Branson has been ranked as one of the best vacation destinations to visit to see holiday lights.

Yahoo! travel editors recently released a Top 10 Holiday Lights Destinations list, with Branson coming in at No. 6.  Branson, Missouri was included on the list because of its marvelous Ozark Mountain Christmas event, which features Silver Dollar City’s “An Old Time Christmas” and the Branson Area Festival of Lights.

The Old Time Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays as it is home to more than 4 million twinkling lights and over 1,000 Christmas trees.  There are also festive holiday light parades, shows, delicious treats and some rides are even open during the event (weather permitting).  Purchase discount Silver Dollar City tickets to discover holidays in the Ozarks.

The Branson Area Festival of Lights is a unique drive-through light display that is affordable family fun.  For the low cost of only $12 per vehicle, guests are treated to a mile-long drive with 175 displays.  For even more holiday lights, head to the Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills.  Visitors can drive through the 160-acre historic homestead and view themed sections complete with holiday music and more than 4 million colorful Christmas lights.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Branson, Missouri. Many of the shows perform special New Year’s Eve shows to commemorate the night, complete with party favors, food and beverages.

Branson shows performing on New Year’s include:

Acrobats of China – Celebrating the Chinese New Year: Starting at 9pm, the amazing Acrobats of China will feature the acts that make their show one of the most popular in Branson. The celebration includes traditional Chinese hor d’oeuvers, sparkling non-alcoholic wine, party favors & hats, special Chinese souvenir and a midnight balloon drop.

Hamner Barber New Year’s Eve Fiesta: Celebrate the New Year with a Fiesta Party, complete with incredible magical illusions and hilarious comedy, plus lots of fabulous, fresh food fromQdoba Mexican Grill. The party begins at 9pm.

Haygoods New Years Eve Show: Ring in the New Year with the Haygoods, where the show begins at 9pm and features the talented Haygoods family and Cassandre – The Voice of an Angel. Delicious food will be served and there will be a New Years Eve countdown, complete with a non-alcoholic toast balloon drop and auld lang syne music.

Jim Stafford’s New Year’s Eve Show: Spend New Year’s Eve with Jim Stafford, where the fun beings at 9:30pm and doesn’t end until after the New Year is rang in. Your evening with Jim includes a fun-filled, action packed show, guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again!

Kirby VanBurch New Years Eve Spectacular: The magical evening begins at 9pm and includes a box dinner, party favors, non-alcoholic champagne, balloon drop and more!

Legends in Concert New Years Eve Show: Spend a legendary night with the tribute artists of Legends in Concert. The fun begins at 9:30pm and features crowd favorites Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, The Blues Brothers, and Elvis. New Years Eve show ticket includes party favors, hors d’oeuvres, seasonal beverages and a midnight celebration with the stars of Legends in Concert.

Pierce Arrow New Years Eve Show: The show begins at 9pm on New Years Eve and includes a gourmet box meal with deli style sandwich and dessert and free celebration favors to ring in the New Year.

Buy Branson New Years Eve Show tickets now!

A Christmas Snow is an all-new Branson Christmas Show that is earning rave reviews from attendees.  The show, which is performed at The Starlite Theater, is a stage version of the inspiration 2010 movie.  The stage adaptation features the same actors who starred in the movie – Muse Watson, Catherine Mary Stewart and Cameron Ten Napel.

The production is a heartwarming story of family, faith and forgiveness that leaves audiences in tears with the powerful tale of a woman unable to celebrate Christmas because of the pain in her past. After a snowstorm traps her in her home with two unlikely guests, she is confronted with a life-changing choice: hang on to her hurt or let go and embark on the journey of hope that awaits the heart that dares to forgive. Adapted for the stage, this moving 90-minute instant-classic is sure to be the highlight of your Christmas season.

A Christmas Snow tickets are on sale now.  Tickets currently feature a $5 savings.

The Hughes Brothers Show has been named the Best Christmas Show in Branson for 2011.

The Hughes Brothers were honored with the award during their performance on November 12.  The show was recognized through the Branson Show Awards.  This is the fourth consecutive year the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show has been recognized as Best Christmas Show in Branson.

In November and December, the Hughes Brothers Show brings together all the warmth and love of a traditional Christmas combined with a celebration of the true Meaning of the Season. From Santa to a living nativity scene this is the ne Christmas Show you’ll want to share with your family!

Guest can choose to enjoy dinner and a show with the Hughes Brothers, or get tickets to the show only. The choice is yours!  Discount Hughes Brothers tickets are on sale now.

During your Branson vacation this holiday season, be sure to make time for a tour through the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.

