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here’s a special sparkle that falls over the Grand Strand in November and December. It’s not snow — the coastal climate is too warm for that. Instead, it’s a brand of holiday spirit unique to Myrtle Beach. Groups visit the Myrtle Beach area year-round for great shows, attractions and shopping, not to mention 60 miles of beautiful beaches and the bounty of the Atlantic Ocean. During the holiday season, each of those features takes on a special cheer, and annual events give visitors an opportunity to experience a coastal Christmas. Plan to take your group to Myrtle Beach during the holidays to see the destination at its best. Each of the area’s professional shows combines its signature entertainment elements with special holiday themes that will get your travelers in the spirit. Attractions along the coast also add holiday touches to their offerings. Shopping is a big part of the Christmas tradition, and Myrtle Beach has abundant places to get your retail fix. Many of the malls and shopping complexes in the area have special offers, promotions and programs for the holidays. And don’t forget to make time to visit some of the special exhibits and events that take place throughout November and December, putting a distinctive Myrtle Beach touch on the holiday celebration. Peruse the pages of this magazine to get some inspiration for a holiday visit. To make plans for your group’s trip to Myrtle Beach, contact Sandy Haines, group tour sales manager at the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, at SANDY.HAINES@VISITMYRTLEBEACH.COM or 800-488-8998.

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yrtle Beach has always been known for its spectacular shows, wowing audiences with world-class performers, music, dance, comedy and more. These performances become even

more memorable during the holidays, when festive colors and nostalgic melodies take over the stage.

CA ROLIN A OPRY

THE CAROLINA OPRY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL BRINGS CHRISTMAS TO LIFE WITH DAZZLING COSTUMES AND ENERGETIC DANCE ROUTINES.

The Carolina Opry has been a staple attraction of Myrtle Beach for more than 30 years. Produced by Calvin Gilmore, the award-winning variety show features two hours of music, dance routines and comedy, with new elements added each year. On alternate evenings, the theater presents a show called “Time Warp,” which pays tribute to some of the greatest hits of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. This year, “Time Warp” added a new medley of Woodstock music, highlighting iconic artists like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. “One of our guitar players, Drew Voivedich, does three or four incredible Hendrix numbers,” said Jordan Gilmore Watkins, vice president and director of marketing at the theater. “He absolutely nails ‘Purple Rain’ in the ’80s portion.” For a laser-light extravaganza, groups can catch “Thunder and Light,” starring the hip-hop clogging group All That! from NBC’s hit television show “America’s Got Talent.” The clogging team performs complex, original routines accompanied by contemporary numbers from Bruno Mars and other pop singers. “The fun thing is that they bring in that younger element, but at the end of the show, every age group is into it,” said Watkins. The theater recently debuted a new interactive production called “Pure 5

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SANTA JOINS DANCERS ON STAGE DURING THE CAROLINA OPRY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL.

Magic,” featuring husband-and-wife illusionists Brandon and Hannah Wagster. Around the holiday season, a certain kind of magic fills the air as the theater unveils its annual “Carolina Opry Christmas Special.” Audience members are whisked into a winter wonderland as snow falls from the ceiling and a real horse-drawn carriage rolls onto stage. Familiar characters such as the Grinch and Elsa from “Frozen” step out to sing a few show-stopping numbers. “My favorite thing is that it’s a little different every year,” said Watkins. “From the bigger technical dance numbers to the classic hymns and beautiful harmonies in ‘Silent Night.’ I love seeing what the cast is able to do.” W W W.THEC A RO LIN AO PRY.C O M

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Located in the heart of Broadway at the Beach, Legends in Concert pays tribute to some of the world’s most renowned performers. Cast members work tirelessly to replicate both the look and sound of music icons, making audience members feel as though they are seeing these legends up close. “One time, we sent the actor who plays Steven Tyler to the Myrtle Beach Airport, and people went wild,” said Chris Beattie, regional general manager at Legends in Concert. “They all thought it was really him.” With dozens of acts on rotation throughout the year, there are always new tribute artists to see, from Madonna to Barbara Streisand and Jerry Lee Lewis. Old favorites such as Elvis Presley and the Blues Brothers continue to draw crowds as well. “There’s a generational appeal for a lot of groups,” said Beattie. “People bring their children and grandchildren to share the artists they grew up with. If you never got to see Elvis while he was alive, here’s your chance.” Starting in November, the theater presents two incredible shows rolled into one, with the “Legends in Concert Christmas Spectacular.” The first half of the performance features traditional tribute songs from the cast. After intermission, the stage transforms into a spirited Christmas scene. Dolly Parton partners with Rod Stewart to sing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and Nat King Cole offers a soulful rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The Blues Brothers step in to add their usual comedic relief. At one point, the band performs “Carol of the Bells” with light effects flashing in sync with the notes. “We try to create appeal for everyone, with religious components, classic songs and comedy,” said Beattie. W W W.LEGEND SIN C O N CERT.C O M / M Y RTLE- BE ACH

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SINGERS PAY TRIBUTE TO DOLLY PARTON AND OTHER MUSIC ICONS AT LEGENDS IN CONCERT.

