A Branson Thanksgiving Day Feast of food, shows, fun and shopping

Silver Dollar City's Light Parade winds its way toward the Town Square and its five story high Special Effects Christmas Tree.

“What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and the traditional beginning of the Christmas Season than in Branson, Missouri,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “Branson has it all, great food, wonderful shows, fun filled attractions great shopping and the celebration of Ozark Mountain Christmas.”

“What’s Thanksgiving Day without a wonderful meal,” Johnson adds. “When it comes to food Branson has something for every taste and Thanksgiving Day is no exception.” Among many, Andy Williams Moon River Grill, Buckingham’s Prime Rib & Steakhouse, Chateau on the Lake, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill, Dobyn’s Dining Room at College of the Ozarks, Fall Creek Steakhouse and the Paradise Grill & Steakhouse will be offering special Thanksgiving meals and buffets as well as the Branson Landing Cruises’ Landing Princess Yacht. (Click here for specific information and menus.) In addition, the dinner show attractions the Showboat Branson Belle and Dixie Stampede will also be serving and entertaining on Thanksgiving Day.

“And food’s not the only thing on the menu for Branson’s Thanksgiving either,” Johnson said. “From the wonders of Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas to an exciting voyage aboard the Titanic, a time of Thanksgiving and history at the Veterans Memorial Museum or a visit to one of Branson’s other attractions there is a broad choice of exciting attractions. An article appearing in the Branson Courier entitled ” Most Branson attractions will be open on Thanksgiving Day” contains a complete list of the Branson attractions that will be open on Thanksgiving Day and over the weekend along with links to other information, pictures, schedules and pricing. Johnson also points out that Branson has two major drive through Christmas Lighting displays The Branson Area Festival of Lights and Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.

“What else would one expect from the city that is called, ‘The live music show capital of the world,’ but an exciting selection of live shows? Even on Thanksgiving Day there are show choices from morning to night,” Johnson said. The following list of Branson shows open on Thanksgiving Day is sorted by time. Click here for complete information on any of the shows listed, pictures, schedules or tickets.

10:00 am

A Tribute to John Denver
Barbara Fairchild
Down Home Country
Hughes Brothers

1:00 pm

A Neil Diamond Tribute

2:00 pm

Bill Chrastil, The Many Performances of
Comedy Jamboree
Legends of Kung Fu, Chun Yi
The Cat’s Pajamas

3:00 pm

Acrobats of China
Legends in Concert
Shake Rattle & Roll

4:00 pm

Showboat Branson Belle
5:00 pm
Circle B Supper Show
Comedy Hypnosis Dinner Show

5:30 pm

Christmas on the Trail

7:00 pm

50′s at the Hop
Andy Williams
Motown Downtown
Top 10 Rock and Roll Revue

7:30 pm

Legends of Kung Fu, Chun Yi Pierce Arrow
Shoji Tabuchi

8:00 pm

Clay Cooper’s Country Music ExpressDixie Stampede
Duttons
Grand Jubilee
Hamner Barber Variety Show
Haygoods
Jim Stafford
Kirby VanBurch
Legends in Concert
Magnificent Variety
Rankin Brothers
Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley
Smoke on the Mountain
Spirit of Christmas
Tony Orlando & The Lennon Sisters Christmas Celebration

Branson is always a great place to shop, but during Ozark Mountain Christmas and Thanksgiving Branson’s shopping is special. From handmade gifts by the craftsmen at Silver Dollar City to the amazing assortment of unique and specialty stores in historic downtown Branson at places like Dick’s Old Time 5 & 10, Branson Bill’s Emporium, Rosa’s Lost treasure Chest, the art work of outdoor artist Tom Crain and literally hundreds of other shops and three major shopping malls, Branson provides a shopping experience that is not only fun, but will enable you to find something for everyone on your Christmas gift list.

Branson’s three major shopping malls, Factory Merchants, Tanger Outlets and Branson Landing will have special schedules for Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving. It should be noted that although Tanger Mall will be closed Thanksgiving Day it will open at Midnight, 12:00 a.m. on Friday Nov. 26. Their schedules are as follows:

Factory Merchants , 1000 Pat Nash Drive

Regular Hours , Monday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm,
Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday: Nov 24, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday: Nov 25, Noon – 6:00 pm
After-Thanksgiving Day Sale, Friday: Nov 26, 7:00am – 10:00 pm
Saturday: Nov 27, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: Nov 28, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Tanger Outlets, 300 Tanger Blvd.

Regular Hours, Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday: Nov 24, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday: Nov 25, Closed
Day After Thanksgiving, Friday: Nov 26, Midnight – 9:00 pm
Thanksgiving Weekend, Saturday: Nov 27, 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thanksgiving Weekend, Sunday: Nov 28, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Branson Landing, 100 Branson Landing Blvd.

Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday: Nov 26, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Select Stores Open
Day After Thanksgiving, Friday: Nov 27, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Branson Tourism Center’s Johnson reminds those planning on staying in Branson or seeing a show on Thanksgiving or over the weekend to make advance reservations as it is one of the busiest weekends of the year in Branson. For additional information on any of Branson’s shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services. BTC can be reached by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.