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Valentine's Day Activities

Top 3 Valentine’s Day Activities in the Grand Strand

Article written by Dy’Mond Franklin

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you do not have plans yet? Check out these three activities! There is something for the entire family, married couples, and the young ladies and their fathers. All of these places have a safe and strict protocol to keep you and your loved ones safe on this extra special day.

“Romance in the Gardens” at Brookgreen Gardens

Address: 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

When: Sunday, February 14, 2021 1 pm and 4 pm

Cost: Members: $40

Non-Members: $50

Celebrate Romance in the Gardens by renewing your wedding vows on Valentine’s Day! Each bride will receive a miniature bouquet of flowers and each groom will receive a boutonniere. The ceremony will be held at the boat landing at Brookgreen Creek, followed by a reception at the Leonard Pavilion. A “socially distanced” Southern Cake reception will take place after the ceremony and champagne will be served along with each couple receiving an individual box of goodies. Each couple will receive a personalized certificate and professional photograph of this amazing event.

There will be two ceremonies limited to 20 couples each. The first ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m., and the second ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m.

“Valentine’s Dinner” at The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro

Address: 4269 State Rd S-26-852, Little River, SC 29566

When: February 13-14, 2021 4 pm-9 pm

Cost: Four Course “Prix Fixe” Menu $65

Chef’s Wine Selection $25

To reserve a spot, call 843-249-2601

Impress your date suppress your hunger by stopping at The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro this Valentine’s Day! The Brentwood Wine Bistro is a French restaurant that offers a unique, fine-dining experience in the heart of Little River. All dinners are available for dine in or carry out. Seating will be limited so, call 843-249-2601 to reserve your spot!

** Please note, tables are 8 feet apart and proper sanitization steps are taken between all seatings. The Brentwood staff keeps a daily staff temperature log  & their staff is trained to strictly follow all safety protocols. 

“Splash of Love” at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

When: Sunday, February 14, 2021 5 pm-8 pm

Enjoy an elegant four-course meal for two at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach’s Annual Splash of Love Valentine’s Day Dinner!

**Please note, masks are required for your safety and ours. The Ripley’s Aquarium team is taking many strides to keep you safe, from strict sanitization routines to reduced contact


Activities to Enjoy This Fall in the Grand Strand

Article written by Tanasia Brigman

Fall is in full affect. The temperature outside is slowly dropping, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. There are many activities you can enjoy along the Grand Strand this fall, for Halloween activities to Thanksgiving gatherings. There is always something to do to enjoy every season. Here are some events happening this Fall at some of your favorite places.

Halloween Costume Party at OD Arcade & Lounge

Address: 100 S Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Date: October 31st

Time: 7pm-11pm

Costume Contest (must be 21+):

1st Place- $500

2nd Place- $300

3rd Place- $200

$25 Gift Card for Scariest, Sexiest, Best Couple and Best Group

OD Arcade & Lounge is having a costume party with MAD Karaoke featuring a Costume Contest (participants must be 21+) with cash prizes. Food and drink specials all night. OD Arcade & Lounge is a restaurant, arcade, and bar all in one! They have live bands, karaoke shag dance events, the latest in state of the art games, billiards, our awesome dance floor, DJ lineup & more.

Ghost Tour and Dinner at The Brentwood Restaurant Wine & Bistro

Address: 4269 Luck Ave, Little River, SC 29566

Number: (843)-249-2601

Date: October 29th-31st  (7pm-9:30 pm)

November 17th & 20th (7pm- 9:30 pm)

Cost: 3-Course Dinner & Ghost Tour- $50

(Reservation Required)

One of the Top 10 Most Haunted Restaurants in the U.S. (Answers.com) The Brentwood Restaurant has an interesting history. They have pieced together much information about the house an it former tenants. Some say there are two ghost, or more. The storytellers will guide you through the house, its history and its sightings. The tour also includes and three course dinner starting with the Maison Brentwood Salad with your choice of beef short ribs, salmon bearnaise, Chicken Brentwood, and shrimp chardonnay for your choice in entrée. Chocolate fondant or key lime pie for dessert. Dinner starts at 7 and the tour comes after, the tour is 45 minutes long.

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Brentwood Restaurant Wine and Bistro

Address: 4269 Luck Ave, Little River, SC 29566

Date & Time: November 26th 11am-8pm (accepting reservations)

Cost: Adults-$31.95

Children 10 and up- $12.95

Children 3 and under-Free

Thanksgiving dinner at The Brentwood is served family style. The meal include Brentwood Salad, oven roasted turkey, hickory smoked ham, southern cornbread stuffing, homemade mash potatoes, maple glazed sweet potatoes, seasonal sautéed vegetables, cranberry sauce, and apple tart or pumpkin pie. The whole family can enjoy this meal there or at home if you pre order family take out by Monday, November 23rd.

