Myrtle Beach Christmas Lights & Festivities Along The Grand Strand
Christmas Lights in Myrtle BeachThere is nothing more magical about the Yuletide Season than admiring festive lights all around the Grand Strand. We’ve put together a list of Myrtle Beach Christmas lights and festivities for you to enjoy with your family in merriment.

1| Pawleys Christmas Festival at the Island Shops – November 20th

Let the holiday season begin in Pawleys Island. Gather at the Island Shops for dazzling holiday trimmings, FREE kids activities and crafts, live entertainment, cookie decorating and some facetime with Mr. and Mrs. Clause. Your little one can even write a letter to Santa! The holiday event is from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20th.

2| The Great Christmas Light Show – Nov. 22nd Dec. 30th

Head to North Myrtle for a drive-through light experience unlike any other! North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex puts on a spectacular holiday event complete with music and cheer. The show includes a two-mile drive with more than two million twinkling lights. After you drive through the more than 500 sparkling displays, you can park and head over to Santa’s Village where kids can get a picture with Santa, grab a cup of hot chocolate or play for FREE at the petting zoo. The Great Christmas Light Show is open from November 22nd through December 30th (closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. daily. Admission starts at $15 per car for up to 15 guests. Santa's Village is open on weekends through Dec. 12th, then nightly until the 30th.  

3| Nights of a Thousand Candles – Nov. 26th Jan. 2nd

People flock from all over the country to see the lights at Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens, it's one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter. The gardens really go all out and the entire property is covered with innumerable twinkling lights and more than 2,800 hand-lit candles – it’s truly a sight to behold! During the event, you'll also enjoy strolling carolers, talented musicians performing holiday classics and a warm cup of joe or apple cider. There will also be several dining options available on site. Be sure to purchase advance tickets to this event as they will not be available at the gate. Nights of a Thousand Candles is open on various dates between November 26th and January 2nd. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children.

4| Winter Wonderland at the Beach – Nov. 26th – Jan. 2nd

Myrtle Beach is hosting a brand new celebration in 2021. Winter Wonderland at the Beach will be open throughout the holiday season inviting visitors and locals to enjoy their holidays in downtown Myrtle. The hub of this event is found in Pavilion Park on Ocean Blvd, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Here you'll find an outdoor ice skating rink and a coastal-themed lights display. Enjoy live music and holiday trimmings up and down the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at area restaurants and shops. Ice skating for all ages is $15 per person plus an additional $5 if you need to rent skates. The lights show is $5 for kids and $7 for adults. Combine a ticket to both attractions for the best deal. Find out more information about this inaugural event online.

5| Intracoastal Christmas Regatta – November 27th

If you’re looking for something that screams Christmas at the beach, join in the fun of the 37th Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta! Watch the boats decked out in holiday trimmings as they sail down the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach. The parade begins at 5:00 p.m. next to Patio's Tiki Bar & Grill in the Little River Inlet and runs south down the waterway to Local on the Water (formerly the Dock Holiday Marina). This event is free to attend and can be viewed anywhere along the watery parade route. Here's a list of the official viewing locations.

6| Christmas Tree Lighting at McLean Park – November 30th

The lighting of a Christmas tree always makes the season feel a little more magical! Join the City of North Myrtle Beach as they host their annual tree lighting at McClean Park. Drop by at 6:00 p.m. to see the tree light up and to enjoy other holiday festivities including Christmas music, caroling, kids activities and refreshments. Of course, the jolly ol' elf himself will make an appearance. 

7| City of Conway Tree Lighting – December 2nd

Known as a Historic Rivertown, the City of Conway will host its annual community tree lighting on December 2nd starting at 6:00 p.m. The Christmas tree is located at 200 Laurel Street in downtown Conway. After the tree lighting, families can enjoy visits and photos with Santa Claus at the Black Water Market which has an entrance on 4th Avenue and on Laurel Street.

8| Celebration of Lights – Dec. 2nd – 24th

Locals and visitors alike adore the small country lights show presented by the City of Conway. The Celebration of Lights is a drive-through light show along Marina Drive in downtown Conway. The route totals around one-half of a mile and begins off of 3rd Avenue (follow the signs.) You can enjoy this jubilant event Thursdays – Sundays from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. nightly. Entrance is $1 per person. After gawking at the lights, head over to 200 Laurel Street and explore Santa's Village. Kids can partake in train rides, hot chocolate and s'mores. On Fridays and Saturdays, St. Nicholas will be on-site for visits and photos from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

9| Inlet Christmas Tree Lighting – December 4th

Start the season off right with an Inlet-style tree lighting. This family-friendly event will also feature a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus and live entertainment. The Inlet Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at the Morse Park Landing (next to Hot Fish Club on Hwy 17 Bus.) on December 4th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

10| Surfside Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Festival – December 4th

Surfside Beach is hosting this year's annual tree lighting festival at Memorial Park, located on the corner of Surfside Drive and North Willow Drive. You and your family can enjoy local vendors, live music, kids' activities and a visit from Santa. The festival is being held from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on December 3rd.

11| Christmas Parade On Main – December 4th

Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, enjoy the sights and sounds of the season at the Christmas Parade on Main. Parade participants will include vehicles and golf carts covered in dazzling lights and holiday trimmings plus local bands and performers. The route will start at the old Bi-Lo shopping center and run east down Main Street to Ocean Boulevard. This is a free community event for all ages to enjoy!

12| Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade – December 5th

Locals and visitors gather annually for the community Christmas parade in Murrells Inlet. From golf carts to oversized pickup trucks, you'll see a variety of vehicles and decorations at the event. The parade begins at 3:00 p.m., but consider arriving early enough to snag a great viewing location. The prime spot is along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. The parade route starts at Wilcox Avenue, runs south down Highway 17 Bus. and ends at Wachesaw Road.

13| Surfside Beach Christmas Parade – December 11th

From high school marching bands to golf carts decorated to look like Santa's sleigh, the Surfside Beach Christmas Parade has it all!  This holiday parade route is actually the longest in the area, totaling over one-and-a-half miles. The route begins at Melody Lane, travels north down Ocean Boulevard, turns left onto Surfside Drive and ends at Poplar Drive, just before Hwy 17 Bus. More than 100 local businesses and residents apply to be featured in the parade but even more parade-goers will be in attendance. The parade starts at 2:00 p.m. but we advise arriving early to obtain the best viewing location.

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