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Make Your Holidays Special. Celebrate With The Jersey Nights And The Rat Pack

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Our thoughts are turning to mistletoe, holly, baking cookies and buying gifts. Why not get in the holiday spirit this year with a live Christmas show. Myrtle Beach theaters are known for putting on wonderful Christmas variety shows and this year is no exception.

Two theaters at Broadway at the Beach have developed tribute shows that will transport you to simpler times when holidays weren't filled with online shopping and party invitations weren't conveyed through texts.

Wouldn't it be fun to step back in time to the early 1960s when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. led a band of rowdy, charming and talented rogues known as "The Rat Pack?" They seemed to be everywhere — on stage, TV and in movies. And most Americans couldn't get enough of them.

Legends In Concert has assembled a stellar group of tribute artists to present the first musical Christmas tribute to The Rat Pack ever to appear on stage. Christmas With the Rat Pack (with special guest Marilyn Monroe) takes the audience back to those "ring-a-ding-ding" times when the actors and singers in the pack were the coolest, man. Get in the spirit of the season with holiday classics such as The Christmas Song and Boogie Woogie Santa Claus. Rat Pack standards are also on the playlist, and audiences can get in on the act with sing-a-longs, ad libs, cut ups, and quips. And, you won't want to miss a special appearance by a Rat Pack mascot, Marilyn Monroe.

The show runs through December 20, takes a break from December 22 through December 25, then runs from December 26 through December 31 with a special New Year's Eve version of the show on the 31.

While audiences are swooning to smooth and classy classics at Legends In Concert, The Palace Theatre will be rocking out with the Jersey Nights Christmas Special. Jersey Nights features the hit songs of the Four Seasons, taking everyone on a nostalgic tour of rock'n'roll during a decade of big changes in popular music.

This Christmas spectacular melds rock classics like "Sherry" and "Walk Like A Man" together with holiday classics like "Jingle Bells" and "White Christmas." Sensational dance numbers, first class musical arrangements, perfect harmonies, and authentic costumes combine with decorations and falling snow to put you in a holiday mood.

The Jersey Nights Christmas Special runs through December 20.

There's no better way to launch your holiday season that by taking in a musical show

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Runner Or Not, You Won’t Want To Miss This Colorful Event

The "Happiest 5k on the Planet" will be held November 1 at Broadway at the Beach. The Color Run™ is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Runners and spectators are armed with 100% colored cornstarch that's enthusiastically showered upon runners at several points during the event. Most participants start out dressed in white and hope to finish the 5k with all the colors of the rainbow decorating their bodies.

Unlike other 5ks, no one keeps time during The Color Run, so if you're looking for a place to reach your personal best, you'll have to bring your own stopwatch.

Registered participants receive a custom "The Color Run" race shirt and over-the-shoulder bag, tattoo, bag of color, race bib, Color Runner finisher sweat band, and sponsor goodies.

Since 2011, The Color Run has been circling the globe, bringing colorful fun and fitness to cityscapes. In 2013, there were 170 events in 30-plus countries.

But there's only one Color Run in Myrtle Beach, and it's this Saturday at 8:00 a.m. at Broadway at the Beach. Come join the fun!

Check out the sign-up information and more.

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It’s No Illusion: This Magic Show Is Great Entertainment

Do you love a good illusion but need more than magic tricks to keep your attention for an entire show? How about danger, dancing and a little comedy too?

Through September 27, the Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach has the show for you. Cutting-edge magic by world-renown magician, Peter Gossamer, is the centerpiece of a spectacular show filled with dancing, special effects, and light-hearted comedy.

But that's just part of what you can expect from this direct-from-Vegas entertainment spectacular that includes tricks by 200-pound Bengal tigers.

Big-time thrills are also provided by America's Got Talent's extreme cross-bow daredevil, Ben Blaque. The entire theater comes alive with tension as he takes aim and shoots arrows across the stage, exploding bright red apples sitting atop his assistant's head. And that's just the beginning of his act.

This show also features the only indoor human cannonball taking flight right inside a Myrtle Beach theater. Talk about a real "can't miss" moment!

Illusions of Magic is an extraordinary entertainment experience that the whole family will remember as the highlight of their vacation.

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Coming To Ripley’s Aquarium: It’s Shark Week!

It's the week many of us wait for every summer. The mere mention of it summons up memories of old classic movies like "Jaws" and images from new, trendy movies like "Sharknado."

It's "Shark Week!"

This year's celebration of the ocean's toothy carnivores is set for August 10 through August 16. There will be a barrage of Discovery Channel reality shows and the Syfy channel's shark-themed movies.

But why watch films about sharks when you can get up close to the real things? Just imagine looking upward and seeing sharks just inches away.

At Ripley's Aquarium, Shark Week is a celebration that both parents and kids can enjoy. It's an opportunity to closely observe and learn about these fierce and majestic creatures.

At Broadway at the Beach, Ripley's gives us all the opportunity to sink our teeth into several shark-themed events.

Every day during Shark Week, there will be a Shark Teeth Scavenger Hunt (at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.), shark-themed face painting (3 p.m.), and educational shark presentations (1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.).

Have an artist in the family? A shark-themed chalk art contest will be held for ages 5 to 10 at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12. Kids 11 – 15 can show their sketching skills at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13. Adults and older kids (ages 16 and up) can even get in on the fun with a little friendly drawing competition at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 14. Winners will be in announced each day at 4 p.m.

What's shark week without a little blood? At Ripley's, that means a blood drive to save lives. Teaming up with the Red Cross, the Aquarium will host a blood drive on Tuesday, August 12 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

And, there's no more memorable way for parents and kids to cap off their Shark Week than by actually sleeping with the fishes — and the sharks. A sleepover in Ripley's acrylic tunnel from 8 p.m., Thursday to Friday at 8 a.m. will give your family a chance to observe some of nature's largest predators as they swim overhead.

This year, celebrate Shark Week at Ripley's Aquarium, where you can get up close to these amazing animals.

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Celebrate National Carousel Day With A Real Original At Broadway at the Beach

July 25 is National Carousel Day, a holiday created to honor the first carousel patented by its inventor, William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa, in 1871.

Celebrate the day with a ride on one of our two carousels – or both.

Located near Capriz at Pavilion Park West, the kids will love riding the beautiful Morgan-Chance carousel made in the mid-1980s.

But while this carousel is a beauty, our other is a real, historic gem.

Built by two brothers-in-law in 1912, our Herschell-Spillman Carousel is located at Pavilion Park East near the Hampton Inn at Broadway at the Beach. There are less than a handful of these wonders still operating in the world, making riding this carousel a truly memorable experience.

Unlike many traditional carousels that showcase only horses, ours has many different animals on it, including frogs, lions, ostriches, zebras, giraffes, roosters and more. The animals are hand-carved out of wood, hand-painted, and have real glass eyes.

Some of the animals on our carousel are rare even for a Herschell-Spillman. For example, our frog (hop toad) is dressed in human clothing and the stork has the image of a baby carved on its side. Other special animals include the ostrich, sea serpent, and the "flag" horses which have the image of the American flag carved on their sides and tails of real horse hair.

At Broadway, history and fun come together on National Carousel Day.

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