28 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach in the Winter
Parents With Children Having Fun On Winter Beach Together, one of the most fun things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter. If you and your family are searching for things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter, look no further! We have created a list of all the great attractions and holiday festivities happening around the Grand Strand during the winter months. Whether you are looking to escape the inevitable snowstorms of the north or just experience the fun of Myrtle Beach without all the crowds, book your Winter Vacation today at Dunes Village at a great rate! Just because the temperatures have cooled down, doesn’t mean the excitement has.

Attend A Christmas Show At The Beach

Once the winter season roll around, Myrtle Beach dresses up in its holiday best with delightful Christmas shows and celebrations.

The Christmas Show of the South

Myrtle Beach is home to many great theaters, and each of them puts on unique shows that help people get into the holiday spirit. The Carolina Opry celebrates 38 seasons of The Christmas Show Of The South which features new cast members, endless holiday decorations, the Calvin Gilmore orchestra, and much more.

The South’s Grandest Christmas Show

The Alabama Theatre is bringing back The South’s Grandest Christmas Show once again! The talented cast of the Alabama Theatre will be performing many of your favorite holiday tunes as well as some new tunes you’ll be sure to love. Get ready to laugh, sing and celebrate this season with the Alabama Theatre.

Other theaters in the area that have holiday-themed shows include: Happy family celebrating at a Christmas show, one of the things you can do this winter in Myrtle Beach.

Enjoy Holiday Activities In Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is home to some of the south's best holiday celebrations. Make your winter beach vacation a jolly old time when you attend these festive events.

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Like most cities, Myrtle Beach has a plethora of holiday activities going on throughout the winter months. One of the most popular among both locals and visitors is Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. Guests stroll the beautiful gardens that shine brightly with more than 2,800 hand-lit candles and more sparkling holiday lights than you can count. There is live music, delicious food, and hot cider for everyone to enjoy. Tickets must be purchased in advance online, and they sell out quickly.

Ripley’s Festival of Trees

Another festive attraction is Ripley’s Festival of Trees at the Ripley’s Aquarium. See the magic of the underwater world surrounded by more than 55 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, one for each U.S. state and territory. There is an extra-large tree for South Carolina that represents what makes our state wonderful. All this festive fun is available with your general admission ticket.

Christmas Lights & Festivities

Throughout November and December and even creeping into January, there are loads of Christmas light shows and festivities from North Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island. Holiday parades, breakfast with Santa, and drive thru light shows are sure to keep your spirits full of cheer.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Closing out the holiday season in Myrtle Beach is a variety of New Year’s Eve celebrations. One of the best is the Southern Times Square at The Market Common, featuring live music, food and drink vendors, a one-of-a-kind ball drop, and a fireworks spectacular at midnight.

Golf Along The Grand Strand

Holiday festivities are not the only way to spend your winter vacation in Myrtle Beach. Many golfers make their annual trips to Myrtle Beach during the winter months for lower rates and cooler weather. Since South Carolina rarely sees any snow, golf courses are open year round despite the cold.

When northern golf courses are blanketed with snow, golfers head south to keep their game sharp! Check out one of the hundreds of golf courses that Myrtle Beach has to enjoy, like The Dunes Golf Club, Caledonia Golf Club, or one of the three courses at Myrtle Beach National.

Shopping a great thing to do this winter in Myrtle Beach, like the young woman shopping for Christmas in this photo.Shop The Deals Before & After The Holidays

With the holidays quickly approaching, winter is the time to get some shopping done, and once the holidays are past, the specials sometimes get even sweeter. Since it may be a little too chilly to spend hours on the beach, take the opportunity to be productive and get presents for the loved ones in your life or a little gift for yourself. Myrtle Beach has plenty of places to find those perfect gifts:

Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets has two locations in Myrtle Beach, one on Hwy 501 and another on Hwy 17. Both feature hundreds of stores and countless deals for you to explore during this wonderful time of year. If it’s too cold for the outdoor outlets, Myrtle Beach is also home to indoor malls: If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the malls, you may want to check out the unique shops at: 

Visit Some Of The Best Year-Round Attractions

Though the beach itself isn’t as alluring in the winter months, you can still visit the Grand Strand’s best year round attractions. Here are a few more ways to enjoy your winter vacation in Myrtle Beach! 

