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_MG_3192 (Medium)While Branson offers world-class entertainment, heart-pounding thrills and outdoor adventures around every corner, the Branson area is home to a variety of coffee shops, markets and venues that your vintage side will greatly appreciate. These local coffee and wine shops are known for their relaxed environments and live entertainment throughout the week to locals and tourists alike.

 

Backstage Café & Wine Bar
At the Backstage Café and Wine Bar, sample from the extensive list of fine wines and spirits; treat your palate to gourmet meals, sandwiches, and desserts; or be inspired by the locally talented musicians and invited guests from around the world. The Backstage Café and Wine Bar is located in downtown Branson, on the south side of the Branson Hotel, on Main Street. Serving and entertaining guests of all styles and interests, the Café is a great way to spend an evening with your loved ones.

 

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Located just two minutes from downtown Branson in Hollister, Missouri, Vintage Paris is a “quaint and cozy coffee shop,” that adds a unique flavor to the Branson area. Vintage Paris serves hand-roasted specialty coffees (made in house), imported craft beers, loose leaf teas, fine wines, cigars, tobaccos, and local pastries. Tuck away inside the coffee house or relax on the patio, listening to the sounds of live, local artists performing wide varieties of music and talents. No matter how you experience Vintage Paris, one thing is for sure: it provides the perfect, cozy atmosphere for you to relax and enjoy the good company of friends and family.

Come see what the eclectic side of Branson is all about. Stop in the Backstage Café or Vintage Paris next time you’re in Branson, or check them out online by clicking the links below.
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There’s something special about camping. Fresh air, a cozy campfire, the sweet taste of s’mores – there’s no better way to enjoy a weekend getaway. camping-1

Add to those attributes the beautiful natural surroundings of Branson and you’ve got yourself one awesome outdoor adventure!

Of course, there’s more to camping than just pitching a tent and stoking the fire. A great camping trip includes exploring hiking trails, a little fishing and perhaps a time to take in local culture.

Although fall is in full swing, cooler temperatures shouldn’t dissuade you from taking a camping trip to Branson. While you’re en route and after you’ve set up camp, you’ll be wowed by the brilliant colors Mother Nature produces during the fall months in Missouri’s Ozarks.

camping-2And if there’s a little chill in the air at night, just throw an extra log on the fire and bundle up for a cozy and comfy night’s sleep.One of Branson’s most popular camping destinations is Table, which features two campgrounds (one open year-round, one open March-November). Trails around Table Rock State Park give your camping crew a great environment in which to explore the outdoors. Trails of varying lengths are open to hiking and biking, while the popular Table Rock Lake is one of Missouri’s top fishing destinations.

Elsewhere in the Branson area, Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area offers another great spot for camping, though sites are limited and must be reserved in advance. Once you set up camp, though, Busiek is a haven for bird-watchers, as 138 species have been recorded in this area (click here for a full list, as compiled by the Audubon Society of Missouri). Busiek also is home to some 18 miles of trails; take your bike or your horse, the trails are open for bicyclists and horseback riding!

If you need a break from roughing it, head back into Branson to explore all the fun activities waiting for you. Year-round, your trip to Branson offers the opportunity to see live music shows, explore world-class museums, shop, enjoy fine dining, and to just relax and enjoy your time away.

So grab your camping gear and get ready for a trip to Branson, where fun beckons outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. And don’t forget to bring extra chocolate bars … you know those s’mores are going to be delicious.

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There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit, than to enjoy a Branson Christmas show. Feel your feet start to tap along, as you are serenaded by your favorite holiday tunes.

Andy Williams Christmas Show Starring The Osmonds and The Lennon Sisters:
Mr. Christmas’ legacy continues with a beautiful holiday tribute by the Osmonds and the Lennons. The stage will be filled with a talented cast of singers and dancers in magnificent costumes, real live reindeer and the incredible sounds of the Moon River Orchestra.

Christmas on the Trail at Shepherd of the Hills:
Start off by getting your bellies full of a hearty Christmas dinner. Listen to heart-warming Christmas cowboy music and sing-along to your favorite Christmas carols around a campfire. Don’t forget to stop by the Trail of Lights while you are there!

Dixie Stampede:
Dixie Stampede brings the holiday season to life! Snow falls softly as the breathtaking scenes fill you with tidings of good cheer. The Dixie Stampede arena is magically transformed into a true fantasy land complete with twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, old-fashioned holiday costumes and familiar holiday music.

