Plan for the 66th Annual Adoration Parade & Lighting Ceremony

Branson has a variety of annual holiday events that both residents and visitors look forward to each and every year, the 66th Annual Adoration Parade & Lighting Ceremony being one of them.

This year’s parade and lighting ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, December 7 at 5 p.m. The Christmas celebration will begin in downtown Branson with the lighting of Branson’s Adoration Scene on Mt. Branson, across Lake Taneycomo.

Afterward at 5:30 p.m., the parade will take over the streets as it fills Branson Landing Blvd. and makes its way along the shore of Lake Taneycomo past the Branson Landing fountains.

You’ll love the festive floats, colorful characters and joyous celebration that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas so don’t miss out on one of Branson’s most anticipated parades of the year.

For more information, visit www.downtownbranson.org.

Food Friday: Greek Gyros & Deli

Greek GyrosWelcome back to your weekly Food Friday blog! I’ve been eyeing one of the newer restaurants in Branson lately, Greek Gyros & Deli. Have you noticed it?

It’s wedged in downtown Branson between an array of flea markets and specialty shops, just down the road from the Branson Landing on Main Street.

It stands out from many of the other restaurants in the area because it brags authentic Greek food, which is delicious by the way! I stopped in for lunch on Monday and the modest dining room of the restaurant wasn’t empty but it wasn’t full either. A few other guests sat at small tables throughout the room, quietly enjoying their meals.

My waiter brought me a glass of water and a menu as I got situated at my table. The menu was very small, consisting of only salads, sandwiches, sides and desserts but the prices were all incredibly low.

I decided on the Greek Salad and a side order of hummus and pita bread which was served just a few minutes later. The Greek Salad was delicious and served with what I originally thought was ranch dressing, but it’s actually a homemade feta cheese dressing. At the bottom of my salad was a mound of delicious homemade potato salad which surprised me because I’ve never had a Greek salad with potato salad in it, but it was beyond delicious!

Both my salad and side of hummus came served with warm pita bread but I was glad because it was delicious! Not only was it soft and baked fresh to order, but it paired perfectly with everything on my plate.

My server offered me some of their mouthwatering, homemade baklava as well, but I politely declined because I was just way too full to even think about it. It was tempting though!

For the amount of deliciousness I ended up consuming at this restaurant, the price was beyond amazing so I will definitely be returning there to pick up lunch again soon.

Greek Gyros & Deli is at 111 East Main Street, just up the road from the Starbucks.

To see the full menu, visit the Greek Gyros & Deli Facebook page. Hours of operation are Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at The Fudge Shop

Downtown Branson is filled with great shops just waiting to be explored but if you’re looking for delicious, homemade fudge, The Fudge Shop is the place to be.

The oldest fudge store in Branson, The Fudge Shop has had almost 50 years to perfect the craft of fudge-making and indeed they have.

With the same quality recipes, the staff maintains an always delicious fudge that brings visitors back again year after year. Choose from a variety of mouthwatering fudges including German Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate and their popular “Foot of Chocolate” for just 99 cents.

When you walk into this small shop, the sweet aroma of sugary sweets is delightfully overwhelming and you’re surrounded by an array of brittles, barks, saltwater taffy and candies that can’t be beat. So basically, it’s heaven for the Branson visitor with a sweet tooth.

Not only does this shop boast a great selection of candies and fudge, but you can pick it up at unbeatable prices. With great customer service and incredibly fair prices, The Fudge Shop just can’t be beat.

Check it out next time you’re in town and bring some home for the rest of the family! The Fudge Shop is at 106 S. 2nd St. in downtown Branson, just minutes from the Branson Landing.

See Branson’s 81st Annual Veterans Day Parade Tomorrow

The annual Branson Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m. in downtown Branson.

This year’s parade is hosted by the The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 913 and will feature a new parade route. Almost 100 participants will be walking the new route.

After the parade, the Air Force Band Shade of Blue Jazz Band will be playing at the Branson Landing fountains from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., so stop by for a free concert!

For more information about the Veterans Day Parade, visit www.bransonveterans.com.

Experience the Magic of the Branson Scenic Railway’s Polar Express

The Branson Scenic Railway’s Polar Express is a magical experience for any child during the holiday season and is the perfect way to experience the hills of the Ozark Mountains.

Board the historic train from the 1906 train depot in downtown Branson. Families are encouraged to wear pajamas, so come in your festive, warm footies and climb aboard.