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A L A BA M A THE AT R E

Founded in 1993 by the celebrated country band of the same name, Alabama Theatre has consistently been rated one of Myrtle Beach’s top attractions. In its early days, the band played for tips in Myrtle Beach and the destination holds a special place in the group’s memories. In honor of 6

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Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille Characterized by classic fireplaces, mahogany wood and oil paintings of racing legends like Secretariat, Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille allows guests to experience the prestigious atmosphere of horse racing without ever setting foot in Churchill Downs. A few signature dishes include prime rib, chateaubriand bouquetiere, watermelon salad and flaming bananas Foster. W W W.T H O R O U G H B R E D S R E S TAU R A N T.C O M Courtesy Thoroughbreds Chophouse and Seafood Grille

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the theater’s founding year, the auditorium has 1,993 seats. Once a week, Alabama Theatre brings in talented guest performers; past appearances have included artists like Loretta Lynn, Josh Turner and the Four Tops. The theater’s signature production is a vibrant variety show titled “One: The Show,” which highlights a range of musical styles from gospel to country and Broadway, with family favorites such as “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “Tale as Old as Time” from “Beauty and the Beast.” National sales manager Ellen Calhoun described the “Lion King” segment, which involves three-dimensional animal props and colorful costumes, as one of her favorite scenes. “It looks like a scene from an African safari,” she said. “It’s a really big production.” Throughout the show, the audience can also enjoy humorous monologues from longtime comedian Grant Turner, who has worked with the show for more than 15 years. “I have a 4-year-old nephew that finds him hysterical, and I’ve got an 80-year-old grandmother who finds him hysterical,” said Calhoun. “He can relate across the board, so he’s funny to almost anybody.” The holiday season is a big time of year for the Alabama Theatre. Staff members begin decorating as early as October, decking the lobby with garland ribbons, Christmas trees and over 1 million Christmas lights. “The visuals for Christmas are gorgeous,” said Calhoun. “If you leave here and you’re not in the Christmas spirit, there’s something wrong with you.” Some of the most enchanting elements of “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” are angels descending from the ceiling and toy soldiers tap-dancing on a floor-length piano. Afterward, parents can bring their children onstage to take pictures with the cast.” W W W. A L A BA M A -THE ATRE .C O M

PIR AT ES VOYAGE DINNER A ND SHOW

Christmas spirit and high adventure come hand in hand at Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show, where Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” merges with song, sword fighting, mermaids, tropical birds and aerial acrobatics. The Crimson and Emerald pirates are on the hunt for a secret treasure, but greedy Captain Scrooge plans on keeping the prize all to himself; that is, until the Christmas Spirit arrives to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. Throughout this swashbuckling adventure, pirates perform daring acrobatics through the air, Christmas toys spring to life, a comical castaway goofs around with her sea lion companion, and a splendid Nativity scene unfolds as angels and real camels take the stage. “It’s constant excitement and adventure,” said Christy 8

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Cochran, director of sales and marketing. “Most people don’t know what to expect except pirates; but when they leave, they’re just in awe of the entire experience.” During the performance, guests are treated to a four-course Christmas feast that includes savory items like Buccaneer bread, creamy vegetable soup, cob of buttered corn and roast chicken. Groups are advised to arrive at least 50 minutes early to explore the gift shop and pirate village, where kids can join the crew as a mermaid or a pirate. W W W.PIR ATE SVOYAGE .C O M

ANGELS DESCEND FROM THE CEILING DURING ALABAMA THEATRE’S CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION. Courtesy Alabama Theatre

“ M O ST PEO PLE D O N’ T KN OW WHAT TO E X PEC T E XCEP T PIR ATE S ; BUT WHEN THE Y LE AV E , THE Y ’RE JUST IN AWE O F THE ENTIRE E X PERIEN CE .” — CHRISTY COCHRAN PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER AND SHOW

PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER AND SHOW REGALES THE AUDIENCE WITH SWORD FIGHTS AND AERIAL ACROBATICS. Courtesy Pirates Voyage

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KNIGHTS COMPETE AT MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT.

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MEDIE VA L TIMES DINNER A ND T OURN A MENT

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament transports guests to 11th-century Spain with two action-packed hours of jousting and hand-to-hand combat. Each Knight represents one of the arena’s six color-coordinated sections, and guests receive a corresponding crown upon arrival so they can cheer for their champions. A medieval narrative unfolds as Knights charge across the floor on Spanish horses and real sparks fly from clashing swords. Visitors are encouraged to take photos and engage with performers throughout the event. “We want you to come in and fully embrace everything the 11th century had to offer,” said Amanda Mateo, marketing and sales manager. During the tournament, guests are served a feast of garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potato and the pastry of the castle. Alcoholic beverages are available for an additional cost. Afterward, many groups stay behind to get autographs or take selfies with the Knights. Medieval Times also offers a torture museum in the dungeon, which displays replicas of torture devices and other historical pieces, though parental discretion is advised. W W W.MEDIE VA LTIME S.C O M

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GUESTS CAN ENJOY A MEDIEVAL FEAST AT MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER AND TOURNAMENT.

