There’s never been a better time to visit Myrtle Beach than now, as the city is decorated from the ground up with festive lights and decorations for the upcoming Christmas season. The city locals invite you to come for the last showings of their best musicals before the 2010 year ends, and you can book your seats ahead of time to make sure you have reserved seats. No matter which musical you choose, you’ll be in for a treat comprised of astounding lighting and sound, talented vocalists and a welcoming audience. Find the show that suits you best, or browse through our other Myrtle Beach activities.
The Carolina Opry
Known far and wide for its performances, this show is sure to be a hit among country fans. The Carolina Opry is putting on a Christmas show, which will take both the traditional hits of the show with modern Christmas carol arrangements to give you that extra bit of holiday cheer. Although the show’s signature sound is country, you’ll also hear a bit of hits from past decades, with rock, pop and gospel.
One The Show At The Alabama Theatre
The performance that gives tribute to the classic band, Alabama, is one of the best in Myrtle Beach. Their knee-slapping comedy mixed with rhythmic dance music is sure to attract a multitude of fans. Put together by executive producer John Haywood and one of the most well-known choreographers in the nation, Jean Whittaker, you’ll be blown away by the talented cast and performance that unfolds in front of your eyes.
Good Vibrations! at The Carolina Opry
Legendary musician Calvin Gilmore started this fantastic show, and the show has entertained audiences for years with hit songs from three decades, beginning in the 1960’s. Clap your hands to the pumping beats as you listen to 36 amazing vocalists, dancers, comedians and instrumentalists. If you want to make the experience even better, invite the whole family to come along. They’re sure to enjoy the rhythm of these great performers.
On December 9th, Washington DC will celebrate its 87th National Christmas Tree Lighting in coordination with the Pageant of Peace. The city’s White House Ellipse Visitor Pavilion will display lit trees from each of America’s states and territories every day after the National Christmas Tree Lighting until New Year’s Day. Visitors are more than welcome to come out and view all of the city’s great holiday displays and festivities during this time. If you’d like to stay for the entire celebration, be sure to book one of the warm and cozy DC hotels.
You can see more of the city as it lights up with Christmas decorations with tours like DC After Dark, which take you to some of the most popular memorials and highlights of the city. The tour lasts approximately three hours, and you’ll be able to stop at famous places such as the Lincoln Memorial, FDR Memorial and Jefferson Memorial. These are just a few of the landmarks you’ll see. There are more than 10 famous other sights you’ll view from up close in your motorcoach.
There’s even more great DC architecture available to see at night, and you can view it by taking the DC The Lights! Tour, which starts out at the Old Post Office, dating back to 1899. From here, you’ll be able to look up at the skyscraping clock tower, reaching up 315 feet. Afterward, you’ll head to the US Capitol Building, where your tour guide will give you an extensive background of the building and people that have served there, as well as answering any questions you may have. As you continue, you’ll see many other famous memorials, including the Vietnam and WWII Memorial. Enjoy the rich history of DC as it’s bathed in city lights!
As the leftovers of Thanksgiving are gobbled up, locals in the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area prepare for another great month of holiday events. If you’re planning on a trip to Tennessee, the city of Gatlinburg has plenty of places to go for attractions, shopping, eating and enjoying the general atmosphere. The weather may not be the temperature you’d like, but the friendly locals will warm up to you right away. Relax and enjoy the perfect getaway on your trip, and find out what awaits you on your vacation destination:
American Oldies Theater
Tag along with the family as you embark on a journey through time at the American Oldies Theater. The shows provide the best entertainment and let you hear the talents of stars like Kenny Evans, Quentin Flagg and Patty Waszag. The performers play a wide variety of genres, ranging from rock of the early sixties to soulful gospel. The production value of the show is worth every penny, and you’ll be able to sing along with your favorite tunes to bring you back to the good ol’ days.
Soul of Shaolin
After you’ve received your fill of American performances, you may want to engage in a cultured experience that takes you beyond our borders to Shanghai. You’ll see incredible choreographed fights, acrobatic feats and martial art moves. The show’s action sequences include the moves of over 30 Chinese nationals and have an 800 square foot backdrop with powerful lighting sequences. Reserve a seat soon for an up-close look at the performance.
RainForest Adventures Discovery Zoo
Finally, after your shows are over you can take some time to relax and sightsee through Sevierville’s exciting zoo. You’ll find exhibits of beautiful and unique animals like enormous tortoises and African Green Mambas. If you arrive in the early part of the day, you may get to see the zookeepers feed the animals, which is an exciting event for the kids to watch. The zoo has a unique environment to match the animals, including a 25 foot jungle waterfall inside.