Cozy up in your seats as the train begins to pull away from the station and peer through the frost-rimmed glass windows that keep the winter cold at bay. You’ll pass through the beautiful hills of the Ozarks as you read along with the Polar Express story, warm and cuddled up inside. Cradle a creamy cup of hot cocoa as Santa makes his rounds and gives a special gift to each child.

Enjoy the views of this historic train ride through the foothills and tunnels of the Branson area and experience the old-time luxury of traveling by train.

You won’t want the train to head back to the station after such a heartwarming and magical experience, but you can always come back again next year!

For more information, visit www.bransonshows.com or bransontrain.com.

Black Friday Shopping in Branson? Yes Please!

If you’re planning a vacation to Branson during the holidays or arranging a special trip down purely for a Black Friday shopping adventure, you’re headed to the right place!

Branson has a wide selection of retail venues and many of them will be sporting some of the hottest deals of the year.

The Tanger Outlet Mall Moonlight Madness Sales will feature some of the year’s biggest savings starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. The deals continue from Thursday, November 27- Sunday, November 30 for a full weekend of shopping fun. This fantastic outlet mall has also added several new stores, open just in time for the holiday season. Check it out for exclusive after Thanksgiving deals all weekend. Tanger Outlets is at 300 Tanger Blvd. in Branson, right off Highway 76 near Ride the Ducks Branson.

Of course, the Branson Landing will be chocked full of Black Friday shoppers as well, with fantastic deals, giveaways and convenient dining for that much needed food break after a shopping frenzy. Hit up the larger Bass Pro Shops or Belk Department Store and stop in all your favorite locations like Build-A-Bear Workshop, Bath & Body Works, Brighton, Chico’s and many other favorites to pick up great gifts and fantastic deals. The Black Friday Blowout will be Friday, November 28 from 7 a.m.- noon. The Branson Landing is located in the historic downtown Branson area on Lake Taneycomo.

Grand Village Shops also features some great local shops that you won’t find anywhere else and the always festive Kringles Christmas Store, featuring everything Christmas, from pre-decorated trees and Christmas collectibles to all kinds of ornaments, home decor and specialty gifts.

Don’t forget about the Shoppes at Branson Meadows and downtown Branson where dozens of specialty shops await you.

As I said, Branson is full with a dizzying amount of shopping opportunities so make it your Black Friday destination and leave with unbelievable savings in hand.

Food Friday: Clocker’s Cafe

This week while I was in Branson I stopped for breakfast at Clocker’s Cafe downtown.

A few weeks ago, I was taking a ghost tour with Branson Ghosts & Legends and the guide suggested Clocker’s Cafe as a great breakfast spot so I decided to go back and try it out for myself.

The cafe is a small shop on Commercial Street next to the Hollywood Studio Store and right off Main Street. I went there for breakfast on Monday and for a sleepy Monday morning, that place sure was busy. Every single table was full but the lady at the register quickly acknowledged me and asked me if I preferred a table or a booth. I told her I could wait for a booth and she promised to have me seated in just a few minutes.

She followed through on her promise and I was seated just a few short minutes later at a small, two-person table. I was really feeling a good breakfast and several cups of coffee sounded ideal so I skipped over most of the menu’s selection of burgers, sandwiches and dinner entrees and went straight for the breakfast options.

Clocker’s serves breakfast all day, for all you breakfast-for-dinner people out there and the selection is very good. You can pick up just about any breakfast food here, from waffles and pancakes to toast, eggs, bacon, oatmeal and the works.

I decided on the Clocker’s Breakfast — eggs, cooked any way you like, bacon or sausage, grits or hash browns and a biscuit or toast. Of course, I asked for a cup of coffee with my meal and for a small town diner during the heat of a mid-morning rush hour, the coffee was pretty good.

My server was extremely polite and she made sure I had everything I needed throughout my meal. A stack of newspapers lay on a chair nearby and I picked one up to accompany my meal. Everything I ordered was great, served hot and was good quality for the price I paid.

I left satisfied with the service and quality of food that I received and I will definitely be back again, maybe for lunch next time.

If you haven’t been to Clocker’s Cafe, definitely check it out! You might just find a new regular breakfast spot for yourself.

It’s located at 103 S. Commercial St. Hours are Monday-Thursday 6 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 6 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday 6 a.m.- 2 p.m.