Showing posts with label Christmas in Myrtle Beach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas in Myrtle Beach. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Five Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays

Searching for things to do in Myrtle Beach this Christmas?  There are plenty of holiday events planned this season, all designed to bring out the joy and merriment of the holidays.  I’ve narrowed down the events so you can easily plan your itinerary and hit the highlights in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Five Things to Do in Myrtle Beach during the Holidays:

1) Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland: Shadrack is known for its over-the-top holiday light displays presented at a few select destinations across the United States.  Myrtle Beach is lucky enough to be one of the few locations hosting the LED Christmas light and music show.  Held at the Pelican’s Baseball Park, visitors are treated to more than just wintry lights.  The winterland includes Santa’s Village, where you can get your photo taken with Santa and enjoy seasonal goodies like hot cocoa, candy apples, and kettle corn.  Nightly snowfall adds to the magic of the event.  Plus, you can ride atop a pony or camel on select nights, among other activities.  Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is open through January 8, 2013. 

2) Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles:  Although this event is technically located in Murrells Inlet, it’s a holiday highlight of the Grand Strand.  Plus, Murrell’s Inlet is only a short 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach.  You can see Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 candles and countless sparking lights.  Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.  Nights of a Thousand Candles is scheduled from 3pm-10m December 5 -7, 12 - 14, 19- 21, 2013.
3) Myrtle Beach Christmas Shows:  Theaters on the Grand Strand pull out all the stops for their holiday productions.  Two of the best are The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theater and Carolina Opry Christmas at Calvin Gilmore Theater.

4) Broadway at the Beach:  Christmas charm can be felt throughout Myrtle Beach’s premier entertainment complex the entire month of December.  Home to attractions like WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium, families can take in wholesome family entertainment while also enjoying festive decorations and even a Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony (December 7 only).   In town for New Year’s Eve?  Broadway at the Beach is the place to be! They are hosting a rockin’ New Year’s Party at Celebrity Square with a DJ spinning music, club crawl and midnight fireworks. 

5) Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees: While you’re at Broadway at the Beach take in the Festival of Trees at Ripley’s Aquarium.  More than 50 decorated trees, covering all 50 states and U.S. territories, are spread throughout the building through December 31. A 20-foot-tall, red, white and blue tree is in the outside plaza, and the S.C. tree tops off at 18 feet, with magnolias, golf balls, sea-shell wreaths and stars. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Myrtle Beach vacations from Ashley.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Come to Christmas Towne in Myrtle Beach for FREE Holiday Fun

You’re invited to Christmas Towne in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  On December 1, 2013, the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce host Christmas Towne, the area’s premier holiday festival. Open from 2pm-6:30pm, Christmas Town is centered on providing a wide variety of free activities and entertainment for families and children. The festival will take place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Plus, admission is FREE so you can enjoy the merriment of the holidays without adding to your holiday budget.

Activities at Christmas Towne include:
  • Free Balloon Art
  • Free Face Painting
  • Free Amusement Rides
  • Free Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Free Hot Chocolate compliments of Organo Gold
  • Get a Free Delicious Cupcake compliments of Coccadotts
  • Free Letters to Santa

The Christmas Towne event also serves as Myrtle Beach’s Official Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Myrtle Beach vacations from Ashley.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

December 2013 Events in Myrtle Beach

December 1-31:  Ripley’s Festival of Trees
Ripley’s Aquarium will be decorated with over 50 trees during the month of December, each representing the diversity of the United States.

December 1: 10th Annual Christmas Towne
The 10th Annual Christmas Towne is coming to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Dec. 1, 2013. There will be free Santa photos, letters to Santa, amusement rides, games and much more. It concludes with the official tree lighting ceremony for the city of Myrtle Beach.  Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from 2:00pm-6:30pm.

December 1:  Christmas Parade in Murrells Inlet
The annual holiday parade begins at 3pm at Wilcox Avenue and goes down Business 17. There will be bands, beauty queens, dogs, and treats for the kids. The parade ends at Pendergrass Avenue.

December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21:  Nights of a Thousand Candles
Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles has become a tradition for locals and visitors. For three different weekends in December, the gardens will be lit with thousands of candles. There will be live entertainment and special indoor exhibits. Event is held from 3-10pm.

December 6-8: 27th Annual Springmaid Beach Winter Arts and Crafts Show
Entering its 27th year, this Myrtle Beach tradition is the perfect place to find unique gifts, artistic and fun decorations, enjoy food and fun! Held both inside and outside, the event features an incredible variety of booths from more than 200 vendors.  Hours are Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

December 7:  Holiday Parade at Broadway at the Beach
Myrtle Beach’s only Holiday Parade, hosted by Ripley's Aquarium will take place at 11am on Saturday, December 7th at Broadway at the Beach. The parade will begin near Hard Rock Café and wind around Broadway at the Beach ending near WonderWorks.

December 8:  Ripley’s Family Snow Ball
It’s the only ball suitable for the whole family. Come to Ripley’s Aquarium to celebrate the holidays with music, dancing, and refreshments. The Snow Ball takes place from 5-8pm and costs $29.99 per adult and $19.99 per child.

December 14, 21:  Breakfast with Santa
The Hard Rock Café will host three breakfasts with Santa during December. There will be holiday music, an activities room, and photo ops with Santa. Cost is $9.95 per person. Reservations are required – call 843-946-0007 ext. 208.

