Each summer, families, couples and vacationers of all ages flock to Myrtle Beach for its miles of beaches, sunny weather and numerous attractions. Once the sun and summer are gone, though, there are still plenty of cold-weather activities to keep you busy! From holiday parties and events to live performances, festivals, races and more – there is always something to do along the Grand Strand! Here is a list of 40 things to do in Myrtle Beach in the Winter…
What’s the weather like? Average Temperatures in December are High: 59° and Low: 36° / Average Temperatures in January are High: 55° and Low: 34° / Average Temperatures in February are High: 58° and Low: 36°
Pack your bags: The weather is mild, but can get chilly. Pack lots of layers including long pants, shirts, jackets, sweaters, walking shoes, camera and sunglasses.
40 Things to Do in Myrtle Beach in the Winter
1. Ride the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel for fantastic views and great photo ops.
2. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium for a chance to spend more time enjoying the displays than fighting the crowds.
3. Enjoy a stroll through Alligator Adventure where you will find flamingos, wolves, snakes and a large collection of alligators plus much more.
4. Take a walk on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and enjoy the unique shops along the way.
5. Reserve your tee time at one of the many championship golf courses in the area.
6. Rub elbows with the rich and famous and get your picture taken at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
7. Lay on a bed of nails at Wonderworks. Just one of the many exciting adventures you will find in this upside down building.
8. Check out the over 200 bizarre exhibits and artifacts you will find in Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium.
9. Step back in time to enjoy a collection of over 50 vintage automobiles at Wheels of Yesteryear.
10. Test your skills as you try to get through the Backstage Mirror Maze and help capture the mobster’s who robbed a bank.
11. Be sure to take your good luck charm with you as you embark on a gambling cruise aboard The Big “M” Casino.
12. Plan your spa day at Carmen! Carmen! Prestige Salon e Spa on the second floor of Belk at Coastal Grand Mall.
13. Listen to tribute artists accompanied by a live band celebrate performers such as Cher, Adele, Elvis Presley, Tim McGraw and more at Legends in Concert.
14. Witness an epic jousting tournament, as well as acrobatics, dancing, races and more all while eating a four-course meal at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.
15. Help solve a mystery where you are one of the suspects of a murder investigation during a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at House of Blues.
16. Tour Atalaya Castle, historic home of industrialist and philanthropist Archer M. Huntington and wife, sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington located in Huntington Beach State Park.
17. Show off your skating moves to the jammin’ light show and music at Fun Warehouse.
18. After the tide goes out search for shells on the beach.
20. Treat yourself to an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet while listening to local talent perform both traditional & contemporary gospel songs during a Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues.
21. Challenge friends and family to a game of laser tag at Extreme Laser Tag.
23. Dance the Carolina Shag dance at Fat Harold’s Beach Club.
24. Be “wowed” by some of the best shows in Myrtle Beach at The Calvin Gilmore Theater including The Carolina Opry, Time Warp, Thunder & Light, and Light Laser Extravaganza!
26. Hold onto your seats at the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, as you witness a pirate battle, an acrobatic competition, live animals and more, as well as enjoy a four-course meal! Arrive early for face painting and other pre-show activities.
28. Get a birds-eye view of the Grand Strand via Helicopter Adventures.
29.Let the kids explore the activities and exhibits at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina.
30. Paint like a pro, no talent needed, BYOB and a snack for your reservation at Wine & Design.
31.Take a tour and taste some samples of locally brewed beers at New South Brewing. Sample some locally brewed beers and take a tour of this microbrewery at New South Brewing.
32. Play Team Trivia at one of several locations throughout Myrtle Beach.
33. View the latest art exhibits at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.
34. Taste and learn about different types of wine at a weekly Friday evening wine tasting at The Wine Shoppe.
36. Show your support for our veterans by visiting the Hall of Heroes exhibit featuring a smaller replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, flag displays, a 9/11 tribute plus much more.
37. Catch some fish on a guided inshore or deep sea charter with Voyager Fishing Charters, Captain Smiley Fishing Charters, Lowcountry Fishing Charters, or find out about other types of fishing in the area at Fishing in Myrtle Beach.
39. Visit Warbird Park as they pay tribute to United States Air Force servicemen and women who lived in the Myrtle Beach area as they served their country.