The Trail of Lights winds through Shepherd of the Hill’s 160-acres, and guests will find a variety of beautiful, holiday-themed light displays along the way. This is the 23rd year the Shepherd of the Hills has produced the Trail of Lights, making it a tradition for many families. The Trail of Lights features more than 100 animated displays and over 4 million lights.

It’s great family fun too, because guests can enjoy the sights from the warmth of their own vehicles. Traveling through more than a dozen themed areas, including a Victorian Village and Winter Wonderland, families get a real sense of the joy of the season. Plus, Trail of Lights tickets include a trip inside Inspiration Tower, where guests can get a birds-eye-view of the twinkling lights from 230-feet.

The Titanic Museum Branson welcomes visitors during the holidays with a Winter Wonderland celebration.  During November and December, the Titanic Attraction is a seasonal delight for the senses, with sights and sounds highlighting the magic of the season.  Come enjoy the glittering lights, festive decorations, and meet Santa and his special reindeer.

That’s right – live reindeer will be at the Titanic Branson on select dates.  Visitors are encouraged to come pet the reindeer and even get their picture taken with them.  This free event is a great way to make holiday memories.  The reindeer prance back to the Titanic Museum on November 24, 25, and 26 and December 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2011.
Vacation in Branson, MO today to experience all of the fun Branson attractions available during Ozark Mountain Christmas.

The Branson Variety Theater is known for its great shows.  Over the years they have been home to Bobby Vinton, Spirit of the Dance and Broadway!.

For the 2012 Branson shows season, the theater is bringing back The Twelve Irish Tenors, as well as Hooray for Hollywood and Shake, Rattle and Roll.  Shake Rattle and Roll was named best new show in 2010, and Hooray for Hollywood received the honor for the 2011 season.  Branson Variety Theater is also opening two new shows in 2012 – The Official Tribute: The Songs of the Four Seasons and The Beach Boys and The Miniature Pet Circus.

The Official Tribute Show beings March 4, 2012, and will take guests on a musical journey featuring the incomparable harmonies of two of the greatest American Rock and Pop bands of all times.  Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are famous for hit songs like “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and any others.  The Beach Boys tribute will feature songs such as “Surfin’ USA,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Good Vibrations,” “California” and many other chart-topping hits.

The Miniature Pet Circus will be a summer show for families, scheduled for May 18 through August 18, 2011.  The show dazzles with singing ringleaders, acrobats, jugglers, clowns, magic and the Miniature Pet Circus.

The Gatlin Brothers and Debby Boone are together again at The Mansion Theatre in Branson, MO.

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers have a combined 33 songs that have been on the Top 40 Billboard charts.  Their hits include “All the Gold in California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You,” “Broken Lady,” “She Used to be Somebody’s Baby,” and “Talkin’ to the Moon.” 

The first time The Gatlin Brothers and Debby Boone performed together was last year in Branson, and they decided it was a tradition they wanted to continue. 

This is Debby Boone’s third season to be a part of OzarkMountain Christmas.  During the show, she performs a variety of songs, including her smash “You Light Up My Life.”  She also shares family stories and photos during the Branson show. Her father is the famous Pat Boone, and she has many memories of singing with her family, especially around the holidays. 

The Gatlin Brothers and Debby Boone tickets are on sale now.  They perform in Branson through December 7, 2011.

The Hamner Barber Magical Variety Show has been voted the Best Show for Families in Branson, MO.

Dave Hamner and Jim Barber were honored with the award during their performance on November 6, 2011.  The show was recognized through the Branson Show Awards, who also honored them with the award for “Best Illusionist Performance.”

The Hamner Barber Variety Show is an action packed production with incredible, award winning magic illusions, hilarious comedy, and a talented troupe of dancers. 

Hamner Barber tickets currently feature a $3 savings, too, making their show affordable, family fun.

Daniel O’Donnell is performing in Branson, Missouri just a few more times before his limited engagement at the Tri-Lakes Center ends.

O’Donnell returned to Branson for a 15th time, with Daniel O’Donnell tickets selling out quickly.  There are tickets still available for shows on November 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23. Plus, tickets are less than $50 each.  Appearing with Daniel O’Donnell is Mary Duff.

This year’s show is a bit different than last year’s though, as both entertainers perform more of their regular songs.  Last year’s performance was billed as a Christmas show, with this year’s emphasis more on standard fare.  Only five Christmas songs are performed during the show.  O’Donnell stated that it was due to fan demand, as he only visits in November, and they wanted to see him perform the songs that have made him famous.  They perform a few duets as well.

Daniel O’Donnell plans to return to Branson MO next year as well, with show dates in November and December 2012.