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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”.


Cavrn Virtual Reality

4628 Factory Stores Blvd Ste B200
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29579
(843) 236-8797
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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


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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8 Ways to Stay Active This Spring and Summer in Coastal SC

 

By now, just about everyone is ready to get out of the winter rut. The weather is warming up and it’s about time we started working on those beach bodies. If you’re like me, the problem isn’t just figuring out how to start getting more active again, but how to stay interested in being active throughout the warmer seasons.

Have fun while staying active! South Carolina offers some really cool experiences that you may have missed in the past, but this year, you don’t have to worry about missing out. Whether you’re looking for intense exercise or just some light morning or evening activity to get you started, hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for!

 

There’s something for everyone!

For the light activity seekers…

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1. Sculptured Oak Trail & Yaupon Trail

I lumped these two together because they are both located in Myrtle Beach State Park. Sculptured Oak Trail is .5 miles long, and Yaupon Trail is .4 miles. However, if you want to make your walk a little longer, you can do both! There is a parking area that you can walk across to get to each trail from the other. Both lead to the beach, so you can relax with a beautiful view after your walk (or run)! **Admission to Myrtle Beach State Park is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-15, free for kids under 5.**

For the family…

2. McLean Park

Dogs need exercise, too! Besides, let’s face it…when your dog knows you’re going for a run without them, it’s the ultimate betrayal. McLean Park is kid AND dog friendly, offering 2 playgrounds and a .5 mile paved walking path with a fitness trail and tennis courts so you can still get a workout in! It’s fun for the whole family! You can even make a day out of it and bring a picnic and sit in the gazebo.

For those who want a variety…

3. Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park is home to 10 different trails! Odds are, even if you’ve been there before, you haven’t hiked/biked all of them. Ranging from .2 miles to 2.3 miles, you can get as much out of it as you want to! The trails are closed during the winter months, but once they are open, you can enjoy the forests and marshes that coastal South Carolina has to offer. You can also visit the lighthouse, marsh, or docks to get a fantastic sunset view. **Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-15, and free for kids under 5. Lighthouse admission is $2 per person.**

For the water enthusiasts…

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4. Kayak, Paddleboard, and Crabbing Rentals

When you’re near the salt marsh creeks in Pawley’s Island or Litchfield Beach, how are you not tempted to go kayaking?! Kayaking has to be one of my favorite spring/summer pastimes… and Pawley’s Kayaks offers a one stop shop for your water sport materials. They have rentals available for crabbing, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, and paddleboarding…even cornhole to complete your day on the beach! Check out their website for more info on the prices and rental packages. http://www.pawleyskayaks.com/

For the bikers…

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5. Bike the Neck

The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway spans 12 (paved) miles total and runs parallel to US 17, starting at Murrell’s Inlet and ending in Pawley’s Island. The ride takes you through a slew of pines, oaks, and wetlands. Looking for a shorter ride? There is a spot around the 3 mile mark where you can loop around and complete a 6 mile total ride around the western border of the park.

For the long distance runners…

Course Map from: bridgerun.com

 

6. Cooper River Bridge Race

The Cooper River Bridge Race is an annual 10k that is open to anyone! Whether you want to run, jog, walk, or if you’re in a wheelchair, they have opportunities for you to participate.  This year’s

race is held on April 7th of 2018, starts at 8 a.m. and spans from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston.  To participate costs as low as $35 is you get the tickets early, but can go as high as $55 when the date gets closer, so it’s definitely better to get the tickets sooner rather than later. You can still register today by clicking the link!

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For those looking for a cause to make your workout worth it…

7. Run for the Children 5k

Run for the Children is held in Murrell’s Inlet on April 14th, 2018 and starts at 8:30 a.m.  at the Garden City Chapel.  It is open to all age groups and abilities, hosting 10 different age groups from under 10 years old to 80 years and older!  If you’re the type of person who needs a reason to work out, this is the work out you’re looking for.  The Run for the Children 5k benefits the Children’s Home Ministry and the funds raised contribute to hosting children’s homes at the GCC retreat and treating the children to local activities. Registration is anywhere from $20-$30 depending on when you decide to sign up.  Register today by clicking the link!  https://localraces.com/events/murrells-inlet-sc/run-for-the-children-5k

Finally, For those looking to de-stress and strengthen…

8. Folly Beach Yoga

Are you the type of person who likes (or needs) to strengthen and relax at the same time? If you love the beach, you’ll love beach yoga.  Folly Beach Island Yoga offers classes, group,and private yoga sessions all in the refreshing company of the morning sun and the soothing waves.  Passes are $12 for an hour long session.  Some friendly suggestions..be sure to remember sunscreen and LOTS of water.  It gets pretty hot out there! If you are a yoga enthusiast and haven’t tried beach yoga, I would highly recommend it.  Get passes and check out their available schedules here:  http://follybeachislandyoga.com/class-schedule/follly-beach-yoga-class-weekends-things-to-do/beach-yoga

 

 


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Pool tables and arcade games.

OD Arcade & Lounge

100 Ocean Blvd S

North Myrtle Beach

South Carolina 29582

(843) 249-6460

Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:00am-2:00am

Follow: OD Arcade & Lounge on Facebook

Website: www.odarcade.com

Called “The Biggest Little Bar in Town”, OD Arcade & Lounge is a favorite locals and visitors hangout. It is located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina…The mecca of The Dance of the South, The Shag. It’s a quick walk from the beach, where many people spend time on the sand and waters before going in for a drink or meal. You can enjoy live bands, karaoke, shag dance events, the latest in state of the art arcade games, billiards, dance floor, and DJ lineup & more!

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All ages dance at OD Arcade & Lounge!

This is a place that always has a great DJ, plenty of good eats and we always see someone we know when we go. Lots of food, fun and laughter!

Karen Scruggs Bradley on Facebook

 

Wonderful place to make new friends and to shag

Dianne Skaperda on Facebook

 

 

 

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[infobox color=”blue”]The atmosphere is fun and incredible for all ages! This is one of the best places to sing or watch people do karaoke, dance, and perform in live bands. It is one of the best places to experience nightlife on the Grand Strand!  [/infobox]

 

 

Features mentioned by reviewers:

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  • Fantastic dancing
  • Great place to meet friends
  • Awesome food
  • Friendly staff

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Directions to OD Arcade & Lounge

Located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, SC!


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Marshwalk Water Sports Dock

Marshwalk Water Sports

Marshwalk Water Sports Dock

Rent jet skis at Marshwalk Water Sports!

Marshwalk Water Sports

4079 Highway 17 Business

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 283-9080

Open March 1st-October 31st

Hours: All week. 8am – dusk.

Or by appointment.

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Website: www.marshwalkwatersports.com

Marshwalk Water Sports is your one stop shop for all your on the water fun, offering rentals for jet skis as well as a full selection of top of the line kayaks. Take a tour of beautiful Murrells Inlet, see the wildlife like on their dolphin tours. Take the longest ride in town on their Shark banana boat. They also offer inshore and offshore fishing charters, scenic inlet tours and sunset cruises on 37’ custom Scottie-Craft open sport fish. Located behind Dead Dog Saloon.

Marshwalk Water Sports Dolphin Pod

Dolphin tours available!

Had a great time on the dolphin tour with my sister and her 2 girls (8 & 9) we saw multiple pods of Dolphins. A few even jumped and some were within arms reach as they passed by the waverunners. I highly recommend this tour!! Exceptional guides and customer service. Looking forward to next season and doing it again 🙂

Brandy Brunatti

 

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Directions to Marshwalk Water Sports

Located off of Hwy 17 Business on the docks behind Dead Dog Saloon.


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