Myrtle Beach Area News & Events

6 Ways To Get More Myrtle Beach Fun This October

October is the ideal time to visit our beautiful beaches. The crowds have dwindled, the weather is still beautiful with average temperatures around 77 degrees, and the water is still warm enough for swimming. You will have more time to relax and less time waiting in lines and traffic.

North Myrtle Beach Travel

1) Little River Shrimp Fest

For our North Myrtle Beach visitors, the Little River Shrimp Fest continues to be one of the best fall festivals around. Attendees can enjoy a variety of fun activities including face painting, stilt walkers, balloon artists, live music, and approximately 150 different vendors. Fresh local seafood will be served by the local waterfront restaurants and your festival food favorites will be available from a variety of talented food vendors.

2) La Belle Amie Vineyard

La Belle Amie Vineyard has several music events from which to choose throughout the month of October. Relax in the beautiful woodland setting and enjoy a glass (or two) of their own Twisted Sisters Muscadine wine.

3) Go Ape Tree Top Adventures

If you prefer an adrenaline rush, Go Ape Tree Top Adventures is the perfect place for you. Take an exhilarating self-guided 2-3 hour journey through the forest canopy. Tackle dangling obstacles, explore the trees or soar on multiple zip lines from exciting heights.

Myrtle Beach Travel

4) Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest

For our Myrtle Beach guests, Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest features fun for all ages. Sample authentic German food and beer, visit some of the many vendors offering crafts and handmade items for sale, check out the pumpkin patch, or enjoy the kid’s area featuring face-painting and inflatables.

5) Festa Italiano

If a relaxing day tasting a variety of Italian foods is more your speed, check out Festa Italiano at The Market Common. This two day festival features multiple Italian food vendors, live music, activities for the kids, and games and contests with prizes!

6) Radical Ropes Adventure Park

For the adventure junkie, Radical Ropes Adventure Park is the place for you! Try your luck with the Leap of Faith Climbing Wall, or be daring and try the extreme Zip Line. Enjoy the natural seaside setting of the Aerial Park, where you can conquer the trees.

Whatever you choose to do once you get here, October is the perfect month to do it. Gorgeous weather, more room to spread out and move around, and plenty of fun, outdoor activities await.


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6 Ways to Enjoy Labor Day in Myrtle Beach, SC

Looking for some fun things to do over Labor Day weekend? We’ve got you covered with our list of festivals, activities and more!

Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival

September 2-3, 2017 | The Market Common

This finger-licking good annual event is a favorite among visitors and locals alike and always draws a crowd. Head to Market Common over Labor Day weekend to try samples of the best BBQ offerings in the entire southeast!

Coastal Uncorked Food & Wine Festival

September 2-4, 2017 | Broadway at the Beach

This lively culinary event is entering its eighth year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The festival will kick off with “Chocolate Under The Moon”, a sweet dessert and moonshine cocktail event that will take place Friday evening. Saturday will host the “Brews ‘N the Beach” Craft Beer event with tons of beer and food vendors and live entertainment throughout the afternoon. Finally, Sunday afternoon will host the popular Grand Tasting Event with signature wine samples, decadent hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment.

Labor Day Music & Cookout

September 3, 2017 | La Belle Amie Vineyard

If you like good eats and good beats you won’t want to miss the Labor Day Weekend cookout at La Belle Amie Vineyard! This family friendly event will offer live music throughout the afternoon as well as tasty grilled treats from The Vineyard Grill – burgers, hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, and more.

Pops With The Pelicans

September 3, 2017 | TicketReturn.com Field

Looking for a great family event to enjoy on Saturday evening? Guests will be enjoy an enchanting and lively 2-hour long on-field performance from the symphony featuring a wide array of genres, including Broadway and iconic pop hits and more traditional classical arrangements.

Brews, Blues & BBQ

September 3, 2017 | Myrtle Beach House of Blues

Do you love good food, good brews, and good tunes? You can enjoy just that at the 5th annual Brews, Blues, & BBQ Festival at the Myrtle Beach House of Blues. Enjoy craft beer samples from a wide array of local and regional vendors and signature BBQ items from The Smokehouse while listening to live music from Nova City out on the famous outdoor deck.

