Looking for free and inexpensive things to do in Myrtle Beach for Christmas? November and December are normally filled with holiday events in Myrtle Beach, including Tree Lighting Ceremonies, Christmas Parades and Christmas concerts and shows.
This is a growing list of 2021 holiday tree lightings, Christmas parades and other holiday events in the Myrtle Beach area. This page will be updated continually throughout the holidays as new information comes in. Be sure to scroll down to the day-by-day list of holiday activities! Know of any that we missed? If so, please let us know.
November 6-December 24
Santa’s Wonderland and Santa Pictures at Bass Pro Shops
• 5 to 9 p.m.
• Bass Pro Shops Myrtle Beach Mall
Santa will be hanging out at Bass Pro Shops for a few days this season. He will be on his decked out TRACKER boat with his elves on the boatpad on the side of the store. There will be lots to do as you visit with Santa!
Santa will be available for free photos from November 6 – December 24, 2021. Families will get a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital greeting card to share on social media. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store.
Reservations are required, click here to schedule you visit with Santa . Reservations are taken seven days in advance.
40th Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals
40th Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Myrtle Beach Convention Center
The Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals is a four day event that features a multitude of shopping and entertainment options, for individuals and groups alike.
The cornerstone of the event is a Victorian Holiday Marketplace held in the 100,800 sq. ft. exhibit hall of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. There is truly something for everyone on your list.
The festivities continue with Strolling Victorian Musicians, Tea Leaf Readers, Punch & Judy Shows, Shadow Box Displays, a Life-Sized Historic Santa through the Ages Exhibit, and a real live Santa, each lending their own charm to the show.
Ticket prices vary depending on what you would like to see and do, click here for more ticket pricing information.
Broadway at the Beach Tree Lighting Celebration
• 6:00 p.m.
• Center Court and Guest Services Center
Join family and friends as Myrtle Beach kicks off the holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Broadway at the Beach.
This year’s celebration features live entertainment from Broadway Theater’s Hot Jersey Nights Christmas, Over the Moon Productions, The Socastee Singers from Socastee High School, local musician Shelley Sasser, Mille Davis and Maxlee James of Next Level Showcase and Marla’s School of Dance!
The Broadway at the Beach Tree Lighting Celebration will be hosted by WPDE’s Ed Piotrowski and Jennifer Abney, with a special appearance from the one and only Santa Claus!
Stick around for the 8 p.m. fireworks show.
Market Common Annual Tree Lighting
• 3:00 p.m.
• Market Common Grand 14 Cinema Plaza
Join family and friends for Santa’s arrival and the Market Common Annual Tree Lighting to kick off the Christmas season. There will be carolers and other performances, pictures with Santa, and vendors with holiday treats amidst the backdrop of The Market Common’s festive holiday decor.
The event is FREE with complimentary Market Common carriage rides from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Barefoot Landing Lighting of the Landing
• 6:00 p.m.
• Barefoot Landing Dockside Village
Barefoot Landing will celebrate their annual Lighting of the Landing Saturday, November 20th.
Kids’ activities from 2 to 5 pm and the show begins at 6 p.m. with the Lighting of the Tree and Fireworks to follow!
November 22-December 30
North Myrtle Beach Great Christmas Light Show
• 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
• North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex
This drive-through light show will feature over 2 million lights displayed along a 1.5 mile drive, including 30 animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights will come to life. This years Great Christmas Light Show promises new lights, new displays, and new experiences!
After the drive, park you car and walk over to Santa’s Village for some inexpensive, and a few free, family fun things to do.
November 23-December 5
Festival of Trees
• 5 p.m.
• The Hammock Shops Village Pawley’s Island
Festival of Trees benefits Tidelands Community Hospice patients, families and bereavement programs and features beautifully decorated table top trees for Silent Auction.
November 26 – January 2
Nights of a Thousand Candles
• 4 to 9 p.m.
• Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 4,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights.
Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sound of holiday music, and celebrate the season with family and friends.
