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Things to Do in Myrtle Beach in December 2022

By Bri Thomas

Looking for a last minute December getaway? Tis the season to visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. There is milder weather, smaller crowds and you get to experience all the wonderful winter-themed holiday celebrations at the beach. Myrtle Beach transforms into a coastal extravaganza with plenty of dashing and jolly things to do during the month of December 2022. From festive parades, to spectacular light displays, to shopping holiday outlet deals, to even fun football games, Myrtle Beach has it all. Be merry and bright, and come visit Myrtle Beach this December!


Winter Wonderland at the Beach

  • Where: Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place by the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
  • What: A walk-through light tour of over 10,000 lights, a family fun zone, and a variety of vendors and entertainment. 
  • When: Through December 23, 2022 (closed Christmas Eve & Day)

Bigger, brighter, and beach-ier! Come along on a walking light tour of the North Pole, Toyland, Peppermint Valley,  and other Winter Wonderland holiday light displays that got bigger, brighter, and beach-ier than the previous year! It stretches along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk with more than 100,000 lights from Plyler Park to Second Avenue Pier from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly. There is also a brand new family fun zone filled with holiday themed attractions, like  s’mores-making and inflatables from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets to the family fun zone are available for purchase. At night they feature live entertainment at Plyler Park Thursdays through Sundays! 


Christmas Parades

Join us for some holiday parades in Myrtle Beach! Nearby towns and shopping/entertainment districts include Broadway at the Beach, Murrells Inlet, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. Barefoot Landing and Surfside Beach will also host a unique golf cart parade this December.

Get the full list of Myrtle Beach Christmas parades.


Christmas Tree Lightings 

Christmas presents on the beach

Set your sights upon a dazzling display of lights at one of these local Christmas tree lightings. Popular entertainment destinations such as The Market Common and Barefoot Landing each have their own annual tree lighting event with kids activities, live entertainment, fireworks, and more. Local towns also hold their very own tree lighting ceremonies, including Surfside Beach, Conway, and North Myrtle Beach.

Get the full list of Myrtle Beach Christmas tree lightings.


Holiday Shopping Deals

Find a holiday gift for everyone on your list, with savings on well-loved brands from Myrtle Beach’s shopping outlets. Shop ‘til you drop at the Grand Strand’s largest indoor shopping center, Coastal Grand Mall, where you’ll find popular retailers like Belk, J.C. Penney, H&M, Old Navy, and Dillard’s.

Some of the area’s best shopping deals are at Tanger Outlets. With two convenient locations in Myrtle Beach, visitors will find name-brand clothing at exceptional prices, including Nike, The North Face, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Adidas.

Other shopping destinations in the area include Myrtle Beach Mall near Barefoot Landing, The Market Common, and the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island.


Holiday Shows in Myrtle Beach

Bravo! Sit back and enjoy the show! Select and purchase a ticket from over a dozen live holiday performances; like The South’s Grandest Christmas Show and The Christmas Show of the South. Bring the children and see kid-friendly shows like Christmas at Pirates Voyage Dinner and Wonders of Christmas - A Holiday Magic Spectacular.  In addition, there are some music artist tribute shows.  Each show includes spectacular performances, dazzling production, and enough cheer to leave you smiling for the holiday season! Shows run through the month of December with many evening performances and selectively scheduled matinees.

Get the full list of holiday shows here.


La Belle Amie Vineyard Wonderful Winter Festival

  • When: December 17, 2022 | Doors open at 10 a.m., music 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: La Belle Amie Vineyard, Little River

Celebrate the holiday season in a beautiful outdoor venue listening to music, eating festive foods, and sipping on wine at La Belle Amie Vineyard. Ticket prices vary and audience capacity is limited. The live music is by Julio & The Saltine Duo.  


Nights of a Thousand Candles

Nights of a Thousand Candles

  • Where: Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet
  • What:  Walk through a soft glowing sculpture and wildlife preserve, with several themed botanical gardens with over 2,700 hand-lit candles and millions of sparkling lights. 
  • When: December 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 28-31, 2022 and January 1, 2023 | 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This magical, annual event showcases over 2,700 hand-lit candles scattered throughout the scenic gardens of 10,000 acres. It transforms into a magical Christmas wonderland for multiple weekends in December, not including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Each evening features a tree lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. This event is heralded as the "Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina" by Travel + Leisure Magazine. In addition to the themed gardens, the event also includes live music, holiday-themed exhibits, carolers, and a hot cocoa and warm cider station. Space is limited and tickets must be pre-purchased for this popular event. Tickets for members: adults are $30 per person and $14 for children ages 4 - 12. Tickets for non-members: adults $35 per person and $17 for children ages 4 -12.

Call (843) 235-6000 for more information.


The Great Christmas Light Show

  • When: Drive-Through Light Show in December through the 30th, 2022 (Closed Christmas Day) from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Santa’s Village is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday ONLY December 3 through December 11. Open Nightly December 15 through 30 (Closed on Christmas Day).
  • Where: North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex

This annual event is bigger and brighter every year! They feature new lights, new displays, and an overall new experience! So even if you visited in the past, you’ll still have a blast. The two-mile drive throughout the complex features over 2 million lights with displays ranging in size up to 55 feet tall. On select December dates, you can bring the children to visit Santa himself at Santa’s Village, while enjoying village treats of hot chocolate and s’mores! There is also a petting zoo, Santa’s Rockin’ Christmas Tree (show every 30 minutes), Santa's express train ride ($3 per person), Santa’s Elf hunt ($3 per person) and more. Tickets are $15 per vehicle when Santa's Village is closed (up to 15 Guests) and $20 per vehicle when Santa's Village is open (up to 15 Guests). There are no online ticket sales. 


The Myrtle Beach Bowl

  • When: December 19, 2022 | Kickoff at 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Brooks Stadium located on the campus of Coastal Carolina at 965 One Landon Loop, Conway, SC 
  • Tickets: Prices vary, ranging from $25-$60+ fees and are subject to change 

Ready. Set. Hut! Get your football game day excitement together and get your ticket to the ultimate Myrtle Beach Bowl Game of 2023! The Myrtle Beach Bowl returns for its third year on Monday, December 19th at 2:30 p.m.! ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, added this bowl game to its roster. The game will feature matchups from two of three conferences: – Conference USA, Mid-American Conference (MAC) and Sun Belt Conference. Each conference will participate up to four times between 2020 and 2025. The Myrtle Beach Bowl will be played at Brooks Stadium, located on the campus of Coastal Carolina, and will be nationally televised on ESPN networks.

Purchase your tickets here.

Check out all the Myrtle Beach Parades and Tree Lighting Ceremonies happening this holiday season and be sure to book your resort reservation before your dates sell out!


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