Christmas Events 2017
2017 information is being updated as it comes in.
Ozark Mountain Christmas is aglitter with Branson Shows! Come celebrate the "Reason for the Season" in Branson.
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Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson
As a visitor you will see Christmas lights glowing in every direction, celebrities and stars filling the stages and shopping bags in everyone's hands. Branson is known for its live entertainment and there's no exception at Christmas time. There are many shows completely dedicated to the holidays and nearly every theater incorporates Christmas music into at least half of the performance. You'll hear traditional Christmas music, carols and hymns, sounds from the past and sounds from today. You'll see Christmas lights, decorated sets and displays, costumes and more. And, you'll feel the Spirit of Christmas everywhere you go.
Don't miss the 5th Annual "Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade" dedicated to Mr. Christmas, Andy Williams - where Branson entertainers will gather together at Branson Landing for a beautiful holiday parade! Following the parade will be a dozen live performances from the main stage in front of the Branson Landing fountains and a special grand finale you don't want to miss!
At NOON Santa Claus arrives at the Branson Landing. From November 4th to December 24th Santa will be inside his Christmas Treehouse, waiting to see all the good boys and girls. Come and visit him and be sure to have a keepsake photo taken in his very own Treehouse!
100 Branson Landing
Branson, MO 65616
An Old Time Christmas - November 4, 2017 to January 1, 2018
Silver Dollar City's "An Old Time Christmas" is the perfect example of why there's no place like Branson for the holidays! The popular theme park is transformed into a glittering Christmas wonderland; adorned with over 6.5 million brilliant lights, it's a seasonal sight to behold for the entire family! A thousand trees are lined with lights, and everywhere you look, you'll discover both holiday cheer and reminders of the real reason for this glorious season. During "An Old Time Christmas," visitors can enjoy two Broadway-style theater productions, as well as delightful holiday meals or munchies, especially treats like hot wassail, hot apple dumplings with cinnamon ice cream, and tasty cappuccino. As long as Mother Nature cooperates, more than 30 thrilling rides and attractions will be open during this holiday season, and shopping is incredibly festive, especially at Jingle Bell Junction, where you'll discover 80 themed Christmas trees. And, speaking of Christmas trees, the showpiece of Silver Dollar City's holiday celebration is a 5-story special effects tree on the square; a brilliant attraction all by itself! This enormous Christmas tree features a synchronized light and music show at intervals throughout each evening; a captivating sight that's hard to resist...something returning visitors look forward to every year. And let's not forget the Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Friends! "An Old Time Christmas" festival at Silver Dollar City brings to mind those wonderful celebrations from days gone by and surely sets the standard for honoring this holiest of holidays in just the right way.... Christmas is always Christmas in Branson!
Get a 1 Day Pass or call us for details on how to save on a second day! 1-800-785-1550
*New* Santa's Pancakes & PJs Cruise
Join Santa, his Helpers, The North Pole Toy Soldier & the Holiday Sugar Plum Fairies for an adventure complete with kid's activities, entertainment, & breakfast. Prior to the Pancakes & PJs Cruise, follow your map throughout the Showboat as you search for the Sugar Plum Fairy Sweet Stops, visit the Captain in the Wheelhouse, and receive a special gift, stop by and see Santa's Helpers for face painting, and complete your Christmas Wish List and place it in the Toy Soldiers Mail Box for immediate delivery to the big man himself.
Next, set sail on Table Rock Lake and enjoy a great breakfast that includes Story Time, Sing-A-Long, a festive stage show featuring music, dance, comedy and more!Don't forget to rock your favorite Christmas PJs.
We encourage children to wear pajamas to this special occasion. Aside from the optional visit to the Top Deck Wheelhouse, this event takes place inside the Showboat Branson Belle. Winter weather is not a factor.
Come early. Activity Stations open one hour prior to cruise time.
Santa will be available for a photo on the Dock following the cruise.
Get your tickets here.
