Partygoers will have to choose whether to sail or rock in the new year on Wednesday, December 31st.

Chateau on the Lake will give partygoers a chance to welcome in the new year with a trip back in time when the resort hosts “Titanic Revisited.” For weeks, Ed Agers and his crew have been constructing a 1/15th scale replica of the Titanic inside the Chateau. The ship, at the top of its smokestack, measures 26 feet tall.

Agers said he originally designed and built the cardboard replica 10 years ago for one of Chateau’s first New Year’s celebrations. This year, Chateau decided to revisit the Titanic theme.

“You just felt like you were there,” said Agers’ wife, Darlene. “You have to see it to know it.”

She said when the Chateau hosted its first Titanic celebration, the resort attracted national attention and was featured as one of the top places to spend New Year’s by CNN.

“It was just beautiful,” Darlene Agers said.

Chateau officials hope to revive that magical feeling this week. “We’ve selected a menu that was served on the Titanic,” said Chateau General Manager and Vice President Stephen Marshall.

The grand staircase and a massive iceberg will be among other touches in store to take its guests back in time.

“It will be a nice feel,” Marshall said.

At midnight, fireworks will light up the sky, but inside, about a 1,000 balloons will drop from the ceiling. Reservations are required and festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For those looking to literally sail into the new year, Branson Landing Cruises is offering a late-night cruise along Lake Taneycomo aboard the Landing Princess, a $2.5 million yacht. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. and include a buffet dinner, dancing, party favors and midnight champagne toast.
Tom Paden, Branson Landing Cruises director of sales, said this will be the second time for the New Year’s cruise and said he had a blast last year.

“It is so much fun,” Paden said. “There is something about being on the boat. It is not a gigantic ballroom, so people befriend each other. It is a great opportunity to make friends and have fun.”

For those who would prefer to rock in the new year, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater will be hosting Rockin’ New Year’s Eve 2009. The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and Paul Revere and The Raiders will help welcome in 2009. The festivities include entertainment, a buffet dinner and a champagne toast.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

As 2009 draws closer, Branson’s Titanic Museum Attraction is set to launch the New Year with a series of unique special attractions that creatively link
present-day events with the glories of Titanic ‘s past, announces John Joslyn, Titanic owner.

“Our 2009 winter/spring events promise to be the most exciting yet,” notes Joslyn. “We’re bringing back favorites, extending engagements and adding surprises,” he says. To date, scheduled events include:

January – Titanic’s 3rd Annual Ice Carving Competition

Come watch the world’s most celebrated ice sculptors chisel 250-pound blocks of ice into fantastic designs. This free one-day event is held in Titanic’s outdoor entertainment center (at the ship’s bow) Saturday, January 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of the Titanic Museum Attraction’s ongoing series of annual family events, last year’s competition drew more than 4,500 visitors. Arrive early for the best views to all the action.

February – Sweetheart Month and Wedding Vow Renewals

Experience the power of love during “Sweetheart Month.” The entire month of February is Titanic’s Valentine tribute to romance and the lasting love of devoted couples everywhere.

Last year, 1,948 couples renewed their wedding vows during Sweetheart Month, and new bookings already indicate 2009 will surpass that impressive number. Held in elegant style on Titanic’s Grand Staircase, every ceremony is presided over by the ship’s captain.

Reservations are required. Our appointment book fills rapidly for this extremely popular event. To keep the romance alive and steer clear of icebergs, we recommend immediate reservations!

March – Titanic Irish Festival

Celebrate the Irish and their Titanic legacy throughout the month of March. 2009 marks the third year the Titanic Museum Attraction has used music and song to honor the memory of the Irish men and women who built and sailed the ship.

What began as a spirited three-day celebration in 2007 became a hugely successful two-week family affair last year and returns in 2009 to cheer visitors for an entire month!

April – Titanic Princess Tea Party

Much to the delight of mothers and daughters throughout the Midwest, the most popular and successful of all Titanic special events returns for its third year–the Titanic Princess Tea Party.

