5 Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach in December

By Marissa Polascak • May 21, 2018
December is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach and enjoy some holiday cheer!
December is a great time to visit Myrtle Beach and enjoy some holiday cheer!

Treat yourself and your family to a fantastic holiday vacation to the beach this year! Sure, it may seem weird at first to plan a vacation to the beach when it’s not the summer, but, despite what most people think, Myrtle Beach is a great place to be in December. Not only is there holiday cheer everywhere, but this city is a haven for those looking to escape large amounts of snow and bone-chilling temperatures.

For those of you thinking about planning your vacation to Myrtle Beach during September, we have made this list of reasons that will definitely help solidify your decision. Check it out:

Holiday Cheer

Of course, the month of December is filled with all sorts of holiday fun. Walk around Broadway at the Beach and enjoy beautiful festive decorations, or head over to Brookgreen Gardens for the breathtaking Night of a Thousand Candles. You can also check out fun holiday events like A Very Broadway Christmas-Holiday Tree Lighting at Broadway at the Beach, Holidays on the Boardwalk, Ripley's Festival of Trees, Inlet Christmas Weekend, Holiday Bazaar at The Market Common, and tons of other things to do that will get you right in the holiday spirit.

There are also several wonderful holiday shows at local theaters. Check out  Alabama Theatre’s “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show,” The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, Legends in Concert Holiday Show and more!

Hotel Deals

The month of December possibly has some of the best hotel rates compared to the rest of the year. Less people coming to visit means empty hotel rooms which means that hotels in the area are willing to lower their prices in order to drive more visitors to stay with them. The average daily room rate for a Myrtle Beach hotel during December is approximately $58.63. That’s less than half the amount a room costs during the summer months!

Less Crowds

Since hotels are seeing less people during this time of the year, that means there will be less vacationers visiting your favorite attractions, shows, and events. During December, you’ll most likely only deal with locals, which is awesome because locals know the ins-and-outs of everything. And, less people means more room in the heated pool at your hotel, since the average occupancy rate in December is only around 26%.


With the average ocean temperature at 50 degrees in December, you most likely won’t want to spend time in the Atlantic this time of year. And while the average air temperature is 60 degrees, it is considerably higher than a lot of other states during the holiday season.  Would you rather be snowed in at your house with nothing to do, or be spending time in beautiful Myrtle Beach enjoying shows, events, dining and more?

Holiday Shopping

Ah yes, shopping. While you’re visiting, you may as well take advantage of all the awesome shops and malls in the Myrtle Beach area. You’ll spend time perusing through stores searching for gifts for your loved ones and choosing things for yourself as well. A gift from your vacation may feel more special to those you’re buying for because it will mean you were thinking of them while you were away. Search for gifts at any of the following shopping centers: Coastal Grand Mall, Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, The Market Common, Inlet Square Mall, The Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, Coastal North Town Center, two locations of the Tanger Outlets, and more!