“ THERE A RE S O M A N Y BE AUTIFUL , TR A DITIO N A L CHRISTM A S SH OWS IN TOWN — WE D O N’ T E V EN WA NT TO TRY TO C O M PE TE WITH THEM, S O WE TRY TO D O OUR OWN V ERSIO N.” — BETH WYLDE, GTS THEATRE

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GTS Theatre prides itself on providing an interactive and unforgettable experience, going beyond the traditional offerings of song and dance. Throughout each show, singers often step into the crowd to sing ballads to audience members or demonstrate how to dance the Carolina Shag, also known as the Swing of the South. “My husband and I were comedy stage hypnotists,” said Beth Wylde, director of group sales and co-founder of the theater. “We’ve been in the comedy business for 20 years, so we know how to put fun into the show.” The theater recently debuted a show called “Blacque ’N Blublay,” which traces the legacy of the rat pack from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to Michael Bublé. Motor City Musical commemorates Motown classics such as “Respect,” “My Girl” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” while the “1960’s and 1970’s Tribute Show” explores other highlights of the era, with songs from the Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire, Elton John and more. The “1960’s and 1970’s Tribute Show” also celebrates local culture and history by demonstrating the distinction between West Coast beach music and East Coast beach music. Over the holidays, the theater presents the “Crazy Country Christmas Show,” a combination of traditional holiday spirit and zany country humor. “There are so many beautiful, traditional Christmas shows in town — we don’t even want to try to compete with them, so we try to do our own version,” said Wylde. “I guarantee, this will be the most fun people will have in a show during the holiday season.” VISITMYRTLEBEACH.COM

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A few highlights of the show include “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and parodies like “Leroy the Redneck Reindeer.” From November 1 to December 30, the “Motown Christmas Tribute Show” takes the stage, showcasing holiday hits such as “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” by Diana Ross and “Give Love On Christmas Day” by the Jackson 5, with additional numbers from artists like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight.

GTS THEATRE PRESENTS BELOVED HOLIDAY SONGS AND CHARACTERS WITH A COMICAL TWIST.

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ASHER THE AT R E

This spring, Myrtle Beach will welcome a new theater to the entertainment scene: the Asher Theatre. Founded by James and Grace Stephens, the theater will host a variety of family-style programs, from tribute shows to musicals and jazz concerts. “Asher” is the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel in the Bible; it means “happiness” and “joy.” “We thought that was synonymous with what James does, because he makes people laugh and brings joy to them,” said Grace Stephens. With over 25 years of experience as a celebrity impersonator, James Stephens has traveled the world performing his title show, “Man of a

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LONGTIME COMEDIAN JAMES STEPHENS PLANS TO OPEN ASHER THEATRE IN SPRING 2018.

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Thousand Voices,” which includes impressions of stars like Ray Charles, Bill Cosby, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Lil’ Wayne. Over the years, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo and the White House and has made numerous guest appearances on the Tonight Show and on television networks like HBO. Now, James is returning to his South Carolina roots and giving the show a permanent stage in Myrtle Beach. “We’re committed to bringing people together from all walks of life and enhancing their lives through entertainment,” said Grace. In addition to featuring “Man of a Thousand Voices” several nights per week, the Stephenses also plan to bring jazz to Myrtle Beach with a Friday-night show called “All That Jazz and Blues.” On Sundays, groups can catch a matinee showing of “Church the Musical” for a church service and comedy show rolled into one. Throughout the week, visitors can take advantage of other fun events like karaoke night, ventriloquist shows and country music acts. During the holiday season, the theater will present the “Original Christmas Variety Show.” Taking his one-man comedy and music show to the next level, James Stephens will perform holiday classics like “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” as Ray Charles and “White Christmas” as Stevie Wonder, along with comical elements such as a Lil’ Wayne version of “Jingle Bells.” The show will also include guest appearances from jazz artist Margo Le Duc and Louis Price, the former lead singer of the Temptations. W W W. A SHERTHE ATRE .C O M

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n Myrtle Beach, there are countless opportunities to experience something new and unforgettable. Visitors can sample regional wines, swim with stingrays, coast down scenic waterways, delve into history at an antebellum plantation

and wander through sweeping sculpture gardens. Though these attractions are worth visiting any time of year, the holiday season always adds a fresh flavor of excitement to the experience.

