Comedian Jerry Van Dyke of TV’s “Coach” stars in “The Sunshine Boys” at the Clay Cooper Theatre at 2 p.m. Nov.13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. Van Dyke plays Willie Clark, Walter Matthau’s role in the movie. 877-317-2604. ClayCooperTheatre.com.
Revisit Lodge of the Ozarks
This classic elegant hotel at the heart of the strip is recently remodeled, and the rooms are fabulous. Huge indoor pool and hot tub. Cozy new Timber Creek Lounge. Breathtaking four-story lobby. Rafters Restaurant. Connected to The Celebrity Theatre featuring the Hughes Brothers and Six. 877-327-9894. LodgeOfTheOzarks.com
Train Visits Santa
Ride The Polar Express at 4:45 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays; 4:45, 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. From the downtown Branson historic depot. Santa will have a gift and hot chocolate for the kids. Make reservations at BransonTrain.com. Or 800-287-2462.
Magical White Flight
More than a thousand white butterflies flutter around you in the tropical Butterfly Palace, beautifully decorated for Christmas. Includes 3-D movie, Living Rainforest Science Center, Emerald Forest Mirror Maze and the new Coconut Tree Climb. Great gift shop. Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ButterflyPalace.com. 417-332-2231.
Cooking 101 with the Chef
Saturdays in November, Big Cedar Lodge’s chef offers “Cooking 101” demonstrations from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Grandview Conference Center. Snacks and a cash bar. Get a Cooking 101 apron, a cookbook and a coupon for a free appetizer at Worman House or Devil’s Pool. $26.53 per person. $42.44 per couple. 800-225-6343.
Christmas Gifts at Fabric & Décor Shoppe
The Fabric & Décor Shoppe in Appletree Plaza has kits, patterns, trim and great fabric for gifts such as elegant pillows, shoulder bags, hats, even doggie blankets. Easy for beginners. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 417-239-3900.
Evenings at Table Rock Lake
From 5:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 11, the Dewey Short Visitors Center at the dam has events including caroling, s’more-roasting, craft-making and visits with Santa. Their gift shop has educational gifts for all ages. 417-334-6394. TableRockDamTours.com.