Daniel O’Donnell is currently performing his holiday production at the Branson Events Center, formerly known as the Tri-Lakes Center. You only have until December 8, 2012, to see O’Donnell in concert this season. However, next year O’Donnell will return to Branson earlier in the season and will call the Andy Williams Moon River Theater home.
O’Donnell is largely known in the United States for is many PBS Specials and tour appearances. He has topped the charts in the United Kingdom, with 14 top 10 music videos and 20 UK chart albums. He has been performing during Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas for about 10 seasons to great success.
Recently, it was also announced Liverpool Legends will perform at the Moon River theater in 2013. With both of these acts scheduled, the Andy Williams tradition of fantastic entertainment continues.
Williams, who passed away from bladder cancer in September, will have a tribute at the theater next year. The tribute is to include a tour and gallery of entertainment from his legendary career.
Legendary entertainer Tony Orlando has returned to Branson for the Christmas season. He will be performing his Great American Christmas Show at the Welk Resort Theater, with performances scheduled through December 8, 2012.
Tony will sing all of your holiday favorites during his two hour show. He also sings his greatest hits, including “Candida,” “Knock Three Times,” “Tie a Yellow Ribbon,” “Sweet Gypsy Rose” and many more.
Tony is joined onstage by his incredibly talented band and cast to tell the story of Tony’s first Christmas in the Ozarks, and the special visitor he met.
Veterans have always been important to Tony Orlando and that rings true during his Christmas show as well. Orlando makes a point that many of our favorite Christmas songs were inspired or influenced by our nation’s military, including songs like “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”
The Tony Orlando Show at the Welk Resort also includes a live band, dancers and new sets.
Silver Dollar City visitors are in for a special holiday treat this season. “It’s A Wonderful Life” has been adapted for the stages of Silver Dollar City, creating a moving musical production centered on George Bailey and all his friends and family in Bedford Falls.
The show, which debuted November 3 with the opening of Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas Festival, has been in the works for about six years. The park knew the movie version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” was a holiday tradition for many and wanted to bring the magic of the film to life in a stage production. Doing so was quite the endeavor, though, as they had to consolidate a 130 minute movie into a 60 minute stage production. Musical numbers were also added to give it the Silver Dollar City signature. A cast of 14 actors play 25 different roles in 20 different scenes. The story touches many due to its themes involving human emotions, sacrifices and the joy of treasuring the gifts we all receive each and every day.
“It’s A Wonderful Life” is performed at the Red Gold Heritage Hall. Performances of the show are included with the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets. Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Chistmas Festival runs through December 30, 2012.
Are you ready to celebrate Christmas at the Titanic Museumin Branson, Missouri? This year they have a special surprise in store as the Titanic Fantasy Princess will be making live appearances at the attraction Thanksgiving weekend and every Wednesday through Sunday through December 30, 2012.
This real, live fantasy princess brings the magic of Christmas to life as she holds court with princesses of all ages. All princesses in the making will have a chance to meet Titanic’s Fantasy Princess and tell their Christmas wishes to her while posing for a souvenir photo. Princesses-in-waiting are encouraged to wear their favorite princess dress for the occasion.
Titanic’s Fairy Princess is a beautiful new addition to the Christmas experience at the museum. Extravagant Edwardian-period holiday decorations, thousands of holiday lights and costumed characters create a one-of-a-kind holiday celebration.
Purchase Titanic museum tickets to experience not only the holidays but to discover the extensive exhibits featuring photographs, artifacts and interactive displays that give insight into the RMS Titanic.
Andy Williams was known as Mr. Christmas in Branson, and even though he sadly passed in September, his tradition of welcoming the holidays season with open arms continues at his Moon River Theater.
The Andy Williams Christmas Show is currently being performed in Branson, Missouri. Andy Williams’s presence is felt throughout the production as he was involved in all phases of the show, including production, its music and the selection of acts that will be in the show. Williams was known for his extravagant and entertaining holiday shows and this season’s show will be no different. Spectacular sets, dancers, a full orchestra, plenty of variety acts and the beautiful sounds of Christmas will envelope guests in an all-out production you can only see at the Moon River Theater.
Special acts appearing at this year’s show include:
- Katie Stevens – American Idol Finalist
- Allen Asbury – Former Bill Gaither Family Singer and Doxology Recording Artist
- The Lennon Brothers with Gail Lennon
- Mike Cathcart
- The Cat’s Pajamas – A Cappella Singing Group as seen on “The Sing Off” and “America’s Got Talent”
- The Voices of Glory – featuring 12 year old singer Nadia Cole who have performed on “America’s Got Talent”
- Pasha & Ailona – Adagio Dance Team and quick change artists. They are performing an additional act this year that has never been seen before!