Wild Water & Wheels

Make Wild Water & Wheels your destination for FUN this summer! Wild Water & Wheels is packed full of fun things to do and a large number of attractions. Last day to visit the park will be September 7th.


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4th of July Independence Day Events in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, SC is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day. There is no shortage of fun 4th of July fireworks and festivities throughout the Grand Strand. Here are just a few of our favorites that are sure to bring some excitement to your family vacation over the holiday.

Barefoot Landing SummerFest! and 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

7:00 – 10:30 PM
Check out Barefoot Landing for one of the best Independence Day celebrations in North Myrtle Beach. Enjoy shopping, dining, and fun as Barefoot is brought to life with free live music, jugglers, stilt walkers and more starting at 7:00 PM. Enjoy dinner at one of the area’s amazing restaurants and top the night off with a free fireworks demonstration at 10:00 PM. Get all of the details at www.bflanding.com.

Broadway at the Beach Summer Nights and Fireworks Extravaganza

7:00 – 10:30 PM
The Broadway at the Beach Summer Nights series is one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular summer events. Take a walk around a massive lake surrounded by some of the area’s top dining and attractions with free live music, stilt walkers, fire dancers, face painting and more beginning at 7:00 PM. Be sure to stay for Broadway’s famous Fireworks Extravaganza beginning at 10:00 PM. Visit www.broadwayatthebeach.com for full details.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans at TicketReturn.com Field

7:05 PM
Watch as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans take on Buies Creek in a heated game of Minor League Baseball starting at 7:05 PM. Arrive early for a pre-game autograph session and stick around after the game for a live fireworks demonstration over the stadium! Purchase tickets and learn more at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans website.

Hot Summer Nights at Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

7:00 – 10:30 PM
Groove to the live sounds of local rock band “Backfire” as they play for free as part of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk’s Hot Summer Nights concert series at Plylar Park. Fireworks will be set off from 2nd Avenue Pier starting at 10:00 PM and the boardwalk provides prime viewing! More information can be found at www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com.

MarshWalk Annual Boat Parade and July 4th Fireworks Show in Murrells Inlet

4:00 – 10:30 PM
Enjoy an annual Grand Strand tradition! Watch a procession of festively decorated boats beginning at 4:00 PM at Garden City Point as they move through the inlet. Stick around and celebrate Independence Day with the Grand Strand’s largest aerial fireworks show over the MarshWalk at 10:00 PM. Find more information at www.marshwalk.com.

Annual July 4th Pool Deck Cookout at The Patricia Grand

12:00 – 3:00 PM
Party with The Patricia Grand during their annual July 4th Pool Deck Cookout! Come hungry and grab some classic cook out fare including hot dogs, hamburgers or chicken sandwich plus choice of side and drink while their poolside DJ keeps the energy high. Learn more at www.oceanaresorts.com/patricia/pg-events/.


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The Search for the Perfect North Myrtle Beach Wedding

So the question was finally asked, and you’re engaged! Congratulations, now what? Choose the date and attire, determine the guest list, find a venue? What’s most important in planning that perfect wedding? How about defining what you really want to remember about your amazing wedding day? Do you want to remember the stress of planning, what to do if Mother Nature turns on you, or why the band showed up at the wrong location? Or do you want memories of time spent with loved ones, how Uncle John did the worm on the dance floor and the fact that the flower girls all went in different directions? The most important first decision you can make is: What do you want from your special day? Do you want a relaxing day with all of the details professionally managed and time to spend with friends and family? If so, a destination wedding may be the right choice for you.

First decide what you feel defines the two of you. Are you mesmerized by an ocean view? Do you love the feel of your toes in the sand? An oceanfront venue and beach ceremony may be the answer. There are so many advantages to having a destination beach wedding. Couples may initially think that the cost will be too high, but the truth is often the opposite. Consider this: If you have a large family, parents who have many friends and business associates that just must be invited, or so many friends and co-workers that have been waiting for him to pop the question you may need to get away from home just to narrow down those that will accept the invite. Travel restrictions and costs may significantly eliminate many of those acquaintances that you would really love to invite but really aren’t the core invitees. If those that you think won’t attend indeed do, all the better and you know for sure that they truly support and care about your relationship. Those that are unable to attend are simply unable to, and while they still truly support you they have to decline due to personal reasons. Win-win.

