How to have fun this winter in Myrtle Beach

Aerial View of the Boardwalk

Ever taken a winter walk in Myrtle Beach? 

There’s something about the winter sun on your face in your favorite vacation place. In weather cold enough for jeans, a hoodie, and a cap, it’s still a beautiful walk. There seem to be more shells and a better shot at finding sharks’ teeth, too.

Fun isn’t hard to find in the winter in Myrtle Beach.

We’ve made a few suggestions here, but it’s also a great time to just hang out in the resort, visit on-site dining, grab a coffee, watch a movie, sleep in, cook in … wow, we could probably make a list of things to do without ever leaving the hotel!

What’s different about the beach in the winter?

Beaches in points south of here might not transform much for the season. Myrtle Beach changes a bit. You’ll notice stronger waves in winter. North of the Carolinas, this change is more pronounced; seasonal variation in prevailing winds can produce larger waves in the winter. This accounts for a noisier ocean and more shells washing ashore late in the year.

Fun things to do this winter

Sunset with Pier in view

See a Christmas Show, Carolina Opry

It’s a good time and tremendous production! This cast is among the most talented in the southeast. The Christmas show is one you’ll want to come back and experience year after year. Catch the seasonal sensation at Carolina Opry through Jan. 6. 

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Visit the Night of a Thousand Candles, Brookgreen Gardens

Ever seen nearly 3,000 candles and thousands of lights illuminating a beautiful garden? You’re in for an experience. In a place renowned for beauty year-round, this exhibit takes your breath away. Check the website for details. There are more nights but fewer spots than before.

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Donuts

Shop Broadway at the Beach

Amazing in all seasons, Broadway at the Beach carries a holiday feel you’ll want to see for yourself. There’s something for everyone among the shops and restaurants and is the perfect place for a winter walk. Keep the family entertained here!

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Drive through the Great Christmas Lights Show, North Myrtle Beach

Check out new lights and displays in the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. Drive through to see the light show with more than 2 million lights in a 2-mile stretch. There are more than 500 light displays, some as tall as 55 feet! Stop in for cocoa at Santa’s Village afterward.

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Myrtle Beach SkyWheel Attraction on the beach during daylight

Spin, eat and shop at Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

See the Grand Strand as you’ve never seen it, with a ride on SkyWheel – take multiple revolutions in wheel cars cleaned after every use. Have a beer and nachos, right in the heart of Myrtle Beach, at Landshark Bar & Grill. Visit iconic Gay Dolphin Gift Cove for unique gifts!

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Breakfast with Santa, Ripley’s Aquarium

Dec. 19 is your last chance to eat with the jolly elf at the aquarium! Seatings are 8 and 10 a.m. The aquarium is loaded with holiday cheer, and your kids will love the chance to visit Santa in this contactless festive meal. Cost includes aquarium admission, breakfast, a photo, and a craft.

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The Polar Bus Express, Market Common

It’s the inaugural, one-of-a-kind event – and all-aboard ride on a double-decker bus, with the soundtrack from Polar Express. Relive the magic of the story of the nighttime ride to the North Pole at Market Common. Take home a souvenir golden ticket and believe sleigh bell.

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Drive-in movie: Christmas Carol, Thompson Farm

Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., visit Thompson Farm in Conway. Cash-only concessions will be available. Tickets available online; if it doesn’t sell out, there will be tickets at the gate the night of the show. Space limited. Gates open at 5:30. Vehicle spots will be socially-distanced.

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See the documentary series: Between the Waters, Horry County Museum

It’s a 30-minute Carolina Stories Series film by SCETV. Learn the history of Hobcaw, named for a Native American word meaning “between the waters.” The documentary will cover Native American and African American history, and contemporary conservation efforts. Free.

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Breakfast with the Grinch, Hard Rock Cafe

Dec. 19, 9 a.m.- 1-p.m., kick it with The Grinch! Happy kids needed to get this infamous Seuss villain in the holiday spirit. Kids can decorate cookies to take home, and watch The Grinch That Stole Christmas. Adult and childrens’ menus available. 

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Balcony shot from inside

Stay at Bay View on the Boardwalk this December

Check out specials going on now (including holiday sales, free Starbucks coffee, long-term stays and more) and book your stay at Bay View on the Boardwalk today.

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