Christmas on the Inlet, sensory-friendly mall activities, improv and more mark weekend to-do

Candles are lit at Hillcrest Cemetery during the annual holiday service of remembrance for departed loved ones.

Murrells Inlet Christmas Weekend Scheduled for Dec. 1-3

Murrells Inlet 2020 is hosting the annual “Inlet Christmas Weekend” from Dec. 1-3. The weekend is full of Christmas festivities for all ages. The events include:

* Friday – The Murrells Inlet Christmas Tree Lighting at Morse Park (next to Hot Fish Club), 5-7 p.m.

* The Christmas Tree Lighting is a free, family-friendly event that includes kid’s activities, hot chocolate and cookies, music, and a countdown to the lighting of the tree by none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus. Libations and food options are also available at the Hot Fish Club.

* Saturday – The Murrells Inlet Holiday Tour of Homes, Homes Across Murrells Inlet, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Inlet Holiday Tour of Homes will feature a variety of homes across the Murrells Inlet area with spectacular views, beautiful Christmas decorations, and home features you won’t want to miss. Tickets can be purchased in advance for this event at or by calling the MI2020 office, 843-357-2007.

*Sunday – The Annual Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade, U.S. 17 Business through Murrells Inlet, 3 p.m.

The Annual Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade is an Inlet staple for locals and visitors alike. The parade will begin at Sunnyside Avenue and 17 Business (new starting location) and will end at Wachesaw Road at U.S. 17 Business. The grand finale of the parade will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Department Fire Truck. To enter the parade, visit:

“Inlet Christmas Weekend kicks off the holiday season and is a weekend that we all look forward to every year,” said Meredith Millen, Executive Director of Murrells Inlet 2020. “The kids get to enjoy the magic of the Christmas season while the adults have some fun too,” said Millen.

The proceeds from the event benefit Murrells Inlet 2020, a community revitalization organization focused on the conservation of our natural environment while fostering local community and commerce.

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical troupe brings interactive comedy show to CCU

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, a theater troupe that performs an improvised, interactive musical comedy of the same name, will appear at Coastal Carolina University on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Edwards Theatre. Tickets are $17, with CCU discounts available.

The five-member cast of improv musicians and comedians creates an unscripted, interactive, theatrical awards show that culminates in a complete, original musical. They develop music and lyrics for new songs based on audience-suggested titles, and audience members vote for their favorite new song in a mock awards show. The cast then transforms the songs into a full-blown musical, complete with characters, dialogue and surprising plot twists.

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical has performed recently at the Triad in New York City, the Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Musical Theater Festival.

General admission is $17. Senior citizens, OLLI members, CCU alumni, teens, and CCU/HGTC faculty and staff are $12. Tickets for children and CCU/HGTC students are $5.

The Edwards Theatre is located in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at 133 Chanticleer Drive W. on the Conway campus. Parking is available in lots directly adjacent near the back of the building or in J lot near the Singleton building. Visit

For tickets or for more information, call the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-ARTS (2787) or visit The Wheelwright Box Office is located at 108 Spadoni Park Circle on the Conway campus, and hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Coastal Grand Mall to Host Sensory-Friendly Holiday Experience for Families Affected by Autism

Coastal Grand Mall, owned and managed by CBL Properties, is teaming up with Autism Speaks, Champion Autism Network, Cherry Hill Programs, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to host an exclusive sensory-friendly shopping and Santa event for families with special needs and family members on the autism spectrum. On Sunday, Dec. 3, from 9-11 a.m. Coastal Grand Mall will open to families impacted by autism so that they may enjoy shopping in a calm, low-sensory atmosphere. This is an opportunity for families to visit and capture keepsake photo memories with Santa as well as experience the fun of Christmas shopping.

Sensory triggers such as music and lights will be muted, and mall traffic will be greatly reduced. Upon arrival, families that wish to visit with Santa will be given a number and can enjoy family-oriented activities, or shop, until it is time for their individual visit with Santa. While visits with Santa are always free, a variety of photo packages are available for purchase.

“We hope this event will bring smiles and holiday magic for many families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to shop and visit with Santa this season,” said Tori Dean, Marketing Director at Coastal Grand Mall. “We have more than 40 Coastal Grand retailers participating in this event, and we hope to add more in the next few weeks.”

“Service of Remembrance” planned for this weekend

Goldfinch Funeral Services and Hillcrest Cemetery will host its 21st annual “Service of Remembrance” at Hillcrest on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Please note that due to a conflict with a Coastal Carolina University Football game, the annual luminary service this year to Sunday, Dec. 3.

There will be a short worship service at 5:30 p.m. led by Rev. Scott Johnson. Special music will be provided. Luminaries will be on every grave in the cemetery, around the lake, mausoleum buildings, and along the street entrance. Family members and friends will be invited to light a candle in memory of their loved ones. Those who have loved ones buried in other cemeteries or who were cremated, will be invited to light the candles along the streets and around the lake. There will be over nine thousand lighted luminaries in the cemetery.

The staff of Goldfinch and Hillcrest trusts this will be a special way to remember their deceased family and friends during this special holiday season.

There are usually several thousand in attendance so you should plan to arrive early. Light refreshments will be served prior to the service.

For anyone having questions about this service they are invited to call Hillcrest Cemetery at 347-4909 or Conway Chapel 248-4211.



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