Silver Dollar City is the Midwest’s premier theme park, offering a range of activities the entire family can enjoy. From thrilling rides like Outlaw Run to entertaining shows like Hits from the Hollow, this Branson attraction has a never-ending list of things to do. As we enter the New Year, though, you may be curious about what’s new at Silver Dollar City 2017? Luckily, we’ve got the inside scoop. Read on for all the details.

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The Year of Food and Crafts

Silver Dollar City has always shone a spotlight on food and crafts, but in 2017 that spotlight gets even bigger. There will be more signature dining, more great crafts, and more family experiences. Be sure to come hungry to the park as there will be over 200 new menu items at the park. Likewise, the craft lover in the family will want to take some extra time discovering the new created heirloom treasure the park’s craftsmen have in store.

The Festival of Wonder

This all-new festival features fantastical acts of curiosity and wonder, with larger-than-life performances sure to captivate the whole family. Watch as the world’s longest stringed instrument is played, then be wowed by the acrobatic artistry of the seven Flamenco Kings. That’s not all, though, as many more amazing moments as in the works. Plus, new flavors and foods will be served at the festival that will make your taste buds say “Wow!”

Celebrity Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

May 4-29, 2017, Silver Dollar City is revamping the popular Bluegrass & BBQ Festival to include a star-studded celebrity concert during Memorial Weekend. Of course, the festival will still feature a full line-up of Bluegrass concerts as well as delicious barbeque.

Summer Concert Series

Echo Hollow Amphitheater will host an all-new summer concert series June 2-4, and 9-11, 2017. More details regarding performers will be available soon.

Summer Festival & Moonlight Madness

What’s new at Silver Dollar City 2017 for summertime? Guests can look forward to new kids foods, new family fun and new dates for the two biggest weeks of summer—Moonlight Madness! Plus, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters return in 2017 in their original show The Globetrotter Experience.

New Flavors at Southern Gospel Picnic

As part of Silver Dollar City’s efforts to expand their culinary offerings, Southern Gospel Picnic hosts renowned southern cooking expert Christy Jordan. She’ll host special events at the House of Chicken & Fixin’s.

Christmas in Midtown Spectacular

An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City is already one of the top places to see holiday lights in America. In 2017, the even gets even brighter with the addition of 1.5 million lights as part of the new Christmas in Midtown experience. Rumor has it the park will bring the famous lights from Disney World’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Stay tuned for details!

This is what’s new at Silver Dollar City 2017. What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments! In the meantime, get a head start on your 2017 Branson vacation by purchasing Silver Dollar City tickets now.


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.

Looking for a great way to ring in 2017? Branson New Year’s Eve events and shows celebrate with special performances, while hotels are hosting dance parties and special dinners. Take a look at what’s planned to get a head start on your Branson New Year’s Eve. 

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Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark’s 8th annual New Year’s Eve Party
From 9pm-1am, Castle Rock Resort is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party in the waterpark. The party features a live DJ, karaoke, buffet, soda, games, prizes, party favors, professional photo booth and midnight ball drop. Admission is $30 per person, $100 for 4, $130 for 5-6, and add $30 for each additional person after 6. Space is limited so call to reserve your tickets today at 417-336-6000 or 888-273-3919.

Chateau on the Lake New Year’s Eve
Ring in the New Year at the Chateau, where you can enjoy an evening filled with entertainment, food, a balloon drop, fireworks and more. Begin the night dining on specialties from the executive chef, then dance the night away to live music from The Tributes. Hotel packages are available. Call 1-888-333-5253 to make reservations to attend.

Hamners’ New Year’s Eve Fiesta Party
Spend the night a laughing, dancing and singing the night away at Hamners’ New Year’s Eve Fiesta Party on December 31, 2016. There will be an extra special performance of Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show starring Dave & Denise Hamner, and featuring Jeff Brandt, Tamra Tinoco, Vadim & Mariya Serykh, Brenda Hahne, AJ Heard, and Ken Brown. Adding to the festive them is a catered meal from Qdoba Mexican Grill. This is a family-friendly experience featuring fun contests, party favors, games, and a magical laser show countdown to 2017. Dinner begins at 8pm, with the show starting at 9pm.

Hughes Brothers New Year’s Eve
The Hughes Brothers will take you on a journey as they go ‘From Christmas to New Year’s Eve” during this special performance. Festivities are from 9pm to Midnight. Both “it starring the Hughes Brothers” and the “Hughes Brothers Christmas Show” are featured. Before the show starts you can dine on a boxed dinner or a table top, candlelight dinner, depending on the ticket package your purchase. To top it all off, there will be party favors a midnight balloon drop. Afterwards, stay for the Cut-A-Rug and Boogie Down Dance.

