While the party crowds and media coverage may focus on the New Year’s Eve celebrations held in cities like New York, Las Vegas and New Orleans, few places in the nation can boast the fun, coastal atmosphere, subtropical climate and family-friendly activities found right here on the South Carolina coast when the calendar flips from 2017 to 2018. If you’re looking to ring in the new year in a place where the weather is warmer and the whole family can join in the fun, look no further than the Myrtle Beach area and Paradise Resort. While you’re here, consider these exciting ways to welcome 2018 in Grand Strand style: Brookgreen Gardens – Get your big night rolling with a candlelit stroll through the beauty of Brookgreen Gardens. The famed sculpture gardens in Murrells Inlet will be illuminated by thousands of hand-lit candles and holiday lights from 6 to 9 p.m., all while holiday music sets the mood. Learn more at brookgreen.org. House of Blues – The hottest live-music venue at North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing will feature a pair of live and loud offerings to welcome the new year. Guests opting for the New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance Package will enjoy a four-course meal, music from the Chocolate Chip & Company Band, a champagne toast at midnight, complimentary tickets to a 2018 HoB concert, and more. And fans of Corey Smith can groove into 2018 at a full concert by the country singer/songwriter. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Broadway at the Beach – The Hard Rock Cafe is pulling out all the stops with a party featuring live music by Diversity, a balloon drop and confetti cannons at midnight, party favors, a complimentary hors d’oeuvre buffet at 11 p.m., and a live simulcast from Times Square. Those who choose to upgrade to a VIP package will be treated to dinner, private seating and more. And everyone in attendance can watch the skies over Lake Broadway light up free of charge at 8 p.m. as Helicopter Adventures presents a Fireworks Extravaganza to celebrate 2017’s final evening. A Southern Times Square – For a Southern rendition of the famous New Year’s celebration in New York City’s Times Square, head over to The Market Common. The Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot is staging a mirror-ball drop at midnight, live-streaming the Times Square festivities on a jumbo screen beginning at 9 p.m., and presenting a fireworks show just after midnight to start the new year off with a bang. The little ones are also welcome to join, and the kid-friendly activities planned include face painters, bounce houses, mimes, human statues and more. A pair of stages will feature live music so partygoers can dance in the streets, and a long list of Market Common food and drink vendors promise to keep the drinks flowing and the festive crowds well-fed. For more information, visit marketcommonmb.com. The Grand Strand offers these and many more exciting ways to spend your New Year’s Eve, and during your stay, look no further than Paradise Resort for comfortable oceanfront accommodations and easy access to all of the festivities. Plan your year-ending getaway with Paradise Resort today – and get your new year started in grand style!