It’s Christmastime on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast!
We have lots of holiday events for the whole family!
It’s the most festive time of the year!
All along South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, you will find a variety of holiday events for the whole family. We have parades, concerts, meet-Santa events and a holiday extravaganza of more than two million lights – trust us, there’s something for everyone this Christmas season!
Here is a list of some of those events – from Andrews and Georgetown and along the beach communities of Pawleys Island, Litchfield, Murrells Inlet and Garden City. Events are listed in chronological order.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Morse Park
Join Murrells Inlet 2020 for a family-friendly event featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts for the kids, holiday music, face painting, and more! And, of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree!
Morse Park is located at 4939 U.S. Highway 17 Business (next to Hot Fish Club) .
Christmas Cabaret Concert and Dinner
Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 3, at 6 p.m.
The Indigo Choral Society presents this Christmas Cabaret and Dinner. Tickets are $50 per seat, $375 for a table of eight.
Indigo Choral Society’s artistic director is Jan Powers Fort, native Georgetonian and long-time Kindermusik teacher, choir director, and Swamp Fox Player thespian.?
The church is located at 88 Baskerville Drive, Pawleys Island. For reservations, email IndigoRes@RoadRunner.com.
Kaminski House Museum Designer Showcase Candlelight Tours
Thursdays, Dec. 5 and 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Kaminski House Museum will present a candlelight tour as part of its “Designer Holiday Showcase, A 250th Celebration!” Come out and tour the rooms of this historic home as it’s decorated in holiday splendor and drenched in warm candlelight on Thursdays, Dec. 5 and 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tours of the showcase run daily through Dec. 31. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer the Designer Holiday Showcase and the Candlelight Tours of the Kaminski House to our local community,” said Robin Gabriel, Kaminski’s executive director. “The museum looks magical, with all the decorations and the exterior lighting. Visiting the museum is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and to spend a fun time with your family.”
There will be a Family Night held on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 4-6 p.m. This event will feature the Candy Cane Express (decorated tour tram), hot cocoa, cookies and holiday scavenger hunt. For this event, tickets are $5 for adults with children and children under 12 are free. For adults without children, tickets will be $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
The Kaminski House Museum is located at 1003 Front St. in Georgetown. For more information, call 843-546-7706 or visit www.kaminskimuseum.org, or www.facebook.com/KaminskiMuseum.org.
Nights of a Thousand Candles
Thursdays – Sundays from Dec. 5 – 21, from 3 – 10 p.m., Brookgreen Gardens
See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 2,700 hand-lit candles and more than two million sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, cocoa, or wine. Hear the sounds of holiday music, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends!
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children and must be purchased?in advance by visiting brookgreen.org. Space is limited. Tickets are non-refundable. In case of bad weather or change of plans, tickets may be exchanged for another night based on availability by calling 1-844-271-3410. The deadline to request an exchange?is 3 p.m. on the day?before?the date of your ticket.
For more information, call Brookgreen Gardens at 843-235-6000. Find out more about this celebrated event here www.brookgreen.org/events/nights-thousand-candles-2019.
Christmas concert at Winyah Auditorium
Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The historic Winyah Auditorium will present “Christmas With the Charlestones” on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
The concert is one of only four holiday concerts planned by the popular Holy City a cappella quartet. The Charlestones were formed in 2014 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charleston. The quartet consists of Todd Monsell (bass), Brink Norton (tenor), William Purcell (lead), and Stephen Spaulding (baritone). The men quickly made a name for themselves with their trademark flawless intonation, rocksteady camaraderie, and wide variety of vocal styles.
Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. The Winyah Auditorium is located at 1200 Highmarket St. in Georgetown. For more information, call 843-461-1342, or visit www.winyahauditorium.org.
Holiday Tour of Homes
Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join Murrells Inlet 2020 for a showcase of spectacular homes across the Murrells Inlet area that are decorated for the holiday season. Spend the day with your friends and family touring the best of what Murrells Inlet has to offer. Tickets are $28.
To purchase tickets, call Murrells Inlet 2020 at 843-357-2007, or visit the organization’s office at 4124-B ?U.S. Highway 17 Business.
Christmas with Friends of Atalaya
Huntington Beach State Park
Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Atalaya Castle
Join the Pawleys Island Concert Band for an afternoon of Christmas songs at Atalaya in Huntington Beach State Park. The concert band and choir begin at 11 a.m., and a jazz band will perform at 1:30 p.m. The concert will be in the courtyard outdoors, weather permitting. It will be moved inside if the weather is poor.?
The rooms at Atalaya will be decorated by a variety of schools, organizations, individuals, and businesses. There will also be refreshments and crafts. Entertainment by local groups and individuals will take place throughout the day.
For more information, call the park at 843-237-4440. Huntington Beach State Park is located at
16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 and 10 a.m.
Children and parents will have the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa at Graham’s Landing On Front, located at 925 Front St. in downtown Georgetown. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, with seatings at 9 and 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person and include breakfast, crafts, and photos with Santa. (There is no admission charge for children under 3.)
Proceeds from this event benefit Miss Ruby’s Kids, a reading and mentoring program for children. For more information, call 843-436-7197, or visit https://www.missrubyskids.net.
Pancakes and PJs with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8-10 a.m.
Children and parents are invited to enjoy breakfast and ornament making with Santa from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Rollin Local during an event called “Pancakes and PJs with Santa.” Tickets are $14.95 per child and include pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit cup, and milk or juice, as well as photos with Santa and a Christmas ornament craft workshop.
Rollin Local owner Jamie Finley said this is the second year for the event at Rollin Local and children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite pajamas.
“It is a great new family tradition,” she said. “It’s a fun event. I love it.”