Legends in Concert New Year’s Eve Show
Don’t miss the spectacular Legends in Concert New Year’s Eve Show at the iconic Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater! Rock in the New Year with your favorite Legends in Concert stars.

The line-up for the 2016 event includes Frank Sinatra, George Strait, Adele, The Blues Brothers™, and Dean Z. as Elvis! And as a special treat, Kelly Smith as Cher will grace the stage. Several ticket packages are available, with a variety of seating and menu options.  Along with dinner, champagne, beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available in the lobby before, during, and after the show.  The experience begins at 7:30pm, with the show starting at 9:30pm.

Million Dollar Quartet New Year’s Eve
For Branson New Year’s Eve, the Million Dollar Quartet is hosting a special show at 9:45pm. Prior to showtime, though, guests can enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres in the theater lobby from 8:30 to 9:45 pm, as well as light beverages: coffee, tea, and water. A cash bar will also be available. Party favors will also be handed out, adding to the festive spirit of the night.

Pierce Arrow Theater New Year’s Eve Show
The extended New Year’s Eve show will start at 9:00pm. It will feature comedian extraordinaire, James Sibley; special guest, Doug Gabriel; one of Branson’s best quartets – Tony Turner, Scott Fraker, Travis Spratt, and bass singer, Dan Britton; and the stunning Shonna Bonds. In addition, the three hour show will have fun and games, giveways, party favors, a live countdown with a balloon drop, and hors d’oeuvres.

The Clay-Goods Jambor-Eve
Join The Haygoods and Clay Cooper’s Country Music Express for a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration.  The night kicks off at 8:30pm, with The Haygoods performing.  Then, enjoy a hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar before Clay Cooper takes the stage. At 11: 50, both entertainment families perform as they countdown until midnight.  A non-alcoholic toast at midnight and balloon drop, as well as party favors and hats, make the evening even more festive! Call 417-332-2529.

These are best things to do for a Branson New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year!


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.

Planning on celebrating Christmas in Branson, Missouri? You may be visiting friends and family and have a holiday meal already planned. If not, there are several Branson restaurants open Christmas Day and almost all area restaurants are open on Christmas Eve.

Branson Restaurants Open Christmas Day

Get a head start on your holiday plans and browse this list of Branson restaurants open Christmas Day.

Top of the Rock Restaurants
Both Arnie’s Barn and Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock will be serving a Christmas lunch from 11am-3pm.
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Big Cedar Lodge
Another top pick for Christmas Day dining are the restaurants at Big Cedar Lodge. The Worman House and Devil’s Pool Restaurant will both be open but reservations are highly recommended.
Location: 612 Devil’s Pool Road
Phone: 417-335-2777

Chateau Grill and Atrium Restaurants
Looking for an elegant place to have your Christmas dinner? Chateau on the Lake’s dining establishments provide exactly what you’re looking for. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Location: 415 N State Hwy 265
Phone: 417-334-1161

Grand Country Buffet
The Grand Country Buffet makes it easy to please every member of the family. Open 8am-8pm.
Location: 1945 W. Hwy 76
Phone: 417-335-2434

Level 2 Steakhouse
Have an upscale Christmas lunch at Level 2 Steakhouse in Downtown Branson. Open 11am-3pm.
Location: 200 E Main St, Branson, MO 65616
Phone: 417-243-3433

Outback Steak & Oyster Bar
Want a taste of Down Under on Christmas Day. Have lunch or dinner here as they will be open until early evening, depending on need.
Location: 1914 W. Hwy 76  Phone: 417-334-6306

Paradise Grill
Paradise Grill serves a lunch buffet from 11am-3pm Christmas Day. Reservations are suggested.
Location: 3250 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Phone: 417-334-5405

McFarlains Restaurant
Stop in for southern cooking from 1pm-8pm at McFarlains Restaurant. Save room for the made-from-scratch cobblers and pie.
Location: 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy
Phone: 417-336-4680

Not sure if a restaurant is open on Christmas Day? Be sure to call ahead. These are the only confirmed Branson restaurants open December 25, 2016.


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.

The holiday season is fast approaching.  In fact, the Branson Christmas season is already well underway. Come celebrate an Ozark Mountain Christmas as festivals, seasonal shows, and, of course, millions of dazzling lights create a festive atmosphere perfect for holiday memory-making. 

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Now is the time to purchase your Branson Christmas show tickets as shows sell out fast and you’ll want to book early to get the best seats.  Many Branson Christmas shows feature great discounts and deals, too, which is fantastic for families. 

