70th Annual Adoration Parade

With the holiday season approaching, this is the time of year to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Seventy Christmases ago, long before Branson was the Live Music Show Capital of the World, well before the theme parks, theaters and Branson’s Entertainment District, two Ozarks men spent their lunch designing a lasting tribute to the Christ child. Those simple plans sketched on a napkin by businessman Joe Todd and artist Steve Miller would soon turn into one of the area's most lasting holiday scenes: a large, Christmas card-style display adorning the bluffs of Mount Branson, overlooking Lake Taneycomo.

The 28-foot-tall nativity scene, refurbished to its original glory in 2012, can be seen from miles away and has become a symbol of Christmas in the Ozarks. Each year at dusk on the first Sunday in December the iconic nativity scene is lit, followed by the annual Adoration Parade that truly kicks off the Ozark Mountain Christmas season in Branson.

The 70th annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony is set to take place Dec. 2. The time-honored event begins at dusk. with the lighting of the Adoration Nativity Scene and pre-parade activities with entertainment. The Branson Adoration Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. which serves as a true reminder of the meaning of the Christmas season, will feature performances by local high school marching bands and a variety of floats created by a multitude of area churches and organizations, as well as an appearance by the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus. Beginning at the Branson Convention Center's south parking lot, the parade will wind its way through Historic Downtown Branson and can be best viewed along Commercial Street.

Each year the Branson community gathers for the Adoration Celebration and Parade to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season with the family. For one special night, locals and visitors alike can come together and honor the Christmas story. Make this heartwarming celebration a part of your holiday season this year and create some old-fashioned Christmas memories with those you love.

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