Myrtle Beach Area News & Events

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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Get More Out Of Your Summer Vacation

Like free stuff? Doesn’t everyone? As an Oceana Resorts guests, you enjoy some great free perks as well as discounts at a variety of local attractions, restaurants, and merchants. Let’s start with the free stuff…

All Oceana guests receive unlimited admission to one of the best water parks in the Myrtle Beach area – Wild Water and Wheels. Featuring 24 water slides, a wipe out wave pool, and a lazy river, you won’t run out of fun options. A family of four will save nearly $100 with just one visit to the water park as our guest! In addition, our guests get free mini-golf play at Lost Mine Mini Golf (just a short walk from several of our resorts). Carolinian Beach Resort offers free on-site breakfast – another awesome money saver!

There are savings galore as well. For our North Myrtle Beach guests, we have 15% off your entire check for staff pick, Z’s Amazing Kitchen. Fresh meets modern at this delightful, new North Myrtle Beach eatery that is fast becoming a local favorite.

Overtime Sports Café offers 50% off any entrée when you purchase another entrée at full price. This fun, energetic sports café features over 150 televisions, a huge game and billiard room, and delicious food.

River City Café and Ultimate California Pizza both offer $5 off a $25 purchase to all of our guests. Come enjoy a fantastic burger or yummy pizza at any of their convenient locations.

For a fun time out of the sun (or a rainy day) 710 Bowling is a great family favorite. Receive 25% off the cost of bowling and shoe rental. And… pool, ping pong, bocce ball, corn hole and darts are FREE!

For those who like to shop, Ron Jon Surf Shop offers 15% off a $30 or more purchase. Tanger Outlets will give you a coupon book filled with discounts when you present your privileges card in their guest service office.

If you are staying at one of our Myrtle Beach properties, you’ll have a multitude of choices when it comes to dining. Baron’s Steaks and Spirits offers $10 off a $50 check. With a menu featuring the finest cuts of top grade beef, chicken, and pork as well as fresh seafood choices, there is something for everyone. Offering daily specials and a great happy hour, Baron’s is a great place to be any day of the week.

If you’re in the mood for Mexican food (see what I did there?), you will love Nacho Hippo. Our guests get $5 off a $25 purchase. This lively, fun restaurant features a variety of unique Mexican dishes, an awesome happy hour.

Of course, the best things in life are often free – which is quite true of our beautiful beaches. Pack some snacks, load up the cooler, grab a couple of towels and chairs and spend a day taking in the sights and sun. With ocean front access, you’re just steps away from one of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere. Whatever you choose to do during your stay, you’re sure to make some great memories and save money doing it! We truly hope you enjoy all that we offer and look forward to having you as our guest.

Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® does not make any representations regarding the availability of or endorse any of the products, services or activities provided by third parties.

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North Myrtle Beach Turns Into Christmas Wonderland in 2015

Celebrate the Holiday season as the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex turns into Christmas Wonderland! The City of North Myrtle Beach is partnering with Little Spider Creations to create a brand new must-see winter attraction. The event’s fun-for-all-ages activities include a Holiday hayride light show, interactive petting zoo, exciting Christmas paintball challenge, high wire circus acts, and so much more; all featuring hand-crafted scenery and props provided by Little Spider Creations.

Cozy up for a hayride under the stars and witness thousands of lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas tunes. Take a Walk to the North Pole that ends at Santa’s magic mailbox where you can send your very own personal message to Santa himself. Enjoy our “Under the Sea” puppet show with an original script and score.

There is also a petting zoo and the world-renowned Kindar-Martin Family Circus featuring high wire and trapeze acts that are sure to amaze. In addition, visitors can help Santa “save Christmas” in South Carolina’s first interactive holiday paintball attraction.

Christmas Wonderland also features pictures with Santa, a Community stage with local talent groups, a vendor village and much more. Join us in North Myrtle Beach and experience a Christmas Event unlike any other. There is so much to see and do, you made need to visit twice!

