When you visit Silver Dollar City during Old Time Christmasyou’re in for a holiday spectacle full of not only dazzling lights but entertaining, nostalgic holiday shows.  The Ozark Mountain Christmas event is scheduled from November 7 – December 30, 2015.  With the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets you gain entrance to all of the live productions held at the Branson theme park.

Start planning your visit to the park by browsing the Silver Dollar City holiday show guide below:

SDC_dickenscarolChristmas On Main Street
Silver Dollar City presents their biggest light show ever including five-story special effects Christmas Tree located in The Square.

It’s A Wonderful Life
In this original musical adaptation of Frank Capra’s 1946 film, small town businessman George Bailey discovers the true value of life, family and friends with a little help from his guardian angel, Clarence. Brought to you by Silver Dollar City’s award-winning producers, It’s a Wonderful Life also features dazzling special effects and a talented cast of 14 actors and singers.

A Dickens’ Christmas Carol
This 60-minute Broadway-style show surprises audiences with a talented cast of 15 actors accompanied by a live band, astounding special effects, stunning Victorian scenery and exquisite period costuming.

Rudolph SDC FB Christmas_RSZChristmas on the Bayou
Get ready to spice up the holidays with a good ol’ Cajun Christmas celebration! Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Member Cedric Benoit and the entire Cajun Connection Band like to add a little seasoning to the festivities. Tap your toes along with the fabulous Cajun rhythms, and join the sleigh ride to the depths of the bayou for a Louisiana Christmas during this 30-minute show!

Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade
Emblazoned in over 100,000 lights, the Gifts Of Christmas Holiday Light Parade glides through the City streets twice each evening (weather permitting).

The Living Nativity
Transport your family to ancient Bethlehem and experience life as is may have been that clear and silent night so many years ago. The real reason for the joyous season is revealed in dramatic fashion by the angel Gabriel in this thrilling musical account of the greatest story ever told. This celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ takes place each operating day during the festival.

A charmingly interactive musical, Frosty invites kids to be part of the action as they help bring the legendary snowman to life. Add a touch of whimsy to your holiday celebrations as you share this magical childhood favorite with your family.

Holiday Hearthside Harmonies
Take a stroll through McHaffie’s Homestead and have a seat by the fire as we warm the soul with Silver Dollar City-style songs and stories!

There’s no better place to celebrate Christmas than Silver Dollar City Branson.  Get away this winter and experience the holidays at the Old Time Christmas festival.

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Shopping for the perfect gift for loved ones this holiday season?  Branson, Missouri is a top destination to visit for shopping with outlet malls, boutiques and specialty markets offering unique items at great prices.

Take a look at our quick guide to Christmas shopping in Branson:
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Branson Landing
Nestled along the lake Taneycomo Waterfront in downtown, the Branson Landing is an upscale shopping and dining complex with over 100 restaurants and stores.  One of the most popular is the Bass Pro Flagship.  During the Christmas season you can also get your picture taken with Santa at the Landing.  Stop by for some deep dish pizza at Old Chicago or have some flavorful Mexican dishes at Cantina Laredo to end your day.  Looking for nightlife?  Head to Ernie Biggs Piano Bar. 
Historic Downtown Branson
Part of the fun of shopping in Downtown Branson is strolling the quaint streets.  Old time stores like Dicks 5 & 10 and Cadwell’s Flea Market cater to specialty items you won’t find in everyday stores.  If you get hungry Farmhouse Restaurant and the Branson Café are good choices.
Tanger Outlet
Bargains and discounts are the signature of shops at Tanger Outlet.  Stores like American Eagle, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic, among many others, are just some of the 65-stores located at the outlet.  Lunch stops nearby include Panera Bread Company, Jimmy Johns and The Burger Shack.
Branson Hills
Home to big box retail stores such as Bed, Bath, Beyond, Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart and T.J. Maxx, a stop at Branson Hills ensures you can get everything on your shopping list.  Chili’s and Pizza Hut are nearby dining options.

Grand Village Shops
There are 15 shops within Grand Village, but Kringle’s is the best place to go Christmas shopping. With 9,000 square feet of Christmas decor and collectibles to explore there is plenty of items perfect for gifts. Stop in at the Sugar Leaf Bakery while you’re there for a scrumptious cafe lunch.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

A new $10 million dollar attraction is coming to Branson summer 2016. Fritz’s Adventure is a family adventure attraction, promising the ultimate thrill package for those of all ages.

According to a company press release, “Fritz’s Adventure is a dynamic indoor family attraction that brings the excitement and challenges of outdoor adventure into a multi-dimensional indoor environment. Experience three stories and 80,000 square feet of hands-on climbing, tunneling, sliding, swinging, and zip-lining thrills, featuring daunting utility poles to climb, bridges suspended stories above, towering rock climbing walls and giant boulders, an impressive parkour area, a massive ropes course, urban brick buildings for scaling, a life-size water tower with multiple slides, tunnels and tubes to burrow in, and an air-worthy airplane to explore. Fritz’s Adventure delivers the sense of adventure with a perceived element of risk, while in a strategically engineered and safe environment. It is a place where you can experience elements of the world around you, that anywhere else would be prohibited or discouraged. Parents, teenagers, grandparents, toddlers, and kids alike are encouraged to explore and adventure together.”

