Five Things to do in Myrtle Beach during the Christmas Season

Visiting Myrtle Beach for the Holidays or living local looking for some holiday fun?

Carolina Bulletin is here to help you find the perfect holiday fun for your family, by sharing a few of our favorite Grand Strand holiday activities!

Myrtle Beach has tons of Holiday events during the month of December – fun for all ages! From Christmas at Broadway, Christmas at Pirates, Night of Thousand Candles, holiday musicals, and much more, there is surely something for everyone to enjoy.

Brookgreen Gardens Nights of Thousand Candles

Address: 1931 BROOKGREEN DRIVE, MURRELLS INLET, SC 29576

Times: Thursday-Sunday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. until December 21st

Cost: Members – Adult $20 / Child $12

Non-Members – Adult $25 / Child $15

Every year, around the beginning of December, Brookgreen Gardens transforms into a magical light garden and presents the Brookgreen Gardens Nights of Thousand Candles. Complete with more than 2,500 hand-lit candles and hung string lights, the gardens create a whimsical experience, sure to awe everyone. 

Perfect for all ages, you will not want to miss this festival of lights! 

 

Theatre of the Republic  – Christmas Musical

Address: 335 Main Street Conway South Carolina 29526

Dates & Times:  Click here

Cost: $28

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Conway, the Local Theatre of the Republic offers a one of a kind Christmas Musical. This show brings “Buddy the Elf” and The Grinch together in a journey to save each other and Christmas.

A good twist on two-holiday classics, sure to get a laugh out of everyone. Even your stubborn uncle!

 

 

 

 

The Market Common Christmas

Address: 4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Date and Times: All December long!

Cost: Varies

The Market Common transforms into a tiny little Christmas town every year during the month of December. Complete with carriage rides, Santa photo-ops, and a Christmas tree lighting – market commons has something to offer for everyone. Below are a few events taking place throughout The Market Common:

 

December 13, 2-6 pm – Professional photos with Santa @ Hannah Ruth Photography

December 14, 9-11 am, Breakfast with Santa @ Tupelo Honey

12-4 pm, Holiday Bazaar at The Market Common

12-2 pm, Taco with Santa @ Nacho Hippo

December 15, 3-6 pm, Free Holiday Carriage Rides

December 17, 6-8, Free Photo-Op with Santa for Kids and Pets

North Myrtle Beach Light Show

Address: 150 Citizens Circle Little River, South Carolina 29566

Date and Times: Light Show – open nightly starting on Nov. 25 – Dec. 30 

(Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Santa’s Village – Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only from November 29 – December 15.

Opens Nightly December 19-30 (closed Christmas Day)

Always open 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Cost: 1-15 guests / $15 per vehicle 

16-30 guests / $30 per vehicle 

31+ guests / $60 vehicle

The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach is the perfect activity for cool holiday nights. Pile everyone in the car and head over to the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex and drive along  a 1.5-mile-long holiday light show.

Starting on Sunday, Nov. 29, Santa’s village will open at the Light show. Santa’s Village offers a petting zoo, Santa Express Train, hot cocoa, a holiday maze, and more! Santa’s village is not open every night until Dec. 19, 2019, below are the times for Santa’s Village.

 

Santa Crawl on Marsh Walk

Address: 4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Date: Dec. 21, 2019

Time: 5 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Looking for a more adult event, the Marsh Walk Santa Crawl might be for you. Dress up as Santa and go to the Marsh Walk for an evening of bar hopping. This year, each restaurant on the boardwalk will be featuring a special Tito’s holiday drink.

Don’t want to dress up as Santa? That’s okay too! Dress up as anything that puts you in the holiday mood – an Elf, a reindeer, the Grinch, a snowman, you could even be a tree. For those who choose to dress up, you can enter into the, “most spirited outfits” contest.

