12 Must-See Shows in Branson, Missouri

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A vacation to Branson is a great way to think outside the gift box and give your family a present they’ll never want to return.

With more than 100 shows on 50 stages all decked out for the holidays, it’s easy to get into the spirit of Christmas in Branson, Missouri, the Live Music Show Capital of the World. Here you’ll find a venue for almost every type of music and performance, as well as drummers drumming, ladies dancing and pipers piping. You’ll also find 60,000 theater seats—an honor that New York’s Broadway District can’t even claim. If you think all this wonderful Ozark entertainment is too deep in the mountains to enjoy, think again. For one-third of America, these entertaining Branson, Missouri shows are less than a day’s drive away.

Top Must-See Shows in Branson

Baldknobbers Jamboree Show

In 1959 brothers Jim, Bill, Lyle and Bob Mabe began entertaining people with hillbilly comedy skits in an old skating rink near Lake Taneycomo. They called themselves the Baldknobbers and performed twice a week. Their hilarious act was an instant success—and became the show that started it all in Branson. More than 50 years later, the phenomenon continues with a third generation of performers that includes singers, musicians and sidesplitting comedians. No matter the year or the performers, the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show will continue to set the standard for live entertainment and family fun with a blend of zany humor and country music. During the holidays, this show delivers plenty of holly, jollies.

The Baldknobbers Country Music Theatre
2835 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO 65616

Legends in ConcertLegends in Concert

When it comes to musical tributes, Legends in Concert is a real showstopper. That’s because all of the talented artists on stage impersonating entertainment icons deliver exceptional performances. This Branson, Missouri show is a must-see and one of the most popular entertainment productions in the world. Coming attractions include tributes to Ann-Margret, Kenny Chesney, Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, Elvis, The Blues Brothers, Barry Manilow, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift and merry Christmas shows.

Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
1600 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO 65616

Acrobats of ChinaAcrobats of China

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages—straight from the Ozark Mountains by way of the Orient, it’s the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus. More than 40 talented performers are waiting to astound you with agility, grace, contortion and physical performance art that includes elegant aerial ballet, jar juggling, lion dancing, hoop diving, handstands, bicycle tricks and much more. As the acrobats say: “Quing da jia lai kan wo men!” Translation: “Y’all come see us!” And happy holidays.

New Shanghai Theatre
645 State Hwy. 165
Branson, MO 65616

New Jersey Nights

The harmonious music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons is alive and well in Branson—and their performance will spread Christmas cheer. This tribute has it all: memorable songs, dashing performers in matching jackets and custom stage sets. The production value of this concert is fabulous, and allow for easy audience participation. On any given night the fans in attendance will be singing along to well-known tunes like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Rag Doll.” If you’re looking to reminisce with a trip down memory lane, make sure you putNew Jersey Nights on your list of Branson, Missouri shows.

King’s Castle Theatre
2701 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO 65616


SIXYou won’t find any drums or horns at this performance. In fact, you won’t find any instruments. But you’ll definitely hear them. Using only their incredible vocal talents, the Knudsen brothers sing and “play” a variety of barbershop, doo-wop, contemporary and jazz numbers during every concert. You’ll be absolutely amazed by some of the things that come out of the mouths of these SIX® brothers. You might just say the entire performance is an “Orchestra of Human Voices.” There definitely won’t be a silent night when these hilarious brothers perform a cappella versions of holiday classics.

Hughes Brothers Celebrity Theatre
3425 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO 65616

Amazing Pets

There’s one show in Branson that has literally gone to the dogs—and cats. Amazing Pets stars furry, four-legged friends rescued from humane societies and pounds across the country. Each animal has been trained to delight in performing tricks and other acts designed to inspire laughter and love. Other members of this troupe include exotic birds, as well as some humans in a supporting role. (Sorry, no reindeer with glowing red noses.) Shows are performed daily inside Grand Country Music Hall.

Grand Country Square
1945 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO 65616

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction

That’s not your stomach rumbling. It’s a herd of longhorn steer charging toward your table. Enjoy a four-course meal served in a 35,000 square-foot arena that includes the company of southern belles, gracious gentlemen, cowboys, horses jumping through rings of fire, racing ostriches and many more entertaining surprises. With a hearty four-course meal that includes rotisserie chicken, smoked barbeque pork loin, homemade biscuits, corn on the cob and dessert, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede® Dinner Attraction has earned the right to call itself “The Most Fun Place to Eat!™”

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction
1525 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO 65616

Bon Jovi Livin’ on Prayer Tribute Show

Glam rocker Jon Bon Jovi has recorded hit songs, toured the world and sold out major arenas with his hair band since the early 80s. Fans of his music can hear hard-hitting tunes like “Runaway,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “It’s My Life” and ballads that propelled this group into superstardom during the Bon Jovi Livin’ on Prayer Tribute Show. The rockers kicking out the jams in this tribute band are loud, spot on and highly entertaining. This concert is so authentic you might just find yourself flicking your lighter, screaming for an encore and believing it’s the real thing.

Tribute Theatre
3310 W. Hwy. 76
Branson. MO 65616

Yakov SmirnoffYakov Smirnoff

The Yakov Smirnoff Show is definitely something to laugh at. This comical Russian philosopher will motivate you with refreshing, uplifting humor and regale you with far-fetched tales as he goes from Red to Redneck. Yakov’s whimsical narratives on the differences between men and women and hilarious takes on American culture are filled with a surprising amount of human compassion. This show will leave you with a funny feeling and lots of good tidings.

Yakov Smirnoff Theatre
470 State Highway 248
Branson, MO 65616

Jim Stafford

When it comes to comedians, Jim Stafford is among the sidesplitting best. For the past 20 years, and during the holiday season, Jim has been performing for—and toying with—his audiences. Whether he’s pickin’ his guitar and singing classics like “Spiders & Snakes,” “Cow Patti” and “Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne” or making you giggle with outrageous antics, heartwarming stories and crazy special effects, you’re in for some roaring laughter and big guffaws from the moment he takes the stage. After all, he is Branson’s “biggest kid at heart.”

Jim Stafford Theater
3440 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO 65616

Mickey Gilley

Country superstar Mickey Gilley is a Branson legend who continues to win fans of all ages with his remarkable style of entertainment. His songs are a big draw, too. He’s had 39 hits in the Top Ten, 17 going all the way to number one including “She’s Pulling Me Back Again,” “Fool for Your Love,” “Don’t All the Girls Get Prettier at Closing Time,” “Talk to Me” and “That’s All That Matters.” During his shows, Mickey interacts with the audience, sharing amusing stories about a career that feature honors like Top Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year, bestowed upon him by the Academy of Country Music.

Mickey Gilley Theatre
3455 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO 65616

The HaygoodsThe Haygoods

Forget sibling rivalries. When The Haygoods get on stage, it’s five talented brothers and one spirited sister working toward a common goal: to fascinate audiences with dazzling musical abilities and spectacular special effects during their Christmas performances. This is one of the most popular Branson, Missouri shows, featuring chart-topping hits from all genres including pop, rock n roll and country from the past five decades. The talented bunch began performing at Silver Dollar City when they were just young kids—but immediately gained a loyal following. The show changes every year, so you’re sure to enjoy a new experience even if you’ve seen them before.

The Clay Cooper Theatre
3216 W. Hwy. 76
Branson, MO 65616

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