Challenge Your Taste Buds with Pepper Palace at the Branson Landing

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Photo from http://www.pepperpalace.com.

Whether you’re looking for a unique gift idea or you’re just doing a bit of window shopping at the Branson Landing, it’s definitely worth your time to stop by Pepper Palace.

A small shop filled with dozens of flavorful gourmet olive oils, hot sauce, salsa, BBQ sauce, seasonings and marinades, condiments and more, Pepper Palace is the pepper lover’s dream come true.

Choose from an overwhelming amount of salsas including mango salsa, key lime salsa, cherry salsa, peach salsa and more or pick up mouthwatering butters, jellies and sauces that will compliment a variety of recipes and meals.

Pepper Palace first opened in 1989 with a small kiosk in a central Wisconsin mall. The company quickly grew and expanded to three other locations across the country including the largest specialty spicy-themed store in the country, a 3,000-square-foot store in the Mountain Mall of downtown Gatlinburg, TN.

fresh ingredientsMade with the freshest of ingredients, Pepper Palace provides customers with a variety of delicious food products, gift baskets, home decor and kitchen items. The Branson Landing staff provide endless amounts of tortilla chips too, so you can sample the products for yourself right there in the store. I definitely took advantage of the free samples and everything I tasted was delicious!

Next time you’re at the Branson Landing, stop by Pepper Palace and taste some salsa or hot sauce, pick up the perfect gift for the spicy food lover in your family or add to your collection of quirky aprons. Either way, anytime’s a good time to visit Pepper Palace.

Pepper Palace is at 1013 Branson Landing Blvd. #1013, in between the Yankee Candle store and Christopher & Banks.

Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon Update

Parakeet Pete's Waterfront BalloonParakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon is a new Branson attraction at the Branson Landing that has been under construction since earlier this year in August. The completion date has been set for March 1, 2015.

The new attraction is at the Branson Landing near Belk Department Store and installation of the balloon is currently underway.

When completed, the balloon will tower over the Branson Landing, taking visitors 180 feet up in the air where it will rotate 360 degrees for narrated, unparalleled views of the downtown Branson area.

 

Shop Till You Drop in Branson

If you’re heading out to get some major Black Friday shopping done today, Branson has a wide range of fantastic options for you! Here are some of the retail centers in the area that would make a great pit stop.

Tanger Outlet

Black Friday Hours: 6 a.m.- 10 p.m. 

Located at 300 Tanger Blvd., Branson, just off the strip near Ride the Ducks, the Tanger Outlet has loads of great deals to be found. Recent additions like Talbots, Pandora and Go! Calendars, Games and Toys makes for even more shopping fun.

The Branson Landing

Black Friday Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Branson Landing always has something fun going on and for Black Friday, the same is true. During the Landing’s Black Friday Blowout, select stores have special hours of operation and sales that are sure to make both you and your wallet happy. Unless otherwise noted, the Branson Landing restaurants will be open at 11 a.m. so you early risers have plenty of time to shop before you grab lunch. Visit www.bransonlanding.com for a complete list of special Black Friday sales. The Branson Landing is located right on the shore of Lake Taneycomo in the historic downtown Branson area.

Grand Village Shops

Each individual store here has its own hours and sales on Black Friday, but you’re sure to find some great deals on all kinds of gifts and items on your Christmas list. Grand Village Shops is also home to the largest Christmas store in Missouri, Kringles Christmas Store, where you’ll find countless ornaments, decorative items, gifts and pre-decorated trees. Do your Black Friday shopping at Grand Village and you’re in for a good time.

The Shoppes at Branson Hills & Branson Hills Plaza

The holiday savings are endless at The Shoppes at Branson Hills. With hours varying by store, each retailer has special offers that you simply can’t turn down! With popular stops like Bed Bath & Beyond, Petco and Kohls, there’s something here for everyone on your list. Call 888-577-5600 for more info or head over to 1500 Branson HIlls Pkwy., just north of Branson’s entertainment district and discover all the deals that are waiting for you.

