An annual holiday photo with Santa Claus is a tradition our family loves. And while photos with Santa are bound to look fairly different in 2020, local businesses have gotten creative to make it happen safely for visitors and the big man in red. You may see Santa behind plexiglass, in a mask, or positioned a little further from you than normal… but we’re looking at it as an opportunity to remember a different sort of year. Below is a round-up of just some of the places you’ll find Santa making the rounds:
Grand 14 Theater at The Market Common
On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand 14 Movie Theater visitors will have the chance to meet and have their photo taken with Santa in a sleigh. Masks are required but may be removed temporarily for a photo. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be seated on the back seat of a sleigh and visitors may sit in the front of the sleigh for pictures. Visit MarketCommonMB.com for more information.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Santa visits will be available by appointment now through December 24, 2020, at Bass Pro Shops (10177 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach). Those who don’t make a reservation ahead of time can make a reservation once in the store using a QR code poster sign. Santa will be seated behind plexiglass with a bench in front for visitors. 4×6 souvenir photos are free and guests may take their own photos or purchase additional packages. Visit Basspro.com to make your reservation.
Coastal Grand Mall
Santa will make his annual visit to the Coastal Grand Mall food court Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m., through December 24, 2020. Christmas Eve he will be available 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to visit Santa is free and professional photos will be available to purchase. Reservations to visit Santa are strongly encouraged, and walk-up visits will be available only as space allows throughout the day. Visit CoastalGrand.com for more information.
Tanger Outlets (Highway 17)
Santa will visit both Tanger Outlets locations this December. At the Highway 17 location, he can be found at the food court Fridays and Saturdays through December 23, 2020, from 1 to 5 p.m. Pet photos with Santa will be on December 19, 2020, from 5 to 8 p.m. At the Highway 501 location, Santa can be found next to Rue21 and Hanesbrands, near Tanger Shopping services, Saturdays and Sundays through December 22, 2020, from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission to Santa visits at both locations are free. Guests should bring their own camera. Visit TangerOutlet.com for more information.
The Santa Experience at Broadway at the Beach
Visit with Santa and his friends every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 20, 2020, or enjoy a special visit on Christmas Eve. The Santa Experience will take place on the Heroes Harbor stage, near the Holiday House and Margaritaville, where there will be plenty of room for social distancing and appropriate safety protocols in place. Santa will be available every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Christmas Eve from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit BroadwayAtTheBeach.com for more information.