Now you have made the decision to have a destination wedding, what next? It’s time to find a venue. If you have a specific date, the day he proposed or a numerical combination she better not forget, that may narrow down your options. If your date is flexible, that’s even better. Quite often brides and grooms need to work around so many specifics. Teachers have school schedules-or the date you pick is the Gamecocks vs. Clemson game and half the wedding party is likely to be in the bar watching TV- so choose carefully. Try to be considerate of what your guests have going on in their lives at that time if you really want to include them on your special day. Your Maid of Honor can’t take off two weeks in a row because she is a bridesmaid the week before in another wedding.

Once the date is at least narrowed down, the venue is most important. Do you want an all-inclusive, no worry venue? Look for an oceanfront resort that has not only accommodations for your guests but also a venue for your reception and/or your rehearsal dinner. You may want to include a breakfast or brunch on check out day so your guests can give their best wishes before departing. Look for a resort that is full service. Your Resort Wedding Specialist can give you guidance about not only the venue but also guest accommodations and whatever else you may need for the duration of your stay.

Beach wedding companies abound. Some are spectacular… some not so much. If you work with a resort the Resort Wedding Specialist will have some insight to local beach wedding providers. Some local providers have relationships with certain resorts and you will be able to contract through the beach wedding providers for the entire event. Other providers will recommend you contact certain resorts for the reception and accommodations in relation to your ceremony location. Keep in mind you will be working with several representatives if you choose this route. Most resorts do offer full service wedding services including ceremony set up however, in some cases; you will need to secure your own vendors. This is a great option for the Bride/Groom who does not want to choose the wedding cake baker, DJ and officiant but don’t want to have to travel back and forth to the destination to firm up details several times.

An important note on the venue/accommodations… visit!!! You will want to do this either before you book or soon after. Don’t wait until the check in date and trust that it is exactly what you envisioned, or rely on pictures you saw on the internet. If you can’t visit ask the Resort Wedding Specialist for current photos. I have taken pictures for clients on my phone of arbors, ceremony chairs, chair sashes, lighting at a certain time of day- so many things-don’t be afraid to ask. If you do put down a deposit before you view make sure you are aware of the refund policy, if any. I have rescued many a bride from event spaces or resorts that have been too small or just not what they envisioned. If you can’t visit then do your research with online reviews. Keep in mind that reviews can be negative. Most resorts accommodations are condos so units are individually owned and not all accommodations are managed by the companies that you will be booking through so reviews can be misleading. Concentrate on the reviews for the events. These reviews should tell you if you will be taken care of properly. Be sure to book all of your accommodations directly through the resort or parent company so you are able to get the best in accommodations, personalized service and all of the full benefits offered.

Resort weddings offer you an all-inclusive, one site event that caters to you and your guests. Often things like centerpieces (who wants to schlep glass containers back and forth from Chicago to Myrtle Beach) chair covers, vendors, ceremony and set up needs can be provided for you. If the memories you want to create are those of friends, family and good times let the professionals handle the details and choose a beach wedding at an oceanfront resort!

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South Carolina Historical Lectures at Bay Watch Resort

South Carolina Association of Tourism Regions (SCATR) presents a Snowbird Lecture Series on South Carolina History at Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center.

Join us at Bay Watch Resort for a series of FREE Travelogues provided by the SCATR. All Grand Strand area snowbirds are invited to attend this series of informative and enjoyable talks.

All lectures will take place in the meeting space on the second floor of the center tower. Light refreshments will be provided.

Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center is located at:
2701 South Ocean Blvd
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Schedule Of Lectures

Day Date Time Topic
Monday February 6, 2017 4:00 PM Lowcountry and Resort Islands
Wednesday February 8, 2017 1:00 PM TBD
Monday February 13, 2017 4:00 PM Old English District
Friday February 17, 2017 1:00 PM Capital City/Lake Murray Country
Monday February 20, 2017 4:00 PM Thoroughbred Country
Thursday February 23, 2017 6:00 PM Lake Hartwell Country
Monday February 27, 2017 1:00 PM Olde 96 District

Stop into one of our onsite restaurants, Blue Bistro or Sandtrap Sports Bar and Grill, for a meal or beverage after the lecture!

Call 843.272.4600 for more information and further details.

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Who’s Open In Myrtle Beach On Christmas Day?

Oceana Resorts is always excited to welcome guests during the holidays. For the convenience of our Christmas visitors, we are providing this list of local restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacies that are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2016.

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve Or Christmas Day

Blue Bistro – North Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 6:30 AM – 9:30 PM | Christmas Day 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM

2701 S Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (800) 845-9700 | www.oceanfrontbistro.com

Nearby Resorts: Bay Watch Resort, Harbourgate Marina Club, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort


Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro – Little River
Christmas Eve 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Christmas Day 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

4269 Luck Ave, Little River, SC 29566
Phone: (843) 249-2601 | www.thebrentwoodrestaurant.com

Nearby Resorts: Bay Watch Resort, Harbourgate Marina Club, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort


Burro Loco – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Christmas Day 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

960 Jason Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 626-1756 | www.burroloco.rest

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea, Ocean Park Resort


California Dreaming – Surfside Beach | North Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Christmas Day 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

2657 Beaver Run Blvd, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Phone: (843) 215-5255 | www.californiadreaming.rest

10429 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Phone: (843) 663-2050 | www.californiadreaming.rest

Nearby Resorts: Bay Watch Resort, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort, Ocean Park Resort


Captain George’s – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Closed Christmas Day

1401 29th Ave n, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 916-2278 | www.captaingeorges.com

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea, Ocean Park Resort


Carolina Roadhouse – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 11:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Christmas Day 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

4617 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 497-9911 | www.carolinaroadhouse.com

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea, Ocean Park Resort


Castano’s Italian Steakhouse – North Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Closed Christmas Day

4926 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 361-2000 | www.castanosrestaurant.com

Nearby Resorts: Bay Watch Resort, Harbourgate Marina Club, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort


Chestnut Hill – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Closed Christmas Day

9922 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Phone: (843) 449-3984 | www.chestnuthilldining.com

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea


Chuck’s Steakhouse – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Closed Christmas Day

9695 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Phone: (843) 449-7611 | www.chuckssteakhousemb.com

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea


Croissants Bistro & Bakery – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Closed Christmas Day

3751 Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 448-2253 | www.croissants.net

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea, Ocean Park Resort


Filet’s On the Water – Little River
Closed Christmas Eve | Christmas Day 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2120 Sea Mountain Hwy #1100, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 280-5200 | www.filetswaterfront.com

Nearby Resorts: Bay Watch Resort, Harbourgate Marina Club, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort


Greg Norman’s Australian Grille – North Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 11:00 AM – Until | Christmas Day 2:00 PM – Until

4930 Highway 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 361-0000 | www.gregnormansaustraliangrille.com

Nearby Resorts: Bay Watch Resort, Harbourgate Marina Club, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort


Hard Rock Cafe – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Closed Christmas Day

1318 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 946-0007 | www.hardrock.com

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea, Ocean Park Resort


New York Prime – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Christmas Day 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

405 28th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 448-8081 | www.newyorkprime.com

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea, Ocean Park Resort


Preston’s Seafood and Country Buffet – North Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 4:00 PM – Until | Christmas Day 11:30 AM – Until

4530 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 272-3338 | www.prestonsrestaurant.com

Nearby Resorts: Bay Watch Resort, Harbourgate Marina Club, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort


Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 4:00 PM – Until | Closed Christmas Day

2920 Hollywood Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: (843) 839-0777 | www.rioz.com

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea, Ocean Park Resort


Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Christmas Day 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

4530 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Phone: (843) 839-9500 | www.ruthschris.com

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea


Thoroughbreds Chop House & Seafood Grille – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve 4:30 PM – 11:00 PM | Christmas Day 4:30 PM – 10:00 PM

