Myrtle Beach ice rink

Winter Wonderland at the Beach includes a walk-through display of holiday lights and even an ice skating rink. It opens Friday through Jan. 2.

The Pavilion Place, boardwalk and Plyler Park will transform into a magical Winter Wonderland starting Friday through Jan. 2.

Winter Wonderland at the Beach includes a walk-through display of holiday lights and even an ice skating rink.

Visitors can pay to walk through several acres of light displays. For the adventurous, ice skaters can enjoy a 3,500-square-foot rink made of real ice, not the plastic kind from years past.

Winter Wonderland in Myrtle Beach

Winter Wonderland at the Beach includes a walk-through display of holiday lights and even an ice skating rink. It opens Friday through Jan. 2.

The boardwalk will be decorated with holiday flair and Plyler Park will feature free family activities, including a visit from the man from the North Pole.

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Karen Riordan said the Winter Wonderland has been two years in the making.

“I was talking with Mayor Bethune two years ago about doing something like this,” Riordan said. “We were planning on doing this in 2020 but of course COVID put a stop to that. So we put together a working group this spring and realized we could do it with everyone’s help.”

Winter Wonderland set to open in MB

Winter Wonderland at the Beach includes a walk-through display of holiday lights and even an ice skating rink. It opens Friday through Jan. 2.

Riordan said the idea for the light display came from the massive display in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the idea for the ice skating rink came from Williamsburg, Virginia.

“We think this will be a tremendous attraction for locals and visitors, alike,” she said. “We also want to thank Southwest Airlines for stepping up and sponsoring the ice rink, which is quite expensive.”

The 50-by-70-foot rink is leased from Magic Ice from Florida. It features millions of frozen coils under the ice and there is even a mini-Zamboni about the size of a golf cart called an Ice Wizard to keep the surface smooth and ready for skaters of all skills.

Winter Wonderland opens

Winter Wonderland at the Beach includes a walk-through display of holiday lights and even an ice skating rink.

The light display was purchased by the city, Riordan added, and paid for with accommodations tax funds.

She said events at Plyler Park are free but there is an admission fee for the light show to help the city recoup some of its costs.

Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune said Winter Wonderland is an exciting new event for the city.

“This will be excellent for our residents, visitors and businesses for the holiday season,” Bethune said. “It will enhance all the other Christmas events and attractions throughout the Grand Strand. This will help drive the December tourist traffic.”

Ice skate in Myrtle Beach

Winter Wonderland at the Beach includes a walk-through display of holiday lights and even an ice skating rink. It opens Friday through Jan. 2.

Bethune said she hopes that over the years the event will become as big as the one held annually in Gatlinburg.

“Where else can you ice skate and see the ocean?” she said.

There will be a ribbon cutting and tree lighting Friday at 4 p.m.

Winter Wonderland will then be open seven days a week, except Christmas Day, through Jan. 2.

The Holiday Light Show will be open from 5-9 p.m. on weekdays and 5-10 p.m. on weekends. Entry fee to the light show is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12 and free under 5.

Ice skating will be available 3-9 p.m. weekdays and noon-10 p.m. weekends. Cost is $15 with your own skates and $20 to rent skates.

There is a combo fee of $25 for adults and $23 youth with skate rental; $20 for adults and $18 for youth without skate rental.

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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