Top Things to do with Kids in Branson at Christmas

Relive the magic of Christmas from the eyes of a child... or if you’re traveling with a youngster, it’s time to make some fun memories this holiday season. You can see a fantastic live Christmas show, watch a festive parade, gaze at Branson's beautiful Christmas light displays and much more!

Here’s our list of great things to do in Branson with kids during the Christmas season:


See a Christmas Show

Sing along to old-time Christmas classics or new Christmas songs at one of these awesome Christmas shows.

An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City

Surround yourself with over 6 million Christmas lights, over 40 rides and attractions, two Broadway-caliber Shows (“It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol”) and so much more. Also witness Christmas in Midtown, the largest lighting display at the theme park in the last two decades! At the heart of the park, you'll see 1.5 million lights illuminating creative scenery, along with a canopy of angels flying overhead. To learn more about An Old Time Christmas and Christmas in Midtown, click here.

Walk the Branson Landing

Watch the dazzling fire and water show at the town square, build a new friend at Build-a-Bear, or make the coolest car on the block at Ride Makerz. You can even visit Santa at Bass Pro Shops!

Ride the Polar Express

Take a ride on the Polar Express and experience the magic of Christmas for yourself as your wind through the Ozark Mountains. Don't forget to wear your favorite pajamas while enjoying a hot cholocate and the beautiful scenery!

Drive Through Lights

The Christmas lights in Branson are a must-see. Drive through one of Branson's great Christmas light displays from the comfort of your own car. 

Marvel at Giant Gingerbread Houses

You can look… but you can’t eat! Chateau on the Lake is home to a village of intricately designed gingerbread houses that you have to see to believe.

Watch a Parade

Celebrate the Christmas season with the Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade in November, or Branson’s Adoration Parade in December each year. Don't forget that Silver Dollar City has Rudolph's Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade every night the park is open, twice a night!

Visit Santa

Looking for the jolly man in red? Here are a few places to find him around town.

Christmas At The Ranch

Sycamore Creek Family Ranch offers fun for the entire family! Roasting marshmallows and sitting by the fire drinking hot chocolate is a great way to enjoy the Christmas season. During the first weekend of December, enjoy Christmas at the Ranch. Jingle Bell hayrides, a bonfire and s'mores, live animals and a family scavenger hunt are sure to make a fun Christmas-themed evening for the whole family. To learn more about Christmas At The Ranch.

In Branson, we love to share Christmas with kids the traditional way: lights, shows, parades and holiday festivities. For more inspiration on how to make Branson part of your holiday tradition, check out this video:

Plus, check out more Branson videos at Explore Branson’s YouTube channel.
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