Of course, the many stores in downtown Branson like Dick’s 5 & 10, Cowgirl Clad Company, Plum Bazaar Bead & Jewelry Shop and so many others are open for business so definitely make your way down there!

 

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.

Attend the 2nd Annual Most Wonderful Time of the Year Parade in Branson

Saturday, November 15 is a very special day in Branson, with a parade dedicated to Mr. Christmas, Andy Williams.

The 2nd Annual Most Wonderful Time of the Year Parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on the Branson Landing Promenade & Amphitheatre and will feature more than 100 prominent Branson entertainers including The Osmonds, The Lennon Sisters, SIX and The Texas Tenors, festive floats, marching bands and Santa alongside the lovely Mrs. Claus.

A dozen live performances will take place right in front of the Landing fountains and the emcees will be Clay and Tina Cooper of Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express.

The memorable grand finale will be a special presentation in honor of Andy Williams’ wife and brother.

This amazing parade and its festivities are rapidly approaching so mark your calenders now and plan on attending Branson’s 2nd Annual Most Wonderful Time of the Year Parade.

What is Ozark Mountain Christmas?

You may have read some of my previous blogs where I’ve loosely used the term “Ozark Mountain Christmas” but if you’re not from the Ozarks, you might be wondering what that is exactly.

Ozark Mountain Christmas is a magical celebration of the holidays. When it comes to Christmas, Branson definitely follows the “go big or go home” motto, and beginning November 1 the whole town is transformed into a glittering holiday extravaganza. It’s so much fun!

The Branson Area Festival of Lights and the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights both provide visitors with incredible drive-through light displays featuring millions of lights, familiar holiday characters and all the best classic Christmas songs.

This year’s celebration will feature Branson’s 66th Adoration Parade where the whole community is invited to gather in the historic downtown Branson area and at the Branson Landing to celebrate the reason for the season. The parade honors the story of Christmas and is filled with inspirational color and beauty.

Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas is an incredible experience on its own, with a whole new parade this year led by none other than everyone’s favorite reindeer, Rudolph. The whole theme park will be filled to the brim with Christmas decorations, more than 1,000 Christmas trees and genuine crafters around every street corner. It’s definitely a sight to behold and shouldn’t be missed.

Many of the theaters debut their fantastic Christmas shows the first week of November, boasting holiday music favorites, extravagantly festive sets, colorful costumes and of course, Santa Claus. Try Christmas In Hollywood’s Christmas Wonderland, the Dixie Stampede Christmas Show, The Acrobats of China or the Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show for a night of unforgettable Christmas fun for the whole family. Visit Bransonshows.com for a complete list of Branson Christmas shows.

With an extensive list of local events, shows, parades and Christmas activities for the whole family, there’s no lack of fun to be had during Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas, so make sure you stop by sometime this November or December!

 

See Santa at the Branson Landing Winter Wonderlanding

The Branson Landing is such a special place during the holidays as it’s transformed into a Winter Wonderlanding with spectacular lights, Christmas music, fluffy white snow and of course, the one and only Santa Claus.

The Landing fountains are spectacular year round but during the holiday season, they’re even more beautiful as the reflections of glittering multicolored lights dance off the water with an awesomely beautiful backdrop of Ozark Mountain winter snow.

The Branson Landing will be alive with festive cheer, holiday shoppers and familiar Christmas tunes as you stroll the streets lined with frosted window displays.

Santa will make his way to the retail center Saturday, November 15 and will be in his Christmas Treehouse until Wednesday, December 24. You and the kids can stop by for a picture taken inside his festive treehouse and Santa has even set aside two special evenings for you to bring out your furry friends to get a photo with him as well! Pet nights are scheduled for Thursday, December 4 from 3:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. and Thursday, December 11 from 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.

Santa’s regular visiting schedule is:

Sundays-Thursdays: noon- 7 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: noon- 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 26: noon-6 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day: closed
Wednesday, December 24: noon-6 p.m.
Christmas Day: closed
 

Make sure to stop by the Branson Landing this holiday season for festive sights and sounds, spectacular shopping and a visit with Santa!