- Dean Church – World’s Fastest Fiddler
- Bob Anderson – Singer/Impressionist
The show will also include a video performance and tribute to Mr. Christmas himself, Andy Williams. Be sure to purchase tickets for the show, performing now through December 12.
December 1 – December 31: The Trail of Lights
The Trail of Lights
is open all December long. Festive holiday music plays as you make your way through the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, decorated with millions of Christmas lights. Open 7 nights a week from dusk until the end of the shows.
December 1 – December 31: Titanic Christmas and Winter Celebration
The Titanic Museum
will be transformed during the holiday season with Christmas decorations and lights. Stop by to see the festive sights daily.
December 1 – January 2: Branson Area Festival of Lights
up for the holidays. The one-mile drive is illuminated with over 175 displays and is located off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Roark Valley Road. Open daily from dusk until 11pm. Family vehicles cost $12.
December 1 – December 30: An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City
Named one of the top 5 holiday events in the country by Good Morning America, An Old Time Christmas
features 4 millions lights, a 5-story special effects Christmas tree, a holiday lights parade, plus holiday shows and treats.
December 2: Branson Adoration Parade & Lighting Ceremony
Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with the Branson community beginning with the annual lighting of the largest nativity scene in the area, which overlooks Lake Taneycomo. Begins at dusk.
December 7: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
A special ceremony
will be held in front of the water and fire show area at Branson Landing at noon to honor those that were lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Event is free and open to the public.
December 15: Breakfast with Santa
Chateau on the Lake will have their annual Breakfast with Santa at 9am. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids 6-12. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 888-333-5253.
December 31: New Year’s Eve at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks
The Keeter Center will have a special New Year’s Eve menu in a candlelit setting with live entertainment. Reservations can be made beginning November 1 by calling 417-690-2146.
December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Chateau on the Lake
Ring in the new year at Chateau on the Lake with a 3-course dinner, dancing, live entertainment, champagne toast, and fireworks display. $290 per couple. Call 888-333-5253 to reserve your spot.
The Titanic Museum Branson presents a variety of events throughout the year, creating new and exciting ways to experience this amazing attraction.
Take a look at what they have in store for 2013:
- February: Sweetheart Month
- March 2-3: Girl Scout Days
- March 17-23: Titanic Authors Week – A compilation of the Titanic Museum’s 10 favorite adult and young adult author
- April 28: Titanic high teas with Molly Brown’s great granddaughter
- May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
- June 15-16: Father’s Day Bass Pro Boat Show
- August 10: Kids Discovery Day at the Titanic Outdoor Event Area
- September 27: Night at the Museum Sleepover Event
- October 5: Young Christian’s Concert on the bow of the ship. Abandon Kansas will perform from 8pm-10pm
- November and December: Holidays at the Titanic Museum with the Christmas Titanic Fairy Princess
The Titanic Museum Attraction is also opening a new gallery in 2013. The new gallery – Discover the Children of Titanic – will put the spotlight on Titanic’s littlest heroes and tell the story of what these children saw, heard and felt from the moment they boarded the ship.
One of the most unique holiday celebrations in Branson, Missouri takes place at the Butterfly Palace. This Branson attraction presents White Flight, a one-of-a-kind Christmas exhibit made up of thousands of white butterflies flying and flitting in a rain forest atmosphere, complete with thousands of twinkling lights, living angel statues and holiday music.
This is the 6th season the Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure has presented this event. White Flight, available November 1, 2012 through January 15, 2013, is comprised of 20 or so species of white butterflies. Butterfly Palace ticketsare affordable too, with tickets available for under $18.
White Flight lets adults and children interact with the thousands of butterflies, including the “living statues” of White Angels throughout the palace.
Throughout the year, the Butterfly Palace is home to around 60 species of brightly colored butterflies creating a stunning, year-round experience for Branson visitors.
Legends in Concert Branson has announced their line-up for the winter season in Branson, Missouri.
Starting November 1, 2012, Guests can look forward to tributes to Liberace, Whitney Houston, George Strait, The Blues Brothers and Elvis Presley. These performers will be at Legends in Concert through December 31st.
Legends in Concert is performed at the Dick Clark Theater. Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, the ultimate Branson rock and roll complex, was built in 2006 and boasts 900 seats. It’s innovative design creates an intimate concert space with great sight lines to the stage, cushy comfortable seats with generous leg room, a dance floor, spectacular projection screens, and fascinating memorabilia recalling the historic roots of rock n’ roll and country.