9706 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577
Phone: (843) 497-2636 | www.thoroughbredsrestaurant.com

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea


Supermarkets Open Christmas Eve

Boulineau’s – North Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve Until 11:00 PM | Closed Christmas Day

212 Sea Mountain Hwy, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Nearby Resorts: Harbourgate Marina Club


BI-LO – Myrtle Beach | North Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve Until 9:00 PM | Closed Christmas Day

720 Main St, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Nearby Resorts: Bay Watch Resort, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort

38th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea


Food Lion – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve Until 6:00 PM | Closed Christmas Day

6103 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Nearby Resorts: Holiday Shores


Food Lion – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve Until 7:00 PM | Closed Christmas Day

1430 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Nearby Resorts: Ocean Park Resort


Pharmacies Open Christmas Eve And Christmas Day

CVS – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve Until 12:00 Midnight | Christmas Day 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

512 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach SC, 29577
Nearby Resorts: Ocean Park Resort

6617 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Nearby Resorts: Holiday Shores


Rite Aid – Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve Until 9:00 PM | Christmas Day 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

2901 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Nearby Resorts: The Patricia Grand, Anderson Ocean Club and Spa, Carolinian Beach Resort, Camelot by the Sea


Walgreens – North Myrtle Beach
Christmas Eve Until 12:00 Midnight | Christmas Day 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

601 Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Nearby Resorts: Harbourgate Marina Club

4300 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Nearby Resorts: Bay Watch Resort, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort


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Discover The Magic Of The Holidays In Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach, SC is not only a popular family beach escape, but during the months of November and December it also becomes one of the east coast’s top Holiday vacation destinations. This time of year brings a lot to see and do along the Grand Strand, so here are some of our favorites, including popular attractions as well as some hidden gems, that will help you discover the magic on your Myrtle Beach Holiday getaway.

Show-Stopping Performances

Myrtle Beach hosts many theatres featuring award-winning live performances throughout the year. During the holiday season, these popular attractions transform in to amazing wonderlands of sight and sound.

  1. Celebrating over 30 years of holiday tradition, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is brimming with music, comedy, and dance. Each year the show mixes up new changes with time-honored traditions that the entire family will enjoy. A popular feature of the show includes stars of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, the “All That” clogging group which heats up the stage year after year. Known as “The Holiday Show of the South,” it is consistently at the top of Myrtle Beach Holiday must-see lists. Plus, the theatre lobby itself is a sight to behold with 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, and over five miles of light strands! The Carolina Opry Christmas Special includes performances during both November and December.
  2. Voted Myrtle Beach’s #1 Holiday Show, the Alabama Theatre presents “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”. Ever year their Christmas extravaganza combines talent, comedy, scenery and special effects to produce a spectacular holiday musical experience. The South’s Grandest Christmas Show is a southern family tradition on the Grand Strand for visitors and locals alike.
  3. If you are looking for an exciting new twist on an old classic, then the Pirates Voyage Christmas Show is sure to please. This family friendly dinner show takes guests on a voyage with Captain Scrooge and the mystical Spirit of Christmas as they travel to the past, through the present, and into the future of Buccaneer Bay. Watch in awe as Christmas toys come to life before their eyes, performing amazing acrobatics high overhead. The event is topped off with a delicious four-course holiday feast during the show. Come early to enjoy a live Nativity with wise men and live animals in the lobby. This popular attraction is a huge hit with the kids!

Festive Holiday Displays

One of the most electrifying aspects of the Holiday season is the many twinkling lights and festivities found throughout town. Many brilliant displays can be seen simply by driving around, however the Grand Strand features some pretty grand Christmas light shows that are sure to brighten up any Christmas spirit.

