Event FAQs

When is the Christmas Regatta? 

The Intracoastal Christmas Regatta is held annually the Saturday after Thanksgiving along the Intracoastal Waterway in Little River & North Myrtle Beach, SC. ​

Where can I see the Christmas Regatta? 

You can see the boats during the event anywhere you can see the Intracoastal Waterway between Patio’s in Little River and Dock Holiday’s Marina in North Myrtle Beach. For ​more details, see our list of viewing locations.​

Who does the Christmas Regatta benefit? 

The Intracoastal Christmas Regatta is hosted by Yachts for Tots of North Myrtle Beach/Little River. All donations & fundraising activities assist us in our goal to meet the needs of children in Horry County who, for one reason or another, might be falling through the cracks of traditional agencies that provide assistance. Yachts for tots assists children with specific needs as they arise, year-round. We also make annual contributions to camp chemo, teen angels, and/or other local charities.

We do not receive any funds from the government and rely on the generous donations from our community, the sale of event t-shirts, and similar fundraising. ​

Where can I get a Christmas Regatta shirt?

Shirts are available at the Harbourgate Marina ship store (2111 Little River Neck Rd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582) around the beginning of November, while supplies last.

What’s in it for Parade Participants? 

In addition to the prestige & goodwill of being a Regatta participant, there will be several chances for prizes. Attend the boat captain’s meeting for a chance to win raffle prizes. There will be best in best in class awards, to be judged the night of the regatta, and given out the morning after the regatta at the Awards meeting. Categories are based on boat length. There will also be a cash grand prize for best overall entry sponsored by Crab Catcher’s. ​

Why are there not more boats?

Unfortunately decorating a boat can cost too much time, money, and staff/volunteers for many boaters. You can help us make it the best event possible by encouraging boaters you know to enter their boat or by volunteering to help a boater you know sign up and decorate!

Why don’t you go further down the waterway in NMB?

The Intracoastal Christmas Regatta is already 10 miles long, and the route has been strategically chosen to include the best (and most) possible viewing locations for you to enjoy.

Why is the Christmas Regatta during the Clemson/Carolina game?

The Intracoastal Christmas Regatta began in 1984, before they moved their game to Thanksgiving weekend. We are humbled to have a very supportive community that anticipates our event each year.