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No matter how many times groups visit Ripley’s Aquarium, there are always new aquatic critters to discover, from moon snails and banana slugs in the “Slime” exhibit to piranhas and poison dart frogs in the “Rio Amazon” section. “Thanks to our location by the beach, it’s more of an educational and hands-on experience, especially for people who might be afraid of jellyfish or swimming in the water,” said Alexia Edge, sales manager at the aquarium. Groups can watch thousands of multicolored fish swarm around Rainbow Rock or follow a 340-foot glide path through the glass tunnels of Dangerous Reef, where sea turtles, sawfish, sharks and green moray eels lurk. In the Discovery Center, guests can pick up a horseshoe crab, one of the world’s rare living fossils, or touch the umbrella-shaped bell of moon jellyfish in “Planet Jellies.” “Friendship Flats” features a touch pool where visitors can stroke the silky backs of stingrays, such as a sweet-faced cownose ray or a spotted eagle ray like the one in “Finding Nemo,” as they glide past. One of the aquarium’s newest offerings is the Glassbottom Boat 15

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RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM FEATURES OVER 50 CHRISTMAS TREE DISPLAYS DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

Adventure. A glass-floored vessel takes up to 20 guests on a boat ride over Dangerous Reef, where they may catch a glimpse of a 14-foot sawfish or a sand tiger shark coasting right beneath their feet. From November to December, Ripley’s Aquarium celebrates the holidays with its annual Festival of Trees, setting up hundreds of Christmas trees throughout the exhibits. Each tree represents a different U.S. state or territory, with an 18-foot-tall South Carolina tree as the centerpiece. The decorations range from Las Vegas feathers and masks for Nevada to flamingos and golf balls for Florida. “As soon as Halloween is over, our staff stays overnight to decorate the trees with their friends and family,” said Edge. “We make it into a big Christmas party.” Guests can participate in scavenger hunts and other activities organized around the tree display. W W W.RIPLE YAQUA RIUMS.C O M / M Y RTLEBE ACH

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BROOKGR EEN G A R DENS

Spanning 9,100 acres of lush, low-country landscape, Brookgreen Gardens opened in 1931 as the country’s first public sculpture garden, quickly becoming one of Myrtle Beach’s most beloved attractions. Today, visitors can admire over 2,000 American-made sculptures throughout the property’s galleries and garden paths. In addition to the art and gardens, groups can explore beautiful nature trails, an interactive children’s area and a Native Wildlife Zoo that houses native animals such as otters and bald eagles. During the Christmas season, visitors flock to Brookgreen Gardens for one of the region’s most enchanting holiday events: Nights of a Thousand Candles. During the three-week event, the gardens come alive under the night sky with 5,500 hand-lit candles spread throughout the trees, flowerbeds and walkways. It takes months of planning and volunteer work to set up the elaborate displays, which change each year. “Live Oak Allée is magnificent,” said Anna Lovell, marketing and group sales representative at Brookgreen Gardens. “These huge 300-year-old oak trees covered in Spanish moss have lights hanging down from them. It’s magical walking through it.” The event kicks off with a tree-lighting ceremony of an 80-foot-tall fir tree adorned in 70,000 lights that is larger than the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City. One area known as Anne’s Garden features an 11-foot-tall glass tree with blue branches surrounded by 45 hand-blown glass flowers that reflect the light. In other sections, visitors may find hundreds of lights dangling over pools of water. Light refreshments are offered throughout the event.

A VOLUNTEER LIGHTS A CANDLE DISPLAY FOR NIGHTS OF A THOUSAND CANDLES. Courtesy Brookgreen Gardens

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Giant Crab Seafood Restaurant Reminiscent of a fisherman’s wharf village, Giant Crab Seafood Restaurant sets the stage for an authentic seafood experience with a lighthouse, a waterfall and a towering crab named Tommy that marks the restaurant entrance. Guests can sample everything from crab legs to fresh apple cobbler at the restaurant’s 170-item buffet, which includes a hibachi grill, a salad bar and a prime rib carving station. W W W.G I A N T C R A B .C O M Courtesy Giant Crab Seafood Restaurant

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HOPSEWEE PLANTATION CARRIES OVER 250 YEARS OF HISTORY.

HOP SE W EE PL A NTATION

Nestled amid towering live oaks by the Santee River, Hopsewee Plantation seems like a world out of time. The beautiful 1700s-era home once belonged to Revolutionary War leader Thomas Lynch Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Following the Civil War, several families of freed slaves continued to live on the property and maintain the grounds. Groups can watch a 10-minute introductory video about this rich history in one of the former slave cabins and then follow a guide through the manor. Throughout the house, groups will notice features such as exquisite lighted candle moldings and fireplaces in every room. The owners, Frank and Raejean Beattie, graciously allow visitors to tour every room of their home except the bedroom. “I get to wake up every morning to such a beautiful place and drink my coffee on the upstairs porch,” said Raejean Beattie. “To experience that every day is something extremely special.”

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“ I GE T TO WA KE UP E V ERY M O RNIN G TO SU CH A BE AUTIFUL PL ACE A ND D RINK M Y C O FFEE O N THE UP STAIRS P O RCH. TO E X PERIEN CE THAT E V ERY DAY IS S O ME THIN G E X TREMELY SPECIA L .” — RAEJEAN BEATTIE, HOPSEWEE PLANTATION

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BELOW: THE TEA ROOM AT HOPSEWEE PLANTATION FEATURES TASTY TREATS LIKE CURRY CHICKEN SALAD ON GINGER SNAPS.

