Branson is Home to Holiday Excitement

Smile. The holidays are coming.

The family is pumped. It’s time to explore Branson, Missouri.

If you’ve never been to Branson during the holidays, you’re in for an amazing surprise. If you’ve visited during this special season before, it’s easy to figure out why this is part of your family's holiday. 

Around here, it’s called Ozark Mountain Christmas, an ongoing tradition for more than a quarter century. Celebrations run from the beginning of November through New Year’s Day – there’s no waiting for Thanksgiving to kickoff the holidays here!

Of course, Branson offers countless opportunities for fun year-round, but here are seven ways to celebrate the magic of the holidays:

Live Shows: Branson is noted for its live shows and performers. It’s not called the Live Music Show Capital of the World for nothing! Scroll down to check out this amazing lineup of special performances and themed shows that celebrate the season. 

Christmas Lights: Light shows in Branson were popular long before Clark W. Griswold lit up his neighborhood in “Christmas Vacation.” The Branson Area Festival of Lights is a drive-through dream, featuring more than 175 displays on a mile-long route.

Silver Dollar City: Experience the wonder of Silver Dollar City, where 5 million lights – yes, 5 million! – create an eye-popping experience sure to delight the kids and the kid in everyone. Two live shows, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, a five-story special effects Christmas tree and the new Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade are part of the park’s amazing holiday lineup.

Shopping: If you need to take care of some holiday business in Branson – that’s insider lingo for “shopping” – you won’t be disappointed. Speciality shops, outlet malls and unique-to-Branson experiences await, just be sure to bring your full shopping list. Explore the shops here.

Special Events: The holidays in Branson wouldn’t be complete without several special events . Among them is the annual Veterans Homecoming Week, one of the largest events of its type in the U.S. Another not-to-be-missed event is the annual Adoration Celebration, which is in its 66th year and celebrates the true meaning of the holidays. The event includes the lighting of the Adoration Scene (displayed on Mt. Branson) and a parade. Scroll down for the complete list of Ozark Mountain Christmas events.

Places to Play: The Ozark Mountain Christmas days are packed with fun, as many of the area’s most-popular attractions remain open to visitors . Whether you want to ride the Branson Scenic Railway, take a zipline tour, see a live show or tour a local winery, you can do it – and so much more – during the holidays in Branson.

Places to Rest: Branson’s lodging options provide warm, comfortable environs to rest your head at night. Many hotels and resorts pull out all the stops during the holidays, to include visits with Santa, special activities for younger guests and, of course, lots of sweet treats!

As you can see, Branson is a great destination for your holiday getaway. Countless fun activities await and attractions are ready to welcome you as you celebrate this most special time of year. Get your vacation started on the right note by checking out all Branson has to offer.

