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A White (Sand) Christmas in Myrtle Beach

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a trip to the Carolina coast? Whether you want to shop for Christmas presents, purchase some new holiday decor or have your photo taken with Santa, you can get it done in the Myrtle Beach area. In fact, just down the street from the Dayton House Resort, an annual holiday tradition called the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals welcomes hundreds of vendors, crafters and fun to the 100,000-square-foot Myrtle Beach Convention Center exhibit hall to officially kick off the Grand Strand’s Christmas season.

During this unique, national-award-winning event, the vendors offer a variety of jewelry, gifts, toys, arts and crafts, gourmet food, holiday decor, and even tours. In addition, visitors can find shadow-box displays, Punch & Judy shows, tea leaf readers and Victorian musicians — not to mention the displays of trees, wreaths and more. These displays are not to be missed, and they are all available for purchase via a silent auction, with the proceeds benefiting charity.

Not only will attendees find local artists and attractions at the show, but also exhibitors who travel from all over the country to display their works of art. Guests have been returning to the beach for this festival for over 40 years because of the friendly personalities, smiling faces and unforgettable holiday spirit.

If you just can’t get enough of the Christmas fun at the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals, you can enjoy some tea or check out one of the many holiday shows presented at local theaters.

At the Victorian Holiday Teas, attendees can choose either a High Tea or a Luncheon Tea. The gatherings are held in a Victorian-themed holiday setting featuring live musical performances and staff dressed in appropriate holiday attire. To further add to your royal-level experience, a one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be showcased for your enjoyment. Whether you attend with children or adults, all are sure to cherish the experience for a lifetime.

Some of the area’s entertainment venues and attractions that showcase holiday performances include Legends in Concert, the Palace Theatre, the Alabama Theatre, the House of Blues, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Carolina Opry, Duplin Winery and so many more. 

After spending a day at the Dickens Christmas Show, head back to the comfort of the Dayton House to freshen up before heading out to one of the area’s many great shows. Whatever your seasonal entertainment choice, you are sure to leave Myrtle Beach with Christmas-filled memories, and hopefully a new tradition. As you can see, the Grand Strand knows how to celebrate the holidays, so make sure you plan a visit this holiday season.