Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa is hosting a “Titanic Revisited” New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31, partnering with the Titanic Museum.

The event will feature Titanic-themed décor, character actors from the museum and a three-course meal replicating the menu served in the ship’s main dining room.

The package is $399, based on double occupancy, for a double room, $419 for a king room and $454 for an oversize Chateau king room with a sitting area and a full lake view. An Ambassador Suite with a private bedroom, living room and bar area is $509.

The cost includes the room with a 6 p.m. checkout time, admission for two to the party, hors d’oeuvres at the party’s reception, two drink tickets, the three-course meal, champagne toast and party favors.

The party will begin at 7 p.m., with entertainment by the Gary Myers Band featuring Bucky and the Horn Dawgs. A midnight balloon drop will be followed by fireworks.

Please Call 1-888-333-5253 for reservations.

Information courtesy of STLToday.com

What do Branson and the North Pole have in common? They both fill people with the Christmas spirit.

The North Pole does it with Santa Claus, elves and reindeer. Branson does it with the almost endless variety of holiday entertainment.

With 53 theaters and 59,757 seats, there is more than enough Christmas music, comedy and lights to even fill the Grinch with holiday cheer.

Here are a few of the area Branson Christmas shows:

The Hughes Brothers — Head to the Hughes Brothers Theatre in Branson and enjoy the Christmas season with the Hughes Brothers.

These young, energetic and multi-talented brothers celebrate Christmas and the New Year as only they can do. Join Marty, Jason, Ryan and Andy as they combine rich, tight harmonies with dynamic dance numbers and hilarious antics to create a show the whole family will love.

SIX at the Hughes Brothers Theatre — Celebrate Christmas with SIX. You won’t believe what comes out of the mouths of this vocal band.

The group SIX is made up of six real brothers — Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis Knudsen. The group members use their voices to produce all the instrumentation, rhythms and harmonics of the band and vocals.

Shoji Tabuchi — The Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show offers a wide variety of entertainment, from classic holiday favorites to contemporary hits. Join Shoji Tabuchi, his wife Dorothy, and their daughter, Christina.

The family plays, sings and dances for the audience. The show is highlighted by the talented violin playing of Shoji Tabuchi. Visitors are guaranteed to get into the holiday spirit.

Andy Williams — It is definitely “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the Andy Williams Christmas Show at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson.

Williams performs some of the holiday hits that made him a music legend. He is also joined by a strong supporting cast. Dean Church is another of Branson’s finest entertainers. For years Church has brought audiences to their feet with his musical talent and energy.

Bob Anderson is a world class singer, comedian, impressionist and all around entertainer. During the show, he performs his tribute to “The Golden Age of Music.” He will take you on a musical journey with his impressions of “The Rat Pack,” Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Tom Jones, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley.

The husband and wife variety dance team of Pasha and Aliona will also entertain you with elegance, humor and unique acrobatic choreography.

These are just a few of the many holiday shows that are sure to have you overflowing with Christmas cheer.
Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

The Gibson Guitar tour bus is coming to the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater in Branson and Gibson Guitar would like to extend an invitation to experience it. It’s a chance to sit down and play one of the world’s greatest guitars and view some of the other unique instruments Gibson produced.

Artists from around the world tour on the official Gibson Guitar Tour Buses. From Paul McCartney, Les Paul, Slash, Brian Wilson to Miley Cyrus and Shania Twain. Others who have been aboard include Robert Downing Jr., Tom Brokaw, Morgan Freeman, and George Lucas. The Gibson Guitar Tour bus has been on numerous TV programs including The Regis & Kelly show, CNN News & Extreme Home Makeover. Many artists use this bus throughout the year for music rehearsals and conducting interviews for magazines, radio, and cable TV. Many charities also use the buses to promote their various causes.

Come out and rock out with the Gibson Guitar tour bus on Tuesday November 25 at the Dick Clark Theater in Branson, Missouri on HWY 76!

When you talk to Gene Bicknell, it’s obvious he loves his country, and that he is thankful for what his country has given back to him.

