Bucket List for Christmas in Branson with Kids

Experience the full joy of Christmas through the eyes of a child this year. Check out our bucket list of the must-see Christmas activities for kids in Branson:

1) Spend the Evening at An Old Time Christmas® at Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City, named “a top 5 spot to light up the holidays” by Good Morning America, is guaranteed to be your family’s most mesmerizing outing this Christmas season. Make your biggest Christmas wish at Santa Claus Lane, meet your favorite holiday characters at Rudolph’s Christmas Town, and enjoy the one-of-a-kind Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade.  You will be awestruck by the 6.5 million twinkling lights throughout the park, with 1.5 million featured in Christmas In Midtown® alone. Catch a ride on the Frisco Sing-Along Steam Train for a musical journey that ends with the real story of Christmas. New this year, an even bigger and brighter experience awaits with an 8-story Christmas tree standing at the center of the new Joy on Town Square. This state-of-the-art Christmas tree featuring hundreds of thousands of dancing high-resolution lights that beautifully combine color, music, light and animated imagery, and are sure to have the whole family wide-eyed and full of cheer!

2) Ride the Polar Express at Branson Scenic Railway

The Branson Scenic Railway transforms into The Polar Express™ during the holiday season. Feel free to wear your pajamas and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while waiting on a visit from Santa! This magical experience will create truly unique memories for your family this Christmas. Do you BELIEVE?

3) Attend the Adoration Parade

The 71st Annual Adoration Parade will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 5:30 pm in Historic Downtown Branson. Your kids will love seeing festive floats (some even throw out candy!), lively marching bands, and displays of good ole’ holiday cheer. Be sure to get there in time to see the lighting of the Nativity that sits on the bluff of Lake Taneycomo overlooking downtown—a great reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

4) Explore the Winter Wonderland at Still Waters Resort

Located minutes from Silver Dollar City on Indian Point, Still Waters Resort’s Winter Wonderland is a great place to spend an afternoon or lodge during family vacation. Enjoy a Christmas-themed inflatable adventure park, crafts, family pictures with Santa, and tasty holiday treats.

5) Eat Breakfast with Santa

Board the Showboat Branson Belle for Santa’s Pancakes & PJs Cruise where kids are encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas PJs! Enjoy a variety of holiday-themed activities, a yummy breakfast and a festive stage show that is sure to get you excited about the season!

Or make plans to attend the 22nd Annual “Breakfast with Santa” at Chateau on the Lake on Saturday, December 21 from 9-11 am, which benefits Tri-Lakes Humane Society. A pet adoption room will be available for guests to find the perfect surprise for their kids from 9 am to 12 pm. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, plenty of activities and games and a gift from Santa!

6) Adventure on at Shepherd of the Hills North Pole Adventure

Head to Shepherd of the Hills for an unforgettable Christmas experience! The North Pole Adventure is an interactive, walk-through experience featuring miniature golf, obstacle courses, a petting zoo, crafts, mazes, North Pole Tower, a visit with Santa and more. End your night with the drive-thru Trail of Lights display which spans the entire 160-acre Historic Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. Original to Shepherd of the Hills, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride thru the Trail of Lights with Shires for Hire

7) Follow America’s Christmas Tree City Trail

Go on a “scavenger hunt” for the most festive Christmas trees in Branson, America’s Christmas Tree City! Over 80 businesses have displayed hundreds of Christmas trees on their properties in and around Branson. Some are traditional, and some are truly unique, but all are sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Take lots of selfies!

8) Marvel at the Lights

Branson is home to incredible light displays that are often coupled with other family-friendly holiday activities. Whether you want to see Christmas lights by car or on foot, Branson will deliver some of the most dazzling holiday lights you’ve ever experienced!

You’ll also want to check out the Electrify: A Music and Light Spectacular! Christmas shows on the Branson Ferris Wheel, at the top of every hour after dark nightly. Tune into 90.9 FM to listen to Electrify right from your car or bus.

9) Watch a Christmas Show

Branson has a wonderful selection of live shows that run during the Christmas season. One that is sure to entertain your kids this Christmas is Dolly Parton’s Stampede! This dinner attraction features 32 horses and other animals takes you on a nostalgic holiday adventrue. You and your kids will leave full and happy!

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