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Christmas Events in Branson

If you haven't been to Branson during the holidays, you’re in for an amazing surprise. If you’ve visited during this special season before, it’s easy to figure out why this is part of your family's holiday traditions.

Around here, it’s called Ozark Mountain Christmas, an ongoing tradition for more than a quarter century. Celebrations run from the beginning of November through New Year’s Day – there’s no waiting for Thanksgiving to kickoff the holidays here!

Of course, Branson offers countless opportunities for fun year-round, but here are seven ways to celebrate the magic of the holidays:

Live Shows

Branson is noted for its live shows and performers. It’s not called the Live Music Show Capital of the World for nothing! Visit our LIve Shows page to see the amazing lineup of special performances and themed shows that celebrate the season.

Christmas Lights

Light displays in Branson were popular long before Clark Griswold lit up his neighborhood in “Christmas Vacation.” Silver Dollar City is a Christmas light afficianado's dream (keep reading!) and there are several drive through light displays, including the 2 1/2-mile long Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.

Silver Dollar City

Experience the wonder of Silver Dollar City, where 5 million lights – yes, 5 million! – create an eye-popping experience sure to delight the kids and the kid in everyone. Two live Chistmas shows, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, a five-story special effects Christmas tree and the Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade are part of the park’s amazing holiday lineup.


If you need to take care of some holiday business in Branson – that’s insider lingo for “shopping” – you won’t be disappointed. Speciality shops, outlet malls and unique-to-Branson experiences await, just be sure to bring your full shopping list. Explore the shops here.

Special Events

The holidays in Branson wouldn’t be complete without several special events . Among them is the annual Veterans Homecoming Week, one of the largest events of its type in the U.S. Another not-to-be-missed event is the annual Adoration Celebration, which is in its 66th year and celebrates the true meaning of the holidays. The event includes the lighting of the Adoration Scene (displayed on Mt. Branson) and a parade. See all of the exciting events in Branson.

Places to Play

The Ozark Mountain Christmas days are packed with fun, as many of the area’s most-popular attractions remain open to visitors. Whether you want to ride the Branson Scenic Railway's Polar Express Train Ride, take a zipline tour, see a live show or tour a local winery, you can do it – and so much more – during the holidays in Branson.

Places to Rest

Branson’s lodging options provide warm, comfortable environs to rest your head at night. Many hotels and resorts pull out all the stops during the holidays, to include visits with Santa, special activities for younger guests and, of course, lots of sweet treats!

As you can see, Branson is a great destination for your holiday getaway. Countless fun activities await and attractions are ready to welcome you as you celebrate this most special time of year. Get your vacation started on the right note by checking out all Branson has to offer.

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