The native of Baxter Springs, Kan., and a successful entrepreneur, singer, songwriter and Branson theater owner and producer, said that his love for America was never more evident than on Sept. 11, 2001.
While vacationing in Africa, Bicknell said he watched on TV as the twin towers of the World Trade Center fell after being targeted by terrorists.
Bicknell, 76, said that after the attack he was stranded for five days in a South African hotel.
It was there that inspiration struck.

“It was a couple of days after the attack that I wrote (the song) ‘Old Glory’ as a tribute to the U.S.A.,” he said. “Long story short, we came back (home) and thought, ‘What if we didn’t come back to this wonderful country?’ So, when we got back, I started writing a show called ‘Celebrate America.’”
After five years on stage at The Mansion Theater in Branson, Bicknell said, “Celebrate America” is still going strong.
“It’s a tribute to our country set to music and dance,” he said. “It’s educational.”
With economic times getting tougher and no end to the war in Iraq in site, Bicknell suggests, Americans need to be reminded of our country’s strengths more than ever.
“It’s certainly a good time to celebrate America,” he said. “(The show) takes you back in history and shows you that we have had tough times before.”
Dam Embree, who narrates the show and leads audience members on a journey through America’s historic past, agrees with Bicknell.
“It shows us where we have all come from and that we have always been able to overcome adversity,” Embree said. And, he added, “if we come together as patriotic Americans, we always will.”
Embree said that the show is always appreciated by military veterans and active duty military personnel.
“The most moving moment of this show is when two veterans are looking for the name of a fallen comrade on the Vietnam Wall,” he said.
But veterans, Embree said, aren’t the only ones moved by the shows patriotic theme.
“We get a lot of people going out of the theater with tears in their eyes,” he said. “A lot of people say that everyone needs to see this show. One comment we get frequently is, ‘I wish every school child could see this show.’”
While several segments of the show may illicit tears and stir emotions, the show offers plenty of lighter moments, a few laughs and toe-tapping, as well as Broadway-style numbers.
“The 1904 segment is set at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis,” Embree said. “It’s an entire cast number doing ‘Hello My Baby.’”
Another part of the show that offers colorful costumes and upbeat song and dance is set in the 1940’s.
“The segment that deals with the World War II has a lot of big band numbers. ‘Swing, Swing, Swing,’ and ‘42nd Street,’ are big dance numbers featuring a lot of tap-dancing,” said Embree.
Bicknell has rewritten the show’s script a couple of times, makes changes when inspiration strikes and is optimistic about the future of “Celebrate America.”
He said he thinks Joplin-area residents need to know that when they see his show they are going to be highly entertained, have an enjoyable time, see a state-of-the-art theater and experience great hospitality.
And, he added, “If you don’t come out crying, I’ll buy your tickets back.”
Information courtesy of The Joplin Globe

Celebrate Christmas with Branson’s First Family – The Baldknobbers! “Deck the Halls” with the side-splitting comedy of Stub Meadows and Hargus Marcel for Branson’s funniest Christmas show. Add sidekick Droopy Drawers, Jr. and you have the ticket for great Yule tide fun.

During the first half, see the best of this year’s show featuring great country classics and hot, new country hits performed by one of Branson’s favorite casts.
Then after intermission, the curtain goes up on a real family Christmas special.
“We work extremely hard to make this a family Christmas event from the Baldknobbers family to yours,” said Tim Mabe, producer and comedian Droopy Drawers, Jr.
Tim goes on to say, “Our song selection ranges from traditional Christmas carols to the fun songs of the season, so that there is something for everyone. Then, when you add the comedy of Stub Meadows and Hargus Marcel, we have a great holiday show for the entire family!”
Show time is 8:00 PM Monday – Saturday beginning November 1, 2008 and running through December 13, 2008. Don’t miss the show that started it all in Branson, and as the Baldknobbers say, “Ya’ll come see us!”
Information courtesy of Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

At the start of Jim Stafford’s Christmas show, he told the audience he had a special announcement.

