market Common Holiday Bazaar.
Held on the esplanade on Howard Avenue each Saturday from November 3rd to December 15th from noon to 4 PM, the Holiday Bazaar features homemade food, live greens, and seasonal crafts, all provided by local businesses.
Not only is it a great way to spread the holiday cheer, but it's also a great way to show your support for the local Myrtle Beach small business community--and really, what's more in the holiday spirit than that?
6. A Grand Strand Holiday
Okay, there are many places you ought to visit in Myrtle Beach, but if you really need evidence that you don't need snow for a fantastic Christmas, then the Grand Strand Holiday is one of the annual events you can't miss.
This is the home of many of the area's best holiday events, from the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta to two different tree lightings (the North Myrtle Beach tree lighting and the Surfside Beach tree lighting).
It has Christmas-themed events all holiday season, so make sure to do the full tour of everything they have to offer, from entertainment at the Alabama Theatre to the Christmas Towne event, a Myrtle Beach favorite.
7. Ripley's Festival of Trees
Even during the non-holiday season, the Aquarium is one of the places in Myrtle Beach you have to visit.
During the holiday season, Ripley's Aquarium is transformed into a celebration of the great diversity of the United States.
The Festival of Trees features more than 75 beautifully decorated and themed Christmas trees, with 50 trees to represent each state. There's a Mardi Gras tree with masks and beads and a Las Vegas tree with a feather headdress.
We're partial to the South Carolina tree, with a mixture of seashells, magnolias, golf balls, and a bit of USC representation, of course.
8. Beach Ball Classic
Finally, late in the holiday season (the day after Christmas, in fact) is the Beach Ball Classic. If you know Myrtle Beach, then you know that the week between Christmas and New Year's holds a special place on the Myrtle Beach calendar.
The day after Christmas kicks off one of the biggest high school basketball tournaments in the whole country. This is where you'll see future stars of the NBA go head-to-head, so make your way to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to get in on the action.
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