DECEMBER 2012 Calendar of Events – Myrtle Beach Area


Santa Photos, Lakeview Courtyard, Barefoot Landing, 4898 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach 843-272-8349
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bring the kids and the pets to have their picture taken with Santa at Barefoot Landing. One free picture with the opportunity to purchase packages as well. They will also get a free treat and carousel ride while they’re there. Visit Santa’s Wonderland in the Lakeview Courtyard from noon until 3:00 p.m.
Recurring:  December 8 and December 15

Holiday Spirits Festival, La Belle Amie Vineyard,  1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River 843-399-WINE (9463)
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Music (12:00 PM – 5:00 PM) Live music at its best, wine tastings, and a beautiful venue.
$8/person. Food available from Smokin’ Pitt BBQ.  Beverages (Water, Soda, Beer, & Wine) available. SORRY, ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD, BEVERAGES OR PETS ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT.  Bring a lawn chair, a good friend or two, and enjoy the company, the music, the wine, and the beauty of the vineyard.


Christmas Dinner Cruise, Barefoot Princess Riverboat, 4932 Hwy 17 S, NMB (back of Barefoot Landing at waterfront) 843-272-2140
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Annual Christmas Dinner Cruise on the Barefoot Princess Riverboat. Buffet dinner and live entertainment. Great for families! Group rates available. Reservations required. 843-272-2140

RiverTown Reindeer Race by the American Red Cross, Conway Marina Park, Conway 843-650-0145
8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The RiverTown Reindeer Race is a 5K race starting and ending at the Conway Marina Park. Proceeds benefit the local Red Cross. Entry is $22 until Nov. 30 and $25 race day.
“Kid Friendly” Event

3rd Annual Atalaya Holiday Celebration by Friends of Huntington Beach State Park, Atalaya, Inside Huntington Beach State Park 843-650-6666
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Experience ATALAYA, as it comes alive for the holidays. Decorators will compete. Beautiful Decorations, Live Music, Refreshments, Crafts & Gifts, Oyster Roast with Chowder, Lionel Train Displays, Kids Holiday Crafts… and much more.
“Kid Friendly” Event

Deck the Dolls 2: Roller Derby Invitational by Palmetto State Rollergirls, Dreamland Skating Arena 4475 Privetts Drive, Conway 843-369-2055
5:30 PM
Deck the Dolls 2 is a family-friendly roller derby invitational. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 for adults and $6. for seniors and kids, or $8 in advance from the website.
“Kid Friendly” Event

Santa at the Beach, Myrtle Beach State Park, 4401 S Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach 843-238-0874
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bring your camera for an unique family photo on the beach. Pets on a leash are welcome. Santa will be on the beach for pictures from 12pm to 3pm. Holiday activities will include bingo, story times, reindeer relay races and games, and much more!
“Kid Friendly” Event

Myrtle Beach Holiday Parade, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach
11:00 AM
Myrtle Beach’s only Holiday Parade takes place at Broadway at the Beach. See area mascots, high school marching bands, classic cars, beauty queens and a visit from the man himself, Jolly Ole St. Nick!

Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?, Carolina Improv Company,  Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach  843-272-4242
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
In this interactive improv comedy, we take suggestions from you to poke fun at the holidays … like fruit cakes, bad sweaters, fake customs, real traditions, family squabbles, etc. Appropriate for all ages. Tickets: $12 (ages 4 -11), $14 (ages 12+)
“Kid Friendly” Event
Recurring:  December 7, 14, 15, 21, 22, 26, 28


Rocky and a Piano, The Carolina Opry, 8901 North Kings Hwy. 843-913-4000
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
An intimate matinee event featuring original cast member Rocky Fretz and his piano, accompanied by bassist Patrick O’Leary. He will perform a variety of well-known piano classics, some traditional holiday music, and a few original compositions.
“Kid Friendly” Event
Recurring:  December 12, 19 and 26


Dysfunctional Holiday Gathering, Carolina Improv Company, Uptown Theatre, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach  843-272-4242 Beach 843-272-4242
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Dysfunctional is the new functional! This is an improvised comedy about the dysfunctions of families and places of employment at the holidays. Laugh at us and yourself at this show! Appropriate 18+. Tickets: $14
Recurring:  December 13, 20, 27

Holiday Memories,  Atlantic Stage, 900 79th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach 877-ATS-TKTS
7:30 PM
A heartwarming adaptation of two beloved Truman Capote short stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory”, will entertain the whole family as eight-year old Buddy and his aunt, Miss Sook, deal with bullies, family and fruitcake.
Recurring December 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15


North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting, McLean Park, North Myrtle Beach 843-361-3045
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Park will be transformed into a brilliant holiday scene with luminaries, decorations and the spirit of Christmas.  The ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm and include holiday songs and entertainment by local dance groups. Mayor Marilyn Hatley will welcome attendees and begin the countdown to light the glorious 36-foot Christmas Tree.  The tree will be decorated with over 2,780 lights.
Once the tree has been lit, the children are invited to visit with Santa and receive a free bag of candy while the entertainment continues!  The North Strand Optimist Club will serve complimentary hot chocolate and refreshments. Bring the entire family for a fun Christmas celebration in North Myrtle Beach.