“I just signed a new contract with Capitol Records,” said Stafford, who once had a TV show on in the 1970s. “If I buy two CDs every month, they’ll give me an extra one free.”
Anyone who has seen Stafford’s popular show in the heart of Branson knows to expect the unexpected.
But one thing you can count one from Stafford – two hours of family entertainment with great music, laugh-out-loud comedy and a deep-rooted good nature.
That innate goodness surfaced in his Christmas Show in early November. Stafford asked for applause for the wives of service men who stayed home while their men served their country.
Many Branson shows acknowledge those in the military, but Stafford said one night he was inspired to add a salute to those wives who stayed home, got jobs, raised kids and held the family together while men risked their lives in war.
In an interview with the Tulsa Beacon, the 64-year-old entertainer talked about his show in Branson, his famous friends and what the future might hold.
Back in the 1980s, Stafford had played in Branson for several years, including performances with Roy Clarke.
He was stricken by the number of theaters in this small town in the Ozarks.
Stafford fell in love with Branson and in what seemed at the time to be a risky move, built his theater here.
“I still can’t believe this is happening,” Stafford said in his office at his theater. “I can’t believe I’m here in this toy box. Sometimes, I just walk around backstage and stare. It’s the most wonderful thing. It’s always thrilling to me.”
One of main attractions for performers who settle in Branson has been having audiences come to them rather than being on tour all the time. They get to sleep in their own beds.
“It’s not just getting off the road but it’s getting to play at the same place each night,” Stafford said. “There is quite a list of details that have to be taken care of to put on the show. With the same people and location, all that concern goes away. You more time to work on the show. I get to try a lot of new things.”
Stafford, who was the lead writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour for two years in the 1960s, writes about 70 percent of his show. He is meticulous about the material – both the music and the comedy. It pays off in laughs and applause.
He said he has several projects that he hoped to incorporate into the show in 2008 but they aren’t quite finished. Some new elements can take up to six months to perfect.
Instead of changing his whole act periodically, he just plugs in new pieces. He is working on a tongue twister number and a takeoff of the movie Chariots of Fire.
Another piece on Route 66 will feature “Route 76” in reference to the infamous traffic jams in Branson along the main drag.
Some of Stafford’s more familiar hits include “Cow Patti” (complete with complimentary foam cow patties tossed into the audience) and “Spiders and Snakes.”
Stafford hosted 56 episodes of Nashville on the Road. He was on the Tonight Show 26 times and also performed on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He co-hosted Those Amazing Animals with Burgess Meredith and Priscilla Presley. Stafford is self-taught on guitar, fiddle, piano, banjo, organ and harmonica.
Stafford finds inspiration everywhere – even the Internet. He is fascinated by the wealth of videos on comedy, music and magic on http://www.youtube.com/.
“You can see videos of some great guitar players,” Stafford said. “It’s better (for research) than the Library of Congress.”
Not only is the content of Stafford’s show – and almost every show in Branson – suitable for families, Stafford said he draws a lot of children in his audiences.
