December Events in Branson

Branson transforms into a city full of Christmas fun! With winter activities going on around every corner, “America’s Christmas Tree City” is a must-see destination during December.

Family fun festivals, decorated trees, lights everywhere and special events at popular attractions can be found all in one place when experiencing Christmas in Branson. Check out the activities available in December:

Christmas Parades:

Perhaps there’s no better way to kick off December than by attending Branson’s annual Adoration Parade  at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. The parade includes elaborate floats and talented marching bands. It concludes with the lighting of a large nativity scene overlooking downtown from high atop Mount Branson. A long-standing tradition, the 70th annual parade runs through downtown and focuses on the true meaning of the Christmas season.

One of the biggest events of the year happens in December at Silver Dollar City, which hosts its traditional An Old Time Christmas  festival throughout the holiday season. Enjoy delicious foods, thrill rides (weather permitting), lights and more that will bring the season to life. Every evening the Rudolph's Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade will go down Main Street. Led by the most famous reindeer of all, this parade will bring joy to all that attend with its Christmas music, lighted floats and dozens of costumed characters.

Christmas Lights:

About 15 minutes east on Highway 76, Titanic Museum Attraction is decked out in Edwardian period-appropriate décor during its annual Christmas Tribute, a vision of how the ship might have looked had it sailed during the holiday season. Beautiful lighting and dozens of trees add to the experience.

Speaking of trees, the Branson Landing’s Winter WonderLanding features one of the largest trees in Branson. With beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and lights everywhere, coming to the Branson Landing is a Christmas experience. 

At Shepherd of the Hills, visitors flock to the 2.5-mile Trail of Lights as it passes through the Homestead property and includes displays sure to ignite a sense of wonder and add to the appreciation for the season.

Holiday lights abound at Branson’s Promised Land Zoo, home to Let There Be Lights! display through Jan. 1. Highlights of the two-mile journey include a living nativity in Christmas Village – complete with live animals. There’s also a special, Santa-led VIP tour called Santa’s Safari where guests enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and the opportunity to interact with giraffes!

For the largest display of Christmas lights in the Branson area, check out An Old Time Christmas festival at Silver Dollar City. With over 6.5 million Christmas lights covering the park, this light display encompasses the Christmas spirit. Make sure not to miss the five-story Christmas Tree light show once the sun goes down every day during this festival!

Branson Christmas Shows:

Throughout the Christmas season, Branson’s Entertainment District embraces the holiday season by offering shows full of Christmas music and fun. Andy Williams Ozark Mountain Christmas Show, Hughes Brothers Christmas Show and Branson's Famous Baldknobbers Christmas  are just a few must-see Christmas shows that the whole family will love!

Planning on spending the day at Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas? Along with thrilling rides, unique shops and Christmas lights enveloping the whole park, visitors can enjoy two original musical productions: It's A Wonderful Life and A Dickens' Christmas Carol.

New Year Celebrations:

The last two days of the year are focused on fun for grown-ups and ringing in 2019 in style.

Of course, it only makes sense that one of Branson’s live-performance theaters has a New Year’s Eve blowout, and talented musicians at Clay Cooper Theatre are more than happy to oblige. Doors for the Clay Cooper and Haygoods New Year’s Eve Celebration open at 7:30 p.m. and the Haygoods perform at 8:30 p.m.

Also on Dec. 31, Hughes Brothers Theatre hosts "From Christmas To New Year's Eve" Show. An extravagant event, beginning at 9 p.m., it includes dinner and features a rousing performance by The Hughes Family, with selections from both their Christmas Show and popular Hughes Music Show. Other great New Year’s Eve shows include Americana Theatre New Year’s Eve Show  and Hamners' New Year's Eve Fiesta.

For an unforgettable evening, the farm-to-fork inspired four-course meal at the New Year's Eve Dinner at the Keeter Center will not disappoint. Featuring live music, dancing and a sparkling cider toast, this night is sure to be full of great service and excellent food. Another way to kick-off the New Year is at the New Year's Eve Celebration and Fireworks Display at Chateau on the Lake. With a cocktail party, dinner, dancing and fireworks, this event will ring in the New Year with a bang!

As America’s Christmas Tree City, Branson is the perfect destination to celebrate a traditional Christmas with the family. While visiting, don’t forget to look for unique Christmas gift ideas from Branson.

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