Seven Branson Christmas Must-Dos

When the Christmas season comes around, Branson transforms into America’s Christmas Tree City! With enough Christmas spirit to spare, Branson is becoming a family tradition you won’t want to miss.

The moment you drive into Branson, you can tell that Christmas is a magical time of year here. From hot chocolate and drive-thru Christmas lights to pictures with Santa and cookies, Branson is the perfect place to make lasting Christmas memories with the family.
While you are in town, here are seven Branson Christmas must-dos that you won’t want to miss out on:

1. An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City

Known as one of the nation’s most family-friendly Christmas festivals, An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City has all the Christmas traditions and a couple of unexpected surprises!

Warm up with a hot chocolate while you browse the specialty shops, where you can find unique souvenirs and gifts for everyone on your list. Enjoy the five-story special effects Christmas tree with a sound and light show that captivates onlookers.
Unexpected Christmas activities include a Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and two Broadway-style musical productions.

Explore Silver Dollar City’s brightest season yet at the Christmas in Midtown Light Spectacular. With 6.5 million lights - 680 miles of lights – throughout the park, this festival is a can’t-miss Christmas tradition.

2. Christmas Parades

With two holiday themed parades during Ozark Mountain Christmas, Branson is overflowing with activities. 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.

To celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, every year people gather in Downtown Branson for the lighting of the Adoration Scene on Mount Branson and enjoy the Adoration Parade immediately following.

3. Christmas Shows

During the months of November and December, Branson shows bring out their Christmas spirit for all to see. Many of the live shows create productions to showcase the cheer and goodwill of the Christmas season and they invite you to join. With Christmas shows and special holiday guest appearances, make sure you don’t miss your favorites this season.

4. Christmas Light Tours

Branson is home to several drive-thru Christmas light displays that allow you to enjoy the lights without leaving the comfort of your vehicle. See Branson all aglow at the Branson’s Gift of Lights on a one-mile, drive-along path illuminated with more than 300 displays.

Branson's Promised Land Zoo's Let There Be Lights! features dozens of LED displays, a living nativity scene and Santa's real reindeer team. Get a special glimpse at some of the zoo animals as you drive through the bright two-mile trail. Also, drive through the winding trails at the historic Shepherd of the Hills Homestead to see the Trail of Lights, a two-and-a-half mile drive-thru trail filled with twinkling Christmas lights.

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. 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.

6. Christmas Tree Trail

As America’s Christmas Tree City, Branson’s becomes just as magical as the holiday season. Christmas trees are decorated in splendor and set up at locations all over the city, including hundreds of trees at Silver Dollar City and the impressive 80-foot-tall tree at Branson Landing roundabout. Branson's Christmas trees make a picture-perfect picture backdrop, so be sure to snap a few photos of your holiday moments and use #ExploreBranson to share your Christmas memories.

7. Polar Express

During the Christmas season, Branson Scenic Railway becomes the Polar Express. Based on the popular book, “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburgess, this Christmas experience is one that the whole family will enjoy. Come ready for cookies and hot chocolate, breathtaking scenery and a reading from Santa. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas!

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