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The holiday classic – It’s a Wonderful Life – comes to life on stage during An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City. In this original musical adaptation of Frank Capra’s 1946 film, small town businessman George Bailey discovers the true value of life, family and friends with a little help from his guardian angel, Clarence. Brought to you by Silver Dollar City’s award-winning producers, It’s a Wonderful Life also features dazzling special effects and a talented cast of 14 actors and singers.
Don’t miss the most elaborate production ever presented on a Silver Dollar City stage – A Dickens’ Christmas Carol! This 60-minute Broadway-style show surprises audiences with a talented cast of 15 actors accompanied by a live band, astounding special effects, stunning Victorian scenery and exquisite period costuming. Created especially for Silver Dollar City, this unique adaptation of the famous classic novel by Charles Dickens uses both humor and inspiration to share the story of redemption, hope, and the transforming power of one simple prayer.

Beginning the first of November, many Christmas shows begin their performances. For a complete list of Christmas shows, visit here: http://www.explorebranson.com/christmas/

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Branson, Missouri is well known for its Ozark Mountain Christmas and the local festivities that make Branson a world-wide Christmas destination for families and groups year after year. To celebrate the joy of the Christmas season, many of our local lodging properties organize annual holiday events for their guests and the public. This year, consider making one of these fun holiday events a part of your holiday season, making your family Christmas in Branson the most wonderful time of the year.

Big Cedar Lodge:

Holiday Wagon Light Tours:
Take a ride on our hitch wagons through the Big Cedar property and enjoy a dazzling view of our festive holiday lights. After the wagon ride enjoy songs from our singing cowboy along with s’mores and hot chocolate while nestled up next to a warm bonfire.
Adults: $30; Children (4-12 years): $20. Children three and under are complimentary.
Reservations required. Call 1-800-BC-LODGE.
Christmas Brunch at The Worman House:
Your family will love the casual atmosphere, beautiful view and gourmet menu of this exquisite brunch buffet. We have prepared a variety of breakfast and specialty lunch items to choose from, and don’t forget about our extravagant dessert display!
Adults: $42.95; Children (4-12 years): $18.95. Children three and under are complimentary. Offered on Wednesday, Dec. 5th from 11:00am-3:00pm.
Reservations required. Call 1-800-BC-LODGE.
Christmas Brunch at Devil’s Pool Restaurant:
Head on over for a special rustic style brunch buffet with down-home hospitality at Devil’s Pool Restaurant. Enjoy country breakfast items, delicious lunch entrees, an array of salads and appetizers and a tempting selection of desserts. Adults:
$36.95; Children (4-12 years): $15.95. Children three and under are complimentary. Offered on Thursday, Dec. 25th from 11:00am-3:00pm.
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Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock:
Enjoy an elegant brunch buffet at Top of the Rock. We have an array of breakfast and specialty lunch items to choose from while dining with the some of the grandest views in the Ozarks!Adults: $42.95; Children (4-12 years): $18.95. Children three and under are complimentary. Offered on Thursday, Dec. 25th from 11:00am-3:00pm.
Reservations required. Call 1-800-BC-LODGE.

Chateau on the Lake:

The Christmas spirit is alive at Chateau on the Lake. Join the Chateau on the Lake for the 17th annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser on December 20th from 8:00-11:30am. All proceeds will benefit the Caring People, a local non-profit organization dedicated to “equipping and partnering with the church in healing the hearts of Single Moms.” The Chateau also celebrates the holidays with Christmas carolers on select weekends through December, a life-size nativity scene, spectacular Christmas decorations, and Gingerbread Village, an immaculate display of candy houses located in the main atrium.
For any questions or details about Christmas events at Chateau of the Lake, call 417-334-1161.

The Keeter Center:

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks will host the annual Yule Tide Feast on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4. The evening will consist of a dinner, performances by the College Chorale, other live music.
On Friday, December 5, the Keeter Center will also have the annual Lighting of the Tree in the main lobby of the Keeter Center—this event is always held on the first Friday of December. The annual tree lighting is open to the public and provides live music and refreshments for all guests, creating an environment of Christmas cheer and fun for the whole family. The event will begin at 5:00pm.
For more information on Christmas events at the Keeter Center, call 417-239-1900.

Don’t miss out on all these fun-filled Christmas festivities for you and your family to enjoy this year in Branson… where you’re sure to make holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

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This Christmas, make a holiday memory your family will never forget–take a drive through the lights.

