“Branson is famous for its live entertainment, attractions, shopping, fun, and other exciting activities,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “Christmas Week, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, is filled with all the things that Branson is famous for…and then some,” she continued.
Here’s a list of five things you should know about spending Christmas Week in Branson:
1. Many Branson Shows are still performing: Although many of Branson’s shows are closed for the season, a number of its most popular shows are open during Christmas Week. This includes such shows as The Acrobats of China, Amazing Pets, Billy Dean in Concert with Jarrett Clay Cooper’s Country Express, Comedy Jamboree, Dixie Stampede, Grand Jubilee, Hamner’s Unbelievable Variety, The Haygoods, Sight and Sound’s spectacular Jonah, Hughes Brothers Christmas Show, Legends in Concert, Paul Harris and the Cleverlys, Pierce Arrow, the Showboat Branson Belle, and many more.
2. The vast majority of Branson Attractions are open: The vast majority of Branson’s attractions will be open. This includes its oldest and most popular paid attraction, the international award-winning Silver Dollar City presenting its “Old Time Christmas;” the Titanic Museum Attraction decked out for its beautiful “Christmas and Winter Celebration;” the unique White Flight exhibit at the Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure; the National Tiger Sanctuary; Branson’s Promised Land Zoo, and others.
3. All major Branson Christmas lighting displays will still be aglow: All the major lighting displays including Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights, the giant 30 foot nativity scene on top of Mount Branson overlooking Lake Taneycomo, Branson Landing and Historic Downtown Branson, and the Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village will continue throughout the week.
4. Shop ‘til you drop: – Branson’s shopping experience is legendary and Christmas Week is no exception. From the unique Branson Landing, with its 100 retail stores, to the shops of Historic Downtown Branson, featuring Dicks 5 & 10; from outlet centers such as Tanger Outlets and The Shoppes at Branson Meadows, to the dozens of specialty shops offering arts and crafts and one- of-a-kind items, Branson’s Christmas Week shopping will satisfy the most avid shopper.
5. New Year’s Eve Fun: In addition to New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dancing – Keeter Center, and other area celebrations welcoming in the New Year, the following shows will have special New Year’s Eve celebrations:
Big Cedar Resort’s New Years Eve Celebrations
Chateau on the Lake New Years Eve Celebration
Doug Gabriel’s #1 Hits Tribute Show
Legends in Concert
Million Dollar Quartet
Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety
BTC’s Wood points out that the weather, Show schedules, and the fact that some Branson lodging facilities are closed should be considered when planning your trip. She suggests that an easy way to avoid problems, make sure you have the most current information, save time and, in many cases, money, is by simply calling the Branson Tourism Center toll-free at 1-800-785-1550, and talking with one of their Branson-based vacation planning specialists. They’ll be delighted to answer any questions and assist you with show or lodging reservations. There is absolutely no charge for this service.