This celebration of proper etiquette, manners and style is modeled after the formal tea rituals of the Titanic era. Each young lady will receive a two-hour “crash-course” on the dos and don’ts of classic, social behavior.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Information courtesy of Titanic Museum Attraction

2009 marks the 8th year for the Branson Motorcycle Rally. Through those 8 years it has moved around Branson offering a wide range of entertainment and riding options for those who have attended. In 2007 it found a permanent home at Area ’57, part of the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater Complex located on Highway 76 in Branson, Mo. where we plan to keep it for many years to come. The complex, with on-site hotel, theater complex, Grill, nightclub and 57 Heaven Museum, 5 acres of open flat parking, large vendor area and located one mile from US 65 Highway on Branson’s Hwy 76 make it a snap to head out on rides to see the scenic Ozarks. AREA ’57 is the perfect fit as host venue for the Branson Motorcycle Rally, which will be held May 14 – 17 2009.

The Branson Rally has proven year after year to be a great event to start off the riding season. You and your friends will enjoy guided rides through the sweeping curves that overlook the beautiful Ozark Mountain Range, take trails less traveled and back roads only the locals know of…..making your time in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas a trip you will never forget!

This year boasts a NEW registration fee and spectator admission is FREE and for those who pre-register for the Rally we offer special discounts on Rally t-shirts, patches and pins and hotel rooms at the Ramada Hotel – the headquarter hotel for the event, which is located on the grounds of AREA ’57 – so you can park your bike on the Rally grounds and walk to your room!

The 2009 Branson Rock Ride Remember Rally offers you:
• 3 Full Days dedicated to the motorcycle enthusiast!
• Guided Rides through the Ozarks presented by ANPAC.com
• Thursday night’s Opening Ceremonies feature a Drive-In Movie
• Live bands on Friday and Saturday
• Scavenger Hunts and Poker Runs presented by Five-O Motorcycle Club
• Freedom of the Road Riders Ride-In Bike Show
• Great food and cold drinks
• Freedom of the Road Riders Ride-In Bike Show
• 50/50 Raffles
• Registered attendees are entered into drawings to win prizes
• Vendors with gear for you, your bike and your lifestyle!
• Pre-registration discounts on Rally T-shirts, Patches, Pins and
hotel rooms
• Discounts on Branson show & attraction tickets

This year the price to register your bike is $5……yes you read right
$5 to register your bike! And spectator admission is FREE!

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

50’s At The Hop 2008 Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party
Dec. 31
The Shoppes at Branson Meadows
Evening begins at 9 p.m. and includes the Fabulous 50’s At The Hop Show, Heavy Hors d’ oeuvres, Scrumptious Desserts, Party Favors, Noisemakers, Confetti, Balloons. At Midnight experience a 10,000 balloon drop & encore performance.

Acrobats of China celebration with the New Shanghai Circus
Dec. 31
New Shanghai Theatre
With traditional Chinese hor d’oeuvres, a sparkling non-alcoholic toast, party favors & hats, special Chinese souvenirs, a balloon drop, & more. 9 p.m.-midnight.

Ben Miller Band at Waxy O’Shea’s New Year’s Eve Hooley
Dec. 31
Waxy O’Shea’s, Branson Landing
Beginning at 9 p.m., featuring The Ben Miller Band. www.waxyosheas.com

Branson Landing Cruises New Year’s Eve Celebration
Dec. 31
Branson Landing Cruises
Evening begins at 8 p.m. on board with a half-hour of appetizers. The boat departs at 8:30 p.m. for a buffet, evening cruise dance and party DJ Sounds of Just One More Song. The New Year will be toasted in with a midnight champagne toast and party favors.

Chateau on the Lake New Year’s Eve’s gala hosted by the Titanic
Dec. 31
Chateau on the Lake
Fabulous food & the Gary Myers Band featuring Bucky & the Horn Dawgs. Begins at 7: 30 p.m. with a reception including hor d’oeuvres, dinner music & dancing. Fireworks just after midnight.

Dick Clark’s American Bandstand New Year’s Eve Celebration
Dec. 31
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theatre
Start at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby with special entertainment. Dinner & party favors included with the main show at 9:30 p.m.-midnight with Paul Revere & The Raiders & Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.

