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If you’ve never experienced Nights of 1000 Candles at Brookgreen Gardens, it definitely should be added to your bucket list. There is a reason Travel+Leisure recently named it the “Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina.” Each winter, this historic 9-acre botanical and sculpture garden is illuminated with thousands of hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights to celebrate the holiday season.

As you stroll the grounds with family and friends, each lush path and fine work of art is gorgeously bathed in a soft, magical glow. Massive Southern Live Oaks light the way, and each section has its own unique theme, from the Children’s Sculpture Garden to the Fountain of the Muses.

 

Entertainment includes live bands performing holiday favorites, carolers singing, and a reading of A Christmas Carol that will delight both young and old. You also won’t want to miss the lighting of the spectacular, 80-foot tall fir tree each night.

 

Feeling chilly? Enjoy a glass of wine, or a cup of warm cider or hot cocoa from one of the stands along your way. There is even a place to roast s’mores. Or stop by one of the indoor exhibits, like the ever-popular model train display featuring a variety of holiday vignettes, from vintage Myrtle Beach, to Hogwarts Castle and The Polar Express.

 

If you want more than a light snack, dinner is served in a heated dining tent and catered by Inlet Affairs. Options include burgers and salads, homemade She Crab soup, and lowcountry entrees like Shrimp and Grits, Chicken Bog, and a delicious Fried Fish Platter.

Nights of 1000 Candles begins on December 5th and runs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 31st, from 3-10PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance and space is limited. The price for non-members is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Visit the Brookgreen Gardens website to purchase tickets and for more information, including the full restaurant menu and entertainment schedule.

 

To truly experience the splendor of Nights of 1000 Candles, you’ll have to plan a holiday trip to the Grand Strand. Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach has wonderful properties available for the holiday season and we want to spread some cheer! Call us at 888-488-8588, and mention Promo Code Holiday2019 for 40% Off and Free Linens. This offer expires December 31st, 2019, so call today!

 

 

The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come enjoy the sights and sounds, and celebrate the magic of the holiday season on the Grand Strand.

North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

The Great Christmas Light Show takes place nightly at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex from November 23rd-December 30th. This 1.5 mile, drive through light show features over 2 million lights and over 500 magical displays where holiday scenes come to life. After the journey, visitors can enjoy hot cocoa and s’mores at Santa’s Village, see the lights up close on the Santa Express Train Ride, and visit with Santa. For more info and pricing, visit the NMB Parks and Recreation website.

Barefoot Landing

Barefoot Landing will kick off the holiday season with The Lighting of the Landing on November 23rd. The fun begins at 2PM in Dockside Village, with face painting, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and more. The Tree Lighting show will begin at 6PM, hosted by weatherman and local celebrity Ed Piotrowski of WPDE. Entertainment includes performances by Shelly Sasser, Chris Elswick, and Alabama Theatre, followed by fireworks at 7PM and visits with Santa until 8PM. Barefoot Landing will also hold a Holiday Market every Friday from 12-4PM, now until December 20th.

The Market Common

The Market Common will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 23rd, from 6-8PM, with complimentary carriage rides from 6-9PM. The Carolina Master Chorale will delight the crowd with holiday music along with a brass jazz ensemble and steel band. Coastal Dance Center will perform scenes from The Nutcracker. Santa will be making an appearance, and there will be a bounce house, trackless train, and a balloon artist for the little ones.

Broadway At The Beach

Broadway At The Beach will hold A Very Broadway Christmas Parade on December 7th, starting at 11AM. Children’s activities will follow until 4PM at Heroes Harbor near Margaritaville, including face painting, games, giveaways, character appearances, and visits with Santa. If you happen to be vacationing on the Grand Strand this weekend, see the 25th Annual Tree Lighting on Friday, November 22nd, at 6PM.

La Belle Amie Vineyard

Known for Twisted Sisters Wines, wine tastings, and hosting live music events, La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River will hold a Holiday Spirits Music Fest on November 30th, 12-5PM. There also will be An Afternoon of Holiday Tunes on December 14th, and a Yuletide Music And Bonfire on December 21st. Click here for the full Festival and Events schedule.