Another highlight of the property is the River Oak Cottage Tea Room, which is open during the week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While full-meal options like gumbo, tomato pie, and pimento cheese biscuits are available, many guests opt for the three-course Southern tea. The tea experience includes savory options such as curry chicken salad on ginger snaps, salmon mousse, cucumber sandwiches, blue-cheese spinach quiche and fresh scones with clotted cream and lemon curd. “People frequently comment, ‘This is the best meal I’ve had since I’ve been in the area,’” said Beattie. “They love the food.” Though tour hours vary during the winter months, groups can schedule special events or visits with notice. W W W.H O P SE WEE .C O M

DUPLIN WINERY

More than 40 years ago, Duplin Winery began in Rose Hill, North Carolina, as a small, family-owned operation that centered on cultivating the muscadine grape. During the 1990s, health experts discovered that muscadine grapes contain 10 times as many antioxidants as other varieties, and Duplin Winery’s sales began to skyrocket, leading it to become the largest winery in the South. In 2015, the company celebrated this success by opening a second location in Myrtle Beach. Courtesy Hopsewee Plantation

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“We liked the way folks in Myrtle Beach were so much like us, so down to earth. So we decided to invest in the community,” said third-generation owner Jonathan Fussell, who runs the company with his brother Dave. While the Rose Hill location produces the bulk of Duplin products, generating 10,000 bottles per hour, the winery in Myrtle Beach takes it back to the basics, bottling each wine by hand. When groups visit, they can watch the old-fashioned bottling in action, explore the 6,000-square-foot retail store and sign up for a guided tour and tasting. The $10 tasting gives groups the opportunity to sample up to 10 wines with gourmet cheese and crackers, as well as take home a complimentary wine glass. Out of Duplin Winery’s 45 wines, several are produced exclusively in Myrtle Beach, including local favorites such as Going Coastal, Hatteras Red and Sippin’ Sweet. Sippin’ Sweet is bottled in Mason jars as a nod to the early days of the company when the owners used Mason jars from a local moonshine supplier to bottle their product. Each year around the holidays, Duplin Winery introduces two specialty wines that quickly sell out; past flavors have included Blitzen Blush, Naughty and Nice, and Christmas Wine. W W W.DUPLINWINERY.C O M

DUPLIN WINERY OFFERS 45 DIFFERENT MUSCADINE WINES. Courtesy Duplin Winery

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Wicked Tuna Overlooking the iconic Marsh Walk in Murrells Inlet, Wicked Tuna employs its own fishing boats to bring in fresh grouper, sea bass and snapper from the Carolina Coast. Guests can enjoy a view of the waterfront with a glass of wine or sake at this award-winning “hookto-plate” restaurant. W W W.T H E W I C K E D T U N A .C O M

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Have the perfect holiday vacation with one of Holiday Season packages and see the best show of the season! Owner, producer, and entertainer Calvin Gilmore, works for months to create an unforgettable holiday experience, with his usual signature flair for production. This season, he is pulling out all the stops to bring you a special reunion season unlike any other!

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uring the holiday season, Myrtle Beach’s shopping centers transform into energetic hubs as people hunt for Christmas gifts and souvenirs. Visitors can take advantage of numerous festivities at these locations,

such as tree-lighting ceremonies, visits with Santa and fireworks displays. FIREWORKS LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY ABOVE SHOPS AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT BAREFOOT LANDING.

BROA DWAY AT THE BE ACH

With 350 acres of outdoor entertainment and shopping, it’s no wonder that Broadway at the Beach is one of Myrtle Beach’s most iconic attractions. Over 20 restaurants and 100 specialty shops encircle the beautiful 23-acre Lake Broadway, providing a scenic backdrop for visitors as they shop, dine and explore. Groups can purchase memorabilia from their favorite TV shows and movies at Hollywood Heroes and Villains, or pick out a handmade woodcarving or slouch bag in Yours and Mayan to support the Mayan Indians of Guatemala. Other visitors stop by the Paula Deen Store for original recipe mixes and kitchen accessories. A few popular dining locales are Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Dave & Buster’s, Yamato Steakhouse Japan, American Tap House and the new Hard Rock Café, which is characterized by a 40-foot red guitar out front. Broadway at the Beach is well known for its vibrant night scene, especially at venues like the Carolina Comedy Club, Chuck and Duck’s sports grill, Señor Frog’s and Wet Willies, where guests can sample over 20 flavors of daiquiri. Across the lake, it is impossible to miss the upside-down building of WonderWorks, which offers a variety of thought-provoking games and exhibits. From WonderWorks, adventure seekers can ride a 1,000-

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SHARKY FROM RIPLEY’S AQUARIUM GREETS VISITORS AT BROADWAY AT THE BEACH.

foot zip line over the lake. Other major attractions include Dragon’s Lair Fantasy Golf, Legends in Concert, the Hollywood Wax Museum and Ripley’s Aquarium. At Backstage Escape Games, teams can take on a critical-thinking challenge as they race against the clock to break out of an enclosed area. During the first weekend in December, Broadway at the Beach gets into the holiday spirit with A Very Broadway Christmas Celebration, treating visitors to live music, a holiday parade, a special tree-lighting ceremony and an extravagant fireworks show over the water. W W W.BROA DWAYAT THEBE ACH.C O M

