If you like Christmas trees, you’ll want to visit Branson this holiday season.
From the bright lights – about 5 million of them – and 1,000 decorated trees at Silver Dollar City during its Old Time Christmas celebration to an 80-foot-tall light tree adorning the round-about near Branson Landing, you won’t have to look far to find these symbols of Christmas in Branson.
Attractions with Christmas Trees
As you might expect, the myriad attractions of Branson fully embrace the holiday spirit with special activities, shows and, of course, décor. Here’s a look at some of the attractions where you’ll find Christmas trees this season:
- Branson’s Centennial Museum: Enjoy learning more about Branson’s history and view a traditional tree with popcorn strings and circa 1930s ornaments. The museum is located at 120 S. Commercial St.
- Branson Ferris Wheel: Near the Branson Ferris Wheel entrance is a giant everest tree, located at 3345 W. Hwy 76.
- Dixie Stampede: Enjoy the large Christmas tree and decorations at the entrance of Dixie Stampede.
- Grand Country: This family-fun destination will have a 26-foot tree featuring more than 2,000 lights. Grand Country is located at 1945 W. Highway 76.
- Grand Village Shoppes: It only makes sense that the home of one of the largest Christmas stores in the Midwest would embrace the holidays, with a 14-foot tree at 2800 W. Highway 76.
- Presley’s Theatre: Admire the extravagantly decorated lobby, which will house more than a dozen trees, each decorated with a different theme. The theatre is found at 2920 W. Highway 76.
- Ride the Ducks: Experience Ride the Ducks and admire the Christmas tree made from 235 lifejackets and 2,800 lights.
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium: As you’d expect, the folks at Ripley’s will get creative with a series of upside down trees. Believe it when you visit 3326 W. Highway 76.
- Showboat Branson Belle: A tree with more than 600 lights adds to the majesty of your journey – and a great live show – on Table Rock Lake. Hop on board at 4800 Missouri Highway 165.
- Sight & Sound Theater: Don't miss Moses at the Sight & Sound Theater, while being greeted by a large Christmas tree in the lobby.
- Titanic Museum Attraction: Three trees with white, twinkling lights add a festival mood to the always-elegant setting inside this popular stop on the Branson strip, at 3235 W. Highway 76.
- Track IV Family Fun Park: After a day of fun rides, stop for a selfie in front of a 40-foot tree boasting nearly 2,000 lights at 3345 W. Highway 76.
- World’s Largest Toy Museum: Amid superheroes and cowboy greats, the museum will house a six-foot tree during the holiday season. The museum is found at 3609 W. Highway 76.
Businesses Show Holiday Spirit
Several businesses around the Branson area display Christmas trees, too, and visitors are more than welcome to stop in to admire displays. While some of the businesses have trees on-site, some sponsor the placement of trees at other locations.
Here’s a look at some of the participating businesses and locations:
- Branson Convention Center: Located in the lobby is a 40' traditional tree.
- Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: The Chamber and CVB’s three trees will be positioned on Gretna Road, near Branson Meadows.
- Branson Landing: A towering 65' tall X 17' wide at base tree will be located at the Branson Landing with Santa for photos.
- Branson Petal Pushers: This local floral shop will have an eight-foot tree with floral décor outside its shop at 209 W. Pacific.
- Branson’s City Offices: The main entrance at City Hall and the Fire Station #1, each will have a 14-foot tree, each with more than 600 lights. Also featuring an RGB - 84 strands by NPP tree at the center flag pole at the roundabout near Cox Branson.
- Central Bank of Branson: Take care of your banking business and enjoy seeing a 15-foot artificial tree in the front of the bank, along with trees out back that are illuminated by multi-colored flood lights. The bank is at 400 U.S. Business 65.
- Downtown Branson Alliance: Located in Downtown Branson on top of the P Graham Dunn building is a dancing-light tree that stands 15 feet.
- Empire Electric: See the folks who keep the lights on and admire their 14-foot tree at 215 W. Main St.
- IMAX: Enjoy a movie or show in the Little Opry Theatre and enjoy the large Christmas tree and decorations.
- O’Reilly Auto Parts: Pick up your oil-change kit and snap a picture of the 16-foot tree that’s designed to look like those handy little tree shaped air fresheners you keep in your car. The shop is found at 1650 Highway 248.
- White River Valley Electric: The electric company is really getting into the holiday spirit, sponsoring trees at three different locations: One, a 26-footer with more than 2,000 lights, will be found at the new Branson Ferris Wheel, at the Track IV Family Fun Park’s Heavy Metal High-Rise (3345 W. Highway 76); the second, a 20-footer with 1,200 lights, will be on Hamburger Hill (across from the McDonald’s and Chick-Fil-A); the third will stand 20 feet tall at the company’s home office, 2449 E. Highway 76.
Check out this map of all the Christmas Tree locations!
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Places to Stay and Dine
Of course, there’s so much to see and do in Branson during the holidays, you’re going to want to stick around for a while. That means you’ll need to find places to eat and a place to get some rest. Here are some ideas to do both … and to find a Christmas tree:
- CiCi’s Pizza: Enjoy a slice of pie and a 20-foot dancing-light tree at the popular pizza joint, located at 3436 W. Highway 76.
- Chateau on the Lake: Enjoy the multiple trees located throughout the property.
- Comfort Inn Thousand Hills: Take a few minutes to admire the large, 12-foot tree at the hotel, which is found at 203 Wildwood Dr.
- Great American Steak & Chicken House: A 20-foot dancing light tree with more than 450 lights pairs perfectly with a well-cooked meal. The restaurant is located at 2421 W. Highway 76.
- Holiday Inn Express: The hotel at 2801 Green Mountain Drive will have a large, lighted tree for visitors to enjoy.
- Pasghetti’s: The popular family eatery, known for the giant meatball outdoors, will have a 14-foot tree with more than 600 lights. The restaurant is at 3129 W. Highway 76.
- Quality Inn West: Enjoy the lighted tree at the Quality Inn, found at 3601 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.
With more than 45 trees around the community, and some 19,000 lights, it’s clear that, Branson businesses and attractions embrace the holidays with open arms, and you should, too.
Start planning your trip to Branson today, with an eye toward the Christmas season … the lights will be on for you.