Festivals & Events
The Great Christmas Light Show—A Holiday Spectacular
People of all ages enjoy seeing beautiful Christmas Light displays during the holiday season. One of the most mesmerizing light displays on the Grand Strand is The Great Christmas Light Show located at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports complex at 150 Citizens Circle, Little River, South Carolina. It is a park-wide lighted celebration that is sure to put you in the spirit of Christmas.
The drive through light show will be in operation through December 31, 2018 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. (closed on Christmas Day). It will feature more than two million lights festively display along a 1.5-mile drive throughout the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. There are more than 500 magical light displays, some up to 55 feet tall, that have been custom-made for The Great Christmas Light Show. There are also 20 enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights will come to life.
This spectacular light show is divided into Candyland, Toyland, Winter Wonderland, Christmas Town, a synchronized light and sound display and a nativity scene. The light show is paid for by the carload. From 1-15 people in a vehicle is $15; from 16-30 people is $30; and more than 31 people is $60 per vehicle.
After you have journeyed through the light show, you are invited to park your car and visit Santa’s Village where there will be hot chocolate and s’mores available. Santa’s Village will be open on Fridays and Saturdays only through December 9th and will be open nightly from December 14 – 30, 2018.
Santa’s Village will have a petting zoo, and you can visit Santa, so be sure to bring your camera to take a picture. For an additional fee, you can ride the Santa Express Train which starts out in Santa’s Village and goes through a portion of the light show. You can also go tubing down Santa’s 40-inch inflatable super slide.
The event will also have ice skating on an outdoor synthetic ice rink with real ice skates. It will be $5 for thirty minutes which includes the skates. Personal ice skates cannot be used, because they are sharper than the skates provided.
This is the third year that the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex has sponsored the Great Christmas Light Show and it is expected to be wildly successful. The second year of the event, they were expecting 300 carloads of visitors per night and there were 800 every night. So, get in the spirit and be mesmerized by The Great Christmas Light Show.
In case you are interested in seeing more beautiful, extravagant Christmas Light Shows, there are several available. Below is a short list:
Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens is an extraordinary light display featuring thousands of sparkling lights and candles, all of which illuminate the lush, green gardens and sculptures of Brookgreen. Each section has its own unique light display and nightly shows. There are strolling carolers, live entertainment, roving bagpipers, live bands and musical performances from local groups. Tickets must be purchased prior to visiting Brookgreen Gardens.
Holidays on the Boardwalk is held in the downtown district of Myrtle Beach. This annual Holiday on the Boardwalk festival lasts through New Year’s Day with a traditional seaside display featuring lights running all along the 1.2-mile Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. The main display is situated in the center of the action at Plyler Park. Enjoy the Festival of Lights, the Polar Express Train Ride, Christmas caroling, live music, phot ops with Santa and other costumed characters as well as camel rides.
MarshWalk Wonderland of Lights, located on the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet, will make for enchanting evenings on the MarshWalk through the New Year. There will be thousands of twinkling lights in tunnel ways guiding you through the MarshWalk, so you can feast your eyes on each restaurant’s breathtaking light displays. They will be featuring holiday music synced with light displays. This new enchanting holiday illumination is an event you don’t want to miss.
Broadway at the Beach has added a little extra sparkle this year with a 46-foot Sequoia tree located in Center Court. It features 580 branches and glows with 14,500 RGB LED lights. A synchronized music and light show, lasting over six minutes can be seen every 30 minutes between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., with the last show beginning at 9 p.m. When the music is not playing, the tree cycles through a variety of color changing effects.
In addition to the magnificent music and light synchronized tree, there are several additional areas at Broadway featuring two to four whimsical trees, ranging in height from eight feet to 14-feet. A few of those areas also feature seating and oversized colorful presents, the perfect setting for a holiday photo.
There are lots of Christmas light displays for you to enjoy along the Grand Strand. One of our most popular shopping complexes, Barefoot Landing, has beautiful light displays as well as Myrtle Beach Christmas events all season long. So, get in the spirit and enjoy all of the beautiful Christmas decorations on the Grand Strand during the Myrtle Beach Christmas 2018 Season.