40. Tour Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000 acre research reserve, that includes Hobcaw House, a fully-intact slave village and Bellefield Plantation.
Annual Winter Events & Festivals
Every year Calvin Gilmore of The Carolina Opry produces a special, unique Christmas production, The Carolina Opry Christmas Special. Christmas is celebrated with music, comedy and dance numbers. Be sure to check dates and times for your tickets to this ever-changing yearly event.
Be sure to check specific dates and times of Christmas Wonderland, The Holiday Show presented by The Palace Theatre. This production includes beautiful costumes, great Christmas songs and high kicking chorus girls all to celebrate the magic of Christmas.
The Alabama Theatre presents The South’s Grandest Christmas Show combining traditional and contemporary entertainment. This award-winning production provides spectacular talent, scenery and special effects for a show the entire family can enjoy year after year.
Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol retold by swashbuckling pirates. Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show provides a four-course meal and this holiday classic that will have you laughing and in awe as Captain Scrooge journeys through space and time to find the meaning of Christmas.
This special Christmas show presents greatest hits, special duets and Christmas songs of legendary singers by tribute artists backed by a live band. Legends in Concert has been providing entertainment on the Grand Strand for over 20 years.
Over 5,000 candles, many lights and a huge lighted tree bring Brookgreen Gardens to life during the holiday season with Nights of a Thousand Candles. As you walk through the paths, enjoy warm cider and listen to the sounds of hand bells ringing and carolers singing.
Annually Ripley’s Aquarium presents their Festival of Trees with each of the over 75 trees being uniquely decorated. Every state and US territory is represented plus many more throughout the aquarium. Ripley’s Festival of Trees is included with regular admission to the aquarium.
Check out Myrtle Beach’s version of a dance contest. The yearly National Shag Dance Championship preliminaries are held on the last weekend of January. Be sure to purchase your ticket if you are going to be in the area during that weekend.
Planning a Myrtle Beach destination wedding? Then make plans to attend The Wedding Showcase, typically scheduled in January at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Vendors will be on-hand to showcase venues, wedding fashion, cakes, flowers and much more to help you plan the perfect wedding.
Don’t miss the Conway Chocolate Walk held in January in downtown Conway. Get your ticket early for this sell out event where you can fill your take home bag with chocolates from participating businesses in downtown Conway.
Don’t miss the annual North Myrtle Beach Winter Run 5k/15k. If you are not participating, be sure to find a place along the route to cheer for the runners as they push their limits.
Dick’s Last Resort’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade is held on Fat Tuesday every year. Eat, drink, watch the parade and listen to live music. Dick’s Last Resort is located at Barefoot Landing.
If you are celebrating Valentine’s Day in Myrtle Beach, make your reservation for Ripley’s Splash of Love event. Couples receive a 4-course dinner, admission to Ripley’s Aquarium, a long stem rose and one drink ticket or upgrade to the Tunnel of Love which has all the previous plus a box of chocolates and a strolling musician.
Annual Shuckin’ on the Strand Oyster Roast is the Grand Strand’s largest oyster roast. This event is open to the public and serves all-you-can-eat oysters and fixin’s at the Hot Fish Club in Murrell’s Inlet. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance.
Quilting is a part of American culture and is still being celebrated in Myrtle Beach thanks to the Horry County Museum. Their annual Quilt Gala has expanded into a two-day event and is being held at Ocean Lakes Family Campground Recreation Center. Not only will quilts be exhibited but there will also be a Merchant Marketplace where supplies can’t be bought.
Plan to attend the Annual Surfrider Oyster Roast and Bloody Mary Contest featuring oysters, local brews, live music and a Bloody Mary contest. This event will be held at Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach and supports the anti-litter and anti-plastic bag campaign and creating Ocean Friendly Gardens at public locations in the area.
Links to Popular Winter Myrtle Beach Festivals & Events
- The Carolina Opry Christmas Special
- Christmas Wonderland, The Holiday Show
- The South’s Grandest Christmas Show
- Nights of a Thousand Candles
- National Shag Dance Championship
- The Wedding Showcase
- Conway Chocolate Walk
- North Myrtle Beach Winter Run 5k/15k
- Dick’s Last Resort’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade
- Ripley’s Splash of Love
- Annual Shuckin’ on the Strand Oyster Roast
- Quilt Gala
- Annual Surfrider Oyster Roast and Bloody Mary Contest