The North Myrtle Beach Christmas Wonderland event will be open most evenings, Thursday through Sunday, from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM beginning Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, 2015. Additional weeknight hours will be added further in the holiday season. Be sure to check the North Myrtle Beach Christmas Wonderland website for a full schedule and location details.

Oceana Resorts offers several great lodging options near the North Myrtle Beach Christmas Wonderland event including Bay Watch Resort, Atlantic Breeze Ocean Resort, Harbourgate Marina Club, and more. Bring the entire family to North Myrtle Beach for a fun-filled holiday getaway and take advantage of the many great vacation rental deals that Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals has available all throughout the season. Plus, Oceana Resorts guests can purchase Christmas Wonderland admission at an exclusive discounted price!

Oceana Resorts Guests Save $4 Off Admission

Save on all day wrist bands to the North Myrtle Beach Christmas Wonderland when you stay with Oceana Resorts. Discounted wristbands can be added to your online reservation or purchased at the front desk of any Oceana Resorts managed property. Adult wristbands (age 12+) are available for $16 and Childrens’ wristbands (age 5-12) are available for $6 – a $4 savings off the door price! All day wristbands include access to all attractions and 1 game of The Great Christmas Paintball Challenge. Additional paintball challenge tickets can be purchased at the event.

Plan your Myrtle Beach holiday getaway with Oceana Resorts and be sure to plan a visit to the North Myrtle Beach Christmas Wonderland. It is going to be unlike any other Holiday event the Grand Strand has ever seen!


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2015 Myrtle Beach Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is a special time in Myrtle Beach, thanks to the many area attractions and businesses that host are host to special events and shows that help us all get into the holiday spirit. Holiday events range from Christmas musicals to conventions to drive through light displays, and everything in between. Read on to learn more about some of the area’s most popular holiday attractions. When you are ready to plan your Myrtle Beach holiday vacation, be sure to take advantage of up to 35% off oceanfront vacation rentals through Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals.


Carolina Opry Christmas Special – The Christmas Show of the South

Celebrating 30 years of holiday tradition, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is brimming with music, comedy, and dance. This year’s show plans to blend new changes with time-honored traditions. Known as “The Holiday Show of the South,” it is at the top of every Myrtle Beach Holiday must-see list. The theatre is also decked out with 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, and over five miles of light strands! The Carolina Opry Special runs November 2, 2015 – January 2, 2016 with regular evening performances and selective matinees. For tickets, call 800.843.6779 or visit www.thecarolinaopry.com.


Alabama Theatre – The South’s Grandest Christmas Show

Voted Myrtle Beach’s #1 Holiday Show, the Alabama Theatre presents The South’s Grandest Christmas Show. This year’s Christmas extravaganza combines talent, 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. The show plays six nights a week at 7:30 PM with select 2:00 PM matinees November 2, 2015 – January 2, 2016. For reservations, call 800.342.2262 or visit www.alabama-theatre.com.


Pirates Voyage Christmas Show

Christmas at Pirates Voyage 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. From November 5th, 2015 through January 2nd, 2016 families will watch in awe as Christmas toys come to life before their eyes, performing amazing acrobatics high overhead. The show is topped off with a four-course holiday feast, featuring Buccaneer bread, a roasted half chicken, barbecued pork, corn on the cob, mashed and flogged taters, and apple pie. A live Nativity with wise men and live animals put the final touches on an excellent holiday show. For more information, call 843.497.9700 or visit www.piratesvoyage.com.


Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals

For folks who love to get into the holiday spirit without being confined to their seats, The Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals is a unique event comprised of a multitude of shopping and entertainment options. The cornerstone of the event is a Victorian Holiday Marketplace held in the giant exhibition hall of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Here, against a Victorian Holiday background, explore amidst the hundreds of period-dressed vendors selling everything from jewelry, gifts, toys, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, holiday décor and much more. There is really is something here for everyone on your holiday shopping list. In addition to the many vendors, strolling Victorian Musicians, Tea Leaf Readers, Punch & Judy Shows, shadow box displays, a life-sized historic “Santa through the Ages” exhibit and a real live Santa, contribute to the incredible holiday spectacle – not to mention the elaborate displays of trees, Wreaths and other decorations to experience too! The Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals takes place November 12th – 15th, 2015 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Call 843.448.9483 for more information, or visit www.dickenschristmasshow.com.


