Silver Dollar City’s Holiday Lights Make CNN Travel’s Top List

According to a press release from, Silver Dollar City has been listed in another flattering compilation of the “Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the US.”

CNN Travel cited the popular theme park in Branson’s Christmas celebration for its fantastic display of more than 5 million dazzling lights and 1,000 beautifully decorated trees.

Silver Dollar City was included in the list alongside these other popular locations sporting gorgeous Christmas lights:

– Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

– Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada

– Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

– Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado

– Macy’s at Center City in Philadelphia

– Zilker Park in Austin, Texas

– Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska

If you missed Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas Celebration this year, don’t worry — it’s certain to be even better next year! For more information or details about Silver Dollar City, please visit

The park is currently closed for the season but will re-open in March of 2015.

Book Your Holiday Stay at the Hilton Promenade at the Branson Landing

If you’re planning a holiday trip to Branson, Missouri, book your stay at the Hilton Promenade where you’ll enjoy luxurious lakeside lodging and fantastic shopping in a magical holiday wonderland.

When you stay at the Hilton Promenade at the Branson Landing, you’re right in the center of more than 100 specialty shops and this time of year, the Landing is completely strewn with lights and decorations and a beautiful Christmas tree inhabits the center of the square. You’ll have plenty of beautiful sights to see while finishing up your Christmas shopping!

At the Hilton Promenade, you’ll also enjoy a variety of amenities that make for a hassle-free vacation including an ATM, fitness center, laundry, pool, room service, snack shop a business center and more.

Each room includes televisions, an easy chair and ottoman, free Wi-Fi, a work desk, phone and mini fridge so you can enjoy a stress-free stay with all the comforts of home.

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Branson Festival of Lights May End After 25 Years

According to several news sources including and the Branson Tri-Lakes News, the Branson Area Festival of Lights may not be returning next year.

The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce did not renew its contract with North Pole Productions, leaving the question: Will there be a Festival of Lights next year?

The drive-through lights display has been a Branson highlight during the holiday season for 25 years and it attracts thousands of visitors every year.

If you haven’t had the chance to get out and see the Branson Area Festival of Lights, definitely do so while you still can! It’s a Branson holiday tradition and truly a sight to behold.

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Experience the Magic of the Festival of Lights

The holidays are full of fun family activities, especially in Branson, and the Branson Area Festival of Lights is one of those activities you don’t want to miss.

This annual drive-through lights display is a popular production that has guests coming back time and time again. Families love the magical displays featuring favorite Christmas characters and holiday scenes and there’s more than 300 displays throughout the one mile path, so you’ll have plenty to look at!

The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band is also back again this year presenting their “Frosty Follies” for all guests.

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The Branson Area Festival of Lights is located off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Roark Valley Road, across from the entrance to the Sight & Sound Theatre.

Spend an Evening of Quality Family Time at the Trail of Lights in Branson

I don’t usually begin celebrating Christmas so early but since I’m in Branson so much, I’ve slowly been mentally accepting the fact that the holiday season is in full swing in that special place nestled in the Ozark Mountains.

This past weekend, I experienced the Trail of Lights at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead for the first time and it was as festive as festive gets!

The display fills two and a half full miles with seasonal light displays, holiday scenes, all the classic Christmas music and some great photo opportunities.

As we drove through the Trail of Lights at a leisurely pace, we stopped every so often to take pictures of the fantastic lights. My favorite part was the tropical holiday celebration, where Santa sat relaxing in the sun under the shade of beachy palm trees. On my left, a waterfall of sparkling blue lights cascaded down the side of the hill, making for a fantastic illusion of real water. It was great!

We spent about an hour driving through the display and once we made it back to the main parking lot in front of Aunt Molly’s Mercantile, we headed inside to get our free cup of cocoa. (When you pass through the ticket booth at the start of the lights tour, you’ll get a complimentary coupon for a free cup of coffee, cocoa or cider from Auny Molly’s Mercantile.)

It was a delicious way to warm up and a wonderful way to end the night. Inspiration Tower is also open for guests to head to the very top and look out over the twinkling lights that are beginning to populate the Branson area.

If you’re looking for a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit, definitely head to the Trail of Lights on Highway 76. Going into it, I wasn’t sure if I could muster up the willingness to start celebrating Christmas so early, but about a quarter of the way through I felt myself really starting to get into the Christmas spirit. The combination of sparkling lights, festive sounds, precious family time and a warm cup of cocoa in hand demands nothing less.

To read more about the Trail of Lights, click here or get your tickets here.


See the Christmas Lights of Branson with Ride the Ducks

If you’re looking for a great way to see all of Branson’s Christmas lights and decorations while still enjoying one of the city’s most fun attractions, try a Ride the Ducks sightseeing tour!

The ducks are amphibious vehicles modeled after the World War II DUKWs that were originally used to carry supplies and troops over both land and water. Today, they are used within the tourism industry around the country to take tourists on city tours over land and water.

Ride the Ducks Branson is always an exciting adventure for visitors both young and old. Pick up your very own Wacky Quacker before you leave the station and board the Duck with your Duck Captain.

Each Duck captain is certified by the United States Coast Guard and has a commercial drivers license so you can be assured that no matter how silly they are (and they will be very silly), they definitely know what they’re doing.

Your Duck Captain is sure to entertain you with jokes as well as informative information about the city of Branson all throughout your tour. You’ll pass by many of the city’s large features including the main entertainment district including the theaters all lit up and decorated for Christmas, Table Rock Dam, Baird Mountain, and of course, the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozarks.

It’s no doubt that you’ll get a great view of the city from above on Baird Mountain and the dazzling Christmas lights are sure to be a spectacular sight.

The splashdown into Table Rock Lake is the best part so get ready to head straight into the water with your Duck Captain. You may get a little wet, but it’s not like you need to bring a swimsuit or anything.

From the lake you’ll be able to look out over the calm waters, see the sparkling Christmas lights along the shore and you’ll even get the chance to drive the Duck yourself!

A Ride the Ducks sightseeing tour is the perfect way to see Branson this holiday season, so don’t wait to get your tickets.

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Branson Area Festival of Lights Coming Soon!

The Branson Area Festival of Lights is only four days away! If you haven’t experienced it yet, you’re missing out big time.

The Branson Area Festival of Lights begins November 1 and concludes December 31, closing out the holiday season’s festivities.

The family centered, annual display will take place right off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Roark Valley Road, where a one-mile stretch of road is covered with more than 175 Christmas light displays, illuminated the streets with a warm, holiday cheer.

The dazzling drive-through makes for the perfect holiday activity for the whole family and you don’t have to worry about anyone getting cold because you’ll be bundled up in the warmth of your own car as you pass by the gorgeous displays of glittering lights.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see this magic display of Christmas cheer in Branson this year.

Want more information about Christmas activities in Branson or the Area Festival of Lights? Click here! For a complete list of Christmas shows in Branson, click here.