- Pancakes with Warm Maple Syrup
- Sausage & Bacon
- Fresh Fruit
- Orange Juice, Chocolate Milk, Milk & Coffee
Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 4 - Dec. 23, 2017, at 9 am
Plus, Noon Cruises On Sundays Nov. 26 - Dec. 17
"Branson's Gift of Lights" is a brand new drive-through Christmas Light display using super bright, all-LED lights. Over 300 brand new displays will be featured that will remind you that nowhere else celebrates Christmas like Branson; and we never forget the reason for the season. Celebrate by hearing the story of the birth of Christ set to synchronized lights and don't forget to look for Noah's ark! Watch out for the whimsical prehistoric holidays, the Santa Safari, a forest of Christmas trees, and the giant Christmas train.To purchase tickets for Branson Gift of Lights - Click here.
"Branson Limousine Christmas Light Tours" let you see the lights in comfort and style! Have a professional chauffeur escort you around town while you relax in the comfort of a luxury limousine, sedan, or SUV. Enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic champagne or bottled water, but especially the chance for everyone to fully experience the lights without the worry of keeping your eyes on the road. You'll even have candy canes for the sweet tooth! To top it off and make the festive feeling complete, you'll be listening to Christmas songs recorded by Branson entertainers.
Your "Branson Limousine Christmas Light Tour" includes a visit to Historic Downtown Branson and the rustic glamour of Big Cedar Lodge, a trip down Branson Landing Boulevard and The Strip (Highway 76), and a trip though some of Branson's most decorated neighborhoods. Plus you'll experience the magical Gift of Lights display!
Tours are 2 hours in length and you may choose from a variety of vehicles, depending on their max occupant limit; Luxury Towncar Sedan (1-3), Executive Suburban (1-5), Superstretch Limousine (1-8), or Excursion Limousine (1-12).Purchase tickets here.
The Trail of Lights in Branson, Missouri is a drive-thru animation display that will transport you into the heart of the Christmas Season. The Trail winds its way through the historic 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, and will take you down the famous "Trail that Nobody Knows How Old" into a holiday wonderland. The display begins November 1st and ends on December 30th. The lights are open from 5:30 pm until 10:30 pm (Everyday except Sundays). Call Branson Tourism Center to book your light tour, and ask a reservation specialist about other wonderful holiday light tours! 1-800-785-1550
The Shepherd of the Hills
5586 West Highway 76
Branson, MO 65616
An annual tradition in Hollister and always a treat! The Santa Train returns to the historic downtown Hollister train depot. Goodie bags and refreshments for all the children, see Santa, and face painting.
Location:Historic Hollister Train Depot
Time:1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
69th Annual Adoration Parade
December 3, 2017
The Branson community gathers on this special day to set aside our individual aspirations and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. It is our chance to stop and reflect on the beauty of the Christmas story that still inspires people today. On this special night, no one is in the limelight and no organization is promoted, only an overwhelming outpouring of community and celebration as we come together to honor the story of Christmas. The evening starts with the annual lighting of the largest area nativity scene overlooking Lake Taneycomo at dusk, then The Adoration Parade starts in Downtown Historic Branson and ends by passing the Branson Landing.
Santa Claus will be making a special stop this year at the Branson RecPlex. They will be serving a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee first and then a visit to Santa. All children will receive a gift from Santa's workshop. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras and kids should bring their Christmas lists to share with Santa! There will be three sessions of breakfast & visiting Santa, space is limited, so register early!
Who: Children of all ages
When: Sat, Dec 9
Times: 8:30 am - 9:30 am
9:30 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Branson RecPlex
Limit: 100 Per Session
Address: 1500 Branson Hills Parkway
This annual charity fundraiser, in its 19th year, will benefit a local charity. Kids will be delighted as Santa will arrive dramatically via fire truck, and parents will be impressed by the beautiful holiday décor and lights throughout the resort. Every child receives a gift and has the opportunity to visit with Santa. The event will feature a bountiful breakfast buffet and fun activities by the Crawdaddies Kids Club team, such as making Christmas ornaments. In addition, there will be clowns distributing balloons, face painting, and holiday movies. Advanced reservations are required, and may be made by calling (417) 334-1161.