The following Branson Christmas shows and attractions are on sale now:

 

Visitors to Branson can also look forward to the 68th Annual Adoration Parade and Nativity Lighting on December 4 at 5pm, as well as the Polar Express Christmas Train at the Branson Railway and many other seasonal delights.  Holiday shopping attracts many visitors, especially with the low-priced deals at outlet malls like Tanger and unique treasures sold at places such as the Branson Mill and Grand Village.  Plus, at the Titanic Museum you can experience an Edwardian Christmas with the ship bestowed in luminous, era-defining decorations sure to make your heart sail.

Reserve your Branson Christmas vacation package today to experience Christmas in the Ozarks.

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.

Ozark Mountain Christmas is a special time of year in Branson. The Midwest vacation destination turns into a celebrated holiday wonderland ideal for making magical memories with your family. It consistently ranks high as a top place to visit for a Christmas getaway.  With these top five things to do during Ozark Mountain Christmas, it’s easy to see why.

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The Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade is fun for all ages!

Festive Things to Do during Old Time Christmas

1) Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City hosts one of the most acclaimed Christmas celebrations in America. Over five million lights adorn the Branson theme park, and a dazzling five-story special effects Christmas tree is the perfect addition to the Town Square. Holiday music productions like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the illuminating Holly Jolly Christmas Parade with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer add to the festive fun.

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2) Christmas Shows
Branson Christmas shows spread Christmas cheer from ear-to-ear. Audience members are delighted by traditional Christmas classics, retellings of the Christmas story, and country spins on carols. Open November through December, the Branson Christmas show season is a favorite time of year for many.

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Local light displays are a treat for visitors.

3) Christmas Light Tours
The twinkle of holiday lights is a wonderful sight. There are three drive-thru light displays in Branson: Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights and Village, where you can take a horse drawn carriage through the lights; Branson’s Gift of Lights, a one-mile drive with over 300 displays; and Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights, which includes LED light displays, free hot cocoa and trip to the top of Inspiration Tower.

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A festive Christmas tree adorns The Branson Landing.

4) Holiday Shopping
You know you can get a great deal in Branson. That’s what make holiday shopping so much fun! Branson Christmas shopping offers deep discounts at outlet malls like Tanger. Similarly, there’s always savings to had at local craft stores and flea markets. Beyond those options, you’re sure to find the perfect gift at name brand boutiques at the Branson Landing and savings at specialty stores. Trust me, the perfect gift is just a shopping trip away!

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Say hello to Santa Claus at the “Most Wonderful Time of Year” Parade.

5) Christmas Parades
There are two main Christmas parades in Branson. First up is Branson Landing’s Most Wonderful Time of the Year Parade November 19 at 10am. Featuring performances by Branson show stars, this parade is dedicated to the late Andy Williams – also known as “Mr. Christmas.” Santa Claus also makes an appearance, which the kids love!

The second is the Branson Adoration Parade held December 4 at 6pm. It starts with the annual lighting of the largest area nativity scene overlooking Lake Taneycomo at dusk. Then, festive floats, marching bands and merry characters start their march through Downtown Branson. This is a tradition for many, so be sure to arrive early for a good viewing spot.

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Titanic Museum Attraction lights it’s entrance with more than 1,500 luminaries.

Bonus: Titanic Luminaries

The Titanic Museum Attraction lights its entrance with more than 1,500 enchanting luminaries (festival lights) Thanksgiving Weekend. As a result, the corner of  76 Country Boulevard and Gretna Road will have a special nighttime glow. Visitors and locals alike are given a picture-perfect opportunity to shoot memorable, 2016 holiday photos. Held November 24 through November 27, 2016.

These are the top things to do during an Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson. Do you have a favorite holiday activity I missed? Tell me about it in the comments.


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.

Experience one of America’s top holiday destinations–Branson, Missouri.  There are a variety of things to do in Branson during winter. From festive shows to engaging attractions and dazzling light displays, the Ozarks transform into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. 

The Best Things to Do during a Branson Winter Vacation

To help plan your winter vacation in Branson, follow along as I highlight where to go and what to do. These activities are sure to put you in the holiday spirit this Christmas season.

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Silver Dollar City
One of my favorite things to do in Branson during winter is visit Silver Dollar City.  The entire park becomes an engaging showcase for An Old Time Christmas.  Amidst the glow of over five million lights, combined with holiday decorations and a dash of merriment, families can make memories that will last a lifetime.  Moreover, the multi-colored, synchronous light display known as Christmas on Main Street will mesmerize.  A five-story Christmas Tree, located in The Square, sparkles and dances in unison to special effects set to music like “Carol of the Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Sleigh Ride.”

You can shop at more than two dozen unique shops including Jingle Bell Junction, located in the Frisco Barn. This shop showcases 80 themed trees and a variety of Christmas décor.

Be sure to make time for Silver Dollar City Christmas shows.  Two of the top shows to see are It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol.  Both are engaging productions made even better by a talented cast, thematic music and authentic costumes and set designs.

