The 3rd Annual Branson Holiday Promenade of Stars Parade will usher in the Christmas season on world famous Hwy 76 at 10:30am on November 7 in Branson. Mr. Christmas, otherwise known as Andy Williams, is set to be the grand marshal of the parade.

The 1.4 mile-long parade route begins at White Water and ends at the Grand Village shoppes, with a few stops along the way to allow stars to perform on stage in front of the Titanic Museum. Branson celebrities, marching bands and floats will all be included in the Branson Holiday Promenade of Stars Parade.
In addition to Andy Williams, other celebrity performances include Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan, the Lennon Sisters, the Osmonds, Tony Orlando, Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas dancers, the cast of “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol” from Silver Dollar City and a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The parade is being recorded for a television special that will broadcast Thanksgiving Day and rebroadcast Christmas Day. The special will air on KSFX Ozarks Fox and The Vacation Channel in the Springfield/Branson area. National Broadcasts will air on RFD TV and Retro Television Network (RTN). Hosts for the television special are Debby Boone and Jimmy Osmond.

Official Press Release from Kirby VanBurch Theatre:

The Kirby VanBurch Theatre announced today that the Kirby VanBurch Show will be opening with a BRAND NEW SHOW on November 1, 2009 at 8pm. “Kirby has put time and great energy into developing the new show and advertising campaign,” says Kelly Holman, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Kirby VanBurch Theatre.
The Kirby VanBurch Theatre on Highway 248 in Branson, Missouri re-opened the box office on October 19 at 9am. With 17 years under his belt and the numerous calls and letters, Kirby believes that he will continue to be supported by the Branson community. He says of his new show that” it is an amazing show that Branson audiences have come to expect.” More Magic! More Comedy! More Variety! As promised!
Plans are also on track for Kirby’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular. New Show…Great Food…Party Favors…Plan to ring in 2010 with Kirby VanBurch, his amazing cast and Exotic Cats.
All Stone and Taney County tourism employees are invited to see the new show when they can. As always, tourism related employees are admitted to the show and Magical Mystery Backstage Cat Tour free of charge. They are allowed to bring one guest or their immediate family living at home, 30 minutes prior to show time. Stone and Taney County residents also receive a discounted admission rate

Mel Tillis is returning to Branson for a limited engagement November 3-18, at the Tri-Lakes Center, the theater Tillis used to call home.

Carrie April Tillis and Sonny Tillis will be joining their father on stage during his performances. Sonny Tillis is best known for writing hits for some of country music’s biggest stars, including Reba McIntire, Trace Adkins and Jamie O’Neal. Carrie Tillis has appeared in various off-Broadway productions throughout the country. She will be appearing in the Tennessee Repertory Production of “Big River” this spring and her talented vocals will be on display in numbers like “Ava Maria” and “O Holy Night.”
Tillis performed in Branson for 12 years (from 1990-2002) before he resumed touring on the road. He is famous for hits such as “Ruby,” “Detroit City,” “Coca Cola Cowboy,” “I Believe in You” and many others.
Mel Tillis tickets are on sale now.

Celebrate an Ozark Mountain Christmas this holiday season in Branson, Missouri. The cool weather brings festive productions to the area Branson Shows as they invite guests to celebrate the reason for the season with friends and family. The area becomes enchanted with twinkling light displays, holiday decorations and a merry spirit that is perfect for a holiday getaway.