Ozark Mountain Christmas 2014 Shows

#1 Hits of the 60s Caravelle Theatre
3 Redneck Tenors Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
50s Tribute Labamba Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
70s Music Celebration! starring Barry Williams Hughes Brothers Theatre
8 O'Clock Rock God and Country Theatre
80's Ladies Show God and Country Theatre
A Neil Diamond Tribute Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
A Tribute to John Denver, starring James Garrett Little Opry Theatre
Absolutely Patsy Branson Hot Hits Theatre
Acrobats of China featuring New Shanghai Circus RFD-TV The Theatre
Adventures of Marco Polo The White House Theatre
All American Gospel God and Country Theatre
Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai New Shanghai Theatre
Amazing Pets Grand Country Music Hall
Andy Williams Christmas Show starring The Osmonds and The Lennon Sisters Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
Angels of Country Music God and Country Theatre
Ayo starring Voices of Glory Hughes Brothers Theatre
Baldknobbers Baldknobbers Jamboree Theatre
Barbara Fairchild Golden Corral
Barbara Fairchild Sunday Worship Service Doug Gabriel Theatre
Bee Gees and Beyond God and Country Theatre
Billy Dean Starlite Theatre
Branson Country USA Late Show Grand Country Music Hall
Brighter Living Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
Buck Trent Country Music Show Baldknobbers Jamboree Theatre
California Dreamin' God and Country Theatre
Charley Pride Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre
Christmas Wonderland King's Castle Theatre
Classic Movies Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
Clay Cooper's Country Express Clay Cooper Theatre
Comedy Hypnosis Show Branson Central Theatre
Comedy Jamboree Grand Country Music Hall
Conway Remembered God and Country Theatre
Country Comedy starring "Not Really Willie" Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
Crystal Gayle Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
Dalena Ditto's "Come Sail Away" God and Country Theatre
Dancin' Through The Ages God and Country Theatre
Dancing Queen: Abba's Greatest Hits King's Castle Theatre
Daniel O'Donnell Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
Dinner with Yakov Yakov Smirnoff Theatre
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show
Don Williams Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
Doo-Wop & Chico Vega's Tribute to the Drifters Branson Hot Hits Theatre
Doug Gabriel's #1 Hits Tribute Show Doug Gabriel Theatre
Down Home Country Grand Country Music Hall
Dublin's Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies King's Castle Theatre
Eagles Tribute Tribute Theatre
George Dyer Dutton Family Theatre
George Strait - A Tribute Starring James Garrett Little Opry Theatre
Goldwing Express Tribute Theatre
Good News Gospel Hour Little Opry Theatre
Good Ole Boys God and Country Theatre
Grand Jubilee Grand Country Music Hall
Hughes Brothers Christmas Show Hughes Brothers Theatre
Hughes Brothers Theatre "From Christmas to New Year's" Show Hughes Brothers Theatre
Improvmania Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre Hughes Brothers Theatre
Jerusalem Caravelle Theatre
Jim Bakker Show Morningside Church
Jim Owen Country Doug Gabriel Theatre
Johnny Mathis Christmas Show with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
Jonah Sight & Sound Theatres
Joseph Hall's Elvis Rock 'N' Remember Tribute Clay Cooper Theatre
Journey Tribute Tribute Theatre
Kirby VanBurch Show Lodge of the Ozarks
Laser Spectacular Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
Legends in Concert Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
Leroy New: A Tribute to Marty Robbins and Classic Country Stars Little Opry Theatre
Loretta Lynn & Janie Fricke Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
Magnificent Seven Hamner Variety Theater
Martina McBride Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
Mel Tillis Clay Cooper Theatre
Mickey Gilley Mickey Gilley Theatre
Mike Walker and Friends God and Country Theatre
Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
Motown Downtown Branson Hot Hits Theatre
Neal McCoy Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
New Jersey Nights King's Castle Theatre
New South Gospel Grand Country Music Hall
Oak Ridge Boys Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
Ozark Mountain Jubilee Grand Country Music Hall
Patsy Cline Remembered Hamner Variety Theater
Paul Harris & The Cleverlys Starlite Theatre
Pierce Arrow Pierce Arrow Theatre
Presley Sings Elvis God and Country Theatre
Presleys Country Jubilee Presleys’ Country Jubilee
Pure Comedy Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
Rankin Brothers Yakov Smirnoff Theatre
RED - Tom Mullica's Red Skelton Tribute Hamner Variety Theater
Red, Hot... & Blue! Clay Cooper Theatre
Rock Roll and Reminisce God and Country Theatre
Sandi Patty Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
Sha Na Na Rockin' Christmas Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
Shoji Tabuchi Shoji Tabuchi Theatre
Showboat Branson Belle Showboat Branson Belle
SIX Mickey Gilley Theatre
Smoke on the Mountain Little Opry Theatre
Sons of Britches IMAX Entertainment Complex
Sons of the Pioneers Show Baldknobbers Jamboree Theatre
Southern Gospel Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
Statler Brothers Revisited God and Country Theatre
Sunday Gospel Jubilee Grand Country Music Hall
Thank You For The Music - A Modern Tribute to ABBA God and Country Theatre
The Bretts Show Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
The Cat's Pajamas - vocal band Music City Center
The Charlie Daniels Band Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
The Duttons Dutton Family Theatre
The Fair Family Hamner Variety Theater
The Gatlin Brothers Starlite Theatre
The Haygoods Clay Cooper Theatre
The Lennon Cathcart Trio Tribute Theatre
The Petersen Family Bluegrass Band Little Opry Theatre
The Revollusionists Magic Show Music City Center
The Roger Tibbs Show Music City Center
The Texas Tenors Starlite Theatre
The World Famous Platters Revue Tribute Theatre
Unbelievable Hamner Variety Theater
Vaudeville Laughternoon Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
Wade Landry's Swingin' Cajun and Country God and Country Theatre
World's Greatest Love Songs Historic Owen Theatre and Branson's House of Comedy
Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise Oak Ridge Boys Theatre

Ozark Mountain Christmas 2014 Attractions

Adventure Ziplines of Branson
Bear Creek Wine Company
Behind the Scenes Tour at Sight & Sound Theatres
Blue Streak Fast Line & Free Fall Xpress
Branson Ballknocker
Branson Balloon
Branson Centennial Museum
Branson Family Fun Factory
Branson Ghost and Legends
Branson Helicopter Tours
Branson Landing Fountain Show
Branson Limousine and Executive Charter Scenic Tours
Branson Limousine and Executive Charter Wine Tours
Branson Meadows Cinemas
Branson Scenic Railway
Branson Zipline Canopy Adventure Combo
Branson Zipline Canopy Tours
Branson's Promised Land Zoo
Branson's Wild World
Bransonhelicoptertours.com/Chopper Charter Branson
Brookside Miniature Golf
Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
Castle of Chaos
Celebrity Car Museum and Attraction
Copper Run Distillery LLC
Cosmic Caverns
Dewey Short Visitor Center
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Dogwood Canyon Tram Tours
Fantastic Caverns
Farm Mini-Golf at Grand Country
Flying Prospector Zipline Canopy Tour
Fun Spot at Grand Country
Grand Country Indoor Mini Golf
Hannah's Maze of Mirrors
Harold Bell Wright Museum
Hollywood Wax Museum
IMAX Entertainment Complex
Indian Point Family Fun Park
Lindwedel Wine Garden, LLC
Lost Treasure Golf
Macadoodles
Main Street Lake Cruises
Main Street Lake Cruises Lake Queen
Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess
Morningside Church
Mount Pleasant Winery
Mount Pleasant Winery Wine Class
National Tiger Sanctuary
Ozarks Xplorer Zipline Canopy Tour
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
Polar Express at Branson Scenic Railway
Preston Aviation Helicopters
Promised Land Zoo: Eagle Rock
Ralph Foster Museum
Ride The Ducks
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower
Shoot for the Stars Mini-Golf
Shrine of the Holy Spirit
Silver Dollar City
Splash Country Indoor Waterpark at Grand Country
Stone Hill Winery
Talking Rocks Cavern
The Track Family Fun Parks
Titanic Museum Attraction
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Veterans Memorial Museum/Branson
Vigilante Extreme ZipRider at Shepherd of the Hills
Wolfe Creek Photo Safari Guided Walking Tour
Wolfe Creek Preserve, home of Branson Zipline Canopy Tours
World's Largest Toy Museum
Xtreme Racing Center