“Ozark Mountain Christmas or any other time of the year, Branson’s live shows are one of the primary elements that makes Branson the unique wonderful travel destination that it is,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. During Ozark Mountain Christmas there are a number of shows that are primarily Christmas productions and only available during that time.” she continued.
Some of the more popular of these “full” production Christmas shows are:
Shoji Tabuchi’s Wonder of Christmas – Long known, for not only the musical talent they bring to the stage, but the spectacular production show surrounding that talent, Shoji Tabuchi’s “Wonder of Christmas” is yet another example of just why that is so. From toy soldiers, flying angels and spectacular sets and colorful costuming to Christmas and holiday music ranging from the fun and revelry of a “Cajun Christmas” to the simple elegance of Shoji playing “Silent Night,” this show is a Christmas extravaganza in the finest Tabuchi Tradition.
The entire theatre is beautifully decorated for Christmas as is the stage, but it doesn’t stop there. Whether it’s the very talented Christina Tabuchi singing a beautiful Christmas love song in front of an elegantly decorated and lit Christmas Tree, the simple set used in the Christmas Chamber Music and Bell Choir segment, the amazing number of costume changes or the elegantly decorated main set, this show sets the bar in terms of Christmas production shows and truly has something in it for every member of the family.
Miracle of Christmas – Sight and Sound’s spectacular Branson production The Miracle of Christmas uses drama, spectacular sets, music, and dance as it shares the story of the greatest miracle of all time and the true meaning of Christmas. From flying angels, camels, horses and other animals, to wise men, shepherds and action, it is a musical drama taking in the full length of the theatres 300 foot long surround stage. This show is one of the most spectacular things most people will ever experience on a stage in terms of production, grandeur, entertainment and scope. It’s amazing ending goes beyond the birth of the Christ Child and explains the precious gift He brought to us all. The Miracle of Christmas will be performing thorough December 31.
Andy Williams Christmas – Even though Andy is not performing as a regular part of the show, his influence on everything involved with the show from the costuming, sets, music, talent, choreography and spirit is obvious and for good reason; he conceived and produced the show. From the orchestras spectacular opening Christmas medley to the shows last number, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” this show is an exciting and beautiful testimony as to why that it so.
The show is a virtual Christmas Tree decorated with a variety of stars and an extremely talented cast of musicians, dancers and singers. Whether it’s a production number amidst a wintery skating scene, the simply beautiful job of singing “Silent Night” by Mike Cathcart or the performances of the shows other stars Bob Anderson, the “Lennon Sisters,” the “Lennon Brothers and Gail,” quick change artists and Adagio Dance Team, “Pasha & Aliona,” the fiddling of Dean or the singing of the Warnocks the result is a one of a kind Christmas show that should not be missed. The Andy Williams Christmas show will be performing through December 10.
Hollywood’s Christmas Spectacular – Created by the same Directors who created the Branson favorite “Spirit of Christmas” Hollywood’s Christmas Spectacular presents Christmas from the perspective of “Hollywood” and some of its amazing Christmas films. From the classic Christmas movie, “White Christmas” and many more, see the classic moments from some of Hollywood’s greatest Christmas movies on the screen as they are brought to life on stage by some of the best singers and dancers in Branson as they present the town’s “number one all-singing, all-dancing Hollywood Christmas Show.
It’s an amazing and unique Christmas experience for the whole family that is full of holiday fun and festive cheer with all of your favorite classic holiday songs, dazzling scenery, gorgeous colorful costuming and the “highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.” Hollywood’s Christmas Spectacular will be performing through December 10.
Dixie Stampede – Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, celebrates Christmas as only it can. Oh, it still has its famous four course meal and all the action, excitement and fun of the “north” and “south” competition it is known for and its renowned equestrian acts, but with a special Christmas flavor. The servers change from the military type “north” and “south” uniforms into the “elf” uniforms as the “north” and “south” pole elfs compete against each other.
John Richardson, the Director of Marketing for Dixie Stamped said that its Christmas celebration includes a dramatic live Nativity Scene which shares the true meaning of Christmas in a spectacular fashion as it descends amid inspiring music, soaring angels, animals, the three kings riding their camels and spectacular pageantry. He also points out that their guests just love the “Magic of Toys” segment, set to the music of the “Nutcracker Suite” as the Sugar Plum Fairy soars from on high in a dazzling aerial performance magically bringing all the toys to life. This is truly a one of a kind Christmas show that will delight and hold the interest of every member of the family thoughout the whole show.
Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas Show – Tony Orlando is a perennial Christmas favorite in Branson, but this year he is doing a new full production extravaganza “Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas Show” from November 1 through December 9. From a musical perspective the show includes some his greatest hits such as “Candida”, “Knock Three Times,” “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” and “Sweet Gypsy Rose” and sings many of the songs that have become part of the fabric of Christmas in America. In addition, Tony, his band and cast tell the story of Tony’s first Christmas in the Ozarks and the special visitor he met as the show celebrates all that is great about the holiday season, and where Santa honors the true meaning of Christmas.
For additional information or tickets for any of the shows mentioned in this article or any of Branson’s other 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.