If you love Christmas like I do Branson is the place to visit in November & December!!!
silver dollar city
Travel Channel refers to them as “The most illuminated Park on Earth”. They have over 6 ½ million lights… they are everywhere, so I would have to agree! They always have shows in addition to rides however this time of year the shows are Christmas-themed. We saw “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the Living Nativity and the Spoken4Quartet and they were all fantastic. We also enjoyed “Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade.
This year they have added an 8-story Christmas Tree which was custom-designed and soars 80 feet into the night sky. It features hundreds of thousands of dancing high-resolution lights with infinite ability to combine color, music, light and animated imagery. The designers, global leaders in high-tech lighting, say there is no other experience like it on the planet! The tree is lit nightly at dusk and plays a total of six different songs with lighted effects.
We bought a 1-day ticket and converted it to a 2020 season pass since we know we will be back in the area in the spring. I think next time we visit at Christmas I will plan on at least 2-days or maybe more since I love Christmas so much. That way I can see all the shows and spend time in every shop they have, especially the Christmas-themed ones.
Branson's festival of trees (branson Landing)
This Christmas tree and wreath display should definitely be on your list if you like seeing beautiful and creative Christmas trees and decorations. You can view and purchase the trees, wreaths and other items with the proceeds benefitting the Christian Action Ministries which operates the area food pantries.
You can find dates time and location on their website. http://bransonfestivaloftrees.com/ In 2019 viewing runs through December 8.
Christmas tree city
Branson is trying to become known as “America’s Christmas Tree City” and with that in mind, area businesses display over 700 colorful, unique, and creative trees in all shapes, sizes. (This does not include the trees at Silver Dollar City.) They highlight “landmark” trees in a map and list which can be found at https://bransonchristmas.info/americas-christmas-tree-city-tour-guide/. This list includes trees that are at least 20-feet tall, completely unique, or a part of a multi-tree display. With Jim driving and map in hand, we explored the list. Below you will see photos of many of the trees.
In addition, Branson has many other attractions you should visit if your time allows. Some we have seen in the past that I would recommend are:
Branson Stagecoach Campground
Our last several trips to Branson we have stayed at Branson Stagecoach Campground. The main reason we started staying there is they belong to Passport America and we get discounted rates! We like the location, away from the main town but close to the lake and a variety of roads to get where we are going. They also have a pool and play area which our grandsons enjoyed when we took them.
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