Myrtle Beach area welcomes the holidays for locals who live like tourists

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but Myrtle Beach is already decked out in its holiday finest. It seems like we went right from summer to Christmas!

All of the theaters have begun their Christmas shows or have at least set the stage with their Christmas wonderland. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland has taken over the Pelicans stadium and decorated trees from all 50 states have taken over Ripley’s Aquarium.

There are also many tree lighting ceremonies this weekend in the Grand Strand. This is a little early for me as I would rather begin celebrating Christmas AFTER Thanksgiving. But that did not stop me from going to the Dickens Christmas Show and Festival this past weekend. You know Christmas is coming when the show comes to The Myrtle Beach Convention Center. It is one of the biggest shopping extravaganzas in the Grand Strand. Many tourists come into town just to attend and kick off their holiday shopping. The novelty is that vendors come and dress up right out of a Charles Dickens novel, not to mention that there are rows and rows of vendors eager to sell their products. There were booths set up with everything from clothing to food to homeopathic pain remedies to make-up, jewelry and much more! There was something for everyone on your list.

But there is more to the Festival than shopping. There were rows of decorated trees donated by groups for a silent auction with the proceeds going to charity. Some of the trees were adorned with theatre tickets and others had consumable items. On the other side of the trees was another huge section with more auction items with the proceeds benefiting the Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission (WARM), which is a no kill shelter whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate domestic animals and wildlife.

Sorry to tell you that you missed it this year but mark your calendar for next November. I am sure from the crowds that most tourists do. It is a fun, affordable thing to do in Myrtle Beach for the whole family, including Fido. Yes, I did see a dog in a stroller dressed in his holiday finest.

So what were my great finds? A mascara and a knitted hat. If I wasn’t busy observing what others were buying, I may have bought more.

Until next week … enjoy all the Grand Strand has to offer.

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Since July 2011, Sherrie has been living in North Myrtle Beach and sharing the best that the Grand Strand has to offer. From people to events, Grand Strand Happening is your source for everything fun from Little River to Murrells Inlet.

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