While the eyes of the world may be looking toward celebrations in big cities like New York, Las Vegas and Chicago as 2018 arrives, few New Year’s Eve vacation destinations can boast the fun, coastal atmosphere, subtropical climate and family-friendly activities found on the South Carolina coast when the calendar flips.
If you’re looking to ring in 2018 in a place that welcomes the whole family and without the heavy winter-wardrobe requirements, look no further than the Myrtle Beach area and The Breakers Resort. While you’re visiting, consider these exciting opportunities for welcoming the new year in Grand Strand style:
Brookgreen Gardens - Wherever you might be headed for your late-night festivities, you can start your evening off with a candlelit stroll through the beauty of Brookgreen Gardens. Thousands of hand-lit candles and holiday lights will illuminate the popular Murrells Inlet sculpture gardens from 6 to 9 p.m., all while holiday music sets the mood. Learn more at brookgreen.org.
Broadway at the Beach - At top Myrtle Beach attraction Broadway at the Beach, even those who don’t pay for admission to the big bash can watch the skies over Lake Broadway light up at 8 p.m., when Helicopter Adventures will present a Fireworks Extravaganza to celebrate the final evening of 2017. At the Hard Rock Cafe, the party will be jumping with entertainment by Diversity, confetti cannons and a balloon drop at midnight, party favors, a complimentary hors d’oeuvre buffet at 11 p.m., and a live simulcast from Times Square. Seeking the VIP treatment? Upgraded packages are available and provide dinner, private seating and more.
A Southern Times Square - At The Market Common, New York City’s Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration gets a decidedly Southern twist. Among the fun activities on tap at the Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot are a live-stream of the Times Square festivities on a jumbo screen starting at 9 p.m., a mirror-ball drop at midnight and a fireworks show starting just after to start the new year off with a bang. You can bring the little ones, too, as kids’ entertainment will include bounce houses, face painters, human statues, mimes and more. Live music emanating from two separate stages and is sure to prompt some dancing in the streets, and a selection of Market Common food and drink vendors will keep the festive crowds well-fed and the drinks flowing. For more information, visit marketcommonmb.com.
House of Blues - The premier live-music venue at North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing will feature a pair of big-night offerings to choose from. Guests who decide to attend the New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance will dance to music from the Chocolate Chip & Company Band, enjoy a four-course meal followed by a champagne toast at midnight, and receive complimentary tickets to a 2018 HoB concert. At the second HoB event, Corey Smith fans can ring in 2018 with a full concert by the country-tinged singer/songwriter. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show kicks off at 9 p.m.
This is just a sampling of the exciting ways to spend your New Year’s Eve on the Grand Strand. And while you’re here, The Breakers Resort can give you easy access to all of the year-closing action while putting you and your party crew in a comfortable oceanfront room. Make your New Year’s plans with The Breakers Resort today - it’ll be an amazing way to kick off your new year!