Grand Strand Christmas parades aplenty

photo by flickr user Thomas F. Lee

There's no question that the Grand Strand loves the holidays and it seems most surrounding towns are holding a parade to prove it!  Check out the schedule and locations below.

Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m.:  Broadway at the Beach will host a host a holiday parade beginning curbside near the Visitor's Center on the 21st Avenue side, moving towards MagiQuest and concluding at Celebrity Square on the 29th Avenue side.  There will be appearances by Santa Claus, Sharkee from Ripley's Aquarium and Splash from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Also in the parade will be representatives from NASCAR SpeedPark, Blue Star Mothers of Coastal Carolina, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, Legends in Concert and the Knights of Columbus.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the Toys for Tots campaign

Saturday, December 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.:  The City of North Myrtle Beach plays host to their Christmas parade which begins on Main Street traveling towards Ocean Boulevard, ending at 2nd Avenue North.  The parade will include holiday songs, colorful floats, marching bands and beauty queens.  For more information, click here.

Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m.:  The Aynor Christmas parade is still accepting applications for participation!  If you're interested, call or email Sammie J. Lewis at 843-241-0314 or  Also awards will be given out to the TOP 4 FLOATS!  Information is limited on the specifics, and you can find details on the Aynor Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m.:  The Murrells Inlet Christmas parade begins at Wilcox Avenue (Booty's) and marches down Business 17 with marching bands, beauty queens, dogs, cycles, clowns, mini cars and more.  Immediately following the parade, meet at Morse Landing Park (next to Hot Fish Club) for the Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Santa Claus will visit with the children at the park. The Christmas tree will be lit and the Eagle Scouts will light a bonfire to take the nip out of the air. Christmas music will entertain the crowd at the park.  For more information, visit the Murrells Inlet 2020 page here.

Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m.:  The Conway Chamber of Commerce will be presenting the Conway Christmas Parade, beginning at 16th Avenue and Main Street.  It will feature floats, beauty queens, dignitaries, Shriners, and Santa!  You can have a look at the Chamber of Commerce site for the parade route and more information.

Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m.:  The Town of Surfside Beach will host their annual Christmas parade beginning at Surfside Drive and Ocean Boulevard.  Click here for more details.

Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m.:  The Longs Christmas parade will have bands, floats, businesses, organizations, church groups, and social clubs.  Applications are being accepted until December 2 and you can find more information in this WMBF story here.

Be sure to check out our Holidays 2011 topic page for more events and happenings in the Grand Strand during this holiday season.