Almost since their birth, he has incorporated his son Shea (who plays the piano and a mean fiddle) and daughter G.G. (who dances and plays the piano) into his show.
“A lot of my writing is for children,” Stafford said.
Dreams are made in Branson.
“All over town, there are people who come here with a dream,” Stafford said. “In Branson, they might find a place to fulfill that dream. They get to pursue show business.”
Down the street from his theater, Stafford said there is a wonderful Elvis impersonator working the crowd at McDonalds.
Stafford was with a friend in another restaurant when he heard a wonderful singer, saw a talented magician and heard a comedian during lunch.
“Where else in the world can you go to lunch and see four or five acts like that in a Cracker Barrel restaurant,” he asked.
Stafford’s show, like many in Branson, respects Christian faith and the traditional values of America.
During the Christmas show, Stafford’s wife, Ann recites One Solitary Life, a beautiful essay on the impact of Jesus. Every Sunday morning, The Jim Stafford Theatre converts from a theater to a local church.
One thing you can’t find in Branson is gambling. Consistent with its clean-cut, family image, entertainers and businessmen in Branson led the fight against bringing in casinos a few years ago.
Had the gambling advocates won that battle, Branson would have changed forever, he said.
“People would still come here for the shows, but it would have been a different set of people,” Stafford said.
Entertainer Wayne Newton brought his Las Vegas-style act to Branson for a while but then left. Stafford said Newton, a good friend, left because he was offered more money in Vegas.
“What people don’t know about Wayne Newton is that he pays his own way to entertain the troops overseas,” Stafford said. “Wayne has probably been to Iraq more than any other entertainer.”
At 64, Stafford shows no signs of slowing down. An avid tennis players, he works hard to keep in shape so he can sing and dance at the levels audiences have come to expect.
His friends Tommie and Dick Smothers are in their middle 70s and still performing. In Branson, Stafford’s buddy Andy Williams is still doing shows in his 80s. “Andy is amazing,” Stafford said.
His father was 86 and going strong when he passed away.
“(Humorist/pianist) Victor Borge was still performing in his 90s,” Stafford said. “I am going to do it as long as I can do it. Hopefully, my kids will take on more and more of the show. I think Shea will be a unique magician and I think G.G. will develop into a comedienne. I feel good about the future.”
Stafford performs almost year long but November and December are special. His Christmas show is at 8 p.m. every day in November (except Nov. 14 and 21) and he does a 3 p.m. matinee on Nov. 18, 20 and 28.
The two-hour Christmas show runs until Dec. 13, with one 8 p.m. show each night except on Dec. 4 and 11.
His regular show resumes on Dec. 27 and then he ends the years with a special 3-hour show (9 p.m. to midnight) on New Year’s Eve.
Restrooms are available during the show’s intermission.
Stafford tells a story about the rural roots of his late father, who wandered out into the parking lot during the intermission of another Branson show, thinking that the facilities were outside.
He couldn’t find an outhouse but then he looked up and saw the logo for Andy Williams’ huge “Moon River Theater.”
It seats over 2,000 and that’s all Jim Stafford’s daddy needed to hear.
Information courtesy of Tulsa Beacon

