5 Festive Reasons to Plan a Grand Strand Getaway in December

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When planning your December getaway, consider these five activities that make the Grand Strand a great place to plan a getaway to the Carolina coast during the final month of 2018:

Nights of a Thousand Candles — Presented during the holiday season each year, this bright event sees  more than 4,500 hand-lit candles and 100,000-plus twinkling lights illuminate the grounds at local sculpture gardens Brookgreen Gardens. Boosting the attraction’s holiday cheer even more, carolers, handbell choirs and other musicians perform traditional Christmas favorites during the event, and visitors can grab some hot cider to warm them up as they enjoy the spectacle. Learn more at brookgreen.org.

Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees — This festive event at top Myrtle Beach attraction Broadway at the Beach features 100-plus uniquely decorated and themed trees displayed throughout the sprawling Ripley’s Aquarium facility. And further adding to the draw, admission to the daily event is included in the regular Ripley’s Aquarium ticket price! Visit ripleyaquariums.com to learn more.

Shopping at Tanger Outlets — For those who love to snag a Christmas-list bargain, one of the area’s top destinations for shopping deals — Tanger Outlets — offers not just one, but two sprawling locations on the Grand Strand, each featuring more than 75 stores. And, because the outlet stores allow manufacturers to sell products directly to consumers without the typical retail middleman, they are able to offer deep discounts to shoppers. Check out all the giant national retail names — as well as the mom-and-pop boutique shops — available at the Highway 501 outlet center and the Highway 17 outlet center.

Christmas Shows — The Myrtle Beach area is well-known for its spectacular holiday performances, and this year is definitely no exception. Lift your holiday spirits with Christmas shows at Legends in Concert, The Carolina Opry, the Alabama Theatre and Pirates Voyage.

New Year’s Eve Events — A number of local attractions are hosting exciting celebrations this New Year’s Eve, and any of them would be a great way to usher in your 2019. Among the top options are the New Year’s Eve Stroll Under the Lights at Brookgreen Gardens, New Year’s Eve on the MarshWalk, A Southern Times Square at The Market Common, and end-of-year fireworks shows at Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach.

This is just a sampling of the December events and activities on tap in the Myrtle Beach area this year. Book your December getaway at North Beach Plantation now, and start making your plans to explore all of the Grand Strand’s many end-of-year attractions — without the peak-season crowds. With our long list of comfortable accommodations and extensive amenities, you and your family are sure to enjoy some end-of-year fun in the South Carolina sun.