What is there to do on cold days at the beach?

A beach trip needn’t all be beachcombing and shark-jumping.

You don’t NEED 90-plus degree days, packed beaches, sunny skies, and jet skis to have a blast in Myrtle Beach. In fact, lots of folks love to hit the Grand Strand in the offseason. There’s plenty of other fun stuff – dining and shopping are just two options – to do here.

We put together this list of things to do on days you might need a hoodie (and a knit hat?) in Myrtle Beach.

The cool thing is cold doesn’t mean frigid in Myrtle Beach. It just means … cool. So although many of these activities are indoors, it’s not like you have to avoid the outdoors altogether. This is Horry County, not Helsinki, Finland.

It’s Freezing! Or is it?

Temperatures rarely dip below freezing in Myrtle Beach. “Freezing” likely means “It’s in the 40s tonight!” It’s part of that Carolina Beach charm. Locals love the seasonal weather throughout the seasons – and visitors come from all over the nation to partake in it. Most of what you love doing here in the summer is open in winter, too.


See Night of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens

Select days, 4-9 p.m. (see website for ticket availability)

More than 2,800 hand-lit candles and sparkling lights add a beautiful soft glow to this popular sanctuary. Walk the garden paths and enjoy the show with a cup of cider, cocoa, or wine. Carolers will fill the air with holiday music to celebrate the season.

Brookgreen has added dates, but space is limited. Check the website for more information.

Cost: MEMBERS – Adults $20; children $12. NON-MEMBERS: Adults $25, children $15.


Hit the dive-in theater at Ripley’s Aquarium

Dec. 19, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Movie night, in a BIG way. Check out Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch on a 40-foot screen! You know the story – based on the 1957 book, it’s a Christmas comedy/fantasy that has put generations in the holiday spirit year after year. Dress the part and get your picture taken with the Grinch himself!

Watch the show in your own vehicle, in staggered parking at the aquarium. 

Cost: $13.32 – $32.70


Shop it up at the Myrtle Beach Mall

Myrtle Beach is famous for its outlet shopping and newer venues, but this one’s a classic.

One cool feature: Players Choice Arcade, where you can play throwback and new games – all for a quarter a game. Players Choice next door has cards, retro games, toys, and more. Bass Pro Shopsis famous for knowledgeable staff and the ultimate outdoors experience, indoors. 

Other awesome spots to stop in include Animal Riders, so you can motor around the mall on the back of a motorized critter; Books A Million, your favorite store back home, where you can find great books at a discount; and Oriental Star Massage to unwind!

Browse the Holiday Market Vendor Show

Dec. 19-20, 10 a.m.-9 p..m Coastal Grand Mall

Back by popular demand! Shop for unique gifts from local artisans. What a great way to support the community, whether you’re local or just visiting.

Cost: Free

Visit Hollywood Wax Museum

This might be your most entertaining stop on the Grand Strand, among wax replicas of stars authentic enough for a double- or triple take!

Hollywood Wax Museum is a great date-night activity, for awesome selfies with the stars and a shot at the mirror maze. Outbreak: Dread the Dead is a zombie experience almost too realistic to endure! There’s actually lots for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Cost: $36.99 for age 12 and older; $19.99 for age 4-11; 3 and younger are free


Lighting of the Menorah, Market Common

Dec. 10-17, 5:15 p.m. daily

It’s a tradition at Market Common that has lasted for years. The Menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum. It’s lit during Hanukkah, the Jewish eight-day Jewish holiday. Eight of the branches hold lights that represent the nights of the holiday.

The ninth branch holds the shamash, which means “helper,” and is traditionally used to light the other eight. Each branch is customarily lit daily in a public place to recognize the miracle of the holiday. The tradition changed from a solitary light each night to increasing numbers nightly.

Come stay at the Dayton House

Dayton House has become an institution in Myrtle Beach hospitality, a spot families visit for generations. There’s an abundance of fun to find, and you’re steps from the beach. With incredible amenities, including on-site dining, water features, and the famous tanning lawn, you’re sure to find a warm winter home at Dayton House Resort. Book your stay today.

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