One of the best reasons to travel to Branson during the holiday season is the entertaining holiday shows available during November and December. Branson has a variety of programs to choose from, each with a unique story to tell. Miracle of Christmas is an all-new show in Branson, and seeks to tell the captivating story of Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus. It is presented by Sight and Sound Theatres, who are known for their lavish production qualities from Noah – The Musical. Several star entertainers return to Branson during the Christmas season, including Andy Williams in the Andy Williams Christmas Show, Daniel O’Donnell and Tony Orlando & the Lennon Sisters.
Branson visitors can enjoy a country Christmas at Christmas on the Trail, where you’ll sing along as they share a cowboy Christmas, complete with Christmas carols, and a special time of reflection on the true meaning of the Christmas Season. Dixie Stampede Christmas Dinner and Show transforms into a holiday celebration including a live nativity, with three kings atop camels, holiday music, Santa and a four-course yuletide feast. This year they also debut “The Magic of Toys,” an all-new musical celebration. Baldknobbers Jamboree Christmas presents a combination show during the holiday season, during which the first half is devoted to the best of this year’s country show and the second half features a Baldknobber Family Christmas.
Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas is a top rated holiday production in Branson, and for good reason. This enchanting show highlights the excitement and joy of the season as its talented cast sings, dances and interacts with the audience. Hamner Barber’s Wings of Christmas Show is also a combination show, featuring the best of their comedy and magic in the first half and moving holiday tribute in the second half of the show. For those that have an ear for the piano, you won’t want to miss Dino’s Christmas Extravaganza, an over-the-top production highlighting Christmastime all over the world. The show is truly magical and the elaborate sets, costumes and holiday numbers create a memorable evening for all.
Ride the Ducks also join in on the festive fun with their Ride the Ducks Holiday Light Tours. This 60 minute adventure, on an enclosed duck, takes guests on a tour of Branson’s holiday lights. It’s a great way for everyone to see the beauty of Branson. The Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights is a holiday tradition as it offers 160 acres of Christmas lights and animated displays. Children of all ages will be amazed by the dazzling displays of holiday cheer.
A holiday getaway to Branson wouldn’t be complete without a day spent at Silver Dollar City during their Old Time Christmas celebration. The entire park is aglow with light displays and winter wonderland activities, as well as fabulous productions like “A Dickens Christmas Carol” and “The Living Nativity.” It’s the perfect way to put everybody in the family in a merry mood.

Official Press Release from Cirque Imagination:

Cirque Imagination’s “Montage” show, featuring former Cirque du Soleil performers, has announced its plans to postpone the November 29 – December 5 visit previously scheduled at Branson’s Tri-Lakes Center. The group recently decided to relocate to the Starlite Theatre, where the public will have more chances to view its world-renowned talents. “Montage” performances will now span the entire Summer 2010 season, from May 14 through September 5, and following a brief hiatus, will return November 2 through December 19.

Judy Blake, Director of Business Development at Cirque Imagination offered insight on the situation. “We’re hoping Branson’s residents and visitors won’t regard the shift in schedule as an inconvenience, but as a trade-off for something better. With our longer-term commitment in 2010, families will have additional opportunities and increased flexibility for selecting a “Montage” show time that meets the needs of their agendas. Cirque Imagination is devoted to providing our audience with unmatched entertainment, and we will certainly work with current ticket holders to guarantee our postponed arrival won’t deter that from happening.”

Measures in place allow people with tickets or vouchers for the November and December “Montage” performances to save the passes for future admission to one of next year’s shows.

In the meantime, Cirque Imagination continues its journey on the corporate circuit and private sector. The acts it shared with Branson during its September 13-19 stay will be available as contracted entertainment for fundraisers, business events such as tradeshows, and personal celebrations. Talents include hand-balancing, contortion, pole-climbing, aerial chiffon with a 21 foot drop, duo strength, juggling , break dancing, and German wheel, all choreographed to lively, original music.

“As additional stops are made on Cirque Imagination’s national tour, Branson will always remain a favorite we wish to share our world of entertainment with,” Blake added.

Come home for the holidays to An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City in Branson. An Old Time Christmas has been named one of the world’s top holiday destinations by CNN.com and one of the top 5 holiday events in the country by Good Morning America. Visit Silver Dollar City and see why the magic of the holidays starts in Branson, Missouri.

