Whether your winter escape to Myrtle Beach involves taking a break from the ice and snow back home, knocking out your holiday shopping list or just enjoying the Carolina coast free of the heavy crowds that summer brings (or, even better, you’re visiting to accomplish all of the above), a winter vacation on the Grand Strand offers numerous ways to give your holiday spirit a boost. Annual festivals are plentiful in the area this time of year, and Dayton House Resort can provide you with convenient and comfortable oceanfront lodging and accommodations for catching all of them. During your next off-season getaway, make plans to catch one (or even a few) of these fun Grand Strand festivals and events — they’re sure to add some extra cheer to your winter vacation:
Holiday Shows – The Grand Strand’s theaters offer must-see entertainment all year round, but they really step things up a notch with their Christmas-themed shows in November and December. Among the most popular are Alabama Theatre’s The South’s Grandest Christmas Show, The Carolina Opry’s Christmas Show of the South and the Pirates Voyage Christmas Show.
Nights of a Thousand Candles – Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet shines even brighter during the holidays as more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and 100,000-plus twinkling lights illuminate the grounds of the sculpture gardens. Boosting the attraction’s holiday cheer even more, carolers, handbell choirs and other musicians perform Christmas music, and visitors can grab some hot cider to warm them up as they enjoy the spectacle. The event runs on various nights November 30-December 17. Visit brookgreen.org for more info.
Intracoastal Christmas Regatta – This floating Christmas parade puts a nautical twist on the ordinary on-land version. A Grand Strand holiday favorite, the 33rd Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta in North Myrtle Beach features a fleet of festive boats decked out in lights and brimming with holiday cheer. Spectators line the Intracoastal Waterway to soak in the views and cheer as this boat parade makes its way from Little River Inlet to Dock Holidays Marina. The fun starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 25. Find more info at christmasregatta.com.
More traditional Christmas parades can be found in Calabash on Friday, December 1; in North Myrtle Beach and at Broadway at the Beach on Saturday, December 2; in Murrells Inlet on Sunday, December 3; and in Surfside Beach and Conway on Saturday, December 9.
Lighting of the Landing – The centerpiece for Barefoot Landing’s biggest holiday celebration — a 22-foot-tall Christmas tree — will sport twinkling lights and decorative ornaments from top to bottom to mark this occasion. The North Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot closes out its official kickoff to the holiday season with fireworks and a visit from Santa. The festivities are set for Saturday, November 18, starting at 6 p.m. Learn more at bflanding.com.
If your time on the Grand Strand lands a bit later in the season, visit the annual Christmas Tree Lighting in the nearby town of Surfside Beach on Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m. More info can be found at surfsidebeach.org.
These are just a handful of the many festive reasons to visit Myrtle Beach and Dayton House Resort during the holidays. Get in the spirit with us on the Grand Strand oceanfront — we can’t wait to be your home away from home for the holidays.