At the Branson Area Festival of Lights, drive through the lights in the comfort of your own vehicle, listening to the classic Christmas melodies and watching the synchronized light features dance before your very eyes. Turn off your headlights as you journey through this magical, mile-long path, illuminated with more than 175 beautiful light displays.

The Trail of Lights at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead will show you and your family the roots of Christmas in the Ozarks. Winding through the historic 160-acre Homestead, this holiday wonderland travels through the hills, exhibiting the meaning of the season through various displays, characters, and themes, all lit with millions of Christmas lights. Included in the Trail of Lights is a trip to the top of Inspiration Tower, a 230’ tall tower, giving you a Santa’s eye view of all the lights. The Christmas spirit is alive on the Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills.

Make Branson your destination for the Christmas holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

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The lighting of the Adoration Nativity Scene—and the subsequent parade—is a time-honored Branson tradition and one of the highlights of the Christmas season in Branson. Families and friends from all over gather downtown to watch the lighting of the nativity scene and the Adoration Parade. The parade is held annually on the first Sunday in December, at dusk, following the lighting of the nativity.

It was 1949 when a businessman by the name of Joe Todd met with Steve Miller, a local artist, over the mid-day lunch break in a Downtown Branson café. There, the two men sketched their plans to construct an Adoration Nativity Scene to honor the Christ child—all on the face of a napkin. Six decades later, Branson continues to honor and celebrate their vision and hard work, displaying the traditional scene atop the same mountain where the original structure once stood.

Rebuilt in 2012, the 28-foot-tall nativity stands high above the Branson skyline, built to the same standards as the original scene based on photographs and the original plans. This year’s parade is scheduled for December 7 and features marching bands, floats from organizations in several states, and even an appearance from old Saint Nick himself. Although the original Adoration Nativity Scene is gone, the celebration of the Christmas story in a non-commercial manner along with the vision and dream of Joe Todd and Steve Miller still remain in Branson.

 

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Ozark Mountain Christmas is a magical time of year in Branson, Missouri. The town literally transforms into a holiday wonderland decorated top to bottom for the season. Here’s a list of five things to add to your must-do list to experience SDC-Rudolph-Blog Ozark Mountain Christmas.

1.) An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City – One of the nation’s most acclaimed Christmas festivals is one that you do not want to miss. With a brand new Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, two holiday music productions and a five-story special effects Christmas tree, there’s nothing better to get you in the holiday spirit.

2.) Christmas light tours – Branson is home to two lighted drive-thru displays during the holidays. First, see Branson all aglow at the Branson Area Festival of Lights on a one-mile drive along path illuminated with more than 175 displays. Second, the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights winds you through the historic 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and takes you on a journey into a holiday wonderland. Don’t forgot to stop at the end for a trip up Inspiration Tower to sip on hot cocoa and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the lights from above!

3.) Christmas Parades – There are two holiday themed parades during Ozark Mountain Christmas. At the beginning of the season, make sure to catch the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Parade at the Branson Landing with live performances from Branson entertainers following the parade. Every year people gather in Downtown Branson for the lighting of the Adoration Scene on Mount Branson and enjoy the Adoration Parade immediately following.

landing_Christmas Tree-blog4.) Christmas Shows – For many years, Branson shows create a productions to showcase the cheer and goodwill of the Christmas season. With Christmas shows and special holiday guest appearances running in November and December, make sure you don’t miss seeing your favorites this holiday season.

5.) Holiday Shopping – It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a little Christmas shopping. Opportunities to pick up the perfect gift abound in the Branson area. Throughout the Branson/Lakes Area visitors can find outlet centers, shops and galleries focused on arts and crafts, as well as boutique and specialty stores offering themed experiences for collectors, gift buyers and bargain-hunters alike.

There’s no doubt about it: the fall season is here!  While you watch the changing colors of the Ozark Mountains, smell the familiar fragrance of apple spice and freshly carved pumpkins, and feel the heat of a warm cup of apple cider; gather your friends and family to experience the exciting activities of the Halloween season in Branson.  Halloween is a holiday of frightening adventures and fun family memories.  The Branson area offers many varieties of events and activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy, no matter your age!

