I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here. Wait. I can’t believe I only have 39 more shopping days until Christmas. I love Christmas. It’s a bit overwhelming, but what better things could we be doing with our lives than blessing each other in honor of our savior?
Besides shopping and giving, I have a top 10 list of my favorite things I like to do with my family during Christmas in Branson, Mo.
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10. Experience The 25th Annual Ozark Mountain Christmas as Branson transforms into a Holiday Wonderland.
It’s so beautiful. Christmas is the busiest time of year in the Ozark Mountains. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy all of the holiday lights, shows, shopping, and entertainment that Branson, Mo. has to offer. Why? Because every square inch of Branson is decorated.
9. Drive through the Branson Area Festival of Lights that includes 175 holiday displays.
Now through December 31, 2013, Gather your family and drive over to the Branson Area Festival of Lights Drive-Through off of Shepherd of the Hills Expwy, where you will see thousands of holiday lights in a 1-mile drive complete with Christmas music. Make this one of your family’s holiday traditions. Spolier alert – Santa is at the end of the lighted tunnel with a special treat for all good little boys and girls, so be on your best behavior.
8. Shop the Branson Landing and the Tanger Outlets of Branson for the best Holiday gift selection.
November 28th, 2013 at 10pm – Black Friday look out. Branson, Mo. is home to so much shopping, you will be able to get gifts for everyone on your list! Branson Landing, located next to Downtown Branson on lake Taneycomo, has over 100 specialty stores, and our favorite, the Bass Pro Shops. Tanger Outlet Malls will have an after Thanksgiving Moonlight holiday sale at 10pm on Thanksgiving night. Get there early. The parking lot is packed. I like to go and people watch with my husband. It’s very entertaining.
7. Stay at the 5-Star Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa and eat Breakfast with Santa.
Enjoy 4-star hotel accommodations plus on Saturday, December 21, 2013 will be the 16th Annual Breakfast with Santa event at Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa. They have chosen this year to support a local
charity with ticket sales – Options Pregnancy Clinic. Click here to visit their website and make reservations.
My kids love meeting Santa and eating the delicious breakfast. Who wouldn’t?
6. Attend An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City.
We go every year. Visit Silver Dollar City this Christmas, one of the WORLD’s TOP 10 Amusement Parks. You will enjoy 5 million holiday lights, a Christmas Parade complete with Santa himself, and a train ride that shares the True Meaning of Christmas, not to mention all of the rides. The new wooden roller coaster, Outlaw Run, is the very first wooden roller coaster to twist upside down! Visit their website here for tickets.
5. See Branson’s 65th Annual Adoration Celebration & Parade in Downtown Branson.
A tradition in Branson, Mo. the 65th Annual Adoration Parade begins with the lighting of a nativity scene on the top of the hill overlooking Taneycomo. It is a time to celebrate Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas with your family. Click Here for parade information. We like to bring hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows.
4. See the Miracle of Christmas production at Sight and Sound Theater
Away in a manager, no place for his head…You know the song by heart. It’s the story of the birth of Jesus. It’s a very visual way to teach your children about the true meaning of Christmas. My children love the live animals that they bring on stage! Find out more here.
3. Browse the Titanic Gift Shop brimming with Classic Christmas gifts and ornaments.
Now through December 31, 2013 – The entire ship inside and out will be aglow with Christmas Click Here to see it.
lights and decorations. In the gift shop, you will find children’s toys, collectible hand-painted Christmas ornaments, beautiful jewelry, and gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. Have you seen the Titanic ship that you build out of blocks that are compatible with legos? It is awesome. My boys built it last year.
2. Fly direct to Branson, Mo. via Southwest Airlines now landing at the Branson Airport.
I obviously don’t have to fly, but this is a big deal for Branson. This makes travel a hop and a jump! Fly direct to Branson, Mo through Southwest Airlines. Enjoy low fares and an airport with a hometown feel. It’s easy to get in and out and you are minutes away from the Ozark Mountain Christmas celebrations. Click here for rates and dates.