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Once the Thanksgiving feast is over and you’ve had your fill of leftover turkey and football on the couch, you may be looking to get out and do something different. If you’re spending your holiday at North Beach Plantation, then Myrtle Beach has the perfect answer for your Saturday-after-Thanksgiving doldrums - the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta!
The annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta is a fun and family-friendly event that will kick off your Christmas season Myrtle Beach-style with a spectacular maritime parade. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the festive atmosphere and the amazing and creative light displays on the boats.
The parade route travels south, departing from the Little River Inlet at 5 p.m. and ending at Dock Holidays Marina at 7 p.m. There are a number of convenient viewing areas along the route. Maps detailing the parade route and viewing-area locations are available at www.christmasregatta.com. Come early and choose a spot along the waterway to watch the boats go by! Then gather at Dock Holidays Marina to see which boats win the prizes for best overall and best decorations in their size categories. And when the parade is over, you can enjoy dinner or a drink at one of the fabulous bars and restaurants nearby!
The Regatta is not just a unique and fun way to get into the Christmas spirit. Through its “Yachts for Tots” collections, the event also impacts the wider community during the holiday season. All participants in the regatta, boaters and audience members alike, are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Collection points are set up at every marina in Little River and North Myrtle Beach, making the donation easy and convenient. Help to ensure that every child has a gift to open on Christmas morning! Donations for the local Humane Society are also accepted. It’s a great way to get started on the giving season early.
To view the regatta, just follow the coastline south from North Beach Plantation to the waterway. The Intracoastal Christmas Regatta puts a fun Myrtle Beach twist on the annual Christmas parade, and it’s the perfect way to shake off the post-Thanksgiving lethargy and get into the Christmas spirit!