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Christmas Lights in Myrtle Beach 2020

Add a sparkle to your Myrtle Beach holiday vacation

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

The coastal city of Myrtle Beach, located on the Grand Strand, is not just a summer destination. During the winter holidays, Myrtle Beach attracts a lot of visitors with its festive Christmas displays, festive tree lighting, vibrant parades, and shows. There are plenty of things to do and see here for the families during the Christmas season, not to mention hearty Southern cuisine!

Great Christmas Light Show (November 23–December 30, 2020)

The Great Christmas Light Show is the largest light display in Myrtle Beach. The drive-through display boasts a 2-mile trail throughout the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex with over 2 million lights. Entertainment includes visits with Santa, Christmas train for kids, and other attractions. The display is open from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. It's closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Pawleys Christmas Festival (November 21, 2020)

Pawleys Christmas Festival at the Island Shops is a family-friendly event that features a visit from Santa and plenty of free activities for the whole family. The main highlight of the festival is the lighting of the tree, followed by live entertainment, sugar cookie decorating, letters to Santa writing, and more. Island Shops offer plenty of gift ideas, specials, and various goodies. The festival runs from 3 to 5:30 pm and is free for the public.

Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet (November 27–December 31, 2020)

Take a stroll on the illuminates garden pathways with a cup of warm cocoa! Brookgreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach comes to life with a magical glow of more than 2,800 candles and twinkling lights. One of the most impressive holiday light displays in South Carolina operates from Thursday through Sunday. Walk the trail from 3 to 10 pm, listen to holiday music, and a live chorus singing carols. This amazing display was named "Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

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