The nation’s largest Veterans Day celebration takes place in Branson, Missouri, November 5-11, 2010, as the city presents Veterans Homecoming Week. This annual event includes many special events, many of which are free, and all of which celebrate the men and women who have fought for our country. The theme for the 2010 event is “Branson Doesn’t Forget.”
A few of the highlights of the week include:
November 5

10am: Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall opening Ceremony at the Welk Resort.

12:30pm: Official opening ceremonies at Sight and Sound Theatre.

7pm: Free show for veterans at the Showboat Branson Belle.
November 6

7am: Reville held at the Factory Merchants Mall (the red roof mall.) This event is held every morning of the week-long event.

9am: The Golden Corral hosts a Persian Gulf War Veterans Mini Reunion.
3pm: The Keeter Center hosts a WWII Veterans Mini Reunion.
6pm: A Candlelight Memorial Service will be held at the Branson Landing Town Square Fountains.
November 7

9am: Ozarks Shooters hosts a Veterans Shoot.

10am: Veterans Memorial Service at Hamner Barber Theater.
2pm: Air Force Band of Mid-America performs at Factory Merchants Mall.
November 8


5pm: Women Veterans Mini Reunion held at Branson Mall Meeting and Event Center, with a show at the Mickey Gilley Theater following the reunion.

5pm: 14th Annual Military Gala & Banquet at the Chateau on the Lake Resort.
November 9


9am-Noon: Korean War Veterans Association Mini Reunion held at Stone Castle Resort.

2pm-5:30pm: The National 9/11 Flag will be on display at Factory Merchants Mall, where firefighters from the Fire Department of New York City will assist local service heroes in a historic stitching ceremony to help sew the Missouri restorative patch onto the flag.
November 10:
8am: POW/MIA service at the Vietnam Memorial Walk at the Welk Resort.
2pm: 2nd Annual Vietnam Veterans Mini Reunion will be held at Charlie’s Steak Ribs & Ale, located behind Hall of Fame Hotel.
5pm: 235th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Branson Convention Center. The guest speaker will be Colonel Jim Sims.
November 11
9am: Scott AFB Band performs at the Branson Landing Town Square.
11am: Downtown Branson presents the 76th Annual Veterans Day Parade, sponsored by the American Legion Post 220.
2pm: The Welk Resort presents Tony Orlando’s Yellow Ribbon Salute.
2:30pm: Closing ceremonies at the Tri-Lakes Center.

The Legends in Concert show in Branson MO is presenting an all-new winter line-up beginning November 1st. There are a variety of stars, from yesterday and today, in the production so there is a little something for everyone in the audience. Plus, the state-of-the-art theater, new costumes and exciting choreography create an exciting show that is one the most popular in town.
The winter line-up will feature tributes to The Temptations, George Strait, Marilyn Monroe, The Blues Brothers, Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley. The Legends in Concert band, dancers and back-up singers round out each show. A Michael Jackson tribute artist will perform December 26-January 1.
A special Legends in Concert New Year’s Eve show will also help celebrate the countdown to 2011.

During Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas Celebration select rides will be available.

Fire-In-The-Hole, Flooded Mine, Frisco Sing-Along Steam Train, Geyser Gulch, Grandfather’s Mansion, Homestead Barnyard, Marvel Cave and RiverBlast are open during An Old Time Christmas, weather permitting.

For your safety, Silver Dollar City follows manufacturer’s guidelines, including minimum operating temperatures.

The following is a helpful guide:

The Giant Swing – 38 degrees
Hi-Lo Silos – 32 degrees
PowderKeg® – 40 degrees
Thunderation – 32 degrees (38 degrees with precipitation)
WildFire® – 40 degrees
The Grand Exposition Electro Spin – 35 degrees
Elephant March – 35 degrees
Grand Exposition Coaster – 42 degrees
Happy Frogs – 35 degrees
Magnificent Wave Carousel – 35 degrees
Mighty Galleon – 35 degrees
Racing Regatta – 35 degrees
Royal Tea Party – 35 degrees

Silver Dollar City tickets are on sale now.

Silver Dollar City celebrates An Old Time Christmas during the holiday season, scheduled for November 6 – December 30, 2010. The event has been named one of the world’s top holiday destinations by CNN and is rated one of the top five 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. Some of the music featured includes “Carol of the Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Sleigh Ride.”
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. Check out the Silver Dollar City Winter Ride Guide for more information.

Titanic’s 5th Annual Chainsaw Ice Sculptors Challenge is returning to Branson. Scheduled for January 15, 2011, from 9am-4pm, this free event showcase artisans armed with chainsaws and chisels create beautiful sculptures from 250-pund blocks of ice.

The ice carving competition is one the Titanic Museum’s most popular and highly attended events. Kids and parents alike enjoy seeing the ice sculptures come to life.
Professional and amateur ice carvers will compete at Titanic’s outdoor staging center. Top honors and big prize money is up for grabs. At 3pm an official National Ice Carving Association judging panel will announce the winners and award the following:
1st Place: $2000
2nd Place: $1500
3rd Place: $1000
The Titanic Museum Branson is a 7,000 square foot ship-shaped structure that features self-guided tours covering 20 galleries on two decks, displaying more than 400 priceless artifacts that once belonged to Titanic passengers or crew.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.

4th Annual Holiday Promenade of Stars Parade will be hosted by Mario Lopez in Branson, MO. Scheduled for November 13, 2010, activities will begin at 10am at the Branson Landing with a pre-show, followed by the parade at 10:30am.

Lopez is known by many for his role on “Saved by the Bell,” as well as hosting the TV shows “Extra” and “America’s Best Dance Crew.” He has a new show – “Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby” – set to debut on November 1 on VH1.

Gary Bartlett, producer of the parade, believes he will give additional exposure to the event. He estimates the parade will draw a crowd of 75,000.

The Grand Marshall of the parade is Andy Williams, another popular crowd pleaser. Co-hosts will be Carrie Tills and John Daly.

The parade will feature Branson Entertainers, including Bill Medley, along with giant helium balloons, area marching bands and professionally built floats.

The parade is also utilized as a fundraiser to help three local charities. Participants in the parade will pay a $100 entry fee, 100$ of which is donated to the charities, as well as 10% of the sponsorship money raised. The designated charities include the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, Love INC., and Skaggs’s Foundation.

The Holiday Promenade of Stars will be nationally televised in Thanksgiving Day, with a rebroadcast scheduled for Christmas day. The parade program will air on RFD TV, RETRO Television Network, KSFX in Springfield, KOLR 10 (on Christmas Day) and The Vacation Channel.

Branson Veterans Homecoming Week and Ozark Mountain Christmas have once again made the American Bus Association Top 100 Events in North America list.

In the announcement, Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA’s president and CEO said, “The attractiveness of Branson Veterans Week as a don’t miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for Branson, Missouri.” He goes on to point out that the real news is the recognition of Branson Veterans Home Coming Week “as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy” and that the honor gives Branson “an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”
This is the second year in a row Branson Veterans Homecoming Week has received this honor, and the sixth year in a row for Ozark Mountain Christmas.
Ozark Mountain Christmas takes place November 1 – January 2, and is a special time of year of year featuring entertaining Branson Christmas shows, beautiful holiday light displays and an Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City.
Branson Veterans Homecoming Week is scheduled for November 5-11, 2010, and it is a weeklong celebration filled with events and activities honoring America’s Veterans, active duty Armed Forces personnel and their families.