 


7 Holiday Events in Raleigh You Don’t Want to Miss!

Are you looking for the best holiday events to take the family to in Raleigh? This time every year, families everywhere head out to find the best Christmas Light Shows and other holiday events to surprise their kids and get into the holiday spirit. Some go in search of the best hot cocoa or tastiest smores while others are on the lookout for the most outrageous light shows on display. 

Raleigh NC and the surrounding area offer some great options so the next time you’re in town over the holidays, be sure to check Carolina Bulletin to find out where to go.

Lake Myra Christmas Lights 

Address: 10 S. Cypress St, Wendell, NC

Start/Stop Dates: November 27th to Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Times: Sunday-Thursday- 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

            Friday and Saturday- 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Santa: Santa will be there Saturdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free, but donations are accepted

Lake Myra Christmas Light Show

Lake Myra Christmas Lights is one of the most popular holiday destinations for locals and features almost a quarter of a million lights dancing in a synchronized show to holiday music. The entire town is “charged up” and the holiday spirit is everywhere. 

The Lake Myra Christmas Light Show started back in 2002 by Don Williams who wanted to do something unique and different for people to enjoy. He was among the first in the country to start using technology to manage his lightshow and each year put on a truly amazing display. Over the next couple of years more and more people got involved and soon their entire community was “lit”.  People were coming from over 150 miles away just to view this spectacular community. What started out as a fun little holiday light show began to attract thousands of people every year. 

In 2011, they realized the show was too much for their community so they partnered with the town of Wendell, NC to host what has now become a tradition for many Carolinians. 

Piper Lights

Address: 5725 Fixit Shop Road in Wake Forest, NC

Start/Stop Dates: November 29, 2019 through January 2, 2020

Times: Sunday-Thursday- 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

            Friday and Saturday- 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free, but donations are accepted

Santa: Santa will be in the candy shop daily from 6:30-9pm Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 6:30-10 pm except Christmas Eve. PETS WELCOME!

Piper Lights is a local, family-run Christmas light display in Wake Forest, NC. It began with a tiny manger scene 30 years ago and now features 7 acres of lights designed to spread joy and the Christmas spirit to all. This is a drive-through light display with a free train ride through the lights, an old-fashioned candy store, and Santa.

You begin by driving through the lights then you’re free to park and ride the free Santa train. You can visit with Santa and enjoy a hot beverage at an old-fashioned candy store with old-fashioned candy, popcorn, hot chocolate, cider, T-Shirts, scarves and local holiday crafts. Please note that the candy-store is cash only.  

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express

Address: 520 Ashe Avenue Raleigh, NC

Start/Stop Dates: December 4-8/December 11-15

Times: 4pm-9pm on event nights

Cost: Admission is $12.25

Santa: Santa will be available via virtual queue

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express is a Raleigh tradition. One both children and adults alike enjoy every year. Pullen Park is festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a holiday wonderland where you can enjoy the holiday lights and displays, a train ride, sledding down a snow-covered hill, unlimited carousel rides, crafts and a visit with Santa.

Pullen Place Cafe will be open for food purchases including delicious hot chocolate, apple cider, and dinner options! You can also pre-purchase the Limited Edition Pullen Park Ornaments at the time of your ticket order. This year’s ornament is the Carousel Tiger! A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Crabtree Rotary Foundation and supporting Rotary charities.

40th Annual Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade 

Address: Starts at East Chatham Street and Ward Street and proceeds along Chatham Street, turning left on Academy Street and ending at Cary Arts Center.

Start/Stop Dates: December 14

Times: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

 40th Annual Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

The 40th Annual Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade is another long-standing tradition for locals and offers families an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with local organizations, community leaders, and the Cary Jaycees!

The parade will feature over 60 floats, bands, and performers and will be led this year by long-time local resident and volunteer, Kay Struffolino. Afterwards, head to the Hilton Garden for the Cary Annual Christmas Party.

Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

Address: Downtown Main Street and Fun Fest held on Blackwell Street between Morehead Avenue and West Lakewood Avenue

Start/Stop Dates: December 14

Times: 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Santa: Santa will be at the Fun Fest

Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

This years Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest will feature floats, mascots, hometown bands, drill teams, schools and community groups, and, of course, Santa. The Parade Marshal is Shelly A. Green, the immediate past president and CEO of Discovery Durham. The Fun Fest is immediately following the parade and features independent Durham retailers and craft producers and their products. 

Fun Fest activities include:

  • Peppermint Plunge – Snow sledding for children and adults (sleds will be provided, please do not bring a sled) + two snow play areas
  • North Pole – Santa Claus Meet & Greet
  • Frosty Family Fun
  • Community Care Corner – Decorate holiday cards for homebound individuals in our community
  • Vendors – Local businesses will be giving out information as well as selling arts & crafts, etc.

Upcycled Holiday Market & 2nd Friday ArtWalk

Address:​ 306 W Franklin St, Ste G​Chapel Hill, NC

Start/Stop Dates: December 13

Times: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Upcycled Holiday Market & 2nd Friday ArtWalk

Need to get some shopping done? Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill offers plenty of unique shopping experiences, but one in particular really shines. The Upcycled Holiday Market features local artisans selling sustainable art and unique gifts, special holiday drinks + food, sustainable holiday displays, a raffle and spin wheel for a cause, and more festive fun.  

Blue Dogwood is the first public market in North Carolina to focus on locally-produced products.  The indoor year-round market features small, local food businesses who might otherwise find it cost prohibitive to open a retail space.  Blue Dogwood maximizes the number of food vendors to spread out costs, increase foot traffic, bring a more diverse community to our customers, and create a more viable business opportunity for small businesses.

Bonus: The holiday market is during Chapel Hill’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Take this opportunity to view some of the areas most amazing artists and pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special. 

Theatre In the Park: A Christmas Carol

Address: 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC

Start/Stop Dates: Wed 12/11 at 7pm, Saturday 12/14 at 7pm and Sunday 12/15 at 2pm. Thurs 12/12 at 7pm, Friday 12/13 at 7pm, and Saturday 12/14 at 2pm

Times: 7 p.m..

Cost: $37.15-$86.15 each based on seating

Santa: No, but a few ghosts…

Theatre In the Park: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. The story, as if you didn’t know, recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

According to Ticketmaster, this version of A Christmas Carol is a musical comedy adaptation of the Dickens classic. The show has been performed annually since 1974 and has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast.” Cited as “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history”.


The Lazy Surfer

411 Hwy 17 South
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
At Surfside Bargain Corner

(843) 712-1647

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Website: surfsidebargaincorner.com

Hours:
Mon – Sat, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, 4:00 pm – 8pm

The Lazy Surfer carries Coffee Cabana Brazilian Coffee, CBD – the best, most effective on the market at the best price, Herb Pharm herbals, Simply Swell real fruit ice pops, & so much more!

Stock up on your Lazy Surfer apparel including t-shirts and hoodies!

Located inside Surfside Bargain Corner in Surfside Beach, SC.

Visit or call at (843) 712-1647 with any questions.

The coolest place to hang out and be lazy in Surfside Beach!

Reviews:

Great ice cream! Stop by every time I am in Surfside.

-Daniel Brundrick


My Olive Shack

411 Hwy 17 South
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
At Surfside Bargain Corner

(843) 712-1647

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Website: surfsidebargaincorner.com

Hours:
Mon – Sat, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, 4:00 pm – 8pm

When you crave authenticity with quality products, look for a family-run, locally owned business. They’ll give you bargains, deals, and their heart and soul.

My Olive Shack is a locally owned business that does authenticity like no one else. They do salsas, olive oils, vinaigrettes, and stuffed olives with only the best and tastiest ingredients. Their olives are 100% Koroneiki Olives from a family farm in Greece.

