When it comes to holiday traditions, the ones found on the Carolina coast may involve far less snow and significantly fewer layers of clothing than those observed in the colder climes many of us associate with the season — but they definitely boast a Southern charm that’s all their own.
Take, for example, the array of family-friendly Christmas shows presented each year at the Grand Strand’s various entertainment venues. These annual productions, each sure to get your vacation crew in the Christmas spirit, range from yuletide song-and-dance routines to Christmas-themed swashbuckling action, and each is unique to the Myrtle Beach area.
Let’s explore some of the one-of-a-kind Christmas shows being presented this year on the Grand Strand — and get an idea why they’ve been packing in the crowds for years. Consider these options when you and your vacation crew are hungry for a heavy dose of entertainment and the Christmas spirit:
The South’s Grandest Christmas Show: Presented each year at the Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, this award-winning seasonal production puts a spotlight on talented performers, beautiful Christmas-themed scenery, amazing special effects and, of course, a whole lot of holiday music. Traditional Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites take center stage in this show filled with song, dance and laughter. The show runs from November 1 through December 31 this year. Visit alabama-theatre.com to learn more about the long-running show and to get your tickets.
The Christmas Show of the South: This Grand Strand holiday tradition, presented annually at The Carolina Opry Theater on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, features an award-winning cast of 35-plus musicians, singers and dancers, and this year celebrates its 34th season of delighting attendees. Crowd favorite Moses Braxton, who returned in 2018 after nearly a decade away, again brings his smooth baritone voice to the mix, and the show’s mix of singing, dancing and comedy is sure to brings smiles to attendees’ faces and put some Christmas spirit in their souls. The show opens on November 1 this year and runs through January 4, 2020. For more on the show and to get your tickets, visit www.carolinaopry.com.
Christmas at Pirates Voyage: Putting a high-seas spin on a holiday celebration, this show at Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach features a swashbuckling cast of pirates who bring Charles Dickens’ famed “A Christmas Carol” to life — with a nautical twist. Follow along as Captain Scrooge encounters acrobatic seafarers, a comical castaway and her sea lion companion, the Three Wise Men on camels, an angel with a special holiday message to share, and more — all on, above and around an in-house ship floating in the theater’s own lagoon. This season’s Christmas at Pirates Voyage runs November 1 through January 4, 2020. Visit www.piratesvoyage.com to learn more and get tickets.
When you’re ready to plan your holiday-season retreat to the Myrtle Beach area, book your stay at North Beach Plantation. After taking in your Christmas show of choice, you can head back to enjoy the comfortable accommodations and wide range of amenities found on the resort property. We’ll look forward to sharing this special season with you at North Beach Plantation!