Top Five Reasons to Visit the Grand Strand During the Holidays




Our Top Five Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach for the Holidays


One thing those of us who work in hospitality along the Grand Strand  love is getting to know repeat visitors. We get to see families return year after year, get to watch kids grow up … and Christmas is no exception! Many families make an annual holiday tradition out of their trip to beaches of South Carolina (specifically, Pawleys Island). Here are the reasons they tell us they prefer to visit the beach in the winter:


1. Forget about crowds.
Those noisy summer crowds aren’t a concern when you come to visit Pawleys Island in the winter.


2. The weather.
You won’t find the almost tropical heat southern summers are known for when you visit the Grand Strand in the fall and winter, but you also won’t get as much rain. In fact, November is much drier than August here in Pawleys Island, and December’s even less wet! So as long as you’re not afraid to dress in layers, you can enjoy clear skies and long walks on the beach.


3. We’ve got great Christmas shows.
Carolina Opry and Alabama Theatre in particular offer up annual Christmas shows that people come back for year after year after year. Something’s always a little different, but you can see your favorite performers mature and grow in their careers. And with the amazing holiday decoration displays at these theaters, you will absolutely feel the Christmas spirit move you!


4. Less family stress.
Look, we know you love that aunt or grandma or sister-in-law who also happens to drive you crazy every year at Christmas. But you can still send her holiday cheer via a Skype call on Christmas morning from the comfort of your quiet and serene Pawleys Island vacation rental.


5. Awesome shopping.
If you go on vacation along the Grand Strand for the holidays, you can get your own shopping done, whether you’re shopping for others or for yourselves. Shoppers cite the Tanger Outlets on Hwy. 501 and Hwy. 17 as well as the trendy Market Common. And if you’re looking for some Christmas cheer in your shopping, be sure to check out the annual Myrtle Beach Dickens Christmas Show Nov. 14-17, 2013.

What about you? Have you ever visited Litchfield by the Sea for Christmas? What was your favorite thing about it?

Things to Do in December Around Pawleys Island


  • Atalaya Holiday Celebration

    12/01/2012 11:00 AM – 12/01/2012 04:00 PM

    Celebrate and Experience Atalaya as it comes alive for the Holidays! Refreshments – Live Music All day – Crafts and Gifts Booth – Kids Holiday Crafts – Oyster Roast with Chowder – Lionel Train Club Display and more!

    Sponsored by Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

    City: Murrells Inlet
    State: SC

    Price: $2.00 plus park entrance fee

  • Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade

    12/02/2012 03:00 PM – 12/02/2012 04:00 PM

    Boats and Floats for the Kids!

    Get in the holiday spirit with the Annual Community Christmas parade. Begins at Wilcox Avenue and marches down Hwy 17 Business to Pendergrass Ave. Come join the fun!
    Address: Hwy 17 Business
    City: Murrells Inlet
    State: SC
    Zip: 29576
    Price: Free

  • Georgetown Christmas Parade

    12/01/2012 11:30 AM – 12/01/2012 02:00 PM

    Come enjoy a small town holiday kick-off at the Georgetown Christmas parade! This year with a special appearance from some beautiful SC birds of prey and that other flying Christmas guy, Santa Claus!

    Address: Front Street – downtown
    City: Georgetown
    State: SC
    Zip: 29440
    Price: Free

  • Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles

    12/07/2012 – 12/08/2012

    12/14/2012 – 12/15/2012

    12/20/2012 – 12/22/2012

    Contact: Helen Benso
    Address: 1931 Brookgreen Drive
    City: Murrells Inlet
    State: SC
    Zip: 29576
    Price: $16 adults

    Brookgreen Gardens will come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 – 10 p.m. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.
    This annual event has become a holiday tradition when the gardens become a wonderland of lights and candles and outstanding entertainment. Dinner catered by Inlet Affairs is available in addition to admission prices.

    Purchase Tickets Online


Things to Do: Free Picture With Santa at The Litchfield Company

The Litchfield Company Invites You to Bring
Your Children & Grandchildren to the Office,
14240 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island
Saturday, December 4th
for Pictures, Cookies & Cocoa
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

A picture of Santa & your child will be mailed to your home compliments of
The Litchfield Company!

~ Happy Holidays ~

NEED A PLACE TO STAY – Check out 63A Lakeside Villas (near The Litchfield Company)  and book your vacation.