Dixie Stampede on New Year’s Eve
Dec. 31
Dixie Stampede
With activities the whole family will enjoy, two show times 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. include the opening show in the Carriage Room, the main show in the arena & a four-course dinner.

Ernie Biggs New Year’s Eve Dueling Piano Show
Dec. 31
Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar, Branson Landing
Beginning at 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve at Grand Country Music Hall
Dec. 31
Grand Country Square
Special celebration 9 p.m.-midnight. The party atmosphere will include hor d‘oeuvres, favors, a balloon drop & a non-alcoholic toast.

Hughes Brothers Celebrate New Years Eve – Family Style!
Dec. 31
Hughes Brothers Theatre
Starting at 9pm to Midnight (dinner seating begins at 7pm). Games, Noisemakers, Free Snacks, Yummy Goodies & lots of laughs, plus spectacular entertainment by The Hughes Brothers.

Jim Stafford’s New Year’s Eve Show
Dec. 31
Jim Stafford Theater
Evening includes a fun-filled show, special entertainment, hor d’oeuvres, a sparkling non-alcoholic toast, party favors & hats, special keepsake gifts, a balloon drop, & more. The party starts at 9 p.m. & goes through midnight.

Keeter Center New Year’s Eve
Dec. 31
The Keeter Center
Dinner seatings 4-8:30 p.m., Music and dancing 5-9 p.m. An evening of fine dining, music and dancing with The NYE Trio. A special menu by Chef Robert Stricklin. Call for reservations.

Kirby & Bambi VanBurch Magical New Year’s Eve
Dec. 31
Kirby VanBurch Theatre
Evening includes fast-paced production, plus a box dinner, party favors & hats, a sparkling non-alcoholic toast, a balloon drop & more. 9 p.m. – midnight. www.kirbyvanburch.com

Legends In Concert Bring in the New Year
Dec. 31
Legends in Concert Family Theatre
Legends in Concert’s most fun and exciting New Year’s Eve party ever, Dec. 31, 2009! Our star studded line up for the evening includes: Alan Jackson, Tina Turner, Barry White, George Strait, The Blues Brothers and Elvis Presley. Regular seating $49.95, VIP seating $54.95. Prices include hot hors d’oeuvres, elegant desserts, seasonal beverages and party favors. Doors open at 8 pm. Show time and fun begins at 9:30.

The Magnificent Seven’s 8th Annual “New Year’s Eve Party”
Dec. 31
White House Theatre
Featuring The Magnificent New Year’s Eve Show, VIP and West Wing Buffets, spectacular 2000 Balloon Drop, Party Favors, Countdown to Midnight with our Live Band, and Midnight Toast! Dinner begins at 6:30pm, Show begins at 9pm. Tickets just $34.50 – $49.00 (depending on dinner option.) It is an evening of dinner, dancing, entertainment, and more!

Shake, Rattle & Roll in The New Year at the Owens Theater
Dec. 31
Owens Theater in historic downtown Branson
Begin at 9 p.m. with party favors, hor d’oeuvres & feature entertainment with Elvis & The Superstars.

New Year’s Eve with Pierce Arrow
Dec. 31
Pierce Arrow Theatre
9 p.m. with a mixture of fun, food & music. As the clock strikes 12, guests will bring in the New Year with party favors, games & a gourmet box lunch.

New Year’s Eve on the Showboat Branson Belle
Dec. 31
Showboat Branson Belle
Cruise starts at 8 p.m. with the regular dinner, cruise & show. Guests can slide over to the dance floor for dancing & fireworks will light up the sky, sparkling grape juice toast.

Information courtesy of Branson Chamber of Commerce

Now is a great time to grab a bargain, see a holiday show, stroll through dozens of attractions and experience Silver Dollar City theme park – all in the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.”

In Branson, families can find dozens of ways to relax, recharge and ring in the New Year. Many of Branson’s shows, attractions, shops, restaurants, hotels and resorts are open and hosting families from across America. From Jim Stafford to the shows at Grand Country Music Hall, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Silver Dollar City, one of America’s most acclaimed theme parks, is open through December 30, and the Showboat Branson Belle has two-hour cruises on Table Rock Lake, with elegant dining and a special show, through December 31.