Brookgreen Gardens Children Imagination Walk

Address: 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Date & Time: October 31st 10am-4pm

Children of all ages are welcome to take an “Imagination Walk” through the gardens. Children may wear their favorite costume and trick or treat along the way, treats are individually packaged and offered throughout the walk. They may also pick up a scavenger hunt map this is free with garden admission.

Autumn Nights in the Field Lights at Brookgreen Gardens

When: Every Friday and Saturday during October

7pm- 9:30 pm

Cost: $45 (members) $50 (non-members)

VIP Package- $200

In order to get a count for the meals, ticket sales for each weekend will cut off on Friday at noon.

This beautiful fall evening begins with a dinner a served buffet of She Crab or Vegetable Soup, Steamed Oysters, Frogmore Stew, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, and Iced Tea. A Fettuccine Vegetable Primavera is included on the buffet as a vegetarian option. A cash wine and beer bar will be available Then wander through Bruce Munro’s exquisite Field of Light. Your ticket includes admission and your meal. The VIP package includes 2 admission tickets, Lowcountry Supper Buffet with reserved seating in the Leonard Pavilion, 2 glasses of wine, Premier parking, and Bruce Munro’s book, Light book which features photos from the Brookgreen exhibit, photos from his exhibits around the world, and the artist’s inspiration for his work.

SCDHEC and CDC guidelines will be followed and they highly recommend guest to wear a mask.

Brew at the Zoo

When: November 7th  5:30pm-8:30pm

Cost: Members : $40

Non-members: $45

$20 for guests designated as drivers.

Ages 21+

Brew at the Zoo is a fall favorite. This year the event will be held in Bruce Munro’s expansive work of art, The Field of Light. There will be a live performance by The Paul Grimshaw Band. Three food trucks will be on site for guests to choose from. Rain date is November 8. All your purchases make a difference and help support Brookgreen Gardens a 501(c)(3) non-profit. CDC guidelines will still be followed for the safety of guest and staff. Masks are highly recommended.

Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens

When: November 27th-December 31st

4pm-9pm

Cost: Adults-$ 25 Children- $12 (Members)

Adults-$25 Children-$15 (Non-members)

More than 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk through the garden pathways with a warm cup of cider, cocoa, or wine. Listen to the sounds of holiday music, carolers singing with your friends and family.

They have added 12 additional nights to this annual event for safety, social distancing, and crowd control. They will have half the amount of tickets available each night compared to previous years.

Beaks and Brushes at Ripley’s Aquarium at Myrtle Beach 

Where: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

When: November 7th, 21st, and December 12th

4pm-6pm

Cost: $45

A unique painting class at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. Led by a painting instructor, everything is provided to create your very own work of art. Relax and enjoy a glass of wine as you create your own marine-themed painting. Your ticket includes Admission to the Aquarium, One free drink ticket, Appetizers, and Art supplies. This event takes place in the Penguin Playhouse viewing area. Penguins will not be present.


Best Places to Eat in the Grand Strand

 

Article by Ashley Vite

Tired of cooking your own meals? Lucky for you the Grand Strand has the best places to eat! The global pandemic has been a burden in all of our lives but thankfully restaurants are back in business and adding a little ease to our days. All of the restaurants below are taking action to ensure the safety and satisfaction of their customers.

The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro

Address: 4269 Luck Ave. Little River, SC 29566

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 4:00-9:00p.m.

Number: (843)249-2601

Website: www.thebrentwoodrestaurant.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Brentwood-Restaurant-113573685342194

*dining at 50% capacity

The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro is a historic Victorian home that was built in 1910. Chef Eric Masson, a French native who graduated from Ferrandi Culinary School with honors in 1993, owns and runs The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro. The Brentwood has five private dining rooms with two bars, five fireplaces and a selection of wines. The restaurant invites their guest to enjoy their unique Low Country cuisine with a French culinary influence. Some menu options include their Braised Beef Short Ribs served with Potato Mousseline, Sautéed Vegetables & Natural Braising Jus or their Beelers Pork Ossobuco served with braised vegetables mirepoix, potato Mousseline, Toma Tomato Concassée & Roasted garlic. They also offer vegetarian friendly and vegan options.

The Brentwood restaurant is now open Tuesday through Saturday 4-9p.m. for inside dining, outside dining and curbside take out. For guaranteed seating call 843-249-2601 for reservations or you can order online at www.opentable.com. To order Takeout, Curbside & delivery call in your order after 2p.m. from 4-7 p.m.