  1. Nights Of A Thousand Candles begins near dusk on each weekend in December, leading up to the Christmas holiday, at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet. Stroll amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. This annual event is one of the best in the area and will truly fill you with the spirit of the holidays. Pro tip: Be sure to arrive early as the line of guests waiting to enter this popular event can often become quite long after sundown.
  2. At first, a visit to the aquarium may not be considered as a classic holiday tradition, but you can expect that to change! Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach puts on their annual Festival Of Trees exhibit to rave reviews every year. Bring your family to see a huge display of over 75 themed Christmas trees, including one representing each state, Mardi Gras, Las Vegas and more. Families can take part in a scavenger hunt to find hidden decorations throughout the displays! Plus, your admission includes full access to the popular aquarium featuring a wide assortment of marine life to marvel at including sharks, stingrays, fish, and more.
  3. In North Myrtle Beach, The Great Christmas Light Show features over 1.7 million lights among more than 400 custom displays, some up to 70 feet tall, along a 1.5 mile drive through the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. After your drive, visit Santa’s Village and get your photo taken with the Big Man himself, visit the petting zoo, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, go ice skating, and more. The more adventurous can even take on a festive ropes course and zip line overlooking the light displays!

Finding That Perfect Gift

There is absolutely no shortage of great shopping along the Grand Strand. Whether you are looking for the hottest gift of the season, or something more unique, you can start checking off your list at these great locations.

  1. Broadway at the Beach touts itself as the largest tourist destination in the Myrtle Beach area, and with good reason. This large outdoor plaza is a sight to behold with its many shops, restaurants, games, and attractions all surrounding a central man-made lake. Don’t be surprised if you end up spending an entire day taking in everything this entertainment hub has to offer.
  2. If you are looking for something one-of-a-kind, be sure to stop in at The Hammock Shops in Pawley’s Island. This outdoor shopping area showcases handcrafted wares by local vendors including candy, wine, bird houses, custom hammocks, and more. While you are shopping, be sure to stop in and watch a live demonstration at the Hammock Weaver’s Pavilion.
  3. Outlet shoppers rejoice! The Myrtle Beach boasts not only one, but two Tanger Outlets locations. Featuring top national brands at discount prices, these popular outdoor shopping areas are a haven for bargain hunters.

These top Myrtle Beach attractions are sure to light the Holiday spirit in any vacation, however the true magic is enjoying it all with those closest to you. Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers a wide variety of spacious oceanfront rentals featuring comforts of home like multiple bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and large living areas perfect for friends and family to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa after a long day on the strand.


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4 Ways To Take Advantage of a Rainy Day

We’ve all been there. You save all year for vacation and inevitably, you wind up having a rainy day or two. Here on the Grand Strand, all is not lost. There are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy if the rain keeps you from heading to the beach. Here are my top picks for rainy day activities:

  1. Take in a show. There are so many choices! Most places offer matinee as well as evening shows. Have youngsters? You can’t go wrong with Pirates Voyage. With acrobatics, signing, water stunts, and sword fights, there is plenty of action. In the mood for something a bit more tame? The Carolina Opry features a fantastic line-up with something for the entire family. Legends in Concert offers a close up view of some amazing look-alike performers like Adele and Elvis. The Palace Theatre has some great options as well – including Cirque Extreme new in 2016. All three participate in the Oceana Resorts guest privileges program and offer discounts for our guests.

  2. 710 Bowling offers amazing bowling lanes, free gaming, and delicious food – all in a family-friendly environment. The bowling is affordable and Oceana Resorts guests receive discounts. Bonus? All other gaming is free! Bocce, Foosball, Darts, Billiards – all free! There is enough to do here to keep the entire family happy for several hours. Located in North Myrtle Beach, the drive for our MB guests is worth it. Trust me; you’ll want to at least sample a few appetizers while you are here. The food is fabulous.

  3. Do some shopping. There are so many options for unique shopping experiences. In North Myrtle Beach, take a look at some of the amazing local shops. Wee R Sweetz is a hidden gem offering homemade sweets sure to satisfy any craving. With two locations, Main Street and Barefoot Landing, you’ll be happy you made the short drive to see them. Toby’s World of Gifts features a large offering of coastal décor, jewelry, and handmade candles – just to mention a few things. They are located near Hats Galore – a unique shop that carries hats of every variety imaginable. Skip the touristy gift stores and support these independently owned local businesses. All of them offer discounts to our guests. Should you choose to head to Barefoot Landing (on the northern end of Myrtle Beach), there are other participating merchants including Pepper Palace and Ron Jon Surf Shop.

