Celebrate the New Year’s Arrival With the Whole Family at These Myrtle Beach Area Events

When most of us think of New Year’s celebrations, boisterous parties that last into the wee hours and feature big crowds, loud music and plentiful libations may spring to mind. And obviously, soirees such these tend to be adults-only affairs.


But of course, the younger set likes to ring in the new year, too. And on the Grand Strand, there are plenty of opportunities for families to ring in the new year in kid-friendly fashion. (Though, as you might expect, these festivities are rarely still in full swing when the clock strikes midnight and the new year actually begins.)


Looking to celebrate the new year with your entire family, younger members included? Check out these events and activities in the Myrtle Beach area designed to send out 2023/welcome 2024 with some family-friendly festivities in a kid-appropriate environment (and on a kid-friendly schedule):

Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach

At Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Broadway at the Beach, families are more than welcome to join the New Year’s festivities — and they’ll want to keep their eyes toward the skies on the big night. That’s because a New Year’s Eve fireworks show will illuminate the heavens over Lake Broadway beginning at 8 p.m. (weather permitting) as the new year closes in.

Fireworks at Barefoot Landing

Farther north at Barefoot Landing, a popular North Myrtle Beach destination known for its impressive collection of shops, restaurants and entertainment-focused attractions, a New Year’s Eve pyrotechnics show will light up the skies over the complex’s 27-acre lake beginning at 7 p.m. (weather permitting) — and kids are more than welcome to join the festivities.

Holiday shows

The Myrtle Beach area is known for its world-class collection of entertainment venues, and many of them put on spectacular shows on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day that can deliver fun for the whole family. Some of the area highlights include:

– The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.
– The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at the Alabama Theatre, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
– Pirates Voyage Christmas Show, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at 6 p.m.
– Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Dec. 31 at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Jan. 1 at 4:30 p.m.
– Top of the World: A Carpenters Christmas Show, Jan. 1 at 7 p.m.

Sparkler Happy New Year 2024 with fireworks

Nights of a Thousand Candles

Send off 2023 with a serene evening stroll through Murrells Inlet’s majestic Brookgreen Gardens — while the grounds’ walking paths are illuminated by the soft glow of 2,700-plus hand-lit candles and millions of sparking lights for the final showing of Nights of a Thousand Candles on December 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. And to top off the outing, warm cider will be served and holiday music will fill the air.

Of course, this list is by no means an exhaustive one — there are many more family-friendly New Year’s activities to be found on the Grand Strand. To chart own your family-friendly course for ringing in the new year on the Carolina coast, start planning your New Year’s visit to the Myrtle Beach area today!

Ocean Reef Oceanfront Deluxe Queen Room Overview

A Great Place to Ring in the New Year Together

Ready to plan a New Year’s beach getaway that’s a blast for the whole family? Book an oceanfront stay at Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Reef Resort today! With our broad range of comfortable accommodations and the long list of fun amenities found on-site, we’ve got everything you’ll need to enjoy a year-end (and year-beginning) coastal family escape in Grand Strand style.

Ocean Reef Family in Lazy River Outdoor