Spend the holidays in Myrtle Beach this year to experience fantastic seasonal attractions during your winter getaway. When it comes to decorating and celebrating, Myrtle Beach pulls out all the stops every Christmas. Before you finalize your winter travel plans, check out this list of holiday experiences to catch all the best attractions near Paradise Resort.
The tree-lighting ceremony at Broadway at the Beach in November kicks off the holiday season at this popular entertainment district just 4 miles from Paradise Resort. With nearly 90 stores, Broadway at the Beach is a go-to spot for gift shopping, and the specialty boutiques offer niche items you won’t find back home. Take a break from browsing and stop at any of the restaurants in this area to be wowed by seasonal dishes and hand-crafted holiday drinks. Stick around for the evening and catch a Christmas tribute show at Legends in Concert Theater.
All December long Ripley’s Aquarium holds The Festival of Trees, which showcases 50 holiday trees—one for every state—decked out with themed décor. Quiz yourselves to see if you can name each state by its ornaments, and join in the scavenger hunt to explore the aquarium with a mission in mind. Entry to the festival is included with general admission to the aquarium.
Getting to this downtown area of Myrtle Beach takes only 8 minutes from Paradise Resort and once you’re here, you’re in for a full day of fun. As one of the most popular attractions in Myrtle Beach, this mile-long promenade is a joy to explore. Spend the afternoon popping into surf shops and souvenir stores, and tasting the local fare at oceanfront dining hotspots. As daylight wanes, head toward the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel to watch it light up in holiday hues.
The Winter Wonderland festival runs from December 1st to the 3rd, offering a variety of kids’ entertainment, a light show attraction, live music, and a holiday market. If you’re here after the initial weekend, don’t worry. The oceanfront light show continues nightly from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. through the New Year. Walk the mile-long beachfront, which begins around Plyler Park and continues to the Second Avenue Pier, to marvel at the lit displays on any (or every) evening of your visit.
Welcome to your holiday shopping headquarters! The Market Common is only 2 miles from Paradise Resort, making this a convenient attraction to visit during your Myrtle Beach winter vacation. The main draw of the area is its indoor-outdoor shopping plaza populated with national retailers and local boutiques. But the seasonal holiday market in nearby Valor Park is also worth checking out. Vendors set up each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until December 16th. The market offers a variety of baked treats, handmade jewelry and gifts, and other goodies made by local artisans.
In the winter, this fishing village is decked to the nines and hosts fun events, like the Santa Crawl. This pub crawl happens on December 9th, but if you aren’t in town, you can DIY your own with ease. Enjoy an afternoon or evening on the boardwalk savoring the sights and stopping into each establishment for a holiday drink. Remember to pose for photos at the local light display.
Plan ahead to enjoy a snow-free, stress-free winter holiday in Myrtle Beach by visiting these great attractions. When you stay at Paradise Resort, you’ll be minutes from top-notch holiday events and still only steps from the oceanfront. Every modern suite at Paradise Resort offers a view and a private balcony, and the indoor pools and bubbling hot tubs are exceptional spots to relax after a busy day of sightseeing or shopping.