Family Travel 2011

Megan Sexton



Holiday shows shine in Myrtle Beach

Posted 12/2/2010 1:23:00 PM

There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with the sounds of the season.

Throw in some spectacular ice skating, festive costumes, a light snowfall and a little comedy -- and you’ve got Christmas on Ice at Myrtle Beach’s Palace Theatre.

On a recent Saturday night, the Christmas spirit filled the theater at Broadway at the Beach as performers -- ice skaters, singers, dancers and even an elf doing double duty as a mime -- brought the songs of the holiday to the Grand Strand.

This is the first year for an ice show on the lineup of the holiday shows that pack the theaters along the Grand Strand each November and December. It features a 40-foot ice skating rink on stage and some mighty talented ice skaters. The ice dancers include skaters from various parts of the world, including several pairs that formerly competed with the Canadian national figure skating team. Their holiday costumes along with dizzying spins, jumps and footwork stole the show.

You’ll even get a taste of a seasonal snowfall, as flakes fall from the ceiling during the show.

The two-hour show is suitable for kids and adults. The pre-schooler in the seat next to me thoroughly enjoyed himself, squealing at the mime‘s antics and singing along to holiday standards including “Jingle Bells,” “Let it Snow,” “Silent Night,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Kids get in for a discounted rate ($9.95 plus tax for children ages 3-12 for all shows). For adults, seats range from $34.95 to $44.95 plus tax for the 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday shows. The 10 a.m. Wednesday shows and the 2 p.m. Thursday programs are $29.95. The show runs through Jan. 1. Click here for more information or call (843) 448-0588.

Christmas on Ice is the newest addition to the holiday lineup this year, but certainly not the only Christmas show in the Myrtle Beach area. Here is a look at a few more:

The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, also known as “The Christmas Show of the South,” features new and traditional holiday music, fresh comedy and stunning costumes. It is the 25th season for the Christmas show at the Carolina Opry, which features the return of baritone Moses Braxton. This year’s performances run Mondays through Saturdays through Jan. 1, with regular evening performances and some matinees. The Opry is just off U.S. 17 Business on the north end of Myrtle Beach.

The South’s Grandest Christmas Show at The Alabama Theatre brings a combination of talent and special effects for a family-friendly holiday musical experience. This year’s show runs Mondays through Saturdays through Jan. 1. Show times are 7:30 p.m, with a pre-show at 7:15. Select matinees start at 2 p.m., with a pre-show at 1 p.m. The theater is in the Barefoot Landing shopping and entertainment center in North Myrtle Beach.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede combines a four-course meal with a holiday extravaganza. There is a live nativity featuring the three kings riding atop camels, a magical toyshop, performers on horseback and a North Pole vs. South Pole friendly rivalry. Shows run throughout the month, include four shows each Saturday. The theater is five miles north of Broadway at the Beach off U.S. 17 in Myrtle Beach.