By Emily Smith
There’s plenty of festivities to enjoy in Surfside Beach this holiday season.
The Holiday Markets at Surfside Beach will run every Thursday until December 16, weather permitting. This popular market of local vendors sets up between 10am and 3pm in Memorial Park. Stop by to peruse the crafts and art, and to buy some holiday gifts for your loved ones before it closes for the season.
Memorial Park will also be the site of Surfside’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 4. The event will run from 4-9pm and includes vendors, food, beverages, and a visit from Santa. Sip on hot cocoa and enjoy the accompanying live music.
The following Saturday, be sure to find a spot along Ocean Boulevard to witness the annual Surfside Beach Christmas Parade. Dozens of floats and entertainers will be marching down the road from Melody Lane to Surfside Drive. The procession begins at 2pm and lasts for one hour. Spectators are encouraged to show up early for good views; the parade runs rain or shine.
On December 18, at 1pm, Surfside will take another go at the holiday parade scene. This time, it will feature golf carts. This will be Surfside’s second annual Christmas-themed golf cart parade. Participants will deck their carts with boughs of holly and much more to show off their holiday spirit. Prizes are awarded to the top three most creative carts. The parade begins on Ocean Boulevard.
Local businesses are getting in on the holiday action as well. On December 16, from 5:30-7:30pm, The Pink Pineapple will offer a holiday cake decorating class. Executive Chef Aura will walk through the basics of decorating a small cake with a charming holiday theme. Visit www.pinkpineapplecakes.com to see their monthly cake decorating classes, for more information, and to buy tickets.
Breakfast with Santa at The Golden Egg will be held on December 18 from 9-10am. Stop in to get your picture with him, plus a delectable breakfast.
All these festivities and more can be found at surfsidebeach.org on the events calendar page. There is plenty to celebrate this holiday season, and Surfside Beach definitely knows how to party.