Nights of a Thousand Candles

Each weekend in December, leading up to the Christmas holiday, head to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet after dark and enjoy the Nights of a Thousand Candles. Stroll amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3:00-10:00 PM. 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 has become a holiday tradition when the gardens become a wonderland of lights and candles and outstanding entertainment. Dinner catered by Inlet Affairs is also available in addition to admission prices. Nights of a Thousand Candles takes place three weekends only: December 3-5, 10-12, and 17-19, 2015. For tickets and information, call 843.235.6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org.


Intracoastal Christmas Regatta

Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Little River Inlet hosts the annual Intracoastal Christmas Regatta Boat Parade. Bring the whole family and watch extravagantly decorated boats displaying the holiday spirit as they pass by several viewing between Little River Inlet and arriving at Dock Holidays Marina. This event is complete free to attend, but organizers encourage viewers to donate a new, unwrapped toy to support families in need during the holiday season. Toys and donations can be dropped off at Harbourgate Marina. This year’s regatta will be held on November 28th, 2015 from 5:00-7:00PM. For more information be sure to visit www.christmasregatta.com.


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Coastal Uncorked Returns in September

Labor Day Weekend, Myrtle Beach will be uncorked! The fifth annual Coastal Uncorked Festival launches on Friday, September 4th with Chocolate Under the Moon, a dessert and moonshine mixology event. Live music, delicious desserts, and a moonshine mixology challenge are sure to entertain all.

On Saturday, Brews ‘N the Beach takes place. Featuring the country’s finest craft beers, live music and a wide variety of food vendors, this event offers something for everyone.

The event concludes on Sunday with the popular Grand Tasting Tent. Here, patrons can sample wine from multiple vineyards as well as a selection of gourmet hors d’oeuvres. Live music will also be featured.

All events will take place in Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach. Tickets are on sale now ($20 per event or $50 for a three day pass) and can be purchased by visiting www.coastaluncorked.com.


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Myrtle Beach Thanksgiving and Black Friday Guide

Myrtle Beach is a great place for those planning on spending the Thanksgiving holiday away from home. The Grand Strand is host to great Thanksgiving meals, holiday shows, and tons of great shopping complexes. If you want to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal with an oceanfront view, check out the South’s “Grandest Holiday Show”, or take advantage of tons of Black Friday Sales, Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals can provide exactly what you are looking for. Read on to learn more about oceanfront Thanksgiving Feasts and the area’s best shopping.

Thanksgiving Day Feasts on the Oceanfront

The Patricia Grand, located at 2710 North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, is holding their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The annual all-you-can-eat feast will again be held at Grand Central Station Restaurant, the oceanfront restaurant on the 2nd floor of the resort. The menu has all of the traditional favorites like roasted turkey with gravy, honey glazed pit ham, green bean casserole, candied yams and others. The oceanfront views and impressive presentation, including a giant baked bread cornucopia prepared by Chef Michael, make this event a must for any holiday travelers. Come early, as special early bird pricing is available from 11:30 AM – 12:30 AM. Additionally, one dollar from every adult buffet sold will be donated to a local food bank that will help families in need enjoy a holiday feast of their own. Call 843.448.8453 or visit their website for the full Grand Central Station Restaurant Thanksgiving Day menu and pricing.

Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center, located at 2701 South Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach, will be hosting their annual feast on Thanksgiving Day as well. Blue Room Café, located on the first floor of the center tower, will provide guests with southern Thanksgiving favorites and a great oceanfront view. This all-you-can-eat buffet menu includes all the holiday essentials including roasted turkey, ham, stuffing, and more. The holiday buffet will be available from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Thursday November 27th, 2014. Call 843.272.4600 or visit their website to view the full Blue Room Café Thanksgiving Day menu and pricing.

