Winter Is Coming: What’s on Tap in Myrtle Beach

As a faithful bunch, you dream about your winter escape for months before you take off.


You’re the beach winter visitor. And your favorite off-season destination is ready for you! This area has become so popular from December to March.


Many businesses stay open year-round as a result. Yet, it’s still a tamer pace than the long summer days that see most visitors here. Here’s a guide to what’s brewing this winter in Myrtle Beach.

Fun Facts About the Grand Strand in the Winter

The formula for a memorable escape: Lots of fun things to do, without having to wait!

  • Art doesn’t have an off-season. Hit the galleries. Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum hosts incredible works by southern artists.
  • The weather is nice. At around 60°F with many sunny days, it’s paradise. And a far cry from the bitter cold in some regions.

Myrtle Beach State Park is still beautiful. It’s a favorite destination anyway, but in winter, it’s an especially serene getaway.

5 Events to Jot Down on Your Calendar for 2023

Peek ahead at some happenings slated for your stay on the Grand Strand. Mix in a few events with all that rest and relaxation

1. Eric Johnson's Treasure Tour

$20 | March 25, House of Blues Myrtle Beach

If you’ve ever experienced an evening at the House of Blues, you know how magical it can be. Don’t miss American guitarist Eric Johnson in the house. He’s a platinum-winning artist who covers an amazing array of genres.


RECOMMENDED: Plan an amazing evening with dinner at 21 Main at North Beach. Indulge in cocktails, fresh seafood, and dry-aged beef dishes.

2. 2023 Grand Strand Freedom Week

Jan. 13-17

It’s an exploration of freedom centered on the MLK annual parade. The week also includes a mental health forum, a community ecumenical service, and more. Visit the event website to RSVP.


RECOMMENDED: Be sure to dine at Big Mike’s Soul Food. It’s a local favorite, serving unforgettable grandma-quality comfort food.


3. Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival

$35-$45 | Feb. 9-11, Doubletree Resort Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

How can you go wrong with nine shows featuring 12 leading Elvis tribute artists in three days? Shows focus on aspects of The King’s career, from the 50s to the movies to the 1968 comeback. Bring your blue suede shoes!


RECOMMENDED: You won’t find peanut butter and bacon sandwiches on the menu. But how about ribs? Damon’s is nearby and has some of the tastiest in town for your pre-concert dinner.

4. Grand Strand Boat Show and Sportsman Expo

$5-$10 | Jan. 6-8, Myrtle Beach Convention Center

See all types and styles of vessels in one spot. They’ll have everything from small aluminum boats to the finest in offshore fishing. Learn what’s trending and exciting in the boating world from vendors and in daily seminars.


RECOMMENDED: Kids get in for free or at a discounted price. Take them to Rockin’ Jump Myrtle Beach Trampoline Park to burn off some steam.

5. Myrtle Beach Marathon


Venture out onto your favorite running route this winter to prep for this big event. Races include the marathon, half marathon, virtual 10K, 5K, and family run. Stay for the Finish Line Festival.


RECOMMENDED: Treat yourself to an indulgent meal after your run. Johnny D’s Waffles serves veggie skillets, red velvet waffles, and more. How would you choose to celebrate your accomplishment?

Compass Cove Indoor Pool

A Winter Stay at Compass Cove Resort

Retreat to a dip in the indoor pools or to your room for a nap during busy days on the Grand Strand. Compass Cove is your headquarters for a winter escape that can be as relaxing or exciting as you want it to be.

Compass Cove Pinnacle Oceanfront King Suite Living Room