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Branson, Missouri.

Twenty years ago, the entertainment district in this resort town in the Ozarks shut down for the season. Then, one by one, the attractions realized what a draw the Christmas holiday would be and now hundreds of thousands of visitors brave the chilly weather to flock to Branson in November and December.
Singer Andy Williams truly represents the classic American Christmas show for most folks over the age of 40.

His Christmas show in 2008 keeps that spirit alive. Mixing in some familiar favorites like “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, Williams sings and dances with the energy of someone 20 years his junior.

The show has great music and laughter. Willims does a bit with Bob Anderson, a world class singer and impressionist. Anderson is dead on in impersonations of a drunken Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Nat King Cole and last but in no way least – Andy Williams.
Williams sings while Anderson mocks his mannerism behind his back on stage. The kicker is when Williams and Anderson – impersonating Williams – sing a duet.
Williams foregoes an intermission to get as much Christmas spirit into one show.
Williams does two shows – one at 3 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. – from Monday to Saturday every day from Nov. 1 to Dec. 13. The theater is closed on Nov. 26 – the day before Thanksgiving. There are no matinees on Nov. 24-27.
What a country!
Yakov Smirnoff loves America. And he loves Christmas.
His Christmas show in November and December packs them in even though the shows are in the afternoons and morning. The Russian jokester’s monologues and film clips chronicle a career of standup comedy and work on TV and film. In one clip he plays, he tells the late Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show that America has a lot of things you can’t find in the former Soviet Union.
Like warning shots.
Yakov has a nice blend of spontaneous comments and audience participation. In a mock presidential news conference, he takes questions from the audience while pretending to be the president. And as funny as the show is, Yakov tells a sentimental story of his first Christmas in America and how through the generosity of three perfect strangers, he found some new friends in the New World.
Yakov performs his Christmas shows at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 20 and December 2-3 and 9-10. He does only the 9:30 a.m. show on November 15, 19, 22, 25-26 and 29 and Dec. 4, 6-7 and 11-12. On the following dates, he has only one 3 p.m. show – Nov. 16, 21, 23 and 30 and December 5.
An Irish Christmas
A dozen talented vocalists – some from Ireland and a few from America – put on an amazing vocal show during the Christmas season at Branson.
The Branson Variety Theatre hosts sold-out crowds for this group of singers and dancers.
Beside some familiar Christmas tunes, the 12 Irish Tenors sing old favorites, including “Danny Boy”, “That’s Life”, “You Raise Me Up”, “Hey Jude”, “Twist and Shout”, “Yesterday”, “Cockles and Mussels”, “Nessun Dorma,” “Music of the Night” and more.
Their rendition of Danny Boy alone is worth the price of admission.
The 12 Irish Tenors perform their Christmas show at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on November 16, 23 and 30 and Dec. 7. The show is at 10 a.m. only on Nov. 18 and 20 and Dec. 2, 4, 9 and 11. The shows are presented at 3 and 8 p.m. on Nov. 17 and Dec. 1, 5, 8, 12, 14 and 19-20. The show is at 3 p.m. only on Nov. 25 and 27 and Dec. 16-18. There is only one 8 p.m. show on Nov. 19, 26 and 28 and Dec. 3 and 10.
An Old Time Christmas
Much of the history of Branson revolves around Silver Dollar City and the rich Ozark Mountain heritage. That theme is in full swing this November and December with Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas.
The 1880s-style theme park has more than 4.5 million Christmas lights. The Square has more than a million lights alone. There are 350 miles of lights plus more than 1,000 decorated Christmas trees.
The 50-foot tall Christmas tree on the Square has 350,000 LED lights. The Christmas on Main Street show is incredibly synchronized – to one hundredth of a second. There are 100 light changes every second.
“With the addition of even more lights and effects, we’ve dramatically enhanced the atmosphere of the Square,” said Trudie Kelly, Silver Dollar City visual supervisor. “The LED lights also help to cut back on energy consumption throughout the park.”
For the adventurous, the park’s roller coasters are open at night for a spectacular view of the lights. Inside, the Broadway-style production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adds to the Christmas spirit. This is an original adaptation of the classic story.
Also, at Silver Dollar City, the employees can say, “Merry Christmas” instead of just “Happy Holidays.” Silver Dollar City is open Wednesdays through Sundays in November, Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 14 and open daily December 18-23 and December 26-30. On most days, the hours are 1-9 p.m.
Festival of Lights
The Branson Area Festival of Lights started on Nov. 1 and stays until New Year’s Eve.
The drive through the display is on the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway Lane, across from the new Sight & Sound Theatre (home of Noah, the Musical).
The festival begins with a one-mile drive with more than 230 colorful light displays and almost one million lights. The festival is open daily from dusk to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and from dusk to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Branson Landing
We stayed at the Hilton Promenade on Branson Landing. That puts you right in the center of one of the most scenic parts of town and in the middle of a convenient shopping district.
It’s a great place to plan to watch the 60th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
The two-mile parade route goes right through history downtown Branson.
Titanic Display
A small wicker suitcase that once belonged to Millvina Dean – the only living survivor of the Titanic disaster – will be on display at the Titanic Museum in Branson until Dec. 31.
“This will be the world’s first look at an important piece of Titanic history, one that’s not been seen by the public for 96 years,” said John Joslyn, owner of the museum. “We feel privileged to be given this unique opportunity to honor Millvina Dean and her contributions to Titanic’s legacy and to showcase one of her most valued possessions – a small, memory-filled suitcase.”
Dean was a baby girl when the unsinkable Titanic sank 96 years ago. Her mother and young brother survived while her father perished. Arriving in New York with nothing but the clothes on their backs, a stranger gave this small suitcase filled with donated clothing.
The museum has a treasure of artifacts, photos, history and memorabilia of the Titanic plus a full display of the Titanic movie.
More than a million visitors have come to Branson to see this museum.
Information courtesy of Tulsa Beacon

A suitcase that was given to a mother and her two children when they arrived in New York after being rescued from the Titanic is now on display in Branson.

