Branson is a Thanksgiving cornucopia of food, shows, fun and shopping

Silver Dollar City's town square during "An Old Time Christmas" with its five story Christmas Tree and the "Holiday of Lights" parade passing through.

“Traditionally, Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the Christmas Season and what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving and get that Christmas Spirit than in Branson, Missouri, said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas is in full swing with a full slate of activities scheduled right through the long Thanksgiving weekend. From drive through Christmas lighting displays, special Christmas activities at many Branson attractions, live shows, wonderful food, great shopping and a wide choices of other activities there is something for everyone in Branson this Thanksgiving,” she continued.

One thing just about everyone looks forward to on Thanksgiving Day is the traditional Thanksgiving meal. In that regard Branson’s restaurants will be offering a large variety of special Thanksgiving meals and buffets. For a list of Thanksgiving Day dinning choices, schedules and, in some cases menus please click here and look under the tab “Thanksgiving in Branson.” In addition, for those who might want to eat and be entertained at the same time, it should be pointed out that the Showboat Branson Belle, Legend of Kung Fu, Yakov’s Dinner Adventure and Dixie Stampede will also be available not only on Thanksgiving Day, but during the whole Thanksgiving weekend.

And speaking of entertainment, there will be a full selection of Branson’s live shows available on Thanksgiving day as well as over the Thanksgiving weekend. The following list of Branson shows scheduled to be open on Thanksgiving Day is sorted by time. The full schedule of Branson shows will resume on Friday, November 25. Click here for complete information, schedules, pictures, or tickets on any of Branson’s great live shows.

9:00 am

IMAX Adventure Films

10:00 am

A Tribute to John Denver
Hughes Brothers

1:00 pm

A Neil Diamond Tribute
Bill Chrastil, The Many Performances of

2:00 pm

A Tribute to Marty Robbins
Cat’s Pajamas – Vocal Band
Christmas with the Lennon Sisters
The World Famous Platters Revue
Twelve Irish Tenors

3:00 pm

Acrobats of China
Amazing Pets
Legend of Kung Fu
Legends in Concert

4:00 pm

Showboat Branson Belle

5:00 pm

Comedy Hypnosis Dinner Show
George Strait Tribute
The Rat Pack – Live & Swingin
Yakov’s Dinner Adventure

5:15 pm

Christmas on the Trail

5:30 pm

Dixie Stampede

7:00 pm

Amazing Pets
Andy Williams Christmas
Motown Downtown
Top 10 Rock and Roll Revue

7:30 pm

Grand Jubilee
Pierce Arrow
Shoji Tabuchi

8:00 pm

A Christmas Snow
Chubby Checker
Clay Cooper’s Country Music ExpressDixie Stampede
Hamner Barber Variety Show
Hollywood’s Christmas Spectacular
Jim Stafford
Kirby VanBurch
Legend of Kung Fu
Legends in Concert
Sanders Family Christmas
Tony Orlando Christmas
Untamed Illusions

From the wonders of Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas to an exciting “voyage” aboard the Titanic complete with live reindeer, most Branson attractions will be open not only on Thanksgiving Day, but throughout the whole weekend. In addition Branson’s two major drive – through Christmas Lighting displays, the Branson Area Festival of Lights and Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights will also be open for the enjoyment of Branson visitors..

With 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, 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 unique unrivaled shopping experience. Branson’s three major shopping malls Branson Landing, Factory Merchants and Tanger Outlets and will have special schedules for Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving. Click here for their schedules and links to discount coupons and specials under the tab “November & Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping.”

Branson Tourism Center’s Johnson points out that from Thanksgiving through the middle of December is one of the busiest times of the year in Branson and suggests advance reservations for shows and lodging. For additional information on any of Branson’s shows, attractions activities or for lodging arrangements please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website

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