Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede in Branson, MO

Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction1525 W. Hwy. 76Branson, MO 65616
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Featuring a festive holiday show and a delicious four-course feast, Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner & Show is perfect for families and groups of all ages. This exciting performance includes old-fashioned holiday costumes, traditional music, lights, elves and a live nativity. The feast includes Southern favorites, like rotisserie chicken, barbecue pork, home-style biscuits and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • Dinner is meant to be eaten with your hands.
  • Silverware is not provided; bring your own if preferred.
  • Arrive early for the pre-show to guarantee good seats.
  • Children under the age of 3 are free only if they sit in a parent's lap and eat from their plate.
  • Walk the equestrian stables to meet the horse talent after the show.
  • Leftovers from the four-course feast can be taken to-go.
  • Vegetarian meals available upon request.
  • Bring cash to tip servers and purchase souvenir photo.
  • Keep your dinner handi-wipe towelette for after dessert.
  • Show includes ring of fire trick-riding stunts and interactive audience participation competitions like chicken races and “horse” racing.
  • Performances include the Waltz of the Belles of the Ball and a Patriotic Americana finale.

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Diana K.

A holiday tradition for our family. There were 25 of us this year! Everyone loves the horses, dinner, and amazing show! We go early to see the horses in their stalls and get good pre-show seats in their carriage room. Dolly isn't there in-person but the riders and servers are super nice like her. A good value and treasured time.

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from Christmas At Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Celebrate A Christmas Tradition
In November and December, the Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction, the world’s most visited dinner attraction, is decking the halls and grooming its horses for families to celebrate this holiday season.

“Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede” transforms into a beautiful holiday spectacular. Folks who experience “Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede” will be amazed at the full-scale living Nativity, holiday decor, seasonal music, a Santa Claus sighting, and a fabulous four-course family feast.

“Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede” adds a touch of grace to its holiday show this year with a special presentation, “Adagio On Ice,” featuring world-renowned ice skaters who are appearing exclusively in Branson.

The Christmas show also features a seasonal twist with a friendly rivalry between the North and South Poles, equestrian feats, music, comedy, and audience participation. Families also will enjoy the “Magic of Toys” musical production starring the Sugar Plum Fairy and other toys she brings to life in an aerial display, all set to the epic music of “The Nutcracker Suite.”
Guests will be awed by the birth of Jesus portrayed in a living nativity with Mary, Joseph, three wise men atop real camels, and shepherds leading donkeys and their flock of sheep.

Of course, no Christmas would be complete without an appearance by Santa. Jolly Old St. Nick arrives in his sleigh as the Stampede's arena is transformed into a winter wonderland of freshly fallen snow.

"The true meaning of Christmas comes alive right before our guests’ eyes,” stated General Manager Bryan Cossiboom. “There is no time of year more special for families, so we invite everyone to gather over a good meal with festive entertainment and continue to make us part of their annual family tradition.”

The Christmas celebration is complemented by a four-course holiday feast consisting of a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbecue pork loin, herb-basted potato, buttery corn on the cob, creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuit, and special holiday dessert.

One hour before the main show, guests are invited to the Carriage Room for some of the season’s best music, holiday comedy and family entertainment by three talented brothers, The White River Wranglers.

Admission includes the Carriage Room pre-show, holiday dinner and show extravaganza set in a 35,000-square-foot arena featuring 32 magnificent horses and thrilling horsemanship.

The festivities run October 25, 2018 through January 5, 2019.

Show Times: 5:30 pm & 8:00 pm
12:30 pm & 3:00 pm Matinees on select dates.

Main arena show times are shown above. Please arrive an hour before to enjoy the beautiful horsewalk and Carriage Room pre-show.

Please Note: Seating sections are submitted to Dolly Parton's Stampede as requests and while they honor requests they do not guarantee location due to varied party sizes and theater occupancy.