Nights of a Thousand Candles is one of the more popular holiday light shows around the area.
Winter Wonderland at the Beach
• Weekdays 3 to 9 p.m. Weekends 12 noon to 10 p.m.
• Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place
Winter Wonderland at The Beach will showcase two holiday themed activities for both young and old. An ice skating rink and a walk-through winter wonderland light display.
Pawley’s Island Lighting of the Park
• 5 p.m.
• Pawley’s Island Nature Park
Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Music DJ’s by Mayor Brian Henry.
Intracoastal Christmas Regatta
• 5:00 p.m.
• Patio’s Tiki Bar
The Intracoastal Christmas Regatta is an annual holiday boat parade that travels south down the Intracoastal Waterway from Patio’s Tiki Bar, arriving at Dock Holidays Marina around 7 p.m.
Many of the areas restaurants will have dining specials.
There is no charge to watch the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta, but spectators are encouraged to donate toys and more at the over two dozen toy drop boxes around the Little River/Cherry Grove area.
Pawleys Island General Store Outdoor Holiday Bazaar
• 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Pawleys Island General Store
Start your holiday shopping weekend with us! Outdoor holiday market will include craft classes for kids, artisans market with local hand made housewares, jewelry, art and more. Door prizes, holiday foods, music and lots more fun!
If you would like to participate and sell your goods, please call the store at 843-314-3516 for more information.
Pawleys Island General Store is located at 9674 Ocean Hwy., in Pawley’s Island.
November 27 – December 28
Christmas on the Farm!
• November 27 – December 13 Friday – Sunday ONLY, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; December 18 – 27, Open Nightly, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Closed Christmas Day
• Thompson Farm & Nursery, 100 Brickyard Place, Conway, SC
Enjoy a 6-acre play area, petting zoo and a wagon ride through Christmas lights to Santa’s Village.
Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for children, and ages 2 and under are free.
Our staff has not been able to confirm this event.
City of Conway Tree Lighting
• 6:00 p.m.
• Downtown Conway
Following the Tree Lighting, kids can visit with Santa starting at 6:40 p.m. at 1019 4th Avenue, in Conway.
We’re as excited as you are when we find a great event or deal! But remember -- events can change. Bargains can sell out. Weather can be unpredictable. The location nearest you may decide not to participate. And many venues reserve the right to change prices and hours without notice. Please double-check with the source to make sure an event is still happening or a deal is still good before you go.
4th Annual Rivertown Holiday Market
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Conway Sports and Fitness Center, 1515 Mill Pond Rd, Conway, SC
Shop handmade artisan crafts for that special unique gift.
Admission is FREE.
A Very Broadway Christmas Parade
• 11 a.m.
• Broadway at the Beach
Come on out for A Very Broadway Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 4th beginning at 11am! From stilt walkers to special guests, it’s an event you don’t want to miss as we celebrate the holiday season! The parade takes place on the exterior of Broadway.
Surfside Beach Tree Lighting Festival
• 4:00 p.m.
• Surfside Beach Townhall
Stop by Surfside Beach Town Hall, 115 US-17 Business, for the annual lighting of the town Christmas Tree. There will be music, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus himself.
4th Annual Rivertown Regatta
• 5:00 p.m.
• Savannah Bluff
The parade route starts at Savannah Bluff, travels past the Conway Marina, around the RR trestle and ends back at Conway Marina.
If you are interested in entering/sponsoring a boat, please click here. All sponsorship proceeds benefit SOS Health Care.
North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade
• 5:30 p.m.
• Main Street in North Myrtle Beach
It wouldn’t be Christmas at the beach without the annual North Myrtle Beach Christmas parade. Join your friends and neighbors on Main Street to enjoy the lighted floats and units representing groups from all across the area.
The parade route starts at Bi-Lo and travels down Main Street to Ocean Blvd.