The dazzling twinkle of over 4 million lights sets the park aglow, and the festive decorations brings the true meaning of the season home. The celebration begins at Silver Dollar City’s Square, which is the setting for Christmas on Main Street, SDC’s biggest light show ever. Their beautiful 5-story special effects Christmas tree sparkles and dances in unison with over one million lights adorning the City’s square and is a breathtaking sight to see.
The Gifts of Christmas Holiday Light Parade is presented twice each evening, and features an array of characters emblazoned in over 100,000 lights. Shows like The Living Nativity and Frosty! are planned, and Santa himself will be available at Kringles Krossing.
Silver Dollar City’s top holiday show, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, is an original musical adaptation of the famous classic by Charles Dickens. It features a live band, astounding special effects, beautiful Victorian scenery and period costuming, and the inspiring story of redemption and hope.
Silver Dollar City’s rides and attractions will also be open during this event, weather permitting, so visitors will be able to enjoy Wildfire and The Giant Swing while they celebrate the season.
Lunch with Santa is also going to be offered during An Old Time Christmas. Located at the Reunion Hall, visitors can eat lunch with Santa and have their picture taken with him. This activity does cost extra and is not included with park admission. The cost is $18.99 for adults (12 +) and $14.99 for children (ages 4-11).
An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City Branson runs from November 7 – December 30, 2009.
For holiday lodging in Branson, please view our wide selection of Branson hotels and condominiums.
The owners of the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, located in Branson, gave announced the museum will close in December. The museum is run by a non-profit group which stated the museum is closing due to declining attendance and an uncertain economy. It originally opened in 1967 in California and had been operating in Branson for six years.
The memorabilia and artifacts on display will be sold.Roy Rogers Jr., who currently performs at the venue, says he will look for a new location in the Branson area to continue live shows.

Official Press Release from The Dutton Theater:

Samoan Tragedy Strikes Branson – Dutton Family Plans Fundraiser

The tragic Samoan earthquake and tsunami have brought tears and heartache to Branson, as the tragedy became personal for the Samoan performers in the Island Fire Show at the Dutton Family Theater.

Iefata Saoleititi and his wife Rachel were celebrating the September 22nd birth of their baby daughter Deanna Marguerite when they received the news that their two year old son, Iefata Jr., perished in the disaster. The boy had been staying with Iefata’s parents in Samoa during the Island Fire performance season.

The Saoleititi’s are planning to return to Samoa on October 6th, provided they can arrange for an emergency issuance of a passport for baby Deanna. Branson City Administrator, Dean Kruithoff, has already contacted Senator Bond’s office for assistance in the matter. Dean and Alderman Cris Bohinc visited with the grief-stricken family today to offer their condolences and support.

Bella Dutton, the wife of Jonathan and a native of Samoa, announced that there will be a Island Fire Show fundraiser held at the Dutton Theater on Saturday, October 3rd at 8 PM. She told us, “Our Island Fire performers felt a need to present their show on Saturday night in an effort to raise money for Iefata and Rachel to return home to Samoa, as well as covering the burial expenses. Flights to Samoa, particularly at the last minute, are very expensive. Tickets will be $10 and all proceeds will go towards helping the Saoleititi’s. Those wanting the Island Fire meal that normally comes with the purchase of a full-priced ticket may purchase it for an additional $10. Any additional funds will be directed to helping the other performers who have lost family, friends, and homes.”

Another performer, Poinsettia (Tia) Taefu was awaiting word on her sister who was missing when she received a call saying that her sister was safe. The relief was short-lived when she was then told that her cousin’s three children had perished. Tia’s home and village was also destroyed, as was the home and village of fellow performer Luisa Tagomoa.

Bad news also reached other performers, including Hanson Simi Paialii, Jr., Malakai Lavatai, and Salele Moeai, along with Belle Dutton, as they learned of extended family members that died in the disaster.

Aside from the fundraiser this Saturday, Sheila Dutton told us, “We have also established a relief fund to help all of the families of our Island Fire performers. Anyone wishing to contribute can make donations at the Dutton Family Theater Box Office, bring them to the fundraising event, or deposit them to the Island Fire Family Relief Fund at Ozark Mountain Bank. We have arranged to keep the fund open throughout the remainder of the Island Fire Season which runs through first week of December.”