The Brentwood restaurant is doing everything they can to ensure the safety of their customers. All of their tables are 8 feet apart, they are taking proper steps to sanitize in-between each seating and their staff is being trained to follow specific protocols. All employees are wearing masks and are continuing to get their temperature taken daily. The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro cannot serve customers who are showing symptoms of illness.  Customers will be asked to follow safety protocols to ensure the well-being of all.

The SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar

Address: 501 Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Number: (843)249-8800

Website: www.seabluerestaurant.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SeaBlueRestaurant

*dining at 50% capacity

The SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar is owned by Chef Kenneth Norcutt, who bought the restaurant in 2008. His goal was to give locals and visitors and unforgettable experience. SeaBlue Restaurant was awarded #1 Restaurant in the Country in 2014 by Open Table. SeaBlue Restaurant, has a modernized luxurious look with a unique blue and green lighting, that is very relaxing. Come join the SeaBlue Restaurant where guest can enjoy a contemporary American cuisine rooted in classic French cooking technique. They use fresh seafood and meats mixed with various sides. Some menu options include their Jumbo Lump Crab cake with Brussel sprouts slaw and classic remoulade or their crispy fried lobster cake with brown butter, hot sauce, and herb aioli.

The SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar is now open, check their Facebook at the link above for daily hours. Make a reservation for inside dining, outdoor dining or curbside pickup. You must call (843)249-8800 for reservations or you can order online at opentable.com.

The SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar are following certain safety guidelines to be sure of the safety of their staff and customers. They are sanitizing all surfaces between seating’s. Making sure to deep clean every day and get clean menus for every new customer. Sanitizer or wipes is provided for customers. There is limited number of seated diners and distancing must be maintained in common areas. Tables are spread out and any sick staff is prohibited in the workspace.

The Bagel Factory

Address: 1620 Farrow Parkway Unit A7, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

(843)839-1590

 12012 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

(834)626-6445 Hours:  Monday 6:30-2p.m. Tuesday-Sunday 7-2p.m.

763 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 (located in the Kroger shopping plaza)

(843)663-0310

11920 Hwy 707 Unit G Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 (located in the Publix shopping center)

(843)357-3200

Carolina Forest Location 2112 Oakheart RdMyrtle Beach, SC 29579 (located next to Ollies)

(843)236-6939

Hours: Monday-Sunday 7-2p.m.

Website: bagelfactorymb.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebagelfactorymb

The Bagel Factory has five locations in the Grand Strand and they have been serving the best bagels for over 10 years. The Bagel Factory serves breakfast and lunch with over 17 different bagels and 10 spreads to choose from! For breakfast they serve omelets, pancakes, french toast, breakfast wraps and more. For lunch, they serve sandwiches, wraps, paninis, quesadillas, and others. The Bagel Factory is quick, convenient, and simply delicious!

The Bagel Factory is now open Monday-Sunday 7-2p.m. for inside dining, curbside pickup and Delivery.

The Library Restaurant

Address: 6613 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 5-10p.m.

Number: (843)448-4527

Website: www.thelibraryrestaurantsc.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thelibraryrestaurantsc

The Library Restaurant is perfect for fine dining. It is a relaxing atmosphere with dim lights great for special occasions. Come visit the Library Restaurant for local cuisine, seafood, steakhouse, gluten free options, and vegetarian friendly. A few of their most popular dishes are their Filet Mignon served with Parisian mushroom sauce, Shrimp Scampi served with angel hair pasta and sun-dried tomato, and lastly their creamed spinach. They also have a bar/ lounge where guest can enjoy beer, cocktails, wine and more.

The Library restaurant is now open Tuesday through Saturday 5-10p.m. for tableside dining. You must call and make a reservation to get a table.

The Library restaurant is ensuring the safety of their customers. Social distancing is required and proper sanitation is being taken.

Mr Fry 

Address: 224 7th Avenue South, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11a.m.-10p.m.

Number: (843)945-5041

Website: www.mrfrymenu.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mrfrypizzeria

Mr Fry is super convenient and quick you can order your favorite pizza, pasta, salad, and more online for delivery or pickup.

Mr Fry restaurant isnow open Monday through Sunday 11a.m.-10p.m. for pickup or delivery. You can order online at theirwebsite or call.

Mr Fry is ensuring the safety of their customers. Proper sanitation a deep cleaning is taking place.

OD Arcade & Lounge

Address: 100 South Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582

Hours:  Monday-Sunday 11a.m.-2a.m.