Things to Do: Holiday Events Along the Grand Strand

  • Christmas Parade at Broadway at the Beach
    • From: 12/4/2010
      Time: 11:00 am
  • Annual Christmas Tree Lighting North Myrtle Beach, McClean Park
    • From: 12/3/2010
      Time: 6:00 PM
  • Brookgreen’s Nights of a Thousand Candles
    • From: 12/3/2010 to: 12/18/2010
      Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    • Phone: 800-849-1931
  • Springmaid Beach Winter Arts & Craft Show
    • From: 12/3/2010 to: 12/5/2010
      Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: 3200 South Ocean Blvd
      Phone: 843-315-7182
  • Annual Christmas Parade North Myrtle Beach, Main Street
    • From: 12/4/2010
      Time: 5:30 PM
    • Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
      Phone: 843-280-5570

Brookgreen Gardens’ Nights of a Thousand Candles

December 3-4, 10-11, 16, 17 & 18, 2010 From 3 – 10 p.m.

See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,000 hand-lit candles and thousands of sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, Dickens carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. Click here to view a slide show from last year’s event.

Purchase Nights of a Thousand Candles tickets early and receive a 20% discount on adult admission! We are experiencing some technical difficulties with our online ticket system at the present time and believe tickets will be available online again soon. Please check back for updates. You may purchase tickets now at Brookgreen’s admission plaza, Wall Lowcountry Center, or by calling (843) 235-6016 during normal business hours. Until November 30, discounted adult tickets (ages 13 and up) are $12 and child tickets (ages 4-12) are $6. Individual and Family Members of Brookgreen Gardens discounted adult tickets are $8 and $4 for children. Children age three and under are free. There is a $2 processing fee to mail tickets and orders must be received by November 24. If you are a member of The Huntington Society, the Chairman’s Council or the President’s Council, please call (843) 235-6016 or go online to order your tickets. In December, adult tickets are $15 and tickets for children are $6. Individual and Family Members adult tickets are $10 and tickets for children are $4. All children age three and under are free. All Nights of a Thousand Candles tickets are non-refundable and considered a donation to Brookgreen in the event of inclement weather. Push type child and adult strollers are complimentary and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nightly Entertainment
Enjoy the sights and sounds of nightly entertainment performances. Click here for the performance schedule.

Indoor Exhibits
See two beautiful indoor exhibits, Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna – evergreen trees, wreaths, and plaques decorated with assorted natural materials, along with vintage carousel animal figures add beauty to this exhibit. Displaying collections of sculpture, paintings, Christmas trees, and old-fashioned holiday décor, Signs of the Season in Art and History reflects the festive celebrations and pastimes of the winter season from the late 19th century to the present.


Holiday Events Along the Grand Strand

What a great time to live at the beach!  This holiday season is jammed packed with things to do.

Bring along the entire family to our annual Boat Regatta, Tree Lighting, Christmas Parade or Christmas Cantata.  We have many Christmas activities that appeal to people of all ages.

The 26th Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta will be held on Saturday, November 27th.  The curtain rises on the boat parade at the Little River Inlet at 5:00 pm and travels south, arriving at Dock Holidays Marina at 7:00 pm.

Any location along the Intracoastal Waterway between the Little River Inlet and the Dock Holidays Marina will serve as a perfect viewing location.  To enter your boat in the parade or for more information visit

Come celebrate the holidays by listening to an array of Christmas songs at the Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church on 6th Ave South in North Myrtle Beach.

Performances begin on Saturday, December 4th with a show at 4:00 pm and on Sunday, December 5th enjoy a 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm show. Tickets are free and are available at the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce in late November.

Join family, friends and your local community members to light up the glorious Christmas Tree in McLean Park on Friday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm.  Other activities will be going on around the tree lighting including a visit with Santa for the kids, singing, dancing and much more!

The North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club 18th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be Saturday, December 4th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Tour beautiful homes in North Myrtle Beach decorated for the holidays each in their own unique way.

Tickets will be sold in advance at the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce for $25. You may also purchase tickets the day of the tour for $30.  Light refreshments will be served at the North Myrtle Beach Chamber from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  All proceeds from this event go to local charities.

The Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 4th at 5:30 pm.  This annual Parade occurs at night to provide the patrons with a unique holiday experience.  Bring your friends and family to observe all of the parade floats lit up with colorful Christmas lights.

Any location along Main Street provides a perfect view of the parade.  Applications to participate in the parade are available at

Do you enjoy making holiday wreaths?  If so, join us on Tuesday, December 7th for a free wreath workshop from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the J. Bryan Floyd Recreation Center in North Myrtle Beach.  They will provide all materials except the wreath form.  (A limited quantity of wreath forms will be available for purchase).