Holiday celebrations are a great reason to visit Myrtle Beach in December!
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Top 10 Things to do in Myrtle Beach in December

November 9, 2017

Whoever says Myrtle Beach is a summer destination has never been here in December. Despite the cooler weather and smaller crowds, December has one of the busiest social calendars of the year.

From shopping and shows events to Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, there’s plenty to keep you busy this month. Make this December one to remember by checking out these top 10 things to do in December in Myrtle Beach:

Holiday Shows

Holiday Shows

With beautiful imagery, talented singers, dancers, entertainers, and actors, all of the award-winning Christmas shows in Myrtle Beach will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. Check out these Christmas shows at the Alabama Theatre, The Carolina Opry Theater, and more! See our blog post about holiday shows for more info.

Tree Lightings

Tree Lightings

One of the best parts about the holidays is decorating the tree, and in Myrtle Beach, you can take part in special tree lighting ceremonies at several Myrtle Beach attractions. From Barefoot Landing to Broadway at the Beach, check out this list of tree lightings in the area.

Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping

While you’re here in December, why not take advantage of all of the great local shopping centers for all of your holiday shopping needs? There are tons of places to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list this year. Check out this list of stores in the area and see if you can finish your holiday shopping while you’re in town.

The Great Christmas Light Show

150 Citizens Circle, Little River, SC 29566

This year, the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex is introducing the Great Christmas Light Show! This family-friendly event beings on November 25th and lasts throughout the month of December. This fun event will feature tons of beautiful Christmas light displays, train rides, Santa’s village, and much more.

Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
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This Murrells Inlet botanical sculpture garden is beautiful year-round, but especially in December during the Nights of a Thousand Candles” festival. Featuring more than 5,000 handlit candles illuminating the scenic gardens and sculptures, this former rice plantation transforms into a winter wonderland at night.

$1 Off Admission to Brookgreen Gardens

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Between Second Avenue North and 15th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Celebrate the holidays Myrtle Beach-style with Holidays on the Boardwalk in downtown Myrtle Beach. On special nights this month see live music, meet Santa, ride a camel or the Polar Express train, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and go caroling in the downtown district.

Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium

Each year, Ripley’s Aquarium hosts the Ripley’s Festival of Trees, which is a perfect attraction for the whole family. While enjoying looking at the fish and sea life at the aquarium, visitors may also get in the holiday spirit by viewing beautifully decorated trees. There are trees to represent all of the 50 states, and a number of other cool trees with eye-catching decorations.

Inlet Christmas Weekend

Waterfront, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Have a blast by the water during the Inlet Christmas Weekend in Murrells Inlet! This fun event will take place on December 2-4, 2016 and will include a tree lighting ceremony, kid-friendly activities, Christmas home tours, a Christmas parade, and much more.

Holiday Bazaar at The Market Common

4017 Deville St., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Each Saturday from November 4-December 16, 2017, The Market Common is hosting the Holiday Bazaar. The Holiday Bazaar features seasonal craft vendors offering produce, holiday gifts, baked good, crafts, and much more.

New Years Eve Celebrations

New Years Eve Celebrations

Sure, December focuses on holidays like Christmas, but what about New Year’s Eve? If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve celebration in Myrtle Beach, consider heading out to New Year’s Eve Garden by Candlelight Pre-Party, and many other fun New Year’s Eve events. Be sure to check our blog and events page for more updates about New Year’s Eve events this year.