The small wicker suitcase, owned by Titanic’s only living survivor, Millvina Dean, of England, is on display through the end of the year at Titanic Museum Attraction.

“This will be the world’s first look at an important piece of Titanic history, one that’s not been seen by the public for 96 years,” said John Joslyn, owner of Titanic Museum Attraction. “We feel privileged to be given this unique opportunity to honor Millvina Dean and her contributions to Titanic’s legacy and to showcase one of her most valued possessions — a small, memory-filled suitcase.

“It tells the story of a 9-week-old baby girl and a 96-year-old disaster at sea.”

According to Titanic owners, on April 10, 1912, Dean boarded Titanic in third class with her parents and older brother. Her father, Bertram Dean, perished with the ship.

Millvina Dean was lowered into a lifeboat and rescued along with her mother and brother. The family of three arrived in New York City with only the clothes on their backs. They were soon greeted by New Yorkers who gave them a small wicker suitcase filled with donated clothing to help rebuild their lives.

On Oct. 18, the suitcase was auctioned to raise money to help pay Dean’s nursing home fees. The suitcase was bought for $18,790. By special arrangement with the new owner of the suitcase, Titanic Museum Attraction will have the suitcase on display in Branson for two months.

Inside the suitcase is a letter from Dean telling museum visitors about the suitcase.

The letter reads, “I am both the youngest and last remaining survivor from RMS Titanic. The suitcase belonged to my mother and was given to her in New York as we had lost all of our possessions when the Titanic went down. My parents, brother and I were emigrating to Kansas aboard RMS Titanic.

“My mother, brother and I were rescued from lifeboat No. 13. We spent time at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York and subsequently returned to England where the suitcase remained in my home until now.”

Titanic Museum owners reported they will contribute to paying the costs of Dean’s care at Woodland Ridge Nursing Home in Southampton, England, as an expression of thanks and appreciation.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

Christmas Season in Branson combines holiday traditions with new festive events to create a holiday atmosphere full of cheer. The entire town of Branson becomes transformed into a winter wonderland during the Christmas season, twinkling with the shine of millions of lights heralding in the season that means so much to so many. One of the great things about Christmas in Branson are the fantastic holiday shows. Branson Christmas Shows offer a variety of Christmas music – from traditional carols to cowboy Christmas songs – so your ticket to holiday fun is just a click away with ReserveBranson.com.