Popular Black Friday Shopping Locations

Folks who are looking forward to some holiday shopping can book Oceana Resorts Shop ‘Til You Drop Special. Available until December 23rd, guests who book this package will receive a discount on lodging at a choice of waterfront Myrtle Beach resorts, as well as a voucher at check-in for a Tanger Outlet Coupon Book, while supplies last, to get a head start on their holiday shopping. Tanger Outlets has two locations in the Myrtle Beach area – one on Highway 501 just several miles inland, and another on Highway 17 Bypass, just south of North Myrtle Beach. Click here for more information about this special, including information about participating resorts.

If shopping is your main focus during a holiday beach vacation, Tanger Outlets are just some of the many great options in Myrtle Beach. The Market Common, Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, and the Coastal Grand Mall are some of the larger shopping complexes, and offer a wide variety of shops to visit. Myrtle Beach has all of the well-known retailers and department stores like Best Buy, Kohl’s, Toys”R”Us, Bass Pro Shops, and so on. Check out the following listings below for location information for popular area shopping. Also, be sure to take a look at our Top Myrtle Beach Holiday Festivities Guide for information on some of the must-see entertainment and attractions this holiday season.

The Market Common | 4017 Deville St., Myrtle Beach
www.marketcommonmb.com
40 shops and restaurants – Visit the website for a full listing.

Broadway at the Beach | 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
www.broadwayatthebeach.com
100 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, nightclubs and dance clubs, and much more – Visit the website for a full listing.

Barefoot Landing | 4898 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach
www.bflanding.com
Over 100 specialty shops, 13 waterfront restaurants, and more – Visit the website for a full listing.

Coastal Grand Mall | 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach
www.coastalgrand.com
Over a million square feet of enclosed shopping and more than 130 stores – Visit the website for the current store directory.

Myrtle Beach Mall | 10177 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
www.mymallmyrtlebeach.com
Home of BASS Pro Shops Outdoor World. Visit the website for the current store directory.

Tanger Outlet Centers | 10835 Kings Road, Myrtle Beach & 4635 Factory Stores Blvd, Myrtle Beach
www.tangeroutlet.com
Buy direct from more than 75 brand name manufacturers and designers – Visit the website for the current store directory.

Gator Hole Plaza | 550 Highway 17 N, North Myrtle Beach
Wal-Mart, Home Depot, several other shops and restaurants.

Hobby Lobby | 1430 Hwy. 17 N, North Myrtle Beach
www.hobbylobby.com

Best Buy | 1145 Oak Forest Lane, Myrtle Beach
www.bestbuy.com

H.H. Gregg | 550 Seaboard St., Myrtle Beach
www.hhgregg.com

Kohl’s | 8646 Highway 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach
www.kohls.com

Target | 1150 Seaboard Street, Myrtle Beach & 140 Sayebrook Parkway, Myrtle Beach
www.target.com

Toys“R”Us | 1100 Seaboard Street, Myrtle Beach & 10125 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet
www.toysrus.com


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Top Myrtle Beach Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is a special time in Myrtle Beach, thanks to the many area attractions and businesses that host are host to special events and shows that help us all get into the holiday spirit. Holiday events range from Christmas musicals to conventions to drive through light displays, and everything in between. Read on to learn more about some of the area’s most popular holiday attractions.


Carolina Opry Christmas Special – The Christmas Show of the South

A holiday tradition for almost 30 years, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special is brimming with music, comedy, and dance, and this year’s show promises surprise cast members! Known as “The Holiday Show of the South,” it is at the top of every Myrtle Beach Holiday must-see list. The theatre is also decked out with 35 Christmas trees, 75 wreaths, and over five miles of light strands! The Carolina Opry Special runs November 1, 2014 – January 3, 2015 with regular evening performances and selective matinees. For tickets, call 800.843.6779 or visit www.thecarolinaopry.com.


