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Greet 2018 Grand Strand-style on Your Winter Getaway

When 2017 winds to an end, media coverage will likely highlight the boisterous crowds in the streets of New York City, Las Vegas, New Orleans and other major cities. However, none of those places have the beachy atmosphere, the subtropical climate and the family-friendly festivities found right here in coastal South Carolina.

Come to the Myrtle Beach area and welcome 2018 where the weather is warmer and there’s something for everyone in the family. While you are here, The Cottages at North Beach Plantation put you in a comfortable and convenient location to celebrate the start of a new chapter. As you make your winter holiday plans, consider these fun New Year’s Eve events:

A Southern Times Square - Myrtle Beach’s popular dining and shopping district is again hosting a New York City-style New Year’s Eve celebration with a Southern twist. Head to The Market Common for a mirror-ball drop at midnight, a live-stream of the Times Square festivities on a jumbo screen beginning at 9 p.m., and a fireworks show just after midnight. Bring along the little ones for kid-friendly activities, including mimes, face painters, bounce houses, human statues and more. Not one, but two stages will feature live music throughout the night, and dancing in the streets is sure to ensue. The Market Common’s incredible list of food and drink vendors will be there to keep the drinks flowing and the festive crowds well-fed. For more information, visit marketcommonmb.com.

House of Blues - Located in North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing, this live music hot spot will feature a pair of lively offerings to ring in the new year. Corey Smith returns to the main stage to carry on a favorite New Year’s tradition on the Grand Strand. Join the beloved singer/songwriter for a full concert that begins at 9 p.m. and rolls into the new year. Or, House of Blues guests can opt for the New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance Package. Enjoy a four-course meal, music from the Chocolate Chip & Company Band, a champagne toast at midnight, complimentary tickets to a 2018 HoB concert, and more.

Brookgreen Gardens - For a more serene celebration, head down for a candlelight walk through the magnificent Brookgreen Gardens. The famous sculpture gardens in Murrells Inlet will be illuminated by thousands of hand-lit candles and holiday lights from 6 to 9 p.m. Stroll through the lights, sip on hot chocolate and listen to holiday music as you reflect on the best parts of 2017. Learn more at brookgreen.org.

Broadway at the Beach - This year, the Hard Rock Cafe is pulling out all the stops.  The restaurant is hosting a big party featuring live music by Diversity, a balloon drop and confetti cannons at midnight, a complimentary hors d’oeuvre buffet at 11 p.m., party favors, and a live simulcast from Times Square. Those who choose to upgrade to a VIP package will be treated to dinner, private seating and more. And starting at 8 p.m., everyone in attendance at Broadway can end 2017 with a bang when a free fireworks presentation by Helicopter Adventures will light the skies over Lake Broadway.

Don’t miss out - there are so many ways to celebrate New Year’s on the Grand Strand, and these are just a few of them. Plan your getaway to start the new year off right, and do it in style with the world-class accommodations at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation. Book your stay today!

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