During the most festive time of year, the city of Branson does not disappoint as the city truly twinkles and shines in every aspect of the Christmas spirit. With specially themed shows, events, parades, and shopping experiences at every corner, it’s hard not to find something to do during the Christmas season.
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Spectacular display of lights, larger than life Christmas theater performances, home style food, endless amounts of cocoa and s’mores, what more could you want?? Come see the “Most illuminated park on Earth” at Silver Dollar City which will be adorned with nearly 6.5 millions lights and the newer addition of “Christmas in Midtown Light Spectacular”. Bundle and layer up for the cold and take the whole family for one spectacular visit for stunning holiday decor, a towering Christmas tree, Christmas music at every turn, hot cocoa at every corner, cozy shops, specialty presentations, and a nightly light parade featuring Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade. Bring your camera for plenty of perfect photo opportunities!
When:2020 Festival runs Saturday November 7-New Years Day
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All aboard! Experience first-hand the wonders of the Polar Express on board the Branson Scenic Railway this Christmas season. Guests can soak in the wondrous features of the beloved movie including hot chocolate & cookies, songs/carols from the magical soundtrack of the Polar Express, a reading of the story & more! Visitors and guests of this one-in-a-lifetime train ride can enjoy a variety of other features including a surprise gift for the kids, special meeting times with Santa, caroling to town residents you’ll they pass by and, yes, pajamas are encouraged! This wonderous train ride will take attendees across the Branson Downtown area and out to the edge of the city where other special theaters and attractions can be seen from a far.
When: November 1, 2020-December 23, 2020
Christmas Themed Shows
There are so many ways to celebrate the season of Christmas around the city of Branson-especially when it comes to the many Christmas themed shows. Get into the spirit of Christmas with dozens of live shows, performances, and variations of heartwarming presentations around the area. Saved specially for the most wonderful time of year, Christmas-themed shows include(but are not limited to): Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show, the Haygoods Christmas Show, the Andy Williams Ozark Mountain Christmas, Sanders Family Christmas.
Starting as early as November 1, the entirety of the Branson Landing shopping district is overcome with Christmas décor, carols, the iconic silver reindeer statues, and the famous 50-foot Christmas tree located at the center of the shopping area for the annual “Winter Wonderlanding” event. An Adoration/Nativity Scene is annually placed across from the Branson Landing and over Lake Taneycomo. Santa Claus will be making an appearances November 3-December 24 for photos and visits in front the Christmas house which serves as the base for the 50-ft tree in Town Square. Sadly, Branson’s Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade is canceled this year, but guests can still enjoy the fountain water displays going on at the center of the Landing. The water, fire, and lights will go along to songs like ” All I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey and other Christmas tunes throughout the season.
Landing Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 AM- 9 PM, Friday & Saturday 9 AM – 9 PM and Sundays 10 AM- 8PM.
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Visiting the Grand Village off the Branson 76 Strip is always a great idea as the picturesque shops, dining, and art galleries make for a memorable visit. During the Christmas season, guests love visiting the popular Kringle’s Christmas shop opened year round that houses over 125 decorated Christmas trees, thousands of unique ornaments, and top brand holiday décor. A few other recommended stops at the Grand Village shopping area is visiting Mulberry Mill( where you can try delicious food and drink samples), the Sunrise Leather Works, Lori’s Soap Market, TeaMaze, The Tea Shop, Reflections Art Gallery, Peter Engler Designs with American craftsman work in woodcarving & pottery, Mels Hard Luck Diner(home of the singing servers), and the Award-Winning Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe serving delicious goodies and their season favorite hot cocoa with their supersized homemade marshmallow! Next time you visit Branson, make sure to put the Grand Village on your list!
To start off the parade, the lighting of the largest Nativity Scene will commence and then comes the annual Adoration Celebration Parade in Historic Downtown Branson. Come see a variety of Christmas floats, costumes, themes, marching bands, performances and music in the most spectacular and special Christmas parade around perfect for the holiday season! Wear your gloves, scarves, coats, chairs, and a thermos filled to the brim with something hot and get ready to enjoy the lights and festivities of this spectacular and beautiful parade!
When:Sunday December 6th. See more details here.
