December Events in Branson

Watch Branson transform into a city full of Christmas fun this December! 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 galore and special events at popular attractions can be found all throughout Branson this Christmas. Check out the activities available this December.

Two Christmas elves waving to guests from a parade float.
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Perhaps there’s no better way to kick off December than by attending Branson’s annual Adoration Parade  at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. 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 71st annual parade runs through Historic Downtown Branson and focuses on the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Another Branson experience happening this December is An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City. 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.

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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 must-do Christmas experience. 

Holiday lights abound at Branson’s Promised Land Zoo, home to the Let There Be Lights! display through Jan. 4. 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! Check out more drive-through light displays in Branson.

At Shepherd of the Hills, visitors flock to the 2.5-mile Trail of Lights that passes through the Homestead property and includes displays sure to ignite a sense of wonder for the season. New this year, Shepherd of the Hills hosts the North Pole Adventure, an interactive walk-through experience with Christmas crafts, games, Santa, treats and more!

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. New this year, Silver Dollar City reveals an 8-story Christmas tree at the center of the new Joy on Town Square. This Christmas tree will be unlike anything you have seen before as hundreds of thousands of dancing high-resolution lights are perfectly blended with music and animated imagery.


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, Brett Family Christmas ShowHughes Brothers Christmas Show and Branson's Famous Baldknobbers Christmas  are just a few must-see Christmas shows that the whole family will love! Check out even more Christmas shows in Branson.

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 original musical productions like: It's A Wonderful Life, A Dickens' Christmas Carol, Frontier Fa-La-La Follies, The Living Nativity and more.


The last two days of the year are focused on fun for grown-ups and ringing in 2020 in style.

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Celebrate the New Year alongside the talented musicians at Clay Cooper Theatre. Doors for the Clay Cooper and Haygoods New Year’s Eve Celebration open at 7:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and the Haygoods perform at 8:30 p.m. The party won’t stop until the New Year has begun.

Also on Dec. 31, Hughes Brothers Theatre hosts "From Christmas To New Year's Eve" Show. The extravagant event begins at 8 p.m. and includes dinner and a rousing performance by The Hughes Family. They will perform 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.

The New Year's Eve Dinner at the Keeter Center is a farm-to-fork, four-course meal that 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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