The last leaves of autumn are about to drop, and the chilly winter weather will extend even to the Grand Canyon. If you decide to plan a vacation around the area this year, you’ll have plenty of sightseeing and areas to go to, but make sure you’re mindful of the new season. Some of the trails may have ice on them, and hiking into the Grand Canyon is only recommended if you have a professional guide to take you along. Luckily, there are many Grand Canyon activities for you to browse through to find a safe and fun sightseeing experience. The raw, natural landscape across the Painted Desert is certainly worth it, whether you’re planning a trip in December or June.
If you’re set on seeing the canyon sights on foot, you can easily do so with the Grand Canyon Explorer Hike. The hike will follow much of the ancient Indian cliff markings, and you’ll be able to snap pictures of some of the fossils that have been embedded into the rock. After a long afternoon, you can sit down to a delicious lunch and beverage, enjoying the view and soaking up the sun’s rays. The tour is around eight hours, so pack only what you need.
In addition to a walking tour, you can also travel in style with the Grand Sunset Safari Jeep Tour, which travels across miles of the South Rim for gorgeous views of the Kaibab National Forest, where you’ll hopefully get to see some of the wildlife inside the area along with arching terrain that is truly epic in stature. Later on, you’ll walk up 80 feet into an observation tower, offering you a full view of your surroundings including the San Francisco Peaks.
Thanksgiving is past and Christmas brings a new look to many of the historical structures near Nashville with the Antebellum Mansion and Home Holiday Tours. During the month of December, many of these attractions will be adorned in festive wreaths, lights and interior decor to display for visitors. Discover what Christmas was like over a century ago, and walk through each mansion for an extensive tour. Some of the plantations and mansions that will be participating in this grand event include the famous Belle Meade Plantation, Belmont Mansion, Hermitage and Sam Davis Home. Stay nearby in some of the Nashville lodging to get the full experience of your vacation.
Once you’re done touring these historical sights, you can receive a broader overview of the city with an “All About Nashville Pass.” With the pass, you can travel from landmark to landmark aboard an exciting trolley. You’ll be able to view theaters and architectural wonders like the Ryman Auditorium, Parthenon and State Capitol. Once you’re done on the trolley, you’ll travel on foot with the Nashville Unpublished Walking Tour. Finally, add the icing on the cake to your activity with admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can view the best and most legendary country stars to ever perform!
Also, you can add a little luxury to your visit to Tennessee with the Nashville Limo Sightseeing Tours. Choose from one hour to up to three hours of exciting sightseeing across the mansions of stars like Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and Alan Jackson. Each place has its own unique look, and you’ll be able to view each one in style to match the high class of the music stars. Choose from either a full stretch limo or comfortable SUV to travel.
If you want to take a break to enjoy the season in Williamsburg, and you still haven’t found the perfect gifts for your friends and family, you need to visit the Virginia Living Museum for the “Wild Gifts for the Holidays” event. Taking place now through December 23rd, this event features gifts that come straight from nature or “the wild.” Eco-friendly clothing toys, stationary, and other gifts are all on display and waiting for you to take them home. You won’t believe the variety of stuffed animals, home decor, hand-made jewelry, and other items that are at the museum. Of course, the museum itself still has its usual exciting wildlife exhibits and attractions like the aquarium and aviary for guests to visit, so it’s fun for playing as well as shopping.
Of course, you can’t miss visiting Colonial Williamsburg during the holiday season. This 18th century themed attraction features a number of seasonal exhibits and events for guests to enjoy as well as the usual fun attractions like the Great Hopes Plantation and historic Courthouse and Gaol. Guests will find that the park’s complimentary shuttle service, which comes with all passes to the park, is especially useful in getting around to each attraction and staying out of the chilly winter weather.
If you’re visiting Colonial Williamsburg, it would be a shame not to go to the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. These historic attractions were pivotal in the events that led up to the American Revolution and the outcome of the revolution. Galleries, film, and live interpretation will bring that turbulent time period to life before your eyes, so you can experience American history in a relevant and interesting way. You will love seeing history from this perspective!