Tis the season of lights, cocoa, and adventure. Christmas at the Shepherd of the Hills will be offering a whole list of holiday events and attractions this year including the Trail of Lights, the North Pole Adventure, and the area’s tallest Christmas tree! See a full list of what Shepherd of the Hills will be up to this upcoming holiday season and plan accordingly!
Other Events at Shepherd of the Hills will include:
North Pole Adventure ( November 6-December 27):Walkthrough thousands of lights, visit Santa’s Workshop, Old Matt’s Cabin and Inspiration Tower all decked out for the holidays.
Trail of Lights (November 1-December 31): A popular and favorite Christmas attraction, the Trail of Lights is a drive through light trail full of fun displays, holiday themes, and all the merry and bright Christmas lights as far as the eye can see.
A Shepherd’s Christmas Carol Dinner Show(November 2-December 26): Witness a touching, family-friendly holiday production with A Shepherd’s Christmas Carol Dinner Show.
Todd Oliver and Friends (November 1-December 31):Meet a comedian on four legs & Todd the ventriloquist.
Whodunnit Hoedown-A Christmas Mystery (November 1-Janurary 2):Meet a cast of quirky characters as they unravel a mystery right before you with dinner and lots of laughter along the way.
The Chuckwagon Dinner Show (November 1-January 2): Fun songs, tall tales, and poems all in honor of the heroic American Cowboy.
Back in 2017, Big Cedar opened their new synthetic ice skating rink made up of“Xtraice” material which makes the rink usable in the heat of day or the cold of winter. The Winter Wonderland Ice Rink is open every year from mid-November through early January so guests can enjoy a pleasurable skate during the cold and sometimes warm days of the season. Big Cedar has a plethera more to offer in terms of holiday festivities including an outdoor tree lighting ceremony in December, holiday wagon tours, carriage rides, ornament & gingerbread house decorating, breakfast with Santa, ice cream socials and more available yearly! Some events and activities are opened for guests only while others are open to visitors.
Holiday Activities include: Winter Wonderland Ice Rink, Sleigh Bell Scurry, Holiday Light Tour, Elf Visits, Elves Winter Workshop, Gingerbread Build-Off, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa Visits, Sunrise Santa Visit, Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, Breakfast With Santa, Stocking Decorating, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, Kids Tree Decorating Pajama Party, Baking With Mrs. Claus, Christmas Eve Service, and a New Years Eve Celebration.
**Keep in mind that activities, dates, and pricing are subject to change. Check back here for updated information.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4 PM- 8 PM & Friday-Sunday 11 AM- 8 PM
See Christmas electrified when you climb aboard a gondola on the spectacular lighted Branson Ferris Wheel off the famous 76 Strip. This 150-foot attraction can be seen for miles around and is one of Branson’s newer and popular attractions. Located right next to the Tracks Family Fun Parks, Branson’s Ferris Wheel has room for 240 passengers on their 40 gondolas so there is room for everyone anytime of year! Originally from Chicago’s Navy Pier, this stunning Ferris wheel is now at its new home in Branson and makes quite the show with its 16,000 LED lights visible rain, snow, dark or light.
See the lights of Christmas at all new heights with the Helicopter Christmas Light Tours in Branson. Tour includes going over the Branson Landing, Branson’s gift of Lights, the Branson Strip, Silver Dollar City, Shepherd of the Hills and more for one memorable and thrilling ride! Put on your comfy noise canceling headphones and listen to Christmas music to enjoy this fully immersive and spectacular flight.
Of course the Christmas Festivities in Branson, MO don’t stop here! Whether you and your family are looking for attractions, shopping excursions, or specialty events, there’s something for people of all ages to enjoy in the area during the most wonderful time of year! See our list below.
Other Christmas-based Events & Attractions include:
- World’s Largest Toy Museum
- Run to the Lights 5K Charity Walk/Run
- Branson’s Festival of Trees
- Branson Market Days
- Chauffeured Holiday Lights Tour
- Christmas at the Butterfly Palace
- Santa’s wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
- Titanic Museum
- Gingerbread Houses at Chateau on the Lake
- Visit of Eat Breakfast with Santa, Live Reindeer at Promised Land Zoo
- America’s Christmas Tree City Tour
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