(Artist renderings courtesy Fritz’s Adventure)

A new adventure can be had every time, which will be great for repeat Branson vacationers.

The exterior of the building will be designed as a blend of nature and manmade structures making it look like an off limits construction zone. But, the entire area will be open to explore 365 days a year, rain or shine.

A restaurant will be located on the second floor. Overlooking the indoor adventure area, it will offer healthy menu options and will be available for birthday parties.

Fritz’s Adventure is being built near the Dixie Stampede at the corner of 76 Country Boulevard and Epps Road, where the Silver Fountain Inn once sat. The project is one of several new developments in Branson, including Spirit of 76, which seeks to improve “The Strip.”

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Every year trivago.com analyzes cities across the US to reveal the upcoming year’s 50 Best Value cities and for 2016, Branson took first place – making it the Best Value City in America.

Branson-family-by-lakeThe trivago Best Value Index provides an overview of the best value destinations by using a specifically tailored algorithm that combines the trivago Hotel Price Index with trivago’s Reputation Ranking for hotels. The trivago Hotel Price Index shows the average overnight accommodation prices for a standard double room on trivago. Scaling up to 100, the Best Value Index lists the combined score on consumer rating and average hotel price. Branson scored a 90.5.

“Branson has always been a great value vacation destination,” said Jeff Seifried, President/CEO, Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB. “Having the number one spot as the Best Value City in America is probably one of our greatest accolades. Visitors will know that their money goes further in Branson.”

Nearby neighbor Springfield, Mo. also ranked within the Top 10 bargain hotspots for 2016. To view the complete press release and full list of Top 50 Best Value US Cities, go to http://imgec.trivago.com/contentimages/press/texts/us_bv_pr_2016.pdf

Branson EventsCheck out these Branson events happening in December 2015:

December 1-31:  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 1-31:  Titanic Christmas and Winter Celebration
The Titanic Museum will be transformed during the holiday season with Edwardian Christmas decorations and lights.

December 1-30:  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 million lights, a 5-story special effects Christmas tree, a holiday lights parade, plus holiday shows and treats.

December 1-24: Branson Landing Winter Wonderlanding
Don’t miss your chance to visit Santa in his very own 50′ Christmas Treehouse, located in the middle of Branson Landing’s Town Square.

December 6:  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. Branson Adoration Parade begins at dusk.

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. Packages start at $445 per couple (including room). Call 888-333-5253 to reserve your spot.

Take your family on a tour of the Trail of Lights for an enchanting drive through the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.  The Branson Christmas event is a tradition for many and is a top attraction to add to your Branson vacation experience.  A Branson holiday vacation isn’t complete without a tour through the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.  Read on to find out why. 

Winding through the 160-acres of the Shepherd of Hill’s, you’ll find a variety of beautiful, holiday-themed light displays along the way. This is the 24thyear the Shepherd of the Hills has produced the Trail of Lights, and it is a seasonal staple of Ozark Mountain Christmas.  The Trail of Lights features more than 100 animated displays and over 4 million lights.

Grab a cup of coffee or cocoa, then enjoy the warmth of the colorful light displays from the warmth of your own car.  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.

If you’d like to experience more of a country Christmas at the homestead reserve tickets for Christmas on the Trail.  A hearty, Christmas dinner, served straight off of a vintage 1800’s chuckwagon will fill you up before you gather round the campfire for a true cowboy Christmas.  Included with your tickets is a tour of the Trail of Lights, so you get the best of both holiday worlds.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Gather round the campfire for an old fashioned Christmas celebration.  At the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead you can experience Christmas on the Trail, one of the most unique holiday shows in Branson, Missouri. 

The show starts at the rustic (yet climate controlled) Pavilion Theater, where families dine on a hearty, Christmas dinner served straight off of a vintage 1800’s chuckwagon.  Cowboy up to a meal of 3-bean trail chili, a slow roasted chicken quarter, a whole flame-roasted ear of corn, a Texas-size slab of cornbread with honey butter, and fresh-made dutch-oven apple cobbler, along with a hot cup of cowboy coffee, iced tea or lemonade.   Once your bellies are full, Christmas on the Trail Branson takes you on a cowboy Christmas celebration. 

Set in the countryside of the Ozarks, with the stars shining brightly overhead, circle the campfire and listen to heart-warming Cowboy Christmas music and classic Christmas carols.  One-of-a-kind cowboy poems and cowboy musings are shared, bringing the true meaning of the season to the forefront of the holiday celebration.  Share in this traditional experience, located at one of the most historic sites in Missouri – The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.

Included with the Christmas on the Trail tickets is the holiday magic of the Trail of Lights.  Drive your car through a 2 ½ mile display of lights, sound, and motion.  You’ll see millions of multi-colored Christmas lights and themed, animated displays, winding its way through the 160-acre homestead.  After you traverse the trail, head up to the top of the 230 foot Inspiration Tower – for a Santa’s-eye view of the Trail of Lights, and a complimentary cup of coffee, hot-chocolate, or spiced cider.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.