Coastal Carolina Communities To Host Holiday Events In Nov. & Dec.

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Myrtle Beach, S.C., And Nearby N.C. Coastal Beaches Offer Family-Friendly Traditions

The holidays are right around the corner and families are decorating their Christmas trees, neatly assembling their lights and making plans to spend quality time together throughout the season. All the while, towns along the Carolina coast are preparing for their exciting winter festivities.

Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to shop, play, eat and stay. Families can stay at the award-winning Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, which is offering the “Holiday Shopping Package” from now through Dec. 22. Prices start at $164 and include a full American breakfast for two at WaterScapes restaurant and a $25 gift card to Broadway at the Beach.

That gift card will go a long way at South Carolina's largest festival entertainment complex. In addition to more than 100 shops, 19 theaters and three restaurants, there's Soar & Explore, a new attraction that features two outdoor adventures, the Ropes Challenge Course and the Zipline Adventure. At 40 feet high and spanning three levels, it extends over Lake Broadway.

Broadway at the Beach will host two memorable holiday events, the 16th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration and the Myrtle Beach Holiday Parade. The Tree Lighting Celebration on Nov. 20 will include holiday entertainers, the lighting of the complex's 52-foot musical tree and a special fireworks display. The tree's lights are synchronized to several holiday songs and will play the songs every night on the hour through Dec. 31. The holiday parade on Dec. 4 will feature beauty queens, classic cars, mascots and Santa Claus.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground will celebrate the new year with its 9th Annual Polar Bear Plunge, when participants take a fun, icy dip in the Atlantic Ocean on New Year's Eve Day. What started out as a three-person tradition has grown to nearly 300 participants over the years. For more information about this event and Ocean Lakes Family Campground, visit http://www.oceanlakes.com.

Those looking for a challenging game of golf over the holidays won't have to look too hard. The Glen's Golf Group offers award-winning courses Heather Glen, Glen Dornoch, Possum Trot and Shaftesbury Glen. Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation, an 18-hole championship golf course situated alongside the Intracoastal Waterway, is the only golf course ever named “Best New Public Course in America” by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine in the same year. Pine Lakes Country Club, known as “The Granddaddy,” is a par 70 layout that features numerous freshwater lakes and rolling fairways built upon natural dunes. Grande Dunes Resort Club, named one of “America's 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, features a spectacular design located on a high bluff that commands views of the Intracoastal Waterway. For more information about the Glens Golf Group, visit http://www.GlensGolfGroup.com. To learn more about Tidewater, Pine Lakes, Grande Dunes and other B&C Golf Management courses, visit http://www.BCGolfManagement.com.

Just north of Myrtle Beach and just outside of Wilmington, N.C., the town of Wrightsville Beach has filled its calendar with festive activities.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony held at Wrightsville Beach Park on Nov. 26 will feature appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves, while the Captain's Launch Party at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort will make for plenty of dancing and good times.

Airlie Gardens will be transformed into Enchanted Airlie, a visually stunning wonderland of theatrically-illuminating large oaks, small native trees, and model train displays from Nov. 26 through Dec. 22. The Festival In The Park on Nov. 27 at Wrightsville Beach Park will feature arts and crafts shows, performing artists, children's rides, antique auto show entertainment, amusements and more than 80 vendors.

The 27th Annual N.C. Holiday Flotilla in Wrightsville Beach on Nov. 27 will feature a spectacular lighted boat parade of nearly 50 participants, followed by a large fireworks display. A few weeks later, the 5K Jingle Bell Run will be held on Dec. 18; participants are encouraged to wear holiday apparel or costumes. For more information about these different holiday activities in Wrightsville Beach, visit http://www.VisitWrightsville.com/holidays.

Just south of Wrightsville Beach, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will come alive with merriment and decorations from Nov. 26 through Dec. 27 with its 2nd Annual Christmas by the Sea celebration. Visit http://www.CarolinaBeachGetaway.com/holidays for more information.

On Pleasure Island, the sister coastal towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach will be celebrating a month of exciting holiday activities during the Island of Lights celebration.

The Light Up The Lake ceremony on Nov. 26 will mark the official start of the monthlong festival and will get families into the holiday spirit with caroling, a live nativity, a visit with Santa, and a beautiful light display along a one-mile path around Carolina Beach Lake.

A lighted nighttime parade of floats, bands, Santa, and more will make this year's Christmas Parade along Carolina Beach Boulevard a night of fun for the whole family on Dec. 3. The following day, the Christmas Flotilla, a dazzling parade of electrically-decorated fishing boats and pleasure crafts, will make its way from Snows Cut to Carolina Beach Boat Basin.

The self-guided Tour of Homes in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach on Dec. 11 will give guests the chance to admire some of Pleasure Island's most festively decorated homes of the season.

The New Year's Eve Celebration will feature the lowering of a giant lighted beach ball and a dazzling display of fireworks on Kure Beach Pier.

Visit http://www.VisitKure.com/holidays to learn more about the holiday events at Kure Beach.

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