Branson Christmas Holiday Must-Dos

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An old-fashioned Ozark Mountain Christmas is good for the soul. Get started on your journey right now. There’s no better time of year to be in Branson than Christmas!

Welcome to Branson, America’s Christmas Tree City! Where the holidays are no joke and there is endless celebration to be found around every corner.


Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas

6.5 million twinkling lights await you at Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas. Voted the Best Theme Park Holiday Event by USA Today several times over, there is no question this is a must-do when in Branson for the holiday.

All the regular novelties of the park are yours to enjoy (rides, shows, comfort food), but with the perfect amount of Christmas added. You’ll think you’ve been transported straight into Dickens’ Christmas Carol.


Branson Scenic Railway’s Polar Express

A children’s classic tale comes to life aboard the Branson Scenic Railway. Take the entire family to enjoy cookies, cocoa, carols, and more as part of this experience based on The Polar Express by Chris Can Allsburg.


Christmas Lights

A big part of Branson’s Christmas spirit comes from the decorations found all over the city. Take a drive and experience the wonder on your own or opt for a drive-thru holiday light display at any of the following locations:

Let There Be Lights Drive Thru at Promised Land Zoo

Set out on a safari looking for not only animals, but also for Santa and his reindeer. You heard that right, live reindeer!

The Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills

For more than 30 years, The Trail of Lights has helped visitors near and far celebrate Christmas. It winds its way through the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hill homestead and features millions of lights as well as animated displays.

Lights of Joy Christmas Drive-Thru

Experience Christmas lights and listen to the story of Christ’s birth through a synchronized display like none other. With more than 300 different displays, it’s hard to pick a favorite.


Snowflex Tubing Hill at Wolfe Mountain

Get your adrenaline pumping on the 400-foot tubing slope designed to thrill. Open year-round, but especially fun during the holidays, it’s an exciting way to add variety to any Christmas season.


Adoration Celebration & Parade

Each year in the beginning of December, the city comes together to remember the true meaning of Christmas. This annual tradition sets out to light a 28-foot nativity scene set atop Mount Branson overlooking Lake Taneycomo. This event started in 1949 as a Christmas card to the community, and it has grown into so much more.


Christmas Shopping

Find the perfect Christmas gift and make your Santa duties a little easier before the big day. Kringle’s Christmas Shop in the Grand Village Shops has decorations, collectibles, memorabilia, and just about anything else Christmas related for every budget. Stop by to browse their huge selection of ornaments or just to feel the Christmas magic. Stepping into their shop is an experience all its own.

Other great shopping destinations in Branson include the Branson Landing, Tanger Outlets, and Dick’s 5 & 10.


Regardless how you choose to spend Christmas in Branson, there is always one thing you can be sure to expect. It will be a magical! Feed your soul with an Ozark Mountain Christmas and feel the wonder with your family this holiday season.

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