Why is it a great time to plan for Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas in the 90-degree heat of August? “Because Ozark Mountain Christmas is easily the most colorful, exciting, inspirational, and busiest time of the year in Branson,” said Lucas Case, Public Relations Manager for Branson.Com and the Branson Tourism Center.
Plan Early for best seats, lodging, and deals
Case points out that its overwhelming popularity creates a high demand for show seating and lodging. “For the best availability, and to save money on the ‘hottest’ deals, planning your trip to Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas in the heat of August might be the ‘cool’ thing to do,” Case advises.
Ozark Mountain Christmas Live Shows
Branson is known far and wide for its fabulous live shows and Christmas is no exception! The vast majority of Branson’s shows share the spirit of Christmas by devoting a substantial part of their show to the celebration of the traditional Christmas. These include Branson favorites such as Cooper’s Country Express, Presleys’ Country Jubilee, Reza’s Christmas Spectacular, Yakov – Famous Russian Comedian, and many more. Several shows are “totally” Christmas during Ozark Mountain Christmas. This includes shows such as Christmas With Daniel O’Donnell, Christmas Wonderland, the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show, Legends in Concert, Sight and Sound’s Miracle of Christmas, A Brett’s Family Christmas, and Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
Ozark Mountain Christmas – celebrates the traditional American Christmas
A significant attraction of Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas for many is it’s a unique and special celebration of the traditional American Christmas. Something not available at most other major tourist destinations. The entire Branson area is a glimmer with millions of Christmas lights; live Christmas shows; and world-class shopping. All infused with a Christmas spirit that puts a special glow in the hearts of all wanting to celebrate and experience the true spirit of Christmas.
Silver Dollar City’s Ole Time Christmas – over 6.5 million sparkling lights
In addition to the spiritual glow, there is the actual glow of millions of Christmas lights glittering throughout the Branson area. In Silver Dollar City alone, there are over 6.5 million sparkling Christmas lights transforming the park into a virtual Christmas wonderland as part of its celebration of Old Time Christmas. New for 2019 is a custom-designed, Christmas Tree towering 80 feet into the Ozark sky. It features hundreds of thousands of dancing high-resolution lights with the capability of combining animated imagery, music, and color into an experience like no other.
Make sure to allow enough time to see “A Dickens Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” These two Broadway styled shows will create unique Christmas memories and should be a part of your visit to Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas. Also, you will not want to miss the inspiring “Living Nativity.”
Ozark Mountain Christmas Drive-Thru Displays
Promised Land Zoo is a wonderful zoo experience by day, but, during November and December, it becomes a sparkling winter wonderland at night! Promised Land Zoo’s Let There Be Lights Drive-Thru is open from 5:30 to 11:00 pm. Your adventure starts by driving your vehicle through its 2-mile drive-thru (all LED) lights display as you listen to music on 106.9 K-KLAUS from the North Pole. Then after the drive-through park your vehicle and visit the Candy Land Courtyard complete with musical trees, new lighting displays, Santa and his Reindeer, and a Live Nativity Petting Zoo. Moreover, that’s just one of three great drive-through light displays!
Case points out that Branson provides a great shopping experience year-round, but there’s just something special about shopping in Branson during Ozark Mountain Christmas. Its large variety of unique boutiques, specialty shops, galleries, craft shops, Branson Landing, and outlet malls like Tanger Outlets and The Shoppes at Branson Meadows make Branson the ideal place to get the perfect Christmas gift for everyone.
Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony
The 71st Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 5:30 PM. This continues a tradition where the Branson community gathers together to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. The parade’s theme, as it has been from its inception, is “keeping Christ in Christmas.” It starts with the lighting of the giant 30-foot Nativity Scene atop Mt. Branson overlooking Lake Taneycomo, Branson Landing, and Historic Downtown Branson. It’s immediately followed by a night “light parade” with dozens of bands, floats and walking units participating.
Case re-emphasizes the point of how necessary reservations are during Ozark Mountain Christmas. He explains that it’s not only the chances of non-availability particular shows and lodging, but getting the best show seats, choice of accommodations, and lowest prices.
For additional information on Ozark Mountain Christmas, tickets for any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or lodging arrangements, please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling 1-800-785-1550 or by visiting its website http://www.bransontourismcenter.com/.
* Photos courtesy of Silver Dollar City