And that’s not all! My Olive Shack is located inside Surfside Bargain Corner, so when you shop My Olive Shack, you know you’re getting the bargains you deserve.

The quality you deserve too! My Olive Shack’s extra virgin olive oil is a Gold Medal Award Winner at the 2018 and 2019 International Olive Oil Competition in NYC.

Shop My Olive Shack at Surfside Bargain Corner if you have a taste for something award-winning and just downright delicious. Visit them at surfsidebargaincorner.com to order online and give them a call at (843) 712-1647 with any questions or concerns.

THE BEST Olive products store on the grand strand

Reviews:

I purchase olive oil and balsamic vinegar from The Olive Shack each time I visit South Carolina. You can’t beat the rich taste …. My family and friends in Virginia love it ….It makes a great gift any time of year!!!!

-Amy Ayoub, 5 stars

 

Fantastic product and owners. I have been immensely pleased with all of my purchases.

-Rebecca McKinney, 5 stars

 

An impeccable selection of high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar from an incredibly friendly and kind-hearted couple.

-Adam Ferguson, 5 stars


Cavrn Virtual Reality

4628 Factory Stores Blvd Ste B200
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29579
(843) 236-8797
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GAMIFY YOUR REALITY
caVRn is a family and veteran owned business. Offering virtual and augmented reality technology . We have a passion for technology and gaming and want to make it easily available for everyone to have an unforgettable experience.
We are a VR (Virtual Reality) Arcade located in 501 Tanger Outlets, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. *
VR is Virtual Reality. It is a technology that creates a simulated environment in a first person experience. Some games require physical movement others allow you to relax and be transported to another reality.
VR is kid friendly and we have games starting from ages *7 and up.
*child must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed waiver.
Try something new with your friends, family and colleagues and escape together to new realities. We have 50+(AND GROWING!) immersive experience with mind blowing graphics!
The best Virtual Reality arcade in the grand strand

This place is awesome. this was my first time using VR and im hooked. The staff was amazing as well, helpful, knowledgeable and kind. you need to check this place out!

-Patrick Flynn

Such a great place! Our 3 boys had an amazing time today. They had the newest and most popular VR games available and the staff was great. Super patient with even our youngest child. I would highly recommend whether you are a local or just on vacation to check them out!!!

-Shannon Avangeline


Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Dr
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576
(843) 235-6000
 
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Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark with the most significant collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world and has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas. 
Named by TripAdvisor as One of the Top Ten Public Gardens in the US and one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most dearly loved attractions, Brookgreen Gardens’ combination of art, history, and zoo touches the heart and teaches the mind. Boat rides turn into history lessons, a butterfly house becomes a conservation class, and an Enchanted Storybook Forest engages children’s imagination. Open daily to the public. Admission is good for seven consecutive days.
 
One of the best attractions in south carolina

 

I have lived in the Surfside Beach and Murrells Inlet area my whole life. My family and I go to Brookgreen a minimum of 3 times a year: When the azaleas are in bloom, the fall festival and Night of a Thousand Candles. It is always gorgeous and never gets old. It is even better going on non-event days when it is less crowded. That way you can just relax and take in the beauty at a slow pace.  – Patty Vitello

We really loved our visit here – we wished we could explore more when it wasn’t so hot! We paid extra for the Trekker tour and it was totally worth it. Our guide told us some fascinating information about the history and nature on the property. Beautiful grounds! A hidden gem that I will be recommending to everyone I know who visits the Myrtle Beach area. – Beth Shinkle Potthast


MyrMaids

Professional cleaning services proudly serving Myrtle Beach & Conway, South Carolina

Call: 843-936-0035

Website: www.themyrmaids.com

Email: themyrmaids@gmail.com

Follow: facebook.com/MyrMaids

instagram.com/MyrMaids

Professional residential & commercial cleaning offering a wise variety of services – Initial Cleans, Deep Cleans and Move-in/Move-outs.