Important Security Information
For the safety and enjoyment of our guests, we recommend that they arrive early. May conduct bag searches and/or electronic scans upon entry of the building, so please do not bring any unnecessary items.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

69 Reviews
Denise Porter
Bonner Springs, KS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
November, 2018 NEW
Dolly never disappoints. The show was great. Food was good and so much fun. The entire show was incredible. Our server was kind, polite and always smiling. OH, the BEST is the LIVE Nativity!!!
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Tip: Go 15 min early to see the horses & visit the gift shop & the preshow

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Michele Stone
Saint Charles, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Loved Every Minute!"
November, 2018 NEW
The two grandmas took our 9-year-old grandaughter to the Christmas Stampede and we were not disappointed. The entire performance was amazing, from the trick horseback riders, to the living nativity, to the races with the little pigs. The food was also very tasty and the portions were huge. It was a lovely way kick off our Christmas season, and we enjoyed every minute.
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Tip: Be sure to come hungry and ready to smile!

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Stan Beck
Bartlesville, OK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Show and Dinner"
November, 2018 NEW
This was a very good experience! There was a pre-show that was very entertaining. The dinner and stampede were amazing. Be prepared to take food home with you! The server did an amazing job keeping up. The show was first rate. We still have not figured out how the did the magic act! Baffling!
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Tip: If you can get your tickets early (we did) you can avoid the long line.

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Vernon Ming
Fall Creek, WI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Smiled and Laughed all the way through it"
November, 2018 NEW
Uplifting start to the Christmas season for all ages. Food was good and plentiful.Thank you for great must see Venue
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Tip: All seats are good,show is well presented to everyone.

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Reserve Branson Customer
Potosi, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Was so wonderful"
November, 2018 NEW
Beautiful and so much fun!!
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Tip: Bring your appetite

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Trena Rentfrow
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A whole chicken?!?"
November, 2018 NEW
“Why, yes” is the answer to that! Everything from the staff, entertainment and food was extraordinary! It was 2 hours long and it did not feel like it. I honestly wanted it to be longer
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Tip: The dinner doesn’t provide eating utensils but they give out doggie bags for your leftovers (which will happen). Also, don’t get too full before dessert because their apple turnovers are to die for!

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Mansfield, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Don't Miss This Experience"
November, 2018 NEW
Everything about the Show was awesome. From getting there and going into the carriage room for the preshow! The Brothers were absolutely wonderful and interactive.
We then went into the arena to find our seats. We bought general admission and were thrilled with our seats.
The entire show was breathtaking the trick riding great and acting and jokes were all worth going for! The 4 course meal is great. No utensils so you eat with your fingers. The kids think that is great.
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Tip: Be patient there are bound to be lines but they move quickly

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Christy Mayfield
Longview, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Must See!"
February, 2018
Dixie Stampede is a MUST SEE when going to Branson!
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Tip: Come Hungry!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Great show and excellent food!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2018 NEW
I have a blast every visit! I would go just for the vegetable soup alone! Such a fun and entertaining atmosphere.
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Wichita, Kansas
"Very Entertaining And Good Food"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
We went during the Christmas Show time and enjoyed it very much. Food was good and plentiful. They served small whole chicken, soup, biscuit, pork loin, corn on the cob and dinner pastry with choice of non alcoholic beverage, we got sweet tea. The serving staff very friendly and fast with putting out each meal item separately as you watch show. The preshow before entering the arena was also very good. We sat in the A1 area right next to the sunken arena floor, we did not have any problem with dust/dirt getting in food or drinks. There was a wall a few feet in front of us but blocked very little of the show which had great horsemanship and funny routines along with the musical numbers that came down from the ceiling and also greatly enjoyed the shows M.C.. My only very small complaint is you can miss parts of the show while eating and wish we could have eaten prior to show fully starting.
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Tanya Marie S
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
Never been to anything like this before. Loved the show. Christmas show was wonderful. Need to go back and see the regular show. I cannot image how much work goes into getting all that food out to that many people and it still be hot and tasty.
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North Little Rock, Arkansas
"Dolly's Stampede Dinner Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
This is always a unique experience, and the food, which you eat with your fingers, is delicious. I suggest you go upstairs to the mezzanine before the pre-show and then you don't have to fight the crowd to get into the arena.
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Horsham, United Kingdom
"Great family show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
This was the second time at the show. The entertainment was non-stop and the food plentiful. It is good fun and the animals really added to the experience. The horsemanship is excellent. The pre show this time was music rather than magic but good entertainment all the same..
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Frequently Asked Questions about Christmas At Dolly Parton’s Stampede