Christmas Parade, Lighted Boat Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m.
Three major Christmas events happen in Georgetown Dec. 7.
The Georgetown Christmas Parade, held along Front Street, downtown, on Saturday, Dec. 7, takes place at 11 a.m. and features floats and entries from local nonprofit groups, school bands and sports teams, community businesses and more.
This holiday parade, which is a joint effort between the Georgetown Business Association and the City of Georgetown, is a fantastic event to spread holiday cheer and get everyone in the spirit of giving. For more information or to enter the parade, call 843-527-8413.
That evening, the Christmas Lighted Boat Parade takes place at 6 p.m. It provides a spectacular display of holiday lights on boats in the Georgetown Harbor, along the Harborwalk in downtown Georgetown. All boats in the parade are lit up and many are playing festive holiday music as they cruise by spectators. Prizes are awarded for Best Crew and Best in Show.
Following the Lighted Boat Parade, attendees can witness the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at Francis Marion Park. Each of these events is a joint effort between the GBA and the City of Georgetown. For more information or to enter the parade, call 843-546-8212.
Town of Andrews Christmas Celebration
Sunday, Dec. 8, from 3 – 6 p.m., Main Street
Celebrate the holiday season in the town of Andrews with a parade, arts-and-crafts vendors, Santa, food vendors, a tree lighting and more. The parade starts at 3 p.m. The tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m. Vendors and parade participants may apply at Andrews Town Hall by Dec. 2.
For more information, call 843-264-8666.
Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.
Along U.S. Highway 17 Business
Join Murrells Inlet 2020 and the rest of the community for its staple event of the season, the Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 3 p.m. at Wilcox Avenue and travels down Highway 17 Business until it ends at Wachesaw Road. The feature of the parade is the grand finale º Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Singing Christmas Tree at First Baptist Church
Friday-Monday, Dec. 13-16
This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Singing Christmas Tree at First Baptist Church in Georgetown. The Christmas concert will be held for four days: from Friday, Dec. 13, through Monday, Dec. 16, and will feature a 75-voice choir singing in a 23-foot Christmas tree and accompanied by a live instrumental ensemble. There will also be a live drama of the Christmas story.
The 2019 Singing Christmas Tree opens on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 14, performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and on Sunday, Dec. 15, and Monday, Dec. 16, shows are at 7 p.m. For evening performances, prelude concerts featuring local artists will be presented at 6:15 p.m., followed by the tree performance at 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church is located at 219 Cleland St., Georgetown. For more information and to reserve seats, call 843-546-5187, or visit www.facebook.com/pg/Singing-Christmas-Tree-of-First-Baptist-Church-Georgetown-SC.
Nightmare Before Christmas Kringle Krawl
Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30-10 p.m.
The Nightmare Before Christmas Kringle Krawl, organized by the Georgetown Business Association, provides participants with an opportunity to visit Krawl-participating restaurants and businesses that offer prizes and fun.
Participants buy a $10 entry lanyard at Baxter’s Brewhouse Inn from 4:30–6 p.m. and hit each location, make a purchase, and at the end of the night meet for a party at Castaway’s Bar and Grill, where there will be a costume contest, a Best Drink contest and cash drawings.
Along the way, there will be drink specials, giveaways and more! Other locations include the Big Tuna, Rollin Local, Graham’s Landing on Front, River Room, Alfresco Bistro, Root and Buzz’s Roost.
Baxter’s Brewhouse Inn is located at 824 Prince St. in Georgetown. For more information, call 843-997-4812.
Yuletide Tour of Homes
Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1-5 p.m.
The Yuletide Tour of Homes, an annual fundraising event organized by the Friends of the Georgetown Library, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1-5 p.m. in downtown Georgetown.
Participants on this self-guided tour will see beautiful historic homes and houses of worship, all decked out in holiday finery – everything from festive mantels, garland-draped staircases, impeccably decorated trees, colorful lights and candles, and much more.
A Santa Shop at the library at 405 Cleland St. will offer local, original crafts including shell art, jewelry and ceramics. Proceeds from the tour support children and youth programs at Georgetown County libraries. Tickets are $20 for Friends of the Library members and $25 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Georgetown Library programs.
For more information, call 843-545-3303, or visit georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov.
Strand Theater — Meet Santa and See The Grinch
Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m.-noon
The Strand Theater on Front Street in historic Georgetown will present a “sensory-friendly” event geared to children with autism. The event will feature a visit from Santa and a showing of the movie, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.” “Sensory-Friendly” means lights up, sounds down and everyone is welcome to move around. Threater doors open at 9 a.m. and the movie starts at 10 a.m. Please note the Strand Theater does not allow any food or drinks. The event is free for Champion Autism Network cardholders. The Strand Theater is located at 710 Front St.
Pawleys Island Community Church
Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The 16th Seasonal Formal Holiday Concert of The Pawleys Island Concert Band is free and open to the public. The Pawleys Island Concert Band is an open community band located in Pawleys Island. The group rehearses in Murrells Inlet and performs throughout the area.
The church is located at 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island.
Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church
Saturday, Dec. 21, from noon – 1 p.m.
Come experience a Tuba Christmas, hosted by the Pawleys Island Concert Band. Audience admission is free and open to the public. Donations to the Harvey Phillips Foundation are requested.
All members of the tuba family are invited to participate. Participant registration is $10. Tuba Christmas music will be available for purchase.
Contact TubaofGilman@gmail.com for registration information. The church is located at 4499 U.S. Highway 17 Bypass S., Murrells Inlet.
For more information about these and other events here in Georgetown County — “South Carolina’s Hammock Coast — call the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce at 843-546-8436.