Mr. Christmas, who is no other than Andy Williams, helps Branson bring Christmas home with his wonderful Andy Williams Christmas show, which features Christmas standards, Andy’s legendary hits and a wholesome message for the whole family. Another legendary entertainer, Bobby Vinton, returns to Branson for the 2008 Christmas season. Performing at the Mansion America Theater, Vinton’s show will feature the Glenn Miller Orchestra and all of Vinton’s classic hits, like “Blue Velvet.” Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas is an energetic production focused on the fun of the holiday. The show takes guests on a magical sleigh ride adventure that showcases holiday hits, extravagant costumes and sets, and the charismatic Osmond Brothers (Jimmy, Jay & Wayne).
Two of Branson’s top guest performers during the Christmas season include Daniel O’Donnell and Dino. Daniel O’ Donnell, an acclaimed Irish musician who has appeared on special PBS productions, will appear in Branson for two nights only, November 21st & 24th. The Dino Christmas show is an incredible production featuring Dino Kartsonakis and his fantastic piano-playing skills. His wife, Cheryl, also joins him for the show, as do professional dancers, a dazzling light show and a dash of Hollywood glamour to put this production over the top.
Shoji Tabuchi, Branson’s Ultimate Showman, presents an incredible Christmas production at this aptly named Shoji Tabuchi Theater, complete with holiday music, North Pole sets, and snow! I viewed a small snippet of the Christmas show during a regular season Shoji Tabuchi show and it certainly left me wanting more. Tony Orlando & The Lennon Sisters will also be making a special Branson appearance, performing at the Welk Resort throughout the holiday season. Their Christmas Celebration will include the Lennon Sisters’ hits, Orlando’s famous classics and Christmas carols that the whole family can enjoy. The Hamner Barber Wings of Christmas production combines holiday laughter, magical illusions and old-fashioned Christmas memories for a show that makes every audience member feel like a kid again.
The Duttons Christmas show is all-new this 2008 Christmas season, and with the help of Hollywood special effects artist Rick Josephson, it promises to be the biggest and best Christmas production they’ve offered to Branson visitors yet. The Dixie Stampede Christmas Show is promising a stellar production that truly is fun for those of all ages. A friendly rivalry between the North & South poles gives visitors something to cheer for, while the holiday music and beautiful costumes transports guests to a Christmas scene they won’t soon forget. Plus, the show also serves up a delicious feast of holiday trimmings, with biscuits and soup that are out of this world. Christmas on the Trail is a traditional holiday show, located at the Shepherd of the Hills complex, that serves up festive holiday fun with carol sing-a-longs, a chuckwagon dinner, Trail of Lights admission, and a trip up Branson’s biggest Christmas tree, the 230 ft. Inspiration Tower, where you can have a birds-eye view of all of Branson’s lights. The Sons of the Pioneers are also offering a special Holiday Matinee during the months of November & December at the Shepherd of the Hills complex.
For many Branson visitors, a holiday excursion isn’t complete without a holiday tour of lights. The Trail of Lights event at Shepherd of the Hills winds its way through 160 acres of glowing lights, 3-D animation and holiday music creating a spectacular display of holiday cheer. A trip up Inspiration Tower is also included with the price of admission. The Ride the Ducks are also presenting a Holiday Light Tour. From November 3 – December 14 the Ride the Ducks Holiday Light Tour will take guests on a 60 minute tour of Branson’s Best light displays. Plus, the Ducks are closed-in and heated for the holiday season, so you can enjoy the lights while staying warm and toasty!
Join Branson, Missouri for an unforgettable Christmas season. With wonderful Branson Christmas Shows and beautiful holiday light displays, the spirit of the season has found a home in this Midwest Mecca.

If you asked just about anyone at the Dutton Theater about the new set design for the 2008 Christmas Show, you were answered with silence and a big smile.

“When the curtain came up for the Christmas segment of the show, we knew there was going to be a real ‘Wow,’” said Sheila Dutton.

Noted Hollywood special effects artist Rick Josephsen, who handled special effects for all three of the “High School Musical” blockbusters and nearly 40 other major films, has once again designed the sets and staging for a Dutton Show.

“Rick has been a great friend to our family,” said Judith Dutton, “and we are constantly amazed by his inventive and unique approach in transforming our stage. He has absolutely outdone himself for this year’s Christmas show and the audiences are in for a real treat.”

New shows and innovative set design are a tradition with the Duttons.

“Large portions of every audience are people who have seen us before,” said Judith Dutton. “As entertainers, we owe those fans new shows, new songs and new stage designs. Plus, Branson is the most competitive live entertainment market in the world and no one can afford to rest on their laurels. The audiences are too perceptive for that.”

The Dutton’s 2008 Christmas extravaganza, which has been in rehearsal since September, features lots of new routines, along with some old favorites. Hearts will be touched as grandpa Dean Dutton sings the “Christmas Cookie” song to his grandchildren cavorting around the stage as Christmas cookies.

Due to high demand from Dutton fans, Amy Dutton will bring back her mesmerizing vocalization of “The Gift.” And the younger generation will be well represented with a solo performance from 11-year-old Jessica Dutton, who has been amazing crowds this year with her strong voice and charismatic presence.

“This is the year of the 10,” Sheila Dutton said. “Branson has been named one of the top 10 Christmas destinations in the world. We were one of the top ten finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” show. And our 2008 Christmas Show is definitely a ‘10’ on the Richter scale of entertainment.”

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News