Attractions like the Titanic, Veterans Memorial Museum and the Butterfly Palace offer unique experiences. Your family will enjoy The Butterfly Palace’s “White Flight” where thousands of white butterflies flutter like living snowflakes amid twinkling lights and poinsettias through January 15.

Visitors can take advantage of the after-Christmas shopping sales at Branson Landing, Historic Downtown Branson, three factory outlet malls, souvenir and craft shops, specialty boutiques and more. Hundreds of shops offer everything from name-brand styles to the perfect discovery for bargain hunters.

The area’s lighting displays, including the drive-through displays of the Branson Area Festival of Lights, Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights and the Enchanted Forest at Indian Point, are aglow through December 31.

“Each year, Bambi and I host a Magical New Year’s Eve show on December 31,” said Kirby VanBurch, recently named “Best Illusionist” at the 2008 World Magic Awards. “We love ringing in the New Year with our family of furry (and not so furry) friends as well as with so many kids with their parents. It’s a real family affair for all!”

For the first time ever, the Acrobats of China, featuring the New Shanghai Circus, offers a Chinese New Year’s celebration complete with Chinese hors d’oeuvres and souvenirs. Other New Year’s Eve shows include Jim Stafford Show, Legends In Concert, Pierce Arrow, and many more.

Other New Year’s Eve events include the Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center’s “Titanic Revisited” New Year’s Eve Party and the Branson Landing Cruises’ Landing Princess sailing Lake Taneycomo. This exclusive four-hour cruise includes dinner, entertainment, dancing and a fantastic view of Branson Landing’s spectacular fire and water fountain show.

Many of Branson’s fine restaurants are open late for New Year’s Eve galas and are eager for you to join them on the last night of the year.

So, remember to give your family just one more gift at a great bargain – Branson after Christmas!
Information courtesy of Branson Chamber of Commerce

Add another accolade to the list of many for Branson.

In its second annual report, San Diego-based Eventful Inc., a leading online source for local events across the country, has recognized the “entertainment capital of the world” as a top place to visit in the United States.

Branson took second place in the music category, beating out Los Angeles and Chicago. New York was ranked No. 1.

“It is quite an honor to be recognized,” said Lynn Berry, director of public relations for the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “For us to be ranked by Eventful shows that we have put our very best effort forward to make Branson a popular destination.”

Eventful analyzes U.S. cities with populations exceeding 100,000, as well as cities with smaller populations.

Berry said travelers do a lot of research before choosing a destination and rankings available on the Internet make it easier to make decisions.

“Everyone likes to check out a top 10 list before they go to a destination. It gives them an idea of what to expect,” she said.

Branson’s No. 2 ranking by Eventful was great news for Marketing Director Dave Ledford at Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.

“Anytime Branson can be recognized, it’s great for our community,” he said. “People are always looking for a place that offers great entertainment and lodging and Branson is just the place for it.”

Hollye Gurley, general manager of the Baldknobbers Theatre, said that more than ever, Branson is making a name for itself.

“Branson does some pretty impressive events like Veterans Homecoming and Festival of Lights. With our 50th anniversary coming up, we are proud to be a part of the exciting things that go on here,” she said.

Eventful has many categories, including most eventful cities, small but eventful cities, top cities for music lovers and even top cities for pet lovers.

According to Eventful, its community of users enjoy the world’s largest selection of local events taking place in markets across the globe, from concerts and sports to singles events and political rallies.

Eventful provides multi-platform services to its users via eventful.com, e-mail programs, mobile applications and content distributed through widgets and apps.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

When Pete Herschend and his brother Jack (whose family founded Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., in 1960) started their Old Time Christmas back in 1988, it was on a lark.