Alabama Theatre – The South’s Grandest Christmas Show

Voted Myrtle Beach’s #1 Holiday Show, the Alabama Theatre presents The South’s Grandest Christmas Show. This year’s Christmas extravaganza combines talent, 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. The show plays six nights a week at 7:30 PM with select 2:00 PM matinees November 1st – December 31st, 2014. For reservations, call 800.342.2262 or visit www.alabama-theatre.com.


Pirates Voyage Christmas Show

Christmas at Pirates Voyage 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. From November 6th, 2014 through January 3rd, 2015 families will watch in awe as Christmas toys come to life before their eyes, performing amazing acrobatics high overhead. The show is topped off with a four-course holiday feast, featuring Buccaneer bread, a roasted half chicken, barbecued pork, corn on the cob, mashed and flogged taters, and apple pie. A live Nativity with wise men and live animals put the final touches on an excellent holiday show. For more information, call 843.497.9700 or visit www.piratesvoyage.com.


Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals

For folks who love to get into the holiday spirit without being confined to their seats, The Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals is a unique event comprised of a multitude of shopping and entertainment options. The cornerstone of the event is a Victorian Holiday Marketplace held in the giant. exhibit hall of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Here, against a Victorian Holiday background, explore amidst the hundreds of period-dressed vendors selling everything from jewelry, gifts, toys, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, holiday décor and much more. There is really is something here for everyone on your holiday shopping list. In addition to the many vendors, strolling Victorian Musicians, Tea Leaf Readers, Punch & Judy Shows, shadow box displays, a life-sized historic “Santa through the Ages” exhibit and a real live Santa, contribute to the incredible holiday spectacle – not to mention the elaborate displays of trees, Wreaths and other decorations to experience too! The Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals takes place November 13th – 16th at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Call 843.448.9483 for more information, or visit www.dickenschristmasshow.com.


Nights of a Thousand Candles

From December 4th-20th, head to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet after dark and enjoy the Nights of 1000 Candles. Stroll amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3:00-10:00 PM. 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 has become a holiday tradition when the gardens become a wonderland of lights and candles and outstanding entertainment. Dinner catered by Inlet Affairs is also available in addition to admission prices. For tickets and information, call 843.235.6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org.


Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Want to enjoy some holiday sights during your beach vacation, but worried you don’t have time? Your family can enjoy Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, an amazing light display, without leaving your car (but there is plenty to explore if you do). Known as the “world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show”, this show is a highlight of the Christmas season. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is located at TicketReturn.com Field (home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball team) at 1251 21st Avenue N. The light display is open from November 7, 2014 – January 4, 2015 from dusk until 10:00 PM every night, and later on weekends. Outside of your vehicle, you can visit Santa’s Village where you can get photos taken with Santa, ride ponies or camels, and roast marshmallows. There is a petting zoo for the kids along with inflatables and concessions. Santa’s Village is included in the price of admission. For more information, visit www.shadrackchristmas.com.


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Myrtle Beach Area 2014 Halloween Events

Myrtle Beach can be a frightful place during the month of October, but you’ll love every minute of it! Top attractions like the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Barefoot Landing, and Broadway at the Beach are get into the Halloween Spirit with parties, fright nights, trick or treating, sleepovers and costume contests. Read on to decide which Myrtle Beach Halloween festivities are right for you and your family.

Myrtle Beach Halloween Events

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Halloween Fright Nights (Oct. 3 – Nov. 1) – The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Fright Nights take place every Friday and Saturday through November 1st. Zombies will roam the area, which will be decorated and lit with eerie lights and effects. Discounted admission to the haunted attractions, zip lines, the Skywheel, and other favorites will also be offered. This is a great time to check out Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, located at 9th Avenue North on Ocean Boulevard, which features live actors inside a giant haunted house. The sounds and special effects will chill you to the core this Halloween. Nearby, the Nightmare Haunted House is located at 10th Avenue North on Ocean Boulevard. This haunted house attraction features a crazy clown with an evil laugh that haunts you as you struggle to find your way through the dark, spooky corridors.