More Festive Fun

Night of 1000 Candles

Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet

December 5th-December 21st (Select Dates)

Tree Lighting

McLean Park, North Myrtle Beach

December 3rd, 6PM

Billy Claus and the Lulubelles
Lulu’s, North Myrtle Beach
December 7th

Santa Crawl on the Marshwalk
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
December 21st, 5PM

Designer Holiday Showcase 250th Celebration
Kaminski House Museum, Georgetown
November 18th-December 31st, 11AM-3PM

Parades

North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
December 7th, 5:30PM

Surfside Beach Christmas Parade
Ocean Boulevard, Surfside Beach
December 8th, 2PM

Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk
December 8th, 3PM

Holiday Entertainment

Whose Holiday Is It Anyway? (All Ages)

Uptown Theater at the Myrtle Beach Mall

November 30th, 7:30-9PM

Christmas On Ice

The South’s Grandest Christmas Show
Alabama Theatre

Christmas at Pirates Voyage

The Christmas Show of the South
Carolina Opry

For tips on How To Plan A Stress-Free Family Holiday On The Grand Strand, click here and contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach for a wonderful place to stay. We have lots of properties available for the holidays! Call us for a great deal at 888-488-8588, and mention Promo Code Holiday2019 for 40% Off and Free Linens. This offer expires December 31st, 2019, so call today!

 

The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

Coastal Living Magazine recently named Myrtle Beach, South Carolina one of America’s Top 10 Best Beach Towns for Christmas!

“You may think you know this destination from its high-energy spring vibe, but there’s way more to Myrtle Beach, and Christmas is the perfect time to get to know it. Start with 5,500 hand-lit candles at Brookgreen Gardens’ resplendent Nights of a Thousand Candles and proceed to the town’s delightful Festival of Trees at Ripley’s Aquarium (don’t miss the holiday tree scavenger hunt). A whole new world, right?” (Coastal Living)

Thanks for the shout out, Coastal Living… we wholeheartedly agree! Here are four more reasons to celebrate the holiday season on the Grand Strand:

The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach: This spectacular holiday event features over 2 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5-mile drive throughout the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. After the journey through the light show, visitors are invited to park and visit Santa’s Village!

Christmas at Pirate’s Voyage: Take a magical journey with surly Captain Scrooge and his faithful first mate Bob Crachit in this fun and festive show, while enjoying a four-course holiday feast! Packed with heart and comedy (plus astounding gymnastics, high-diving feats, amazing live animals, and a living nativity), this will easily become a favorite family tradition.

The South’s Grandest Christmas Show: This award-winning annual production at the Alabama Theatre is truly a Christmas extravaganza, complete with classic holiday carols and contemporary favorites that celebrate the season — southern style!

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special: This enchanting production is a time-honored tradition that brings the spirit of Christmas to life through music, comedy and dance. Also known as the “Christmas Show of the South,” it features talented guest artists performing alongside Opry favorites and Gospel legends.

Make this year the merriest yet, and give your family the gift of a beach vacation on the Grand Strand. Contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach today to get started, and take advantage of our special off-season rates!

The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

Menopause The Musical®, the groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived The Change, is coming to the Myrtle Beach area in January, 2016! This hilarious hit show focuses on four women who must adjust to life after age 40 by embracing each other and the road ahead. Set in the lingerie department of Bloomingdales, these women meet and form a unique bond with one another (and the audience), over hot flashes, wrinkles, mood swings, chocolate cravings, memory loss, weight gain, and so much more.

This laughter-filled 90-minute production gets audience members out of their seats and singing along to parodies of 25 classic pop songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Clever titles in the musical comedy include My Thighs, Stayin’ Awake/Night Sweatin’ and Puff, My God I’m Dragging.

The show’s Off-Broadway success has sparked a national tour, with a stop at The Legends In Concert Theater in Myrtle Beach. There will be seven performances, running January 20th through the 24th, 2016. Menopause The Musical® is brought to you by GFour Productions, winners of 54 Drama Desk and 44 Tony Awards. Tickets are currently on sale, and can be purchased at legendsinconcert.com or by calling the box office at 800-960-7469. Group discounts for 10+ are also available by calling 800-955-3436.

Property Spotlight: Harbourgate Marina #200  

Harbourgate Marina is a premium waterfront resort offering guests spacious suites in a picturesque North Myrtle Beach location. Situated on the Intracoastal Waterway, Harbourgate Marina is an ideal location for watersports enthusiasts. The resort features a full-service marina with boat slips for rent. There is also a pool overlooking the waterway and a harbor store, as well as dining and nightlife at Filet’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant and Tiki Bar. Harbourgate Marina #200 is a spacious 3BR/2BA condo, equipped with a king-size bed in the master bedroom, 2 full-size beds in the 2nd bedroom, and 1 queen-size bed in the 3rd bedroom. This condo offers new ceramic tile floors in main living areas and new granite counter tops in the bathrooms. This is a non-smoking condo and is motorcycle friendly! Christmas Special: Mention this article in December and receive 20% off for a Christmas stay at Harbourgate Marina #200 (if available). Book now before it’s too late, and enjoy the holidays at Harbourgate Marina in beautiful North Myrtle Beach!

About UsThe sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!

 

Families visiting Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach in November and December will find a plethora of holiday-themed activities, perfect for all ages. Read on for just some of the festive ways you and your family can enjoy the holidays in the Myrtle Beach area!