Hollywood Wax Museum

Where: 1808 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach Snap a pic with life-like wax figures of your favorite celebrities!


Where: 1313 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach An indoor “edu-tainment” amusement park with over 100 hands-on exhibits, a laser tag arena, ropes course, and more.

Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

Where: 1110 North Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach Soar above the surf in a fully-enclosed gondola aboard this seaside observation wheel, one of the tallest on the east coast and Myrtle Beach’s iconic landmark.

Alligator Adventure

Where: 4604 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach One of the world’s largest reptile facilities, giving you the chance to see gators and other exotic creatures up close.

Edventure Children's Museum

Where: 4005 Howard Avenue, Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach’s destination for learning and adventure for children, the EdVenture Children’s Museum is a can’t miss destination for folks visiting Myrtle Beach in the winter.

Myrtle Beach State Park

Where: 4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach An oceanfront escape from the commercialized beaches of the area, the Myrtle Beach State Park is some of the last remaining undeveloped coastline of the Grand Strand.

Broadway Grand Prix

Where: 1820 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach Kids, teens, and adults alike will love burning rubber at this outdoor go kart park. Bundle up against the windchill and hit the gas!

Fun Warehouse

Where: 2349 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach An indoor arcade, skating rink, and laser tag arena with exciting games and adventures for all ages. Dunes Village Resort oceanfront angle 3 bedroom snowbird rental.

Dunes Village Snowbird Rentals

Dunes Village Resort offers affordable, convenient accommodations for our friends from up north! With our Myrtle Beach snowbird rentals, available November 2023 through February 2024, guests can enjoy efficiencies, suites, and condos for monthly rentals starting at $1169 for the entire month! 

Playing at the Indoor Waterpark at Dunes Village Resort is one of the most fun things to do in Myrtle Beach in the winter.Relax & Enjoy An Indoor Pool & Waterpark

One source of entertainment you can count on year-round is Myrtle Beach’s best indoor water park at Dunes Village Resort. Kids can experience a deep-sea adventure in our Silly Submarine. There are also whirlpools, lazy rivers, a waterfall bucket, and waterslides all inside a warm, climate-controlled environment.

Frequently Asked Questions about Myrtle Beach in Winter

When visiting a destination typically famed for warm weather and beautiful beaches, you might wonder what there is to do in the winter! The short answer: plenty, from adventure parks and restaurants to indoor water fun and museums. Read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions about visiting Myrtle Beach in winter.

Is Myrtle Beach worth visiting in the winter?

Winter vacationers love Myrtle Beach for many reasons! The cooler weather makes for smaller crowds, giving these guests more space to enjoy the area’s attractions, and lower rates make it easy to indulge in a longer vacation.

Is Myrtle Beach fun in December?

Myrtle Beach is fun any time of year! This coastal city loves to celebrate the holidays, and fills the entire month with festivities like light shows, live music and performances, and parades. There is always something to keep you entertained and pump up the holiday spirit! 

Is it worth going to Myrtle Beach in January?

Wondering if a trip to Myrtle Beach in January is worth it? Snowbirds would say yes! Myrtle Beach golf courses are open during the winter when northern golf courses are closed due to the weather, leading to northern folks timing annual visits to play at Myrtle Beach courses. There is also plenty of shopping to do no matter the weather, and interesting museums to explore any time.

Can you swim at Myrtle Beach in the winter?

We won’t stop you from dipping your toes in the cold ocean water, but a full-on swim might be too chilly! If you want to take a swim, Dunes Village is home to Myrtle Beach’s best indoor pool and waterpark. Featuring whirlpools, lazy rivers, a waterfall bucket, multiple waterslides, and an area just for kids, this indoor waterpark in Myrtle Beach is also climate-controlled to keep you warm while you play.

The cold winter weather won’t stop you and your family from enjoying some quality pool time. And if you’d like to take a stroll down the beach, just walk across one of our two boardwalks that lead right to the sand and sea.

Book your stay today at Dunes Village Resort for an unforgettable winter retreat. We have great off-season deals available, and now you know what fun you and your family can have this winter in Myrtle Beach.