What's Happening in December on the Grand Strand?

December Calendar of Events:

Don't let the cooler weather keep you from enjoying some of the exciting events scheduled for December.  There's plenty to see and do on the Grand Strand without hibernating through the winter.

While some of the events are Christmas related, there are also non-holiday celebrations for visitors and locals alike.  Here are the five hot events scheduled for one of the chilliest months.

December 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Springmaid Beach Winter Arts and Crafts Festival: Looking for that truly unique Christmas gift that won't show up somewhere else under the tree?  Check out the one-of-a-kind pieces at this 27th annual event, which attracts artists and craftsmen from all over the East Coast to shop their wares on the south end of Myrtle Beach.

December 6-21, 3-10 p.m., Nights of a Thousand Candles: One of the most beautiful and scenic spots on the Strand gets a holiday makeover for a fortnight in December. Brookgreen Gardens goes all out to decorate the grounds, fountains and statues with more than 5,000 hand-lit candles and tree lights.  it's well worth the drive to the South Strand.

December 14, Noon, North-South-All-Star Football Game:  Are you ready for some football? Not the kind you can watch on TV, but the real outdoor experience of watching some of the top players from the state compete.  See the future college stars of tomorrow at the Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

December 15, 1 p.m. , Harley Shop at the Beach Toy Run: Rev up your bike and cruise the coast for a cause at this inaugural event, which will feature a convoy of motorcycles riding from Harley Shop at the Beach on the South Strand to Captain Poo's in North Myrtle Beach. The event raises funds for various local children's charities and provides Christmas gifts for kids.

December 26 -31, Beach Ball Classic: Known as the "Nation's Finest High School Holiday Basketball Tournament," the Beach Ball brings in the most talented young stars in the nation to put on a showcase for fans and college scouts.  NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett have played on the floor at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for five days of high-flying hoops.