It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

If you haven't visited Branson during the holidays, you’re in for an amazing surprise. When you come to America’s Christmas Tree City, everyone is family.

For more than a quarter century, Branson has made its holiday lineup of events a treasured tradition. Celebrations run from the beginning of November through New Year’s Day – there’s no waiting for Thanksgiving to kick-off the holidays here!

Of course, Branson offers countless opportunities for fun year-round, but here are seven ways to celebrate the magic of the holidays in Ozark Mountain Christmas fashion:

Live Shows

Branson is known for world-class live shows and performers. It’s not called the Live Music Show Capital of the World for nothing!  With an amazing lineup of special performances and themed shows, a Christmas show in Branson is unlike any others.

Christmas Lights

Christmas light displays can be found all throughout the Branson area. Driving tours such as Let There Be Lights!, Branson's Lights of Joy and Trail of Lights are all great to explore. During the Christmas season, visitors can even experience light displays while walking down the Branson Landing. Silver Dollar City is home to the largest Christmas light display in this area during An Old Time Christmas. With Christmas in Midtown, you can find around 6.5 million lights across the park. Did we mention this is America's Christmas Tree City? Follow the city tree trail for plenty of fun adventures and a unique Christmas light experiences.

An Old Time Christmas

Everyone can experience the wonder of Silver Dollar City during An Old Time Christmas festival. The child in everyone will come alive when they see the millions of lights covering the city. Live Christmas shows, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, a eight-story special effects Christmas tree and the Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade are part of the park’s amazing holiday lineup. Click here to view the Ultimate 2020 Silver Dollar City Christmas Travel Guide. 


Looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones? In Branson, you can enjoy Christmas traditions and get all your Christmas shopping done! Specialty shops, outlet malls and unique-to-Branson experiences await, just be sure to bring your full shopping list. 

Special Events

The holidays in Branson wouldn’t be complete without several special events.

NEW in 2020: Festive Fridays in Downtown Branson! Come join in the holiday festivities around the new 30' Christmas tree in Liberty Plaza along with entertainment, refreshments, in-store specials and more!  See all the exciting events in Branson!

Among other notable events is the annual Veterans Homecoming Week, one of the largest events of its type in the U.S. Another not-to-be-missed event is the annual Adoration Parade, which celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. The event includes the lighting of the Adoration Scene (displayed on Mt. Branson) and a parade.

All Aboard The Polar Express

What better way to see the snowy Ozark Mountains than taking a ride on the train? The Branson Scenic Railway's Polar Express Train Ride, based on “The Polar Express” film, will bring a warm smile to your face. Like the original story, hot chocolate and cookies are given out to each passenger. Santa will be there reading parts of the book during the train ride!

Places to Stay

Branson’s lodging options provide warm, comfortable environs to rest your head at night. Many hotels and resorts pull out all the stops during the holidays, to include visits with Santa, special activities for younger guests and, of course, lots of sweet treats!

As you can see, Branson is a great destination for your holiday getaway. Countless fun activities await while attractions are ready to welcome you as you celebrate this most special time of year. Get your vacation started on the right note by checking out all Branson has to offer. It's the most wonderful time of year!

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