When it comes to holiday traditions, the ones observed in the Myrtle Beach area may involve far less snow and require significantly fewer layers of clothing than those carried out in the colder climes many of us associate with the Christmas season — but they definitely boast a Southern charm that’s all their own.
Take, for example, the array of family-friendly Christmas shows presented each year at the Grand Strand’s various entertainment venues. These annual productions, each sure to boost your vacation crew’s Christmas spirit, range from yuletide song-and-dance extravaganzas to Christmas-themed swashbuckling showdowns, and each is unique to our stretch of the Carolina coast.
Let’s explore some of the one-of-a-kind Christmas shows being presented on the Grand Strand this year — and get a better idea of why they’ve been bringing in the crowds for years. Consider these live-action options when you and your vacation crew are hungry for some entertainment and a heaping helping of the Christmas spirit:
The Christmas Show of the South: This Grand Strand holiday tradition, presented annually at The Carolina Opry Theater on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, features an award-winning cast of more than 35 musicians, singers and dancers, and this year celebrates its 34th season of delighting attendees. Crowd favorite Moses Braxton, who returned in 2018 after nearly a decade away, again brings his smooth baritone voice to the mix, and the show’s mix of singing, dancing and comedy is sure to put big smiles to attendees’ faces and lots of Christmas spirit in their souls. The show opens on November 1 this year and runs through January 4, 2020. For more on the show and to get your tickets, visit com.
Christmas at Pirates Voyage: Putting a high-seas spin on a holiday celebration, this show at Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage on North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach features a swashbuckling cast of pirates who bring Charles Dickens’ famed “A Christmas Carol” to life — with a nautical twist. Follow along as Captain Scrooge encounters acrobatic seafarers, a comical castaway and her sea lion companion, the Three Wise Men on camels, an angel with a special holiday message to share, and more — all on, above and around an in-house ship floating in the theater’s own lagoon. This season’s Christmas at Pirates Voyage runs November 1 through January 4, 2020. Visit com to learn more and get tickets.
The South’s Grandest Christmas Show: Presented each year at the Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, this award-winning seasonal production puts a spotlight on talented performers, amazing special effects, beautiful Christmas-themed scenery and, of course, a whole lot of holiday music. Traditional Christmas classics and contemporary holiday favorites take center stage in this show filled with song, dance and laughter. The show runs from November 1 through December 31 in 2019. Visit alabama-theatre.com to learn more about the long-running show and to get your tickets.
When you’re ready to plan your holiday-season retreat to Myrtle Beach, book your stay at Ocean Reef Resort. After taking in your Christmas show of choice on the Grand Strand, you can head back to enjoy the comfortable oceanfront accommodations and wide range of amenities found on the resort property. We’ll look forward to making some yuletide memories with you at Ocean Reef Resort!