Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is the most wonderful time of the year in Branson. And that’s because the holiday celebrations are at their festive best. Lights twinkle, folks in good spirits bustle through the streets and Christmas traditions more than a quarter century old are passed down to new generations.
If you’ve vacationed in Branson before, you know the area offers an almost endless choice of fun-filled activities to enjoy year round. These are the best Christmas events to enjoy during a holiday getaway to the Ozark Mountains.
Hughes Brothers Christmas Show
With more than 100 shows on 50 stages, it’s no wonder Branson is known as the Live Music Show Capital of the World. But during the holidays, one performance takes center stage: the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show. For the past eight years, this presentation has been awarded Branson’s Best Christmas Show. Brothers Marty, Jason, Ryan, Adam and their families delight audiences with the season’s most exciting dancing, harmonizing, instrumental arrangements and whimsical Christmas wishes. Old Saint Nick, Santa Claus himself, will even make an appearance. So you better be good, or at least in the audience, for goodness’ sake.
Christmas Lights Displays
In Branson, Silver Dollar City is the gold standard when it comes to light shows. More than five million lights illuminate the Ozarks, making this dazzling display one of the most renowned Christmas festival destinations in the nation. Leading the way is Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade. Other must-see presentations in the holiday lineup include 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, plus a spectacular five-story Christmas tree decorated with special effects.
Old Man Winter might not cooperate and let you go dashing through the snow, but you can go over the hills and through the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights. This drive-thru display provides 2.5 miles of holiday lights sure to bring joy to every member of your family. Allow about two hours to see it all.
Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping
It’s never too late for last-minute gifts in Branson. Visit Silver Dollar City and work with a glass-blowing artist to make a one-of-a-kind ornament in your choice of five colors. For a sweet treat that can’t be beat, walk into The Fudge Shop in historic downtown Branson for Chocolate by the Foot. As the name implies, this sugary cocoa delight is in the shape of a foot. If you have someone on your list that likes Christmas collectibles, Kringle’s at the Grand Village Shops will have what you’re looking for. This 9,000 square-foot wonderland has six rooms filled with every knick-knack imaginable.
Lighting of the Adoration Nativity Scene
One of the best Christmas events in Branson is the lighting of the Adoration Nativity Scene. This time-honored tradition was just held on the first Sunday in December at dusk. This year’s festivities included marching bands, floats from several different states and a visit from jolly old St. Nicholas.