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  • McKenna Family Farm- Located just minutes from downtown Branson, the McKenna Farm and Pumpkin Patch is a great way to welcome the fall season with your family. Not only is this farm operation throughout much of the year, but during the fall they have activities for the whole family, including a two-acre corn mace, pumpkin bounce house, hay rides, baby farm animals, slides, and a huge bounce pillow (new in 2014!). Bring your family out to the farm, and enjoy the fall!
  • Halloween BOOnanza- The Branson RecPlex will host the Halloween BOOnanza on Saturday, October 25, from 5:00-8:00pm. Featuring a trick-or-treat maze, a hay ride, costume contest, cup cake walk, and so much more, the BOOnanza is a holiday event you and your family do not want to miss. Bring the kids, bring the costumes, and come make some fun family memories this October at the Halloween BOOnanza!

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Frightening Adventures:

  • Branson’s Haunted Screampark- Located in Branson West, Branson’s Haunted Screampark is not one but four haunted attractions in one location: the Insanitarium, Slashers, Haunted Adventure & Mirror Maze, and Terror Tales. Open rain or shine, bring your friends and get ready for the fright of your life!
    DISCLAIMER: This is a scary attraction. Adult supervision is recommended with youngsters.
  • Branson Ghost and Legends Tour- Get your spook on as you depart on a 90-minute excursion through historic downtown Branson and experience this Missouri town like never before. Hear about the ghost that haunts the Owens Theatre, the shootout at the Train Depot, and what started the great Branson Fire in the early 20th Century and much, much more.
  • Castle of Chaos- Step into the world’s first 5-D attraction right here in Branson, as you join in the Battle Against Evil. This haunted family attraction combines 3-D video, motion rides, and video into a single, scary, fun adventure.
    DISCLAIMER: This can be a scary attraction for young children. Adult supervision is recommended.

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Everybody loves the beautiful fall season in the Ozarks.
So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to put together, in no particular order, the “Five Essentials for a Perfect Branson Fall.”

1. Enjoy a nice cup of Hot Wassail at a fall festival.

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2. Take in the stunning colors of fall.

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3. Spend the evening tucked away in a coffee shop.

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4. Make new memories at the McKenna Family Pumpkin Patch.

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5. Explore one of our local wineries.

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color vetBranson honors America’s veterans and active-duty servicemen and women every day of the year. From November 5-11 each year, Branson hosts Veterans Homecoming Week, an annual festival to revere and remember the brave men and women who served our nation. Branson is one of the most veteran-friendly and patriotic cities in America, hosting hundreds of military reunions and festivals annually, making it their #1 destination of choice.

In 2014, Veterans Homecoming Week will host many different events for veterans and their spouses including mini reunions, memorials; a military ball and, of course, the Veteran’s Day parade. Here is a list of some of the week’s major events. Click on the highlighted section of each event to see the full description and details.

Events for All Veterans:

Friday, Nov. 5

  •      Opening Ceremony- This event is the “Patriotic Welcome to Veterans Homecoming Week” for veterans and their families.

Saturday, Nov. 6

  •      POW/MIA Service- Special ceremony to honor those missing in action or who served as prisoners of war.
  •      Military Ball- A classic Military Ball at the Radisson Hotel. This evening’s event will honor all former and active members of the Armed Forces.

Sunday, Nov. 7                 

  •      Tree Dedication- A ceremony, located at Veterans Grove, for Korean War and WWII Veterans who have traveled with the College of the Ozarks Patriotic Education Travel Program.

Monday, Nov. 8               

  •      18th Annual Gala & Banquet- Branson’s longest running military tribute ball, open to all branches of the U.S. Military

Thursday, Nov. 11           

 

Events specific to… 

Korean War Veterans:
     Tuesday, Nov. 9

  • Mini Reunion- Reunion for Korean War Veterans, located at the Stone Castle Inn.

Persian Gulf War Veterans:
     Sunday, Nov. 7

  • Mini Reunion- Reunion for those who served during Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo.

Spouses of Veterans:
     Saturday, Nov. 6

Vietnam Veterans:
     November 5-11

Sunday, Nov. 7

  • Mini Reunion- Reunion for any veteran who served in the Vietnam War. This event is located at the Camden Hotel & Conference Center.

Women Veterans:

Monday, Nov. 8

  • Mini Reunion- This reunion is designed to honor the women who served courageously in the United States military.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

  • Rose Petal Ceremony- 11th Annual Tribute to Women Veterans who have served, and those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

WWII Veterans:

Sunday, Nov. 7

  • WWII Mini Reunion- Reunion for those who fought in WWII. This event will be held at the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks to honor those who served in the Second World War.

 

Details and information on all other events during Veterans Homecoming Week can be found on our website, here: www.explorebranson.com/veterans.

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