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Top Places to Take the Kids to See Santa Claus, Christmas Lights in Myrtle Beach

Top Places to Take the Kids to See Santa Claus, Christmas Lights in Myrtle Beach

There's nothing like the look on a child's face when they see Santa Claus, and there's nothing like the look on a parent's face than when they watch their kid climb into the Jolly Ol' Elf's lap. It's a special holiday moment, and Myrtle Beach has a lot of them.

Christmas light displays, Santa photos and more are in store for visitors this holiday season, many of them just a short drive or walk from Compass Cove Resort. Here's a list of places where you can take the kids to see Santa and the lights this holiday season:

* Barefoot Landing: This Christmas display features Santa photos and other holiday activities for kids. On Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, children can take one free photo with Santa, receive a free treat and take a free spin on the carousel. There's also a Toys for Tots center for kids to donate a gift to a needy child and learn the real reason for the season.

* Broadway at the Beach: This popular Myrtle Beach shopping complex features a 52-foot Christmas tree decorated with more than 140,000 lights. Kids can get their photos taken with Santa and play in the North Pole play section. For those looking for a little face time with the Jolly Ol' Elf, Hard Rock Cafe is offering breakfast with Santa on Saturday mornings (Dec. 6, 13 and 20).

* Brookgreen Gardens: You won't likely run into Santa, but this botanical sculpture garden offers breath-taking beauty in a setting that is perfect for holiday photo ops at its annual Night of a Thousand Candles celebration. Featuring more than 5,000 hand-lit candles and lights illuminating the gardens and live entertainment throughout the 9,000-acre property, Brookgreen opens its gates at night for nine nights only, Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

* Coastal Grand Mall: On cooler days and nights, check out this indoor Christmas display and take a comfortable seat in Santa's lap. Photos are taken from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, and picture packages are for sale beginning at $22. For your four-legged friends, pet photos are scheduled on Mondays between 6 and 9 p.m. (Dec. 2, 9 and 16).

* Myrtle Beach Boardwalk: The downtown district lights up the nights in December with a beautiful array of beach-related lights. See conch shells, seahorses and other unique Christmas lights, and you might even run into St. Nick himself. Plyler Park serves as the headquarters for the Christmas lights and displays.

*Myrtle Beach Mall: Visit the Winter Wonderland at the Bass Pro Shop for free Santa photos as well as arts and crafts, games and more. The Winter Wonderland is open during regular store hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays). For a little more holiday cheer, check out the ice-skating rink inside the mall.

* Shadrack’s: It may be too cold to play baseball at the Pelicans Ballpark, but the weather is just right for Christmas lights. Stay warm in the comfort of your own car and drive through the dazzling display of LED lights. Located just across the street from Broadway at the Beach on 21st Avenue North, this unique attraction features more than 1,600 lights that are synchronized to put on a real show. This attraction is open nightly from dusk to 10 p.m. through Jan. 4.


(Posted: 12/29/14)

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