After Thanksgiving, many of the performances in Branson will be gearing up for the final productions before the week of Christmas. Across the city, hotels are being reserved during the first two weeks of December, and you’ll want to do the same to make sure you have a room for your family. Be sure to check out some of the great shows taking place during this time, and check out all of the seasonal festivities while you’re in the area. You won’t regret your stay! Here are a few of the highlighted Branson Christmas shows:
Circle B Chuckwagon Supper and Cowboy Music Show
Take a stroll into the rustic atmosphere of this western, down-home performance and witness the acts of some of the most friendly and talented performers in the business. As a guest, you’ll be given free popcorn and old western movie to watch before the show starts. You’ll know when dinner’s ready as the bell will ring throughout the rustic shelter and food such as baked beans, cornbread muffins and chicken a la range will be yours for the eating. Observe the fun Christmas environment accompanied by great country tunes!
Barbara Fairchild Diner
For another Christmas option, you may attend the Barbara Fairchild Diner, which has plenty of delicious food, and it features entertainment from Barbara and her husband, Roy. The couple knows the Branson area well and have been performing in the city for over a decade, singing hits like, “Could You Walk a Mile” and “Apples of Gold.” The show appeals to everyone in the family, whether it’s a grandparent or a small child, and the lights and decorations will blow you away.
Don’t forget about the Brett Family, a show that brings a new perspective to the holidays with their tribute to American Veterans and special Christmas carols. The family has all ages performing in it, from the parents, Tom and Andrea, to their three children, Brydon, Briahna and Garon. View the enormous Christmas production for yourself, and take in all the lights, colors and costumes provided by the theater.
Please Note: The Grand Ole Opry does not release final lineups until the Wednesday prior to each performance. This list will be updated weekly as new performers are confirmed and added to the lineup.
The following performances will be at the Ryman Auditorium:
Friday, November 26th – Order Tickets
- Thompson Square
- Emily West
- John Conlee
- Riders in the Sky
- Jimmy Dickens
- and more
Saturday, November 27th – Order Tickets
- Crystal Gayle
- Brett Eldredge
- Del McCoury Band
- Connie Smith
- The Whites
- Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
- and more
Tuesday, November 30th – Order Tickets
- Justin Moore
- Darryl Worley
- Jimmy Wayne
- Jimmy Dickens
- Bill Anderson
- and more
If you long to experience an old fashioned Christmas, you can finally have your wish with the Olde Tyme Hill City Christmas event. This fun holiday celebration takes place November 26th on Main Street in Hill City. Some of the fun activities and attractions at the event include a parade, chestnuts roasting in front of the Alpine Inn, and Christmas carolers. Santa Claus is an honored guest at the event and will be lighting the Christmas tree to start off the festivities. Later, Santa will hand out some delicious fruit to children to wish them a Merry Christmas!
While you’re in the area, you can’t miss your chance to see Mount Rushmore and learn some of its history with the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour. This tour is one that you can customize to fit your needs. An audio wand is given to you along with a map of your planned tour route, so you can wander at your leisure to see the sights and hear the accompanying narration. You will hear from the creator of Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum, as well as his family, workers, and Native Americans who were a part of the project. It’s an interesting and unique way to experience the power of Mount Rushmore.
After Mount Rushmore, there’s one more place you have to visit during your time in the area, the Pioneer Auto Show and Antique Town. This exciting attraction gives you the chance to view over 250 classic cars, antique tractors, and motorcycles. Classic model Fords, Elvis Presley’s Harley Davidson, The General Lee, and many other historic vehicles await you when you visit this town. You will be awed by the number of interesting facts and automobiles you see!
Take your friends and family on a magical vacation to the North Pole from Chattanooga, TN this holiday season with the 12th Annual North Pole Limited aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad. This adventure offers guests the chance to experience a fun-filled train ride from the Grand Junction Depot to the chilly North Pole. Along the way, guests will get to hear fun holiday stories, enjoy a delicious snack, and get to see Santa Claus. Children and adults will love this thrilling journey and cherish the memories this trip gives them for years to come.
After experiencing your fun train ride, get more holiday cheer and some fantastic views of Chattanooga’s most scenic areas with the Lookout Mountain Attractions. Several of the attractions featured offer holiday lights and special seasonal opportunities for fun in addition to their usual fun activities. Guests will see Rock City with its mysterious caves and rock formations as well as get to take a ride on the world’s steepest passenger railway with the Incline Railway. As a finishing touch, guests are taken to Ruby Falls to see a gorgeous 145 foot waterfall cascade underground. This is definitely a ‘must see’ attraction for the holidays.
Finish off your time in Chattanooga by releasing your inner child and experience the fun and excitement of the Raccoon Mountain Caverns Go-Karts. Challenge your friends and family to a race along the 630 foot slick track to see who the best driver is. This track is a true test of your racecar driving abilities, so be sure to focus as you zoom along. You never know who will end up being the grand winner of your race!