“We called it the 12 Days of Christmas, and honestly we weren’t at all sure anyone would show up,” Pete Herschend said. “But we thought it sounded good, and we knew it could be good. And lo and behold, a lot of them showed up. There are some families who started coming in 1988 and they have been back every year.”
One recent visitor was Noel Perkin, a Springfield, Mo., native who visited the park as a little girl, worked there in the ’80s, and now takes her 6-year-old son, Drew, every Christmas. “It was magical then and it’s magical now,” she said.
This year’s 20th-anniversary celebration includes more than four million lights spread across the park’s 40 acres, a handful of Christian-themed shows, a Frosty the Snowman musical, a steam train, a five-story special effects-laden Christmas tree and — when the weather holds out — a few impressive roller coasters from which one can soak in all those lights.
This season also marks the premiere of the park’s culinary school, where guests can make cookies, pies and holiday stews.
Information courtesy of New York Times

The first class hospitality promised by officials of the new Branson Airport now extends beyond the terminal. Branson Gray Line, the locally owned and operated transportation experts, will exclusively operate all taxi, shuttle, limousine, luxury coach, charter bus and ground transportation services at the new facility, set to open in May 2009. This announcement comes just one week after Branson Airport, the first privately financed and operated commercial service airport in the U.S., announced that AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Air Tran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), will be the first national network carrier to serve the new airport when it opens next spring.
“My goal is pretty simple—to work in tandem with airport staff to provide a first-class hospitality experience like no other,” Scott Thompson, president of Branson Gray Line said.

“The exceptional service you’ll get from AirTran and the Branson Airport won’t end when you land or leave the terminal. It’s our goal to make sure that whether you’re a tourist or a local, a family or an individual, here on vacation or here on business, you receive the most professional and efficient service possible, otherwise, I haven’t done my job,” Thompson said.

Between now and the time the airport opens, officials at Branson Gray Line will be working tirelessly to organize services between area accommodations and the Branson Airport. As the exclusive provider of shuttle services for the airport, Branson Gray Line will be responsible for maintaining hotel and resort courtesy shuttles for those properties interested in offering such a service to their guests. Branson Gray Line recently came to an agreement with the Radisson Hotel in Branson and will serve as the exclusive transportation provider to the Radisson, offering timely transportation services to both individuals and groups staying at the property.

“This is a very exciting time for us. Getting people where they need to go is our business, and we’re good at it. The Branson Airport is going to bring a whole new market of travelers to the area, and we’re ready to meet all their transportation needs. It’s been a long time coming,” Thompson said.

Information courtesy of Branson Airport

The Osmonds will return to Branson for shows in 2009 and beyond. Jay, Jimmy and funnyman Wayne will share the stage performing fabulous Osmond hits and other classic country, pop, and soft rock songs. The new show will reflect The Osmond Family tradition of world-class entertainment, spectacular productions and specialty acts from around the world.

Performances will begin in September and run through December. The Osmond Christmas Show will be performed in November & December. The Osmonds will appear at The Osmonds Theater, located at 3216 Hwy. 76. An optional lunch and dinner is available by advance reservation only.
The following is a schedule of their September & October performances. All Blue dates have performances at 8pm.

Information courtesy of The Osmonds

Next March, the Haygoods will have a new theater to call home.

The seven brothers and one sister between the ages of 15 and 31 will move to the Americana Theatre on 76 Country Boulevard following a $500,000 renovation.

“We are adding 3,800 square feet with the front of the theater enclosed with black glass,” said Timothy Haygood, the oldest brother.

Back in September, the family announced its Branson run at Music City Centre would end this year, but that has all changed.

After 10,000 performances in front of more than four million people, the family decided that Branson was the place to stay.

“We had an offer to do a television show in Los Angeles, it was going to take a big commitment from us so we decided to form our own production company and do our own show,” said Haygood.

Haygood said it will be a reality-type show, making musical dreams come true for youngsters who don’t have the means to do it.

“We’ll be filming segments of the show right there at the Americana Theatre,” Haygood said.

The CW network will air the show in the midwest.

The Haygoods won’t be the only show moving to the Americana Theatre from the Music City Centre.

“After we announced our move, Tony Roi and the Red Hot and Blue show decided to come along,” Haygood said.

Another Haygood, Timothy’s wife Cassandre, will move from Silver Dollar City to the Americana Theatre with her show “Voice of an Angel” featuring a string orchestra.

The Haygoods kicked off their musical careers at Silver Dollar City 17 years ago.

“We are so proud to be investing in our community and we can’t wait for everyone to see the newly remodeled Americana Theatre. It will be a great addition to the strip,” Timothy Haygood said.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News