Broadway at the Beach Nightmare in the Square (Oct. 25) – Just a couple minutes away from the Boardwalk, Broadway at the Beach is home to several Halloween events this year and offers something for everyone from children to adults. The adult fun begins at the Nightmare in the Square costume contest and party starting at 7:30 PM on Saturday, October 25th. Party in the square with a DJ, and stay for the costume contest which will follow. Celebrations Nightclubs will also have a Halloween Night Bash and costume contest.

Broadway at the Beach Trick-or-Treat (Oct. 31) – The family friendly Broadway at the Beach event occurs the following Friday, on Halloween night. Bring the kids to the annual Broadway at the Beach Trick-or-Treat from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM Friday night as participating merchants hand out goodies throughout the shopping and entertainment complex.

Ripley’s Aquarium Boo-Quarium Bash and Spook-Quarium Sleepover (Oct. 25) – Ripley’s Aquarium, also at Broadway at the Beach, will hold two events for Halloween this year. The first event, the “Boo-Quarium Bash“, will take place from 3:00 until 8:00 pm Saturday, October 25 and is free with paid admission to the aquarium. There will be a costume parade, a “build a scarecrow workshop”, and a scavenger hunt. Immediately following the bash, the “Spook-Quarium Sleepover” begins. Guests will spend the night in the aquarium with the sharks and other sea creatures, while making crafts and enjoying snacks, a scavenger hunt and a haunted aquarium walk. The sleepover goes from 8:00 pm Saturday until 8:00 am Sunday, October 26. The cost is $29.99 per person plus the cost of admission. Snacks, games, Sunday morning breakfast are included.

North Myrtle Beach Halloween Events

Barefoot Landing Kids’ Halloween Fun Day (Oct. 25) – Folks visiting the North Myrtle Beach area can choose from two nearby Halloween Celebrations on Saturday, October 25th. At Barefoot Landing, the fun begins at noon with kids and pets Halloween costume contests. There will be prizes for both, as well as carousel rides, kid’s karaoke, a petting zoo, face painting, and much more! Then, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, enjoy a safe evening of family friendly trick-or-treating around the complex.

North Myrtle Beach Howl-O-Scream (Oct. 25) – Also in North Myrtle Beach event is the annual Howl-O-Scream, which moves to a new venue this year – the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. This spooky event also offers scare-free zones for the faint of heart. Activities will include pumpkin painting, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, and trick-or-treating for the kids. Howl-O-Scream runs from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Additional Grand Strand Halloween Events

Murrells Inlet Marshwalk Trick-or-Treat and Costume Contest (Oct. 31) – South of Myrtle Beach, the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk will host trick or treating for kids from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM on Halloween night, where there will also be a costume contest, parade and more. Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, funniest and most creative costumes. This will be followed by some Halloween fun for the adults from 7:00 PM until 10:30 PM, with adult costume contest cash prizes ranging from $175 to $1500!

Thompson Farm Corn Maze (Sat. & Sun. in Oct.) – For those who aren’t into costumes and overindulging in candy, but enjoy spending time outdoors in our lovely fall weather, check out the Corn Maze at Thompson Farm and Nursery in the neighboring city of Conway, SC. This eight acre maze is the largest in the state, and is sure to keep you occupied for hours! The maze is open every Saturday and Sunday in October. Saturday hours are 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and Sunday hours are 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. There are also hay rides, animal feeding, and a kid’s play area. There are also select Friday nights when you make your way through the maze in the dark, also known as flashlight nights. Visit ThompsonFarmAndNursery.com for more information.

If you plan to visit Myrtle Beach for a spooky Halloween adventure, be sure to check out the amazing Myrtle Beach vacation rental deals available through Oceana Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals®. Oceana Resorts offers several oceanfront downtown Myrtle Beach resort locations near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach, as well as oceanfront North Myrtle Beach resorts conveniently located to Barefoot Landing.


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