M A R K E T COMMON

The Market Common is an upscale urban village where groups can shop, dine and play, all in one picturesque location. The plaza contains more than a dozen restaurants and retail shops that range from national chains to local boutiques. Beer lovers can swing by Gordon Biersch Brewing for beer and German cuisine, or sample one of the Brass Tap’s 60 craft brews. Other dining choices include P.F. Chang’s, Travinia Italian Kitchen and Crêpe Creation Café. Free carriage rides around the main plaza are available every Tuesday. Nearby, Grand Park features a two-mile-long paved walking path around a lake as well as a handicapped-accessible playground. “We’ve got gorgeous tree-lined avenues with rocking chairs and blooming flowerbeds,” said marketing coordinator Katherine Taylor. “People love the ambiance.” Before Thanksgiving, the Market Common jump-starts the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in front of Grand Cinema 14. Santa makes an appearance to help light the tree. For several weeks leading up to Christmas, a holiday bazaar takes place in the center of Howard Avenue, where visitors can browse booths to purchase roasted nuts, handcrafted goods and seasonal produce. On New Year’s Eve, the plaza transforms into a Southern Times Square as 9,000 people gather to ring in the New Year. A mirror ball decked in 96 strobe lights drops as everyone counts down to midnight, followed by a spectacular 18-minute fireworks show. The festivities include food vendors, a beer garden, live music and a children’s play area.

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HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHER IN THE MARKET COMMON TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR.

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VISITORS ENJOY A GAME OF GIANT CHESS IN THE MARKET COMMON.

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“ WE’ V E G OT G O RGEOUS TREE- LINED AV ENUE S WITH RO CKIN G CHAIRS A ND BLO O MIN G FLOWERBED S. PEO PLE LOV E THE A MBIA N CE .” — KATHERINE TAYLOR, THE MARKET COMMON

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Croissants Bakery and Bistro Croissants Bistro and Bakery has been a beloved breakfast and lunch locale in Myrtle Beach since 1995, treating patrons to gourmet delights such as shrimp and grits, bananas Foster French toast and fried green tomato melt with pimento cheese. This past year, Croissants opened a new location called Heidi’s Corner, along with a sustainable seafood restaurant named Hook and Barrel. W W W.C R O I S S A N T S . N E T Courtesy Croissants Bistro and Bakery

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BA R EF OO T L A NDING

Barefoot Landing, the sister property of Broadway at the Beach, offers a wide selection of shops, restaurants and entertainment. Shoppers will find plenty of retail stores, boutiques and other local businesses to explore, among them the Carolina Hat Company, the Olive Shoppe, the TrickMaster Magic Shop and Black Market Minerals. The shopping complex provides numerous outlets for entertainment. Groups can wander through the winding hallways of MirrorMaze, or come face to face with cuddly tiger cubs at the T.I.G.E.R. Preservation Station. Known as the Reptile Capital of the World, Alligator Adventure is home to alligators, crocodiles, lemurs, tropical birds and more. For dinner, visitors can try a smoked barbecue bacon burger or voodoo shrimp from House of Blues; those with a more sardonic sense of humor might grab a bite to eat at Dick’s Last Resort, which prides itself on featuring “no cover, no dress code and certainly no taste.” In November, Barefoot Landing celebrates the approaching holiday season with the Lighting of the Landing. Around dusk, multitudes gather in the shopping area to enjoy face painting, free carousel rides, live music, food tastings and a petting zoo. Local Marines also attend to collect unwrapped toy donations for the Toys for Tots program. After the tree lighting ceremony and other festivities, everyone watches a fireworks display over the lake.

BAREFOOT LANDING OFFERS DOZENS OF DINING CHOICES.

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Where a White Christmas Includes a Sandy Beach. • Top ranked by TripAdvisor.com • TripAdvisor Award of Excellence Winner • “Best in Hospitality” by Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association • Convenient to Market Common shopping and dining (P.F. Changs, Gordon Biersch), outlet shopping, Christmas theater shows • Sanctuary Spa, heated indoor pools, hot tubs, fitness center and more

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COASTA L GR A ND M A LL

Coastal Grand Mall is the second-largest mall in South Carolina, with over 1 million square feet of space and more than 100 retailers. Among these options are Game Stop, Best Buy, Earthbound Trading Company, H&M, Hot Topic, Brookstone and Express. Groups can swing by the Cinemark to catch a movie or grab a savory snack from shops like Auntie Anne’s, Starbucks, Cinnabon and Maria’s Gourmet Italian Ice. W W W.C OA S TA L G R A N D.C O M