December 26-31:  Beach Ball Classic
For the 33rd year, Beach Ball Classic will return to Myrtle Beach at the Convention Center. The holiday basketball tournament features the nation’s top high school teams. Tickets are $12 for general admission or $15 for reserved seating.

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party at Hard Rock Café
Ring in the New Year at Hard Rock Café. The party will feature a live concert, balloon drop, confetti, and party favors. Cost is $30 plus tax in advance. 21+ only.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Get into the holiday spirit on the Grand Strand this November.  There are plenty of holiday display and lights shows to see in Myrtle Beach.  Mark your calendars and join Santa Claus for these special events celebrating Christmas.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies

November 15: The Lighting of the Landing

Barefoot Landing is announcing the arrival of Santa Claus on the Barefoot Princess on the Waterway with a fireworks show beginning at 7pm. There will be Christmas music, refreshments, free carousel rides, live animals from the nativity scene, entertainers, and the lighting of the big Christmas tree. Enjoy the special holiday treats and decorations in the shops.

November 19: 19th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Broadway at the Beach
The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk will begin the day at Broadway at the Beach by celebrating the season and helping others. Stick around until sunset when local entertainers will perform holiday favorites leading up to the lighting of the Holiday Tree.  Fireworks will follow at 8pm.

November 29: Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Market Common
The 6th annual ceremony will feature Santa, live entertainment, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and hot chocolate.  The lighting of the Christmas tree will take place in Valor Park. Activities begin at 5pm.

Don’t miss out on other great holiday events like the Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals taking place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center November 14-17 where you can see the best in holiday decorations. And St. Nicholas Winterfest will be happening from 9am-5pm November 15-17 at the Historic Peanut Warehouse in Conway. Shop holiday arts and crafts, food, and live music.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Brookgreen Gardens Presents Nights of a Thousand Candles

Revel in the holiday magic of Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens.  The Myrtle Beach holiday event is an extraordinary light display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and candles, all of which illuminate the lush, green gardens of Brookgreen. Each section has its own unique light display and nightly shows and indoor exhibits are also offered during Nights of a Thousand Candles. 

Due to the popularity of the Brookgreen Gardens event, Nights of a Thousand Candles has been expanded to nine nights in 2013.  Grab a cup of cider, walk the paths of the historic gardens, listen to carolers singing and hear the holiday bells ringing in the Christmas cheer. 

Nights of a Thousand Candles is held from 3pm-10pm on the following dates with featured entertainment noted:

December 5-7
  • Paul Grimshaw Band
  • Zeidwig, pianist (show of holiday favorites with zany antics and humor to add sparkle to the season)
  • Miller-Rowe Consort (classical guitar and hammered dulcimer)
December 12-14
  • Paul Grimshaw Band
  • Miller-Rowe Consort (classical guitar and hammered dulcimer)
December 19-21
  • Miller-Rowe Consort (classical guitar and hammered dulcimer)
  • Bella Corda (7-member guitar ensemble)
  • Palmetto Bronze (handbells)
  • Barbara Bailey Hutchinson
  • Bill Oberst (A Christmas Carol)
  • Carolina Master Chorale
Inlet Affairs will offer a dinner buffet in a heated tent for an additional fee for those would like to dine during the event.  Served from 3:30pm to 9pm each evening, the menu featured lowcountry fare such as seafood, barbeque, chicken bog and even vegetarian options.  If you’d like a snack during your visit, The Old Kitchen and a Snack Tent will be open as well.

Get a sneak peak of Nights of a Thousand Candles here:


 
Keep these tips in mind to make your visit enjoyable:
  • Come on Thursday to avoid weekend crowds.
  • Arrive early to see the candles being lit and map out your evening.  Plus, dusk (4-5pm) is the best time to take pictures.
  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.  This is a walk-through, not drive-through, holiday light display.
  • You will need to purchase a special Nights of a Thousand Candles admission ticket to attend.
Brookgreen Gardens Myrtle Beach is a National Historic Landmark as it has a significant collection of figurative sculpture and has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas.

Find out more about visiting Brookgreen Gardens by reading about my experience at the historic gardens.
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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Myrtle Beach vacations from Ashley.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ripley's Festival of Trees in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Dive into a holiday fun at Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach.  They are hosting Festival of Trees November 7 through December 31, 2013.  Over 50 holiday trees will be on display, each uniquely decorated to represent the diversity of the United States.

Festival of Trees will be going on all November and December and is included in the price of regular admission. The aquarium opens daily at 9am, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.


To add even more excitement to your day of discovery reserve a mermaid, sailor or pirate experience for your child.  They get to dress up as their character of choice, take souvenir photos and be treated to a day of make-believe.  Little girls especially love the enchanting mermaid package as it includes fashion jewelry, costume make-up and extra mermaid accessories. 
You can also join the Family Snow Ball at Ripley’s Aquarium on December 8 from 5-8pm.  During this semi-formal event you will be able to enjoy a live band, refreshments, dancing, decorations, and good old fashion holiday cheer.  Cost is $29.99 plus tax per adult and $19.99 plus tax per child.

And don't forget you can still swim with the stingrays for only $62.50. This offer, which has a savings of $22.50, is available for a limited time, so make sure to take advantage of this exciting adventure while you can.  Your two hour package includes admission to the Ripley’s Aquarium, a behind the scenes tour, a hands on learning session, a backpack, logo t-shirt, a photo cd and unlimited fun.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Myrtle Beach to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know. Before you pack your bags, get the latest scoop on Myrtle Beach vacations from Ashley.