    For our Myrtle Beach guests Wee R Sweets and Ron Jon Surf Shop, mentioned above also have locations in your vicinity. The Market Common is a beautiful setting with a wide variety of shopping opportunities. Our guests receive a free coupon book worth hundreds of dollars in savings. For the outdoorsman or woman in your life, Orvis offers a very appealing discount of $25 off of a $50 purchase. This vast store has everything imaginable for the fly fishing enthusiast! The Walking Company is another Market Common shop that has an offer available to our guests. Check out their many comfortable, fashionable shoe styles.

    Tanger Outlets has two locations and features a wide variety of shopping options. Oceana Resorts guests will receive a free discount coupon book with offers from many of their merchants.

  4. Feeling adventurous? Grab some rain gear and head to the beach! As long as there is no thunder and lightning, it can be fun to gear up and splash in the surf. Some of the best shells are found just after a storm when the sea has tossed and turned to unearth buried treasure. Look for a glint of black sparkle in the sand just where the water touches – often, you will find that tiny sparkle is actually a hidden shark’s tooth.

Whatever you decide to do, we can assure you the rain tends to pass through quickly and there is plenty to do – with or without the sun!

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Adventurous Activities in Myrtle Beach

The Grand Strand is well known for its 60 miles of beautiful beaches, large entertainment complexes like Broadway at the Beach, great shopping centers such as Market Common and Tanger Outlets, seafood buffets, and an abundance of amusements and rides scattered throughout the city. For some visitors, this is a perfect combination of fun, relaxation, convenience, and value. Others may find themselves seeking a more adventurous type of vacation, and you may be surprised to find that Myrtle Beach can offer this type of experience as well.

The chief attraction of Myrtle Beach is the obvious one: the beach! Visitors drive for hours (or days) to sit in the sand, splash in the waves, collect shells and enjoy other typical beach activities, but there are many other ways to enjoy the waters of the Grand Strand. Coastal Scuba (a partner on Oceana Resorts’ Privileges Card Program) offers scuba diving classes for all levels of experience to prepare you for several different dive options, ranging from half day to full day. Dive sites include post-Civil War wreckage, artificial reefs, a sunken drug-smuggling cargo ship, and many others! Expect to see a variety of interesting and even exotic marine life with any dive. For those who prefer to stay above sea level, visit Great Escapes Kayak in North Myrtle Beach. They offer kayak and paddle board rentals, as well as guided tours of Cherry Grove, the Waccamaw River, Waities Island, and other fun and beautiful areas. Kayaking is not only a great family friendly adventure, but a great value as well. For those seeking the ultimate rush, Shawn’s Backwater Adventure offers several jet ski tour packages, ranging from family friendly exploring and dolphin tours to adrenaline pumping rides with seasoned rider, guide and co-owner Shawn through backwater river trails.

Visitors will also find adventure on the solid terrain of the Grand Strand. To start, check out the Myrtle Beach State Park, where you can warm up by exploring nature trails, trying your hand at surf fishing or pier fishing, participating in a scavenger hunt, and learning about the park’s wildlife. Afterward, drive a few miles inland to the Carolina Forest area and check out “The Hulk” – a seven mile trail full of twists, turns, hills and drops, with waterway views, grassy meadows, and jungle-like sections. The park is open to all who want to run, walk, or bicycle, for all skill levels, and was developed with all different types of people in mind. Dogs are welcome too! If that’s not extreme enough for you, add some mud to your sand with an ATV tour with Carolina Backwoods! Family owned and operated, Carolina Backwoods has several different locations and tour options. Words can’t even describe it – check out the videos on their website! Bonus points: these folks also support Wounded Warrior Project.