Santa Claus arrives at Branson Landing on November 12th! Santa will be inside his Christmas Tree House in Town Square waiting to see all of the good boys and girls! Santa will be at Branson Landing November 12th - December 24th. Get your keepsake photo taken, and tell Santa what you want for Christmas this year!
- Fridays & Saturdays - 12 pm to 8 pm
- Sundays through Thursdays - 12 pm to 7 pm
- Wednesday, November 22nd - 12 pm to 6 pm
- Thursday, November 23rd Santa will be back at the North Pole having Thanksgiving dinner with Mrs. Clause, the elves, and the reindeer.
- December 24th - 12 pm to 6 pm, then Santa has to get back to the North Pole to begin deliveries to all the children in the world!
*Santa will be going back to the North Pole every day from 3 pm to 3:45 pm to feed the reindeer.
Bring your furry friend to get a picture with Santa on these special nights:
Thursdays Dec. 7, Dec. 14, & Dec. 21 from 3:45 pm to 7 pm
Pets will receive a special trat from Don't 4 Get About Me pet shop af they have taken their pictures with Santa.
Schedule subject to change. Photo packages available for purchase.
Sometimes the budget or time just doesn't allow for a show or theme park visit. So if that is the case, here are some neat things to do that are free and as quick as you like.
- Drive down the famous Branson Strip
Branson is decorated with millions of twinkling lights, thousands of trees, and more glitter then can be imagined for Christmas. Make the trip while the shows are going on and enjoy the view of all the Christmas glory. At the end of the strip you will see Branson's Tallest Christmas "Tree," the Shepherd of the Hills Inspiration Tower is transformed into a lighted marvel standing at 230 feet tall.
- Gingerbread Village at Chateau on the Lake
Relive the memories of childhood where making a gingerbread house was a tradition in many homes. See how hundreds of pounds of sugar, candies, dried fruits, cookies, pop tarts, and so much more can be transformed into villages of yumminess.
- Stroll the Branson Landing
Along the waterfront of Lake Taneycomo, the Branson Landing is transformed into a magical Christmas streetscape, with an 50' Christmas Tree and Santa's House under the tree, where Santa can visit with the kids.
- Free Photo with Santa
Quick as a wink, fast as a flash, find Santa is at the Bass Pro Shop, where your little one can get a free picture with the jolly old elf. There might even be some great crafts to do while you shop.
- Branson Ferris Wheel's Electrify Christmas
At the top of the hour, each night from 7 pm to 10 pm find a spot to view Branson's newest attraction, the Branson Ferris Wheel and see the amazing 16,000 LED lights dance to the music of the Season. The lights and music are designed and choreographed by Michael Haygood of the incredible Haygoods Show.
- Shop the Kringle's Christmas Shop
At the Grand Villages Shops there is a place where Christmas is felt all year long! Within the walls of Missouri's largest Christmas Store, Kringle's, are 125 designer decorated Christmas Trees and countless collectibles encompassing a 9,000 square foot space. And you know who might be stopping by for a new ornament, so be on the look out.
- Find the Unusual Christmas Trees
Throughout the town of Branson, numerous businesses have gone a over the top, creating the most incredible and unique Christmas trees. See how many you can find!
Christmas Day is a wonderful time to spend with friends & family. In Branson we love to spend it with you. To see a a full list of shows and attractions that will be available on Christmas Day click the button below:Christmas Day Branson Shows & Attractions
Branson celebrates the spirit of Christmas up until the end of the year. For those joining us for the week of Christmas, we've compiled a list of shows and attractions that will be open so your family may make even more memories together.
To see a full list of shows and attractions that will be available on Christmas Eve click the button below:
To see a a full list of shows and attractions that will be available on Christmas Day click the button below:
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Christmas comes but once a year - join Chateau on the Lake for our traditional Christmas Brunch. On December 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. sample sumptuous breakfast items, salads, fruits, cheeses, shellfish, entrees, side dishes, carved meats and dessert! Advanced reservations may be made by contacting our holiday line at 417-243-1711. Reservations are highly recommended.