Oh, the weather outside may be frightful, but Branson, Missouri, is so delightful during Christmastime! It's time to jingle all the way to this Midwestern gem, where the holiday cheer is as thick as a blanket of fresh snow. And guess what? We've made a list (and checked it twice) of the top 12 things to do in Branson for Christmas. So, buckle up, Santa’s sleigh is about to take off!
1. Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas
This is where Christmas shines brighter than Rudolph's nose! Silver Dollar City glows with over 6.5 million lights, the biggest single Christmas light display in the U.S. Witness the spectacle of the "Christmas in Midtown" light parade and the five-story special effects Christmas tree. The park also features Broadway-style shows and a traditional holiday feast – it’s like stepping into a Christmas card!
2. Showboat Branson Belle Christmas Cruise
All aboard for a Christmas feast with a side of entertainment! The Showboat Branson Belle is decked out in its festive best, offering a unique dining and show experience on Table Rock Lake. Enjoy a scrumptious holiday meal while watching an incredible variety show. Just remember, don't feed your dessert to the fish!
3. Sight & Sound Theatre's Queen Esther or Miracle of Christmas
In 2023, experience the biblical story of Queen Esther brought to life on stage at the Sight & Sound Theatre. If you're visiting in 2024, don't miss their 'Miracle of Christmas' production. With live animals, extravagant sets, and a heartwarming message, it's a show that brings the true spirit of Christmas to life. This isn't your average nativity play!
4. Branson's Gift of Lights Drive-Through Display
Who needs a one-horse open sleigh when you have a car? Drive through Branson's Gift of Lights, a twinkling wonderland with over 300 displays. It’s the perfect place for a festive sing-along, just make sure your car is in tune!
5. Dolly Parton’s Stampede Christmas Show
Dolly Parton's Stampede turns into a winter wonderland complete with a live nativity, ice skaters, and a friendly North vs. South competition. And let's not forget the four-course feast – it's yummier than Santa's cookies!
6. Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills
This magical drive-thru trail features animated and static light displays that tell the story of Christmas. It's the perfect way to light up your holiday season. Check out the Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills. Just don't try to take the lights home!
7. Shopping at Branson Landing
Branson Landing transforms into a shopper's paradise during the holidays. With over 100 shops and restaurants, it's perfect for finding those last-minute gifts. Just remember to leave some room in your suitcase for all your goodies!
8. Branson Scenic Railway's Polar Express
Hop aboard the Polar Express for a magical journey to the North Pole. This train ride includes a reading of the classic story, hot chocolate, cookies, and a special visit from Santa himself.
9. Christmas Tree Tour
Take a stroll around Branson and marvel at the beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the city. Each one is unique and offers the perfect backdrop for a festive selfie. Say "Cheese... and crackers for Santa!"
10. Branson's Festival of Trees
Experience the magic of Christmas at Branson's Festival of Trees, which showcases beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Best of all, proceeds benefit local charities. Who knew being jolly could also be so charitable?
11. Hughes Brothers Christmas Show
The Hughes Brothers Christmas Show in Branson, Missouri, is a must-see holiday event. This award-winning show, recognized as the Best Christmas Show 13 times, transports you to a Christmas wonderland filled with the season's best vocal harmonies, inspiring instrumentals, and exciting dances. The Hughes Brothers and their family deliver festive surprises, extraordinary performances, and treasured family traditions that capture the true spirit of Christmas. Notably, the show features a unique portrayal of Santa, providing a fresh perspective on this beloved holiday figure. A true family affair, this show blends wonderful singing, dancing, and comedy along with the heartfelt message of Christmas. With shows selling out fast, it's recommended to reserve your seats early to ensure you don't miss out on this festive extravaganza.
12. Christmas at Titanic Museum
The Titanic Museum in Branson pays tribute to the 2,208 passengers and crew by hosting a beautiful Edwardian-style Christmas celebration. It's a heartwarming experience that goes beyond the typical holiday event.
So, there you have it – the top 12 things to do in Branson for Christmas. With so much festive fun in store, you'll feel like you've found Santa's secret vacation spot!