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TA NGER OUT L E T CENT ERS

With 43 locations in the United States, Tanger Outlets is one of the most popular shopping destinations for motorcoach travelers and other groups. Thanks to the company’s ongoing sales and online deals, shoppers can get top brands for affordable prices. Those who sign up for the TangerClub have the chance to earn free gift cards, fashion tote bags and exclusive discounts each time they log their receipt information into the Tanger mobile app. Myrtle Beach shoppers can take advantage of two regional locations. The Tanger Outlet on Highway 501 has hundreds of retail stores, such as Sunglass Hut, Forever 21, Burlington Brands and Dressbarn. After a long afternoon of gift hunting, groups can refuel in the food court with choices like Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries; the Fudgery, Nestle Toll House Café and Ruby Tuesday. Located on Highway 17, the second Tanger Outlet location features a beautiful, open-air shopping plaza with covered table seating and lush palm trees. The shopping center is divided into four animalthemed sections: Pelican Strand, Loggerhead Strand, Seahorse Strand and Starfish Strand, which are easily identified by color. Groups can pick up something to eat from restaurants like Five Guys, Stillhouse Barbecue, Charley’s Grilled Subs and Famous Wok. W W W.TA N GEROUTLE T.C O M

SHOPPERS CAN MEET WITH SANTA DURING THEIR VISIT TO TANGER OUTLETS.

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Based in Murrells Inlet near the scenic Marsh Walk by the waterfront, the Inlet Square Mall is the perfect place for an afternoon excursion. The single-level shopping center features retail stores like Belk, Bath and Body Works, and Books-A-Million, in addition to a food court and kid zone. Groups can also stop by Ally’s Art House to browse handcrafted fashion and jewelry, and watch local artists perform on open mic night. W W W. I N L E T S Q UA R E M A L L .C O M

Located right off North Kings Highway in the little community of Briarcliffe Acres, Myrtle Beach Mall offers about 80 retail shops, a food court and a Carmike Cinema. Visitors can browse the toys and cartoon memorabilia in Zooquarium or pick up new outdoor gear in Bass Pro Shops. Other highlights are Belk, Bath and Body Works, Foot Locker, Casablanca Café and Ruby Tuesday. W W W. M Y M A L L M Y R T L E B E AC H .C O M


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package, these colorful events are sure to engage everyone’s interests.

INTRACOASTAL CHRISTMAS REGATTA

Over Thanksgiving weekend each year, about 30 boats line the Intracoastal Waterway for a glittering maritime parade. The annual tradition was begun in 1984 by Myrtle Beach native Susie Watson and her family, who were inspired by a boat parade they saw while on vacation in Florida. By the regatta’s sixth year, it had become so popular that Watson brought in a committee to help her manage the event. The four-hour parade begins at Little River Inlet around dusk and ends at Dock Holidays Marina. Boat owners decorate their vessels with a glowing spread of Christmas lights, Santas, reindeer and candy canes, and some spend up to a week preparing the theme and decor. One year’s winner chose to transform her boat into a radiant train engine. Groups can find great viewing spots at many of the waterfront restaurants. Spectators are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots, which supports children in need throughout Horry County. Donations of cat litter or pet food can also be made to the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society. Collection stations for the toys and pet products are located at participating marinas or restaurants along the parade route. THE MYRTLE BEACH CONVENTION CENTER TRANSFORMS INTO A VICTORIAN MARKETPLACE DURING THE DICKENS CHRISTMAS SHOW AND FESTIVAL.

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A LOCAL SCHOOL GROUP PERFORMS DURING THE HOLIDAY FANTASEA EVENT.

DICK ENS CHRISTM AS SHOW A ND F ESTIVA L S

Around mid-November, the Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals transforms the Myrtle Beach Convention Center into a bustling Victorian Holiday Marketplace. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the four-day event was originally organized as an incentive to bring travelers to the area off-season and now attracts more than 15,000 attendees. “Our goal was to offer not just an arts and crafts show, but an experience,” said Myra Starnes, one of the event organizers. There is no shortage of entertainment during this trip back in time to Victorian England. Vendors decked out in period fashion and showing off merchandise like handwoven baskets, beautiful Russian Santa dolls, and fresh jams and jellies. As guests wander through the booths, they may run into characters such as tea-leaf readers, mimes and magicians, as well as the ghosts of past, present and future. Local police officers and firefighters also attend the event dressed as Victorian bobbies. Numerous activities are offered throughout the show. Groups can attend a Victorian tea or take a holiday tour that explores Victorian traditions and history. A few other popular events are the Hunt for the Missing Present scavenger hunt, the Festival of Wreaths and the Festival of Worlds. In 2017, the show is bringing in a 15-foot snow globe with over 100 presents tucked inside, which guests will get the chance to win during daily drawings. “It grows a little bit every year. Every one of our charities brings something really awesome to the table,” said Starnes. “I think Mr. Dickens would be proud.”