What is the seating for this show?
The theater will assign your row as best available in the general section. This does not include the preferred section.

Is there a pre-show guests should be aware of at Dolly Parton's Stampede?
Yes. The Carriage Room Show features the Comedy of Dick Franco just prior to the main arena show. It features juggling and hilarious comedy. Arrive an hour before the main arena show time to stroll the beautiful horsewalk and enjoy the Carriage Room Show. The pre-show begins 50 minutes before the scheduled show time.

Are visitors allowed to meet & greet the performers at Dolly Parton's Stampede?
Riders and horses stay at the rail after the show to greet guests and sign autographs. The horses are also available for viewing throughout the day at Dolly Parton's Stampede Horsewalk.

Are cameras, audio or video recording allowed at the show?
No, cameras and recording devices are not allowed. Dolly Parton's Stampede has professional photographers on-site who take your family or group photo at the beginning of your experience. They deliver the photos to your seat, where you have the option to purchase or not, plus online access so you can email your Dolly Parton's Stampede photo to friends and loved ones.

What type of meal is served at Dolly Parton's Stampede?
The fabulous four-course feast includes a hot homemade biscuit, our original creamy vegetable soup, whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecue pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato wedges, apple turnover for dessert, plus all the coffee, tea, or Pepsi you like. 

Vegetarian meals are available by special request with advance notice. The vegetarian meal includes garden vegetable pasta, original creamy vegetable soup, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato wedge, homemade biscuit and dessert. The gluten free meal consists of no soup, biscuit or apple turnover. They replace those items with a steamed vegetable melody. And if you love our Creamy Vegetable Soup or chicken seasoning, they’re available as a take-home mix in our gift shop!

What is the length of your intermission?
There is no intermission. However, there is a 15-minute break between the Carriage Room pre-show & the main arena spectacular.

What is the size of Dolly Parton's Stampede Theater?
The performance arena is 35,000 square feet.

How many rows constitute the Dolly Parton's Stampede Theater?
The arena features dinner seating and there are 6 rows total, allowing great visibility from all areas.

Approximately how long is Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Show?
The show is approximately 2 ½ hours long.

Is preferred seating available?
In order to reserve preferred seating, you must contact the show directly.

If my child is 3 years or younger and is considered a lap child do they get a plate of food?
No. For a child to reserve their own food a child's ticket must be purchased. 

What type of parking do you have?
Parking is all level. Group drop off, motorcoach & handicapped parking are located right up front. General parking allows guests to stroll the beautiful horsewalk and meet the 4-legged stars of the show.

What type of handicap seating/accessibility do you have?
Same level handicap seating is available near our restrooms. The handicap seating is located on the top row of the theater to allow easy access to restroom facilities and seating with no stairs. Wireless headsets and ASL interpreters are available for hearing impaired guests. Advance notice is required.

Does Dolly Parton visit Dolly Parton's Stampede?
Yes, Dolly does visit on occasion, although she’s a very busy lady. Luckily, Dolly appears in the show nightly through the magic of video.

Are booster seats available?
Yes, booster seats are available but a child's ticket must be purchased to use one.

Does Dolly Parton's Stampede provide sign language interpreters?
Yes. They require a two week notice, though. The cost of the interpreter is covered by Dolly Parton's Stampede.