Number: (843)249-6460

Website: odarcade.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OD-Arcade-Lounge-115905028436902

The OD Arcade & Lounge is a favorite hangout spot for locals and visitors. You can get a drink and dine inside or dine outside at their café. The OD

Arcade & Lounge is going to ensure you a great night out you can enjoy the live bands, karaoke, shag dance events, the latest in the state of the arts and games, billiards, the dance floor and more. They have a wide variety of food such as wings, burgers and dogs, steak, salads, sandwiches and more. You can also order domestic, craft, or imported beer. Come join the OD Arcade & Lounge and check out their amazing happy hour deals.

The OD Arcade & Lounge is now open Monday through Sunday 11a.m.-2a.m. for inside dining, outside dining, and takeout. You must call and order for takeout.


3 Safe Activities for Your Family to do this Summer in the Grand Strand

Article by Tanasia Brigman

Summer is here! Although we are going through a global pandemic, places are beginning to open back up. Many of these place have plans in place to ensure the safety of there visitors. Regardless if you are visiting or live nearby, here are three family friendly and safe activities to do this summer in the Grand Strand.

Brookgreen Gardens

Address:1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 9:30 am-5pm

Southern Light Exhibit: Wednesday- Saturday 8pm-11pm

Cost: Children (3 and under)- FREE

Children (3-12)- $10

Adults (13-64)- $18

Seniors (65+)- $16

*Tickets may be purchased online or in person and are valid for 7 consecutive days after purchase.

Brookgreen Garden is one of American premier gardens and also a National Historic Landmark. Brookgreen offers tours and exhibits for all ages from beautiful botanical gardens to American sculptures to the low country zoo. It also feature the Bruce Munro exhibit, “Southern Light Show” The exhibit features seven works of art in light and mixed media in order for visitors to see the garden in a “new light”.

Children can enjoy the freedom of the outdoors in the beautiful gardens. They also have the Children’s Discovery Room, where they have interactive stations for children 4-12 to create projects they can take home and they also learn about the history of the garden. Also the Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail is where children can learn information about the garden through sensory stations  “Creative Physical Activity,” and “Unstructured Play” stations that reflect the nature and history of Brookgreen Gardens. There is also the popular Enchanted Storybook Forest, where each playhouse is based on a children’s storybook.

Brookgreen gardens is an outside area where you can keep a safe distance from people. Face mask are mandatory, when you are inside buildings. Also remember to wash your hands and sanitize. It is recommended that you do not bother the wild life, you do not swim in any of the bodies of water, and that you wear closed toe shoes. Also, bring the necessary sunscreen and bug repellent with you.

Cavrn Virtual Reality

Address: 4628 Factory Stores Blvd Ste B200, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-7pm

Cost: $35/ per player for 60 minutes

1 player = 1 booth 

*Reservations may be made on website, Facebook, or by phone.

CaVRn is a veteran owned and operated business. It is the Ultimate Virtual Reality Experience. They host parties, team building experiences, and corporate events. CaVRn also offers educational programs and 360 degree video production.

CaVRn has over 50 kid friendly games from race car games to escape room to carnival games. Virtual reality games (VR) can be either single or multiplayer. One of their most popular single player games is Fruit Ninja. Fortnite is one of their most popular multiplayer VR games along with Creed and others.  It is also kid friendly for kids 7 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed waiver. This is to ensure the safety of your children while the family enjoys a night out. 

During COVID-19 pandemic they are only accepting reservations that can be booked via website, Facebook, or phone call. They will also be cleaning and sanitizing every 30 minutes between reservations. Also temperatures will be checked at the door.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Hours: Sunday- Saturday 9am-8pm

Cost: Adult- $34.99

Child (6-11)-$24.99

Child (3-5)- $12.99

*Tickets may be purchased online or in person.

Ripley’s Aquarium is a big tourist attraction at Myrtle Beach. It has two levels of numerous sea creatures to explore and experience, from jelly fish to stingrays. There are also lots of fun activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Ripley’s also has live shows that feature mermaids and dive tours through the exhibits.

Ripley’s is an indoor activity and has reduced capacity due to COVID-19. There are sanitation stations available throughout the building and PPE is worn by all employees. A mask must be worn at all times and if you do not have one, one will be provided for you. Also, some of the exhibits and activities are temporarily not available, like Glass Bottom Boat, Touch Tank and other interactives.

On the other hand the Penguin Playhouse is still open, which is one of the biggest attractions for kids. It is also the largest exhibit in Ripley’s, at 5,500 square feet. It includes 8 new tanks with new species of fish and also two new classrooms. This exhibit allows visitors to crawl through a tunnel and enjoy the penguin habitat. They can also stop by the penguin nursery and see baby penguins. This new attractions is fun for everyone!


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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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