Christmas In Branson
Branson is considered one of America’s top holiday destinations and for good reason. It’s has a small town feel with big city lights and entertainment. The season starts November 1st so families can still enjoy nice weather while getting into the Christmas spirit. By December, folks enjoy bundling up and getting ready for Santa!
Putting on the Ritz Christmas
Kings Castle Theatre
2701 West 76 Country Boulevard
Experience a nostalgic holiday with the magic of Fred Astaire, the music of Irving Berlin and other favorite stars from Christmas past.
The show opens with the cast in beautiful white dresses and white coattails. White lights cover the back of the stage, framing a screen with a movie of Judy Garland singing behind the talented tap dancers. The performance takes the audience back to the golden age of glitz and glamour like no other time.
The show includes tributes to George Gershwin, Cole Porter, the Cotton Club, Bing Crosby and more. Costumes range from top hats to flapper dresses and feathers. The show’s finale is as stunning as its opening … a perfect holiday experience.
Andy Williams Christmas Show featuring the Osmonds & Lennon Sisters
2500 West Highway 76, Branson, Missouri 65616
For generations, Andy Williams was the voice of Christmas. He helped make Branson an American holiday tradition. Andy’s legacy continues at the Moon River theatre with a star-studded variety show to entertain the entire family.
The world-renowned Osmonds and Lennon Sisters headline the event. Their fame - and talent - has lasted through decades and doesn’t disappoint in this festive performance. Throw in quick-change artists Pasha and Aliona, master illusionist Rick Thomas and singer Charlie Green and you have one of Branson’s best holiday offerings.
In addition to the performers, the Moon River Theatre is decked out in 300,000 lights, offering the right amount of Christmas ambiance extravaganza appropriate for this amazing show.
Christmas on the Trail
5586 West 76 Country Boulevard
Experience Christmas cowboy style with a chuckwagon dinner show. The meal is down-home cooking .. three-bean trail stew, dutch oven potatoes, maple-smoked turkey breast with gravy, flame-roasted corn on the cob, and Texas-sized cornbread. Be sure to save room for dessert… dutch oven cobbler!
After dinner, gather around the campfire for trail cowboy stories, singing and carols. The audience is part of the show with plenty of opportunity to sing along.
After the show, enjoy a trip down the Trail of Lights, a 2 ½-mile drive down the “Trail Nobody Knows How Old,” made famous in the book, “The Shepherd of the Hills.” Then go to the top of Inspiration Tower and marvel at Branson’s Christmas scenery from 230-feet high. All of this is included with the price of a ticket.
Silver Dollar City
399 Silver Dollar City Parkway
Yes, Silver Dollar City is a theme park. But it’s also home to some excellent Christmas shows. Not to mention, the park is considered one of America’s top holiday destinations. There’s a five-story musical Christmas tree with light shows every hour. The rest of the park is decked out in four million lights. There’s wassail and hot chocolate (the good kind, and, near the square you can find toppings like real whipped cream, chocolate chips and peppermint!) and other decadent holiday food and drinks.
The annual Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is magnificently done. Costumes and scenery are absolutely convincing. The park’s biggest production, it feels as if you’ve left Branson and been transported to Broadway.
The park also offers another broadway-style musical. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is performed Silver Dollar City style, with unique special effects and inspiring music. The cast of 14 singers and actors do more than justice to this well-loved classic.
The Holly Jolly Light Parade is well worth seeing. A short, lighted parade, it has all of the kids’ favorite characters and some truly impressive floats. There are even interactive toy soldiers and other characters who will shake hands with onlookers as they go by.
Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop is perfect for young children. They are invited on-stage to sit around a giant talking Christmas tree. It’s interactive with singing and stories, whimsical backdrops and giant toy characters.
1525 W. Highway 76
One of Branson’s best shows gets a holiday makeover well worth seeing. The dinner and performance take place in a 35,000 square-foot indoor horse arena. Sides are divided between the north and south (you guessed it, a nod to the Union and Confederate armies). This friendly audience competition continues but now it’s between the North Pole and the South Pole. They’ve also traded the gray and blue for red and green. Horse riders are also decked out in the Christmas colors.
Enjoy generous portions of food (without silverware… it’s a whole new meaning to “finger food”). We’re talking an entire game hen, barbecued pork loin, corn on the cob, potato, garlic biscuit and the best cream of vegetable soup ever.
The holiday show still includes dozens of horses, stunning trick riders, and lumberjack relays. There’s also still comedy relief from Skeeter and Nugget, chicken chasing and even a pig race.
The Christmas show adds an aerial act where toys come to life on Christmas morning. The shop is lowered from the roof and looks magical under a blacklight. Kids will be entranced by the toy soldier on horseback, the ballet dancer, flying fairy and giant jack-in-the-box.
Another scene re-enacts the first Christmas with a live nativity scene. It opens with a moving rendition of “O Holy Night.” The Holy family appears, followed by shepherds, their sheep and goats. Then come the Magi… bringing gifts and riding on real camels!
There are carolers, snow, and plenty of special effects including a new panoramic video wall. Dixie Stampede is a must-see Christmas - or anytime - experience.