Christmas is a magical time to spend in Branson, Missouri. From the festive and beautiful Christmas lights adorning many of its buildings to the inspiring and heartwarming live music shows, there is not a better place to spend your holiday season!
No trip to Branson during the holidays would be complete without a visit to Silver Dollar City. This 1880’s-themed amusement park sits on 61-acres of beautiful Ozarks countryside just west of Branson. With over 40 rides and attractions and 60 different shops, there’s something for everyone at Silver Dollar City! November 4 officially kicks off the holiday season with An Old Time Christmas. The whole family will enjoy the 5 million twinkling lights and be in awe at the grand Christmas tree lighting each evening. In addition to the beautiful sights you’ll see during An Old Time Christmas, there are also two world-class live stage shows playing at Silver Dollar City during the Christmas season. It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dickens Christmas Carol are sure to get you in the mood for the Christmas season. You won’t want to miss the incredible Main Street parade and, before you leave the park, be sure to take a ride on the Steam Train for a Christmas carol sing-a-long and a telling of the Nativity story. There’s no better place to celebrate the Christmas season in Branson than Silver Dollar City!
In addition to all the beautiful Christmas lights you’ll see at Silver Dollar City, you can also take a trip down the Trail of Lights at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. You can enjoy two and a half miles of Christmas lights from the comfort of your own vehicle and, at the end, you’ll have a chance to ascend the 230- foot Inspiration Tower for an unparalleled view of the Branson area. Another area light display, Branson’s Gift of Lights, is located just off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. This massive, drive-through display has added more exhibits for 2017 so, even if you visited it last year, there will be something new to see on your next trip. As an added bonus, if you tune your car radio to the right station, you can even listen to the Christmas story synchronized with the Gift of Lights’ Nativity scene.
Ask any Branson local what they’ll be doing the first weekend of December and they’re likely to tell you that they’ll be attending the annual Adoration Parade in Downtown Branson. This longtime Branson tradition is celebrating it’s 69th year this Christmas season and is sure to be bigger and better than ever. Every year, the parade is kicked off by the lighting of the beautiful Nativity display that sits atop Mount Branson and is visible from all over the Downtown area. From there, spectators will see dozens of area marching bands and countless floats built by local businesses, churches, and civic organizations, all themed around celebrating the birth of Jesus. To celebrate Christmas like a Branson local, be sure to see the Adoration Parade.
Branson is also your number one place to do all of your Christmas shopping. Whether it’s small, locally-owned shops, great deals at outlet malls, or the most popular chain stores, Branson truly has it all. For the best in Christmas gifts and décor, be sure to check out Kringles Christmas Shop in the Grand Village. This 9000 square foot shop has six rooms of Christmas décor and collectables and holds the distinction of being Missouri’s largest Christmas store. You’ll be stunned by their collection of 125 unique, designer Christmas trees and Santas. There are so many beautiful things in Kringles that you won’t know where to look first! After your trip to Kringles, be sure to stop by one of the other unique shops at the Grand Village. You’ll find inspiring artwork at the Thomas Kinkade Art Gallery, elegant home décor and women’s accessories at Mulberry Mill, and one-of-a-kind, hand-carved wood pieces at Peter Engler Designs. You’re sure to find all the gifts you need for the people you love!
In addition to the lovely sights and the amazing shopping you’ll find in Branson during the holiday season, there are also plenty of special Christmas shows to get you in the holiday spirit. Many of Branson’s shows add a special Christmas section to their productions during the holiday season so guests can hear the Christmas favorites they know and love, performed by their favorite Branson stars. Some theaters put on special Christmas shows that only run during November and December so, even if you’ve been to Branson earlier in the year, there’s sure to be something new at your favorite theaters during the Christmas season.
No other city embodies the Christmas spirit quite like Branson, Missouri. Whether it’s beautiful Christmas light displays you won’t find anywhere else, tons of shopping opportunities perfect for finding everything on your list, or inspiring and uplifting holiday-themed shows, there’s no place like Branson to get you in the holiday spirit!