You may be starting to get your holiday plans together and Branson is one of those places that is just absolutely magical during the annual Ozark Mountain Christmas celebration (November and December).
A dazzling layer of multi-colored lights coats the city, Santa appearances are rampant and the shows are transformed into snowy displays of holiday cheer. So if you’re gearing up to head to Branson for the holidays, here are a few things you might consider adding to your itinerary.
The Andy Williams Christmas Variety Show Starring The Osmonds & The Lennon Sisters is one of the most looked-forward-to Christmas shows in town. Featuring The Osmonds & The Lennon Sisters, real reindeer, the Moon River Orchestra and a tribute to Andy Williams, Mr. Christmas, you’ll enjoy all the sights and sounds of Christmas onstage. Also popular, is the Dixie Stampede Christmas Show. Dixie Stampede is popular year ’round, but during the holidays, it’s transformed into a Christmas wonderland, complete with snow, three kings atop real camels, old-fashioned holiday costumes, thousands of twinkling lights and of course, Santa Clause himself with his sleigh full of presents. For even more Christmas Shows, check out this blog post.
An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City is absolutely incredible, with more than 4 million Christmas lights, the chance to see Santa, a nativity scene, the majestic Gifts of Christmas Holiday Light Parade that makes two rounds around the old mining city two times each evening and so much more. The drive-thru Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills is a Christmas must-do in Branson as well. Featuring a two mile trail filled with twinkling lights, displays, life-size 3D characters and more, all of which you get to enjoy from the comfort and warmth of your own car.
When you get hungry and are looking for a bite to eat, try Mel’s Hard Luck Diner, located inside the Grand Village Shops off the strip. The food is great and the service is phenomenal, with talented singing servers! Who knows, maybe they’ll sing a Christmas carol or two. After your belly is filled with delicious food, stop by Kringles Christmas Shop to browse an amazing selection of Christmas trinkets including ornaments, designed and themed Christmas trees, handmade Santas and more.
This year, the 66th Annual Adoration Parade will make its way through downtown Branson, across Branson Landing Blvd. and along Lake Taneycomo. The event will begin with the lighting of Branson’s Adoration Scene atop Mt. Branson at 5 p.m. and continue with the parade that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. Another one of Branson’s most popular holiday-time events is Veterans Homecoming (November 5-11) which encompasses a variety of events and a parade to honor and celebrate all the men and women who have served our country.
Finish up your Christmas shopping with Branson’s enormous shopping scene! Your options include two major outlet malls, Tanger Outlets and The Shoppes at Branson Meadows, the Branson Landing and hundreds of boutiques lining the streets or tucked away off the strip. You might even find some uniquely handcrafted Christmas gifts at the Branson Craft Mall as well!
Branson’s warm holiday welcome makes you forget all about the cold chill in the winter air so consider spending the holidays in Branson, the Christmas wonderland this year.