The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach is one of several holiday decoration events open to the public. You can drive through the lights, then stop at Santa’s Village for activities and treats.
Open each year from the weekend after Thanksgiving until the end of December (closed Christmas Day), the event takes place at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, just off Robert Edge Parkway west of the waterway. The park is open from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM for the nightly drive through, and Santa’s Village is open on Fridays and Saturdays until December 15th when it opens nightly after that.
Whether you’re a kid or one at heart, there’s just something magical about Christmas lights. Frosty white lights, cool blue, or multi-colored, light displays help create the wonder and awe of the holiday season.
The Great Christmas Light Show features over two million lights spread along a 1.5-mile drive of the park. There are about 500 different displays, everything from snowmen to palm trees. A dragon breathes fire and seems almost alive, while shepherds and Wisemen worship the Baby Jesus. There’s even a synchronized lights and music orchestra.
After the drive through, you can park your car and walk the path to Santa’s Village. Here you’ll find a petting zoo where you can pet and feed the animals, go ice skating on a synthetic rink ($5 includes skates), and zoom down a giant slide (two rides for $5) that towers above the whole village. Go Ape, the zipline adventure people, are offering a 15-minute mini treetop experience with a zip line overlooking Santa’s Village ($15), and Santa’s Express train ride ($2) will take you on a journey through the lights for a closer look.
In the Village, children can visit with Santa to make sure he knows they’ve been nice, while at Village Treats, hot chocolate, s’mores, hot dogs, and other snacks are available for purchase. There are also several photo stops where you can take some great holiday photos.
The Great Christmas Light Show costs $15 per vehicle for up to 15 people for the drive through. Santa’s Village is free, but most activities have an additional fee.
For more Christmas light events in the area, check out Brookgreen Gardens’ Night of 1000 Candles and the city of Conway’s Celebration of Lights.