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SOUTH CA ROLIN A STAT E BLUEGR ASS F ESTIVA L

For over 45 years, the South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival has brought some of the finest bluegrass artists in the business to Myrtle Beach. The three-day event takes place on Thanksgiving weekend each year from noon to evening, giving Black Friday shoppers the perfect excuse to break away from the crowds after a long afternoon and enjoy the music with friends and family. Over the years, the festival has featured acclaimed groups like Appalachian Express, Bass Mountain Boys, the Little Roy and Lizzie Show, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, and the Gibson Brothers. The event is organized by longtime bluegrass lover Norman Adams, who promotes nine annual bluegrass festivals throughout the South with his wife, Judy. Adams began his foray into the world of music festivals during the 1970s when he and a couple of friends opened a country music park in Georgia and hired bluegrass legend Bill Monroe as one of the opening acts. Soon after, Adams retired from the insurance business to run festivals full time and has since become one of the most prominent bluegrass-festival promoters in the country. W W W. A DA MSBLUEGR A S S.C O M

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Every year, the Coastal Network Cooperative partners with the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to host Holiday FantaSea, a special thank-you event for tour operators who book trips to Myrtle Beach throughout the year. The free two-hour event takes place during the first two weeks of November on Tuesday mornings. Tour operators can reserve seats at the show through their hotels and are encouraged to arrive in town early to enjoy the local sights. This year, the event will be held at Christ United Methodist Church. At the door, groups are greeted by Santa and the Grinch, several performers from GTS Theatre and characters from local attractions such as Sharkey from Ripley’s Aquarium and the knights from Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Each guest receives a welcome bag with 2018 MYRTLE BEACH HOLIDAY PLANNING GUIDE


Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood is the largest restaurant in Myrtle Beach; it features 1,000 seats, 11 dining rooms and the largest collection of nautical antiques in the Southeast. Shrimp and grits, blackened grouper and tomato pie are just a few of the savory Southern-style options available at this famous buffet. During the holidays, the restaurant hosts a gingerbread house competition with up to 50 gingerbread house entries. W W W.O R I G I N A L B E N JA M I N S .C O M Courtesy Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood


refreshments, water and other goodies. With an Elvis impersonator acting as emcee, the preshow features a sing-along with the knights, followed by a performance from the award-winning Carolina Forest High School Show Choir. Throughout the morning, guests also get the chance to win raffle tickets and prizes, such as two $250 gift cards to Tanger Shopping Outlets. “You’re not going to find an event like it anywhere else,” said Dawn Formo, president of the Coastal Network Cooperative and assistant sales manager at the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s fun, it’s free, you get prizes — you can’t beat it.” Over the last few years, Holiday FantaSea has repeatedly been named one of the American Bus Association’s top 100 events. WWW.COASTALNETWORKCOOPERATIVE.COM/HOLIDAY-FANTASEA.HTML

RIV ER T OWN CHRISTM AS CEL EBR ATION

Just 15 minutes inland from the Grand Strand, the historic town of Conway offers a charming collection of boutiques, restaurants and other businesses, in addition to a beautiful boardwalk along the Waccamaw River. Each year, Conway kicks off the holiday season with the Rivertown Christmas Celebration, which takes place on the first three Thursdays of December.

Locals and visitors gather in downtown for a special tree-lighting ceremony as well as activities such as caroling, carriage rides, live music and visits with Santa. Local businesses keep their doors open later so that groups can take advantage of nighttime shopping as they walk the candlelit streets. Hillary Howard, executive director of Conway Downtown Alive, recalled one of her favorite memories from the event. “A couple years ago, just as the stores were closing, a boy pulled his dad over to a window and said, ‘Look at that train!’ with his breath fogging up the window. It was like a Norman Rockwell picture,” she said. One of the main highlights of the festival is the Living Window Display, when downtown merchants decorate their display windows with themed props and live actors. A salon featured a Santa getting his beard trimmed, and a health clinic showed a pregnant woman having an ultrasound with a Christmas sleigh visible on the exam screen. Visitors can also drive through a milelong light display that extends from Highway 501 to downtown, lined with displays like lighted archways, floral patterns and ice-skating polar bears. W W W.C O NWAYA LIV E .C O M


A R T F ESTIVA L S

For group members hunting for that perfect Christmas gift or souvenir to take home, Myrtle Beach’s local artists have plenty to offer. Visitors can find unique glasswork, pottery and jewelry from over 40 artists at Art in the Park, a bimonthly event hosted by the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, the oldest arts and crafts organization in the Grand Strand. The event’s location alternates between Chapin Park near the beach and Valor Park in the urban village of Market Common. At the beginning of December, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton hosts the annual Winter Arts and Craft Show, during which over 200 vendors gather in the conference hall to display original products such as stained glass, watercolor portraits, homemade candles, quilts, dolls and artisan food. Food trucks are often available outside. Groups can take advantage of free admission, gift wrapping and photos with Santa.

LOCAL BUSINESSES CREATE THEMED DISPLAYS FOR THE ANNUAL LIVING WINDOW DISPLAY EVENT.

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“A C OUPLE Y E A RS AG O, JUST A S THE STO RE S WERE CLO SIN G , A BOY PULLED HIS DA D OV ER TO A WIND OW A ND SAID, ‘LO O K AT THAT TR AIN ! ’ WITH HIS BRE ATH FO G GIN G UP THE WIND OW. IT WA S LIKE A N O RM A N RO CK WELL PIC TURE .” — HILLARY HOWARD, CONWAY DOWNTOWN ALIVE

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Have the perfect holiday vacation with one of Holiday Season packages and see the best show of the season! Owner, producer, and entertainer Calvin Gilmore, works for months to create an unforgettable holiday experience, with his usual signature flair for production. This season, he is pulling out all the stops to bring you a special reunion season unlike any other!

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