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The Grand Strand region on the South Carolina coast is known as a popular vacation destination in the summer, but there are still lots of exciting things going on during the off-season. Starting around mid-November, Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas transform into a winter wonderland — minus all the snow and ice. So if you need a change of scenery, follow these tips for fun ways to get into the holiday spirit on the Grand Strand this November and December.
First off, make yourself at home at North Beach Plantation. Situated on a 7.5-acre island between Whitepoint Swash and the Atlantic Ocean, this scenic resort with five-star amenities is where you want to spend a few days in November or December. In just a few minutes, you can be in your favorite stores, shopping for gifts for everyone on your list. Afterward, you can dine at some of the highest-rated restaurants in the area. Of if you’d rather stay in, the resort boasts a premier steakhouse and award-winning sushi bar.
Should you develop an appetite for festive adventures, simply hop in your four-wheeled sleigh and head to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet to behold their luminous winter celebration known as Nights of a Thousand Candles. Starting November 30 and going through December 17, you have several opportunities to witness more than 5,500 candles and thousands of lights illuminate the attraction’s sculptures and gardens. Each weekend also features talented entertainers and performances. This event always gets glowing reviews from vacationers and locals alike.
You know, even Santa needs a break from the frigid temps at the North Pole every now and then. On Saturday, November 18, he’ll be making an appearance at Barefoot Landing for this year’s Lighting of the Landing. You might associate palm trees with beach towns, but this festive event features a 22-foot-tall Christmas tree ornately decorated with hundreds of ornaments and twinkling lights. As if this sight weren’t dazzling enough, the evening culminates with a stunning fireworks display.
When you come to Myrtle Beach in the cooler months, prepare to be entertained. One thing that makes this the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas music, and this area does the holiday hits like no one else. Many people might not know it, but Myrtle Beach is home to some of the most magnificent holiday shows around. This year, you can get tickets to see The Christmas Show of the South, which is the Carolina Opry’s Christmas special. Not to be outdone, the Alabama Theatre is hosting The South’s Grandest Christmas Show.
The stage is set for a memorable trip to the Grand Strand this winter with countless fun activities to take part in. So start a new tradition and call North Beach Plantation your home for the holidays. There might not be a Christmas tree in your room, but there is a 22-foot-tall one close by and tons of decorations and festivities to enjoy. May your days be merry and bright — and may all your Christmases be right here in the Myrtle Beach area.