4th Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
• 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
• Garden of Hope, 1395 Carver St, Myrtle Beach
Hosted by the City of Myrtle Beach’s Neighborhood Services Department, the Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting brings together locals from the City and surrounding. The event will include hot chocolate and cookies, live music, and a socially-distanced photo opportunity with Santa. This event is FREE for all to enjoy!
Shine Bright Pawleys Island
Slow Roll – A Holiday Light Up the Night Event
• 5:30 p.m.
• Tidal Creek Brewhouse Market Common
This unique Christmas time event is sponsored by The City of Myrtle Beach and Tidal Creek Brewhouse.
Participants are encouraged to cover themselves and their bikes in lights for a trip through the shopping and dining complex of Market Common with stops along the way for fun and games. This event is FREE to participate in.
Rides include bicycle safety tips and fun facts about the area. Helmets are required.
A post-ride party at Tidal Creek Brewhouse will include silly holiday trivia and prizes for best lights.
Beach Bike Shop on Broadway Street will have bikes available for rent for the event, and the city of Myrtle Beach has extra lights available for participants who need them.
Tidal Creek Brewhouse is located at 3421 Knoles Street in The Market Common District.
Light Up The Lawn at the Kaminski House Museum
• 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
• Kaminski House Museum Georgetown
The Annual Kaminski House Museum Light Up the Lawn event will be held on Friday, December 10th at 5:30 pm. Enjoy carousel rides! See you on the lawn for the holidays!
Kaminski House Museum is located at 1003 Front Street, in Georgetown, SC.
Christmas Fireworks Extravaganza!
• 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
• Pelicans Ballpark, 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
The Christmas Fireworks Extravaganza presented by T-Mobile, WMBF News and Gator 107.9 is set to takeover Pelicans Ballpark on December 10. The one-night-only event will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude with a Munnerlyn Pyrotechnics Fireworks Extravaganza at 8 p.m.
Admission to the event is $10 for ages 13 & up, $5 for kids 12 & under, and kids 2 & under are free. You can purchase advance tickets online here, or at the ticket booth the day of the event.
You can even bring a blanket and stretch out on the field (no chairs permitted)! The evening will also include photos with Santa, and other holiday-centric activities such as Christmas videos on the video board, arts and crafts, & more. Photos with Santa will be made available for free after the event via our Facebook Page. Additionally, T-Mobile will be giving away a free gift valued at five-hundred dollars to one lucky fan in attendance. Fans will be able to enter to win throughout the event.
Surfside Beach Christmas Parade
• 2:00 p.m.
• Ocean Blvd and Surfside Drive
Always a fun family event, the City of Surfside Beach Christmas Parade route will start at Ocean Boulevard to Melody Lane to Surfside Drive to Poplar Drive.
The parade usually feature over 100 entries including floats and marching bands.
Conway Christmas Parade
• 10:00 a.m.
• Downtown Conway
Conway Christmas Parade route will start at 16th Avenue to Main Street, to 3rd Avenue, to Laurel and down 4th Avenue and end at Powell Street.
Holiday Golf Cart Parade at Barefoot Landing
• 3:00 p.m.
• Barefoot Landing
Let It Snow Family Fest
• 12 to 4 p.m.
• Crooked Hammock Brewery Barefoot Landing
Pack up the kiddos and party with us all day under the magical snow in our activity filled backyard. Treats galore and a gingerbread house contest will make for a super fun afternoon you and yours won’t soon forget
For ticketing options, please click here.
The Grinch Movie Party at Dave & Buster’s Myrtle Beach
• 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
• Dave & Buster’s 1322 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach
Come in to Dave & Buster’s for a one of a kind movie-watching experience packed with props, singing, and a visit from the Grinch himself! Before the movie, enjoy chef crafted buffet and exclusive access to the Million Dollar Midway. Dave & Buster’s will have a photo area set up for you to take pictures with the Grinch after the movie.
Whoville Admission is required for entry to the event. Whos under the age of 2 do not need a ticket. Dave & Buster’s is offering three great options to join in on the fun!