Thank you to you and your team, you all did a wonderful job! Highly recommended! Very professional!

-Kacie Smith

Briana has cleaned my home for me and the results were above and beyond my expectations! This is the cleaning service I recommend to my own family and friends. If you are looking for a company that is trustworthy and professional with excellent cleaning results, this is it!

-Kimberly Griffin

I highly recommend MyrMaids!! Friendly and reliable service that will leave your home sparkling!

-Shelly Morgan Smith

A reliable, trusted and experienced cleaning service.


Jimmyz Original Hibachi House

6108 N Kings Hwy
Myrtle Beach
843-839-8008

1780 Pine Island Rd
Myrtle Beach
843-839-2880

Website: www.jimmyzhibachi.com

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instagram.com/jimmyz_hibachihouse

twitter.com/JimmyzHibachiSC

Welcome to Jimmyz Original Hibachi House, home of the world famous $5 chicken bowl. Proudly serving the Grand Strand with 2 convenient locations. Starting out, Jimmy’s vision was simple; Provide fresh foods hot off the grill, using nothing but the highest quality ingredients while keeping our prices affordable. Our success is because of that simple formula. We only use USDA Choice Certified Angus Beef, All white meat chicken and the Highest Quality Seafood. We are committed to continuing our legacy by always following Jimmy’s original vision. Our Goal is to provide a Great Hibachi experience without the traditional hibachi show. All of our dishes are cooked fresh to order, allowing for quick service and a great dining experience.
Wouldn’t you rather have Jimmyz tonight?”

The food at Jimmyz was absolutely fantastic! Stopped in after a round of golf to try it out and it was absolutely worth it. Great service and quick turnaround. Will definitely be back next time I’m in Myrtle Beach, and probably again this trip!

-Ron Richardson

The NEW POKE BAR is AWESOME!!! The best ingredients and best quality!!!

-Tony Rayfield

When I want steak hibachi style, this is my destination!! No only good food, people there treat me like family, love it!!!

-Nancy FD Watson

Home of the Famous $5 Chicken Bowl!

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Booze Pops

Popsicles for grown-ups!

Mobile food trucks located in the Charleston and Myrtle Beach areas:

Charleston: 843-200-8422
boozepop@gmail.com

Myrtle Beach: 843-318-6762
Grandstrandboozepops@gmail.com

Follow: facebook.com/boozepops21

facebook.com/myrtlebeachboozepops

instagram.com/boozepop

instagram.com/boozepopsmb

Website: 

www.boozepop.com

These popsicles are available in 🍸cocktail, martini and wine flavors.🍷 Non-alcoholic products too! You can find the trucks in Charleston and NOW in the Myrtle Beach area! Veteran & locally owned. They also book events and delivery. “Bringing communities together one Booze Pop at a time.”

best frozen popcycle and veteran owned. it is a win, win!!!😍😍😍😍

-Scarlet Tipton

 

great refreshing adult twist on a summer childhood favorite.

Anthony Zski

 

Frozen Cocktails & Wine Pops

Theatre of the Republic

335 Main St
Conway, SC 29526
843-488-0821

Box Office hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00am – 5:00 pm.

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Website: www.theatreoftherepublic.com

 
Live theater performed by local actors and actresses. Located in downtown Conway!
 
Theatre of the Republic is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing quality, affordable non-professional theatrical productions to Horry County and the surrounding areas. For show schedules and tickets, please visit their website.
 
Professional and fun. My daughters loved the Frozen play. Thanks!
– Adrienne DelGatto
 
Wonderful production of “Footloose”–Fun & energetic. The cast was perfect, great voices, great dancing, their hearts were totally into the production. First time at the Theater but I will be back for future shows – Super job!! Loved it!!

– Patricia Thompson Ippolito

 
The Best Live Musical Theatre on the Grand Strand
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