Celebrate the Holidays in Myrtle Beach With Kids

Take a break from the cold and spend the holidays in Myrtle Beach this year to enjoy kid-friendly activities the entire family will love. Just because there isn’t snow doesn’t mean this area is lacking any holiday spirit. This year, trade in your snow shovels for sand toys and spend your winter break at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort enjoying mild temperatures and family fun at holiday shows and light displays.

Myrtle Beach Holiday Shows for Kids

Myrtle Beach features many award-winning Broadway-style shows, and during the holidays every one of them adds festive touches and spirited music. Whether you have little ones or teens, theaters in Myrtle Beach stage shows for every age. Your entire family will keep talking about any of these holiday performances long after vacation ends:

Pirates Voyage Christmas Show

Pirates Voyage Christmas Show follows Captain Scrooge through a version of Dickens’ tale you haven’t seen before. With high-flying acrobatics and embattled pirates, there’s a lot to keep every child and adult entertained. A four-course dinner is served along with the theatrics, including roast chicken and ham, plus corn, potato wedges, and apple pie for dessert. Enjoy an entire evening of entertainment, just 10 miles from Compass Cove.

Magical Christmas & Comedy Show

The GTS Theater in Myrtle Beach is an intimate venue that gives everyone a close-up look at the illusions. Known for presenting classic tricks “with a twist,” Michael Bairefoot brings fun and humor to every show. During Christmas, expect holiday-themed costumes and lots of cheerful acts. This theater is located off Highway 17, about 5 miles from Compass Cove Resort.


Wonders of Christmas

The Wonders Theater at the Broadway at the Beach entertainment complex is only 5 miles from Compass Cove and the perfect place to see a holiday show. The high-energy performance includes magic, dance, and comedy, plus a visit from Santa. With festive costumes, illusions with snow, and holiday music, the Wonders Theater Christmas Show is bound to be a hit with any crew. 

The Christmas Show of the South

Bring the family to an unforgettable production of The Christmas Show of the South at the Carolina Opry. Seeing one of the longest running, most popular holiday shows in Myrtle Beach is well worth the 20-minute drive from Compass Cove. With a stunning set design, loads of special effects, and all the best holiday songs performed by talented artists, this show offers something for everyone in your family. 

Alabama Theater

The South’s Grandest Christmas Show is a heartwarming production for all ages. Get into the holiday spirit as you watch talented performances by musicians, singers, dancers, and even a comedic juggler. With matinées on select days, evening performances 6 nights a week, and an easy 15-mile drive from Compass Cove, fitting this holiday show into your winter vacation itinerary is a cinch.

Kid-Friendly Holiday Light Shows

Treat your children to magical holiday light displays during your visit to Myrtle Beach this winter. You won’t need to be in full snow gear or drive on icy roads to get out and enjoy the dazzling lights. The Grand Strand features drive-through and walk-through attractions to check out—here’s a roundup of the best in town:

The Great Christmas Light Show

The Great Christmas Light Show is a 2-mile drive-through experience in North Myrtle Beach about 20 miles from Compass Cove. With 500 lit-up holiday displays, some towering 55 feet tall, animated figures, and more than 2 million lights in all, kids love this light show. At the end of the journey, park and head to Santa’s Village for a free petting zoo plus other activities, like a train ride, marshmallow roasting, and visits with Santa. The drive-through is open daily and Santa’s Village has limited hours until December 10th, after which it is open nightly.

Winter Wonderland at the Beach

The Boardwalk’s oceanfront light show spans a mile down the shore, beginning at Plyler Park and continuing until the Second Avenue Pier, a couple of miles up the shore from Compass Cove Resort. This light show happens nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the holiday season. A kick-off festival for Winter Wonderland at the Beach will be held from December 1st to the 3rd, and includes kids’ entertainment, live performances, and a holiday market.

Ripley’s Aquarium Festival of Trees

Ripley’s Aquarium is marvelously decorated during the holidays and its Festival of Trees adds even more charm. The aquarium displays more than 50 stunning trees—one for each state, plus territories—with ornaments symbolic of each region. Test your wits during the included scavenger hunt. Admission to the Festival of Trees is free with paid entry into the aquarium. This event runs through December. Ripley’s Aquarium is one of many family-friendly things to do at Broadway at the Beach, an attraction located 5 miles from Compass Cove Resort.

Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is a nature preserve and sculpture garden located 15 miles from Compass Cove Resort. Brookgreen puts on a stunning show every holiday season with its dramatic Nights of a Thousand Candles. The family-friendly event features live music, food stands, and miles of candle-lit paths and holiday light displays. The gates are open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Catch the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m.

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Plan Your Holiday Getaway Today

Choose Compass Cove for your winter getaway this year. With a variety of suites and condos, every family is treated to the comforts of home with the features of a world-class resort. Savor the stunning city and ocean views and take advantage of family-friendly amenities, including heated pools and hot tubs, lawn games, and a fire pit. Since this oceanfront oasis is only a short drive from the best holiday attractions in Myrtle Beach, entertainment is a breeze.

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