Brookgreen’s Nights of a Thousand Candles, Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Drive Murrells Inlet 800-849-1931
3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
A holiday tradition when the gardens come to life amid the glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and sparkling lights. Walk the paths and hear outstanding entertainment, celebrate the season with family and friends.
“Kid Friendly” Event
Recurring:  December 8, 14 – 15, 20 – 22

The Nutcracker, Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre, Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach 843-651-2006
Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre proudly presents their 7th annual production of The Nutcracker at the Myrtle Beach Community Church Auditorium. Tickets $10-20 available in advance or at the door. Dec 7th -7pm, 8th & 9th, 4:00 PM
“Kid Friendly” Event
Through December 9


SHIVER FOR THE SHELTER Golf Tournament presented by Slimbo Productions by Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach at Farmstead Golf Links, Calabash, NC 843-450-2541
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Entry Fee is 100 LBS of Cat Litter, Puppy or Kitten Food and a $20pp registration fee. Includes golf, lunch, range balls, gift pack. Open to all who love golf and pets!

Breakfast With Santa, Islamorada Fish Company, Bass Pro Shops Myrtle Beach Mall Location Only,  10177 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach 843-361-4700
8:00 AM
Buffet breakfast followed by story telling with Santa at 9:00 AM.  $10 per adult.  One Child 10 years and under eat free with each adult buffet purchase. Reservations required.
Recurring:  December 15, 22

Breakfast with Santa, Ultimate California Pizza, Market Common
$12 per person – breakfast with Santa, photo and Christmas treat. Reservations required.

Breakfast with Santa
, Hard Rock Cafe, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach 843-946-0007, ext. 208
8:15 & 10:00  AM
Bring the kids for a “rockin” good time with the jolly man himself, Santa. $9.95 per person (kids 2 & younger FREE with paying adult – 1 FREE child per adult). Includes full breakfast buffet, Christmas music, activities room, photo with Santa and fun, fun, fun! Reservations required.
Recurring:  December 15; December 22 9:00 AM

Winter Blues Festival, La Belle Amie Vineyard,  1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River 843-399-WINE (9463)
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Music (12:00 PM – 5:00 PM) Live music at its best, wine tastings, and a beautiful venue.
$8/person. Food available from Smokin’ Pitt BBQ.  Beverages (Water, Soda, Beer, & Wine) available. SORRY, ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD, BEVERAGES OR PETS ALLOWED AT THIS EVENT.  Bring a lawn chair, a good friend or two, and enjoy the company, the music, the wine, and the beauty of the vineyard.


North Myrtle Beach Annual Christmas Parade, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. For details call Charlene Lynam at (843) 361-3045.
5:30pm – 8:00pm
The parade will begin at 5:30 pm. Join your community as we watch local business’ and dignitaries parade down Main Street in celebration of Christmas. The parade route will travel down Main Street to Ocean Boulevard and will disperse on 2nd Ave North. Any location along Main Street provides a perfect view of the parade.   Experience familiar holiday songs, colorful floats, marching bands and beauty queens!

Christmas Parade, Town of Surfside Beach, 13 North Ocean Boulevard, Surfside Beach 843-650-9548
2:00 PM
Ocean Blvd in Surfside Drive with over 100 entries!
“Kid Friendly” Event

December 15

“Pets Light Up Our Lives” tree lighting service, to benefit The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, at McLean Park, North Myrtle Beach 843-249-4948
6:00 PM
Pets Light Up Our Lives is an event to honor pets; past, present and future. Pet Parents are encouraged to bring their pets to the event. There will be refreshments and a Blessing of the Animals in addition to the tree lighting. All pets that attend will receive a Christmas gift.
Lights can be purchased for $10 per animal between now and December 13th in order to be listed in the commemorative program. Lights can be purchased as gifts for loved ones. White lights are for pets that have passed. Red light for those we have presently. Blue lights are for the future pets in The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach now.  Proceeds from the event will support The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach and its efforts in caring for the 195 homeless animals currently residing at the North Myrtle Beach Animal shelter, 409 Bay Street, North Myrtle Beach. For more information on this event and others, please visit
If you are thinking of adopting a shelter animal this holiday season, please remember this is a LIFETIME commitment.

