If one was asked to pick the busiest week of the year in Branson, it would most likely be the first week of November. It hosts the start of two of Branson’s most popular annual events, Branson’s Veterans Week, running from November 5 through November 11, and Ozark Mountain Christmas, running from November 1st through December 31.
Branson’s Veterans Week is the Nation’s biggest “Veterans Day” celebration. From its Opening Ceremony to the 86th Annual Branson Veterans Day Parade through historic down town Branson and Branson Landing, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month, it’s a week filled with special events and activities to honor and entertain America’s veterans, active duty Armed Forces personnel, and their families. These include, but are not limited to:
Nov 5: Opening Ceremony-Vets for Vets Celebration Show – 2:00 PM
Nov 5 – 10: Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall at Welk Resorts
Nov 5: WWII Mini Reunion 1 – 2:30 PM
Nov 5: Shindigs Welcome Home 3 – 5:00 PM
Nov8: Navy Memorial Service
Nov8: Medics, Nurses, & Combat Vets Mini Reunion
Nov 8: Afternoon Dessert for Gold, Silver and Blue Star Mothers
Nov 8: Fourth Annual Spirit of Branson Tree Lighting
Nov 9: Time for Prayer
Nov 9: Rose Petal Ceremony – 2:00 PM
Nov 10: P.O.W. Network 22nd Annual Military Gala & Banquet
Nov 10: Walmart Tribute to the Veterans – Starts 9:00 AM
Nov 11: Annual Branson Veterans Day Parade – 11:00 AM
Nov 11: Veterans Day Observation
Ozark Mountain Christmas starts November 1 and runs through December 31. Christmas permeates the air with millions of Christmas lights, Christmas shows. special events and, of course, its famous shopping. From Silver Dollar City’s award winning “Old Time Christmas’, with over 5 million Christmas lights, to the west to Branson Landing ‘s “Winter Wonderlanding” to the east, Branson is alive with the excitement and wonder of Christmas. Here’s a list of some of the major events and links to further infomation:
Nov 3: ‘Most Wonderful Time of Year’ Parade’ 10AM – Noon
Nov 4 – Dec 30: An Old Time Christmas – Silver Dollar City
Nov 1 – Dec 31: Christmas Drive Thru Display Branson’s Promised Land Zoo
Nov 1 – Dec 31: Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
Nov. 23: Branson Tourism Center Gets a Special Visit from Santa!!
Dec: 2: Annual Adoration Parade and Lghting Ceremony
Dec 24 – 30: Christmas Week Shows & Attractions
Dec. 25: Chateau on the Lake Christmas Day Brunch
Dec 25: Christmas Evening Dinner at Château on the Lake
Dec 25: Christmas Day Shows & Attractions
Most of Branson’s shows start their Christmas Shows with their first show in November. Basically there are two Christmas formats used. The first contains about one half of the show that is the best of their 2018 show and the other half is Christmas. Examples of this format are Presleys’ Country Jubilee, Grand Jubilee, and the Haygoods. The second is where the show is all, or primarily, Christmas. Examples of this format are the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show, Dolly Parton’s Stampede, and the Andy Williams Ozark Mountain Christmas Show.
For more information on Branson shows, or lodging reservations for Branson Veterans Week or Ozark Mountain Christmas please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of Branson show and attraction tickets and lodging. They can be reached by calling 800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.