31st Annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta In Little River

Gather around the Little River Inlet the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28th) to watch the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta as it passes viewing areas along the Intracoastal Waterway. Boats will leave the Little River Inlet at 5PM and travel south, arriving at Dock Holidays Marina at 7PM. And be sure to bring a toy donation for Toys for Tots or make a donation for the Humane Society while you are there. Not content to just watch the festivities? Visit the event website to sign up your boat for the parade and participate in the holiday fun!

North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade
The annual North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade brings holiday cheer and delight to residents and visitors alike. The parade will take place this year on Saturday, Dec. 6th from 5:30-7PM, and runs from Main Street to Ocean Boulevard, and will disperse on 2nd Avenue North. Any point along Main Street provides the perfect spot to view the parade. Expect holiday songs, colorful floats, beauty queens and marching bands along the way!

North Myrtle Beach Christmas Wonderland
The fun in North Myrtle Beach continues this year at the Christmas Wonderland! Visitors will experience different attractions including a hayride lights show, a 3D Walk to the North Pole, a Christmas “Under the Sea“ Puppet show, a petting zoo, a family circus, and more! Visitors can also help Santa “save Christmas” in South Carolina’s first interactive holiday paintball attraction. This magical new event opens on November 26th at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex.

Festival Of Trees At Ripley’s Aquarium
Ripley’s Aquarium has gone Christmas-Crazy again this year by adding over 20 new trees to their already large collection. Visitors can plan to explore the Aquarium’s 14,000 aquatic animals, while enjoying the largest tree display in the state! The 2015 Ripley’s Festival of Trees uniquely represents the heritage and diversity of our great United States and US Territories. Children are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa since there is a brand new mailbox with a direct line to Mr. Claus himself! For each stamped letter received Ripley’s will donate one toy to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.

Holiday Shows

Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas at one of the area’s many theaters.

Celebrating its 30th season, the Carolina Opry’s multi award-winning Christmas Special is the only show that has won every major South Carolina Tourism award, including the Governor’s Cup and Most Outstanding Attraction. Dazzle your family with incredible holiday decorations that feature more than 35 Christmas trees, including a 30-foot lobby tree. This year’s show includes stars of NBC’s America’s Got Talent joined by an award-winning cast of over 35, including Calvin Gilmore, Rita Gumm, Christie Templeton and many others! The Carolina Opry Dancers kick off a fantastic evening of merry-making that includes and a real horse-drawn sleigh and real snow! Shows run November 2, 2015 through January 2, 2016.

The Palace Theater presents Christmas Wonderland with glittering costumes, traditional Christmas songs and the high kicking chorus girls. To bring extra joy to the event, Santa and his elves make a special appearance, and two championship skaters perform on the world’s largest floating ice pond. Christmas classics will be sung such as “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls” and more. The show runs from November 3 through December 19, 2015.

Get ready for an evening filled with song, dance and laughter at The Alabama Theatre’s award-winning production, The South’s Grandest Christmas Show. The true meaning of Christmas comes alive through a combination of traditional Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites. Start a new southern family tradition! The show runs November 2, 2015 through January 2, 2016.

Looking for a lively way to ring in the holidays? Pirate’s Voyage offers a special Christmas-themed show with a nautical take on A Christmas Carol. Captain Scrooge and the mystical Spirit of Christmas travel to the past, present and future of Buccaneer Bay, encountering such wonders as Christmas toys that come to life and a beautiful live Nativity. Enjoy a four-course holiday feast while you watch the show! The show runs November 5, 2015 through January 2, 2016.

This year’s Legends In Concert holiday show will bring back wonderful memories with timeless tributes from Nat King Cole, Dolly Parton, Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley, and more. The Christmas show is carefully produced with the ultimate holiday experience in mind for music fans, and runs from November 2 though December 19, 2015.

Tree Lighting Events
Christmas tree lightings are an annual tradition for the Myrtle Beach area, kicking off the season and putting a little holiday spirit in all of us. Gather up the family and head out to these festive events!

Barefoot Landing: On November 21st at 7PM, Fireworks welcome Santa Claus to Barefoot Landing for the annual Lighting of the Landing. Enjoy holiday-themed music, characters, free carousel rides, refreshments, and more.

Broadway at the BeachBroadway at the Beach hosts their 21st Annual Tree Lighting Celebration with live entertainment from local stars, followed by a fireworks show on December 5th at 6PM. Arrive early for Breakfast with Santa at the Hard Rock Café, or the Ripley’s Aquarium Christmas Parade that starts at 11AM!

McLean Park: Santa asks for all children to gather at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach for the Lighting of the city Christmas tree on December 4th at 6PM. A fun evening is planned with refreshments and holiday-themed activities!

The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!