Breakfast with Santa, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Market Common
$12 per person – breakfast with Santa, photo and Christmas treat. Reservations required.

Breakfast with Santa sponsored by  Town of Surfside Beach, Golden Egg restaurant, Highway 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach  843-650-9548
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
“Kid Friendly” Event

Fireworks Extravaganza, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach
8:00 PM
Cap off your day of holiday shopping, dining and entertainment at Broadway at the Beach with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.


14th Annual CresCom Holiday Invitational, Beach Ball Classic, Myrtle Beach Convention Center 843-213-0032
Premier holiday basketball tournament featuring the nation’s top female players and future WNBA standouts. Sponsored by CresCom Bank. When: December 18-22, 2012 Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Through December 22


2012 CresCom Carolinas Challenge, Beach Ball Classic, Myrtle Beach Convention Center 843-213-0032
Women’s collegiate hoops tourney featuring UNC, Clemson, and Coastal Carolina University Time: 5:00 p.m. Price/Tickets $10 for all three games For More Information: Visit

Hot Dog Cruise with Santa,  Barefoot Princess Riverboat, Back of Barefoot Landing at waterfront(beside Greg Norman Australian Grille)
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Enjoy a Hot Dog Lunch and cruise with Santa! Bring your letters for Santa’s stocking and cameras for your pictures. Reservations required. 843-272-2140
“Kid Friendly” Event


Breakfast with Santa, Gordon Biersch, Market Common
$12 per person – breakfast with Santa, photo and Christmas treat. Reservations required.

December 23

Brunch with Santa and Frosty, Children’s Museum of SC, 2501 North Kings Hwy 843-946-9469
11:00 AM
Have Brunch with Santa and Frosty at the museum. Tickets are limited. $6 members and $12 non-members Sales begin in November
“Kid Friendly” Event


32nd Annual Beach Ball Classic, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 843-692-9662
Premier holiday basketball tournament attracting nation’s top high school teams and future NBA standouts. Former players have included Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, etc
Through December 31

December 29

Whose Year Was It Anyway?, Carolina Improv Company,  Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Hate going out on New Year’s Eve but still want to celebrate (and not at home in your pj’s)? Ring in 2013 early 2 nights early. Bring your resolutions & we will use them for an 18 + comedy show. Tickets $14

Secret Resolutions, Carolina Improv Company, Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach 843-272-4242
9:00 PM to 10:00 AM
The CIC Players will use real resolutions (both naughty & nice) from the audience to create a long form improv comedy! Appropriate for 18+ Tickets: $10.00


Fireworks Extravaganza, Lake Broadway, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach
8:00 PM
Send 2012 off with a bang! Start your New Year’s Eve celebration by enjoying the last fireworks extravaganza of the year at Broadway at the Beach!

21 Main at North Beach, 719 N. Beach Blvd., North Myrtle Beach 843-282-7100
A New Year’s Eve Gala will be held at 21 Main at North Beach from 8:30 PM to 1:30 AM. The gala will include live entertainment, a cocktail hour with passed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and premium open bar followed by a formal sit-down dinner. The menu includes shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, surf and turf featuring a lobster tail and filet mignon followed by dessert. Open bar with top shelf liquors and select wines all night. Champagne toast, balloon drop and confetti cannons at midnight. $150 per person. Stay at beautiful North Beach Plantation at a special New Year’s rate.

Avista Resort,  300 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach 800-968-8986
Dinner includes seafood on an ice display, appetizers, delicious entrée selections, a Bananas Foster station and more. Atlantic Groove will perform live and then you’ll celebrate the start of a new year with a confetti blast and midnight champagne toast as you watch the Time Square Live Ball Drop.  $68 per person or $130 per couple plus tax and gratuity. Rooms are as little as $62 per night.

Barefoot Princess Riverboat, Barefoot Landing Marina, North Myrtle Beach 843-272-2140
Spend New Year’s Eve aboard the Barefoot Princess Riverboat. Hors d’oeuvres, assorted meats, cheeses, breads, salads, fruit, desserts and more. Live entertainment, dancing and party favors included. $46 per person or $88 per couple.  Cruise is recommended for adults. Full service cash bar with special holiday drinks will be available.  7:00 – 9:00 PM with boarding time from 6:30-6:55 PM.

Beach Colony Resort, 5308 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach 800-222-2141
Tickets are $20 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment from Elvis impersonator King Shazzam, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The party will be held from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM.  A cash bar will be available. Stay at the resort for as little as $57.07 that night.

Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet 843-235-6000
Stroll around the sculpture gardens by candlelight this New Year’s Eve at Brookgreen Gardens. The event will feature hand-lit candles and holiday lights carefully placed throughout the beautiful gardens. They’ll also offer champagne and refreshments for purchase. The event will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on New Year’s Eve. Advanced purchase is required for tickets as the event has limited availability. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Captain’s Quarters Resort, 901 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach 800-743-8572
New Year’s Eve Bash at the Level 6 Bowling and Entertainment Center. One night packages start at $90 and include accommodations, admission to the party, a champagne toast at midnight, one free cocktail/person, hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, party favors, free bowling and breakfast for two on New Year’s Day.  Vista Nine at the resort will host a Kids Night Out from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. with lots of fun, movies, snacks and a visit from the mascot, Salty. Admission is $10 per child.

Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 2301 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach 843-946-9469
The Children’s Museum of South Carolina will host their annual Noon Year’s Eve Party.  The kid-friendly celebration will be held from 10:00 AM. to 1:00 PM, Monday, December 31 and includes games, crafts, a balloon drop and a toast at noon. Admission is $5.

Comedy Cabana, 9588 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach 843-449-4242
Comedy Cabana’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza will feature great laughs and fun surprises.  Two shows are planned- one at 7:30 PM and the other at 10 PM. Each show features a balloon drop, party favors, autographed photo of the evening’s comic and a gift certificate for a future show. The 10 PM event will host a champagne toast.

Hard Rock Café, 1322 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach 843-946-0007
Black Glass will perform live. The party will also have a balloon drop with confetti cannons at midnight plus a live feed from Times Square. $30 per person in advance or $35 at the door.  21 and over. The party will begin at 9:45 PM.

hotel BLUE, 705 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach 800-843-3466
hotel BLUE is offering New Year’s Eve packages from $85 that include accommodations, admission to the New Year’s Eve Bash at Captain’s Quarters  plus free bowling breakfast for two on New Year’s Day. Children are welcome to attend the Vista Nine Kids Night Out Party for $10 per child. The hotel will offer late check-out for guests using the package.

House of Blues, 4640 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach 843-272-3000
House of Blues will host two amazing events this New Year’s Eve.  One is  delicious four-course dinner and dancing with TRU SOL. $79.95 per person and includes party favors and a gift certificate for a 2013 concert of your choice. Doors open at 7:00 PM for dinner. The other event features Corey Smith live in concert with special guests American Aquarium and Indian  show starts at 9:00 PM.

Legends in Concert, 2925 Hollywood Dr., Myrtle Beach 843-238-7927
The line-up includes performances from Elvis Presley, Alan Jackson, Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis and the Blues Brothers. Party favors and a simulcast of the New York Times Square ball-drop are part of the celebration. Champagne will be available for purchase. The celebration begins at 10:00 PM on New Year’s Eve.

Marina Inn at Grand Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach 866-437-4113
Marina Inn will host their annual New Year’s Eve event. Package includes luxury accommodations on New Year’s Eve and admission to the party which includes a lavish reception with passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a four-course dinner. Selections include oysters on the half shell, beef tenderloin, sweet pea and lobster risotto with smoked tomato-basil butter, steamed crab claws and more. Live entertainment by beach band MAGIC will set the tone for the evening. Enjoy a balloon drop and party favors at midnight. Packages start at $399 per couple. Admission to the party only is available for $135 per person.

Martin’s Restaurant, 7200 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach 843-449-1368
$75 per person.  Includes a five-course dinner, all you can drink, classic band, dancing and party favors. Don’t miss the surprise at midnight. Call for reservations.

Prince Resort – Cherry Grove Pier, 3500 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach 866-503-9518
Chef’s menu will include selections like Grilled Beef Kabobs, Potato Encrusted Mahi Mahi and Vegetable Spring Rolls and a midnight champagne toast. Dinner includes a glass of wine, choice of appetizer, entrée, starch, vegetables and a delicious dessert.  Two seatings for dinner.  The party starts at 9:30 PM with live entertainment from Jeff Foster and drink specials as you wait for the Times Square Ball Drop on the real-time web cast. Dinner only is $35 per person. The party only is $25 per person.  Combo is  $55 per person. Stay overnight for as little as $61 a night.

3rd Annual New Years ‘Eve Extravaganza, Gold Key Jazz Society, Clarion Hotel, 101 Harbour Blvd. Myrtle Beach 843-465-8002
9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
A show- stopping Apollo Theater live experience with “A White Party” theme – featuring the Pamoja! Band.  Jazz, latin, dance, R&B, drum talk, and blues. Hot and cold hors-d’oeuvres, carving stations and champagne toast.  Favors and noise makers included.   Tickets $85/person or $160/couple.