One of the best parts of a Myrtle Beach vacation is enjoying an aerial view of our beautiful city. Of course, you could ride the Myrtle Beach Skywheel for a scenic view of the beach and downtown area, but why not try something a bit more adventurous? Take a short drive to the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex and enjoy an awesome day of exploring new heights at Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. The course spans six acres, crosses a lake, and has over 2400 feet of zip lines! On the south side of Myrtle Beach, Radical Ropes offers a similar experience, with a 55 foot high Aerial Adventure Park made up of 5 levels, zip lines that start at 70 feet up, a climbing wall and the “Leap of Faith.” Still not enough? Take a helicopter ride with Helicopter Adventures, who offers flights starting at $20. The truly adventurous can take a 42 mile tour that extends from the heart of Myrtle Beach to Cherry Grove and back.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all adventure activities you will find in the area, but it should be a good starting point to begin your vacation planning. If you want to know more about area attractions, events, and more, browse the Myrtle Beach Travel Guide section of our website, or ask us a question on our Facebook Page!

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Myrtle Beach Tax Re-Fun: Six Money Saving Tips to Turn Your Refund into a Family Vacation

For some, refund season may be a blessing; for others, it may seem like a burden. Whether or not you are one of the estimated 80% of Americans that receives a tax refund after April, we can all agree that filing taxes is not fun and the pressure of hitting the April deadline is stressful. Luckily, the weather is warming up, tax season will soon be behind us, and you deserve a vacation. So gather the family, cash that check, and head to Myrtle Beach with my 6 tips to help you stretch the most fun out of your tax refund.

    Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort Beach View

  1. Stay at an oceanfront resort

    It may seem obvious, but the absolute highlight of visiting Myrtle Beach is, of course, the beach. Do not underestimate the value and convenience of having the Atlantic Ocean only steps away from your resort. The gorgeous sunny shores and soft sand is the area’s best free attraction. I find that the easier it is for me to access the beach, the more time I spend having fun out in the sun instead of spending money in town. Just make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen.

  2. Choose an “Ocean View” rental
    It is important to note the difference between Oceanfront and Ocean View when choosing your accommodations as it could mean significant savings for your family. An “Oceanfront” room has at least one balcony that directly faces the Atlantic Ocean. However, a comparable “Ocean View” room will not directly face the ocean, but will often still have an impressive view at a lower rate. It will be up to personal preference to determine how much of a deal breaker your view is, but for my money, I find that an Ocean View room offers more than enough to satisfy my craving for that cool ocean breeze.

  3. Kitchen

  4. Prepare your own meals and limit spending at restaurants

    Eating at new and different restaurants is an exciting part of any vacation, and Myrtle Beach has more than a few great restaurants from which to choose. However, booking a fully equipped efficiency or suite and taking a few moments to develop a grocery list before you travel will make a huge difference on your overall expenses. Look for rentals that have a kitchen and come equipped with everything you need to prepare meals for your family including cookware, dishes and utensils. Personally, enjoying a fresh hand-made sandwich for lunch while relaxing on the beach is something I look forward to most while on vacation, and then using the money I saved, and my Oceana Privileges Card discount, toward one amazing evening of all-you-can-eat crab legs makes the meal just that much more special!

  5. Take advantage of on-site amenities

    Look for a resort that offers your family more than just a bed to sleep in. Fun water amenities including pools and lazy rivers are a must, but many resorts also feature other ways to maximize your time. Select Oceana Resorts properties feature a full weekly schedule of family friendly on-site activities during the months of June, July, and August. Most activities offered are completely free and are a great way to spend the afternoon. One of our favorites is the sand castle competition, even though we always come in second place.

  6. Wild Water & Wheels Water Park

  7. Cash in on free perks

    Guests of any Oceana Resorts managed property receive free unlimited admission to Wild Water & Wheels water park during summer, free day time play at Lost Mine Miniature Golf, and an exclusive Oceana Privileges Card that provides special discounts at an ever growing list of over 100 area stores, restaurants, and attractions. We love Wild Water & Wheels so much that we usually visit twice during our summer getaway and it is all included in our rental rate!

  8. Always look for seasonal specials

    Depending on when you plan to travel, there are almost always special discounts and package deals to be found at many Myrtle Beach resorts. The less you pay for your rental, the more spending cash you have for fun and entertainment. No brainer, right? Be sure to visit the Oceana Resorts specials page to view all of the money saving seasonal offers currently available and start planning your Myrtle Beach Tax Re-Fun vacation today!

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