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Titanic Museum
Once you’ve spent time at Old Time Christmas, head over to the Titanic Museum.  The Branson attraction is decorated in Edwardian-style holiday decorations, creating a celebration of titanic proportions.  Ensconce yourself in the beautiful displays, which feature thousands of holiday lights. In addition, there are costumed merry-makers and a Gift Shoppe brimming with one-of-a-kind selections.

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Holiday Light Displays
See even more holiday light displays at Branson’s Gift of Lights and Shepherd of the Hills’ Trail of Lights.  These affordable drive-through light displays are two of the most enchanting things to do in Branson during winter. When you travel through the Trail of Lights a trip to the top of Inspiration Tower is also included, providing a birds-eye-view of Branson at night.

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Branson Christmas Shows
Of course, one of the best things to do in Branson during winter are the Branson Christmas shows 

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This exciting performance includes old-fashioned holiday costumes, traditional music, lights, elves and a live nativity. Plus, a four-course feast is served!

Billy Dean’s Let Them Be Little Christmas Show
Emphasizing family, and how we’re all really just kids at heart, the music will be tunes from Dean’s CD “The Christ” as well as charming holiday classics.

Christmas Wonderland
Featuring Candy-striped costumes, upbeat choreography, holiday classics beautiful scenery, gorgeous production numbers and some of the highest-kicking chorus girls in Branson. As an added bonus, Santa Claus makes an appearance.

Want to enjoy a country Christmas?  Get tickets to Christmas on the Trail, Texas Tenors Christmas Show or the Hughes Brothers Christmas show.  Likewise, the Shoji Tabuchi Show and Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza are two other top productions, infusing song and dance with holiday classics for a night of entertainment.

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Holiday Shopping
There’s no shortage of places to shop in Branson. Whether you’re a last minute shopper who needs everything or a planner in need of a few stocking stuffers, you’re covered in Branson. For instance, antique stores, boutiques, outlet malls, and the variety of shops at the Branson Landing provide the perfect selections for your gift giving needs.

Come see why Branson, Missouri is one of the top holiday destinations in America.

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.

Join the festive cheer and yuletide merriment of An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City.  The Branson Christmas event is rated one of the “Top Five Holiday Events in the Country” by Good Morning America.  During a Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas, held November 5 through December 30, 2016, you can experience sensational sights and shows creating a magical place to celebrate the holidays.

Things to Do During a Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas

Christmas never feels quite like Christmas until you spend a day at Silver Dollar City Branson. Five million twinkling lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas Trees, two Broadway-style productions and a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree whisk you away to another place and time. 
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Christmas on Main Street 

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When I visit, Christmas on Main Street is always a highlight.  The five-story Christmas Tree, located in The Square, sparkles and dances in unison to special effects set to music like “Carol of the Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Sleigh Ride.”

In addition, there are ten storefronts, 20 street festoons and over 250 cut trees join in the dazzling display for a sight and sound spectacular like no other.  You can even get a professional photo taken in front of the tree by a Silver Dollar City photographer if you’d like. 

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Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade
Returning for 2016, this parade stars Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Sam the Snowman and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster. Nine musical floats and 33 colorful characters bring the parade to life as it winds it’s way through the City.

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Rudolph’s Christmas Town
Over at Rudolph’s Christmas Town you can meet the red-nosed reindeer. Snap your photo with him and his friends. Clarice and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster will be there too. In addition, there are games, cookie decorating, Rudolph souvenirs and letters to Santa.

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Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas Shows
It’s a Wonderful Life, which debuted at Silver Dollar City three years ago, quickly won me over.  The original musical adaptation of the 1946 film brings to life the small town charm of George Bailey and how he discovers the value of life, family and friends – along with a little help from his guardian angel Clarence, of course.  You truly do feel transported to a different place and time during the performance, and the singing performances delivered make the message hit home.  At the end of the show I always smile and feel grateful for how wonderful life can be.  It may sound surreal, but that’s the effect of Silver Dollar City.

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There’s plenty more to do at during a Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas.  The hardest part is deciding what to do. If you can, make time for two more shows – A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and The Living Nativity. Classic and tied to my holiday heart, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol invokes the most poignant moments of the tale.  The unique adaptation is marked by a talented cast who bring the personalities of these famous characters to life while also bestowing a true sense of the transformation of change, belief and hope. 

I recommend The Living Nativity for its simple, yet breathtaking beauty.  The performance transports you to an ancient Bethlehem to a Christmas night many years ago.  Marvel as the angel Gabriel retells the most famous story ever told.  It will, no doubt, leave an impression.
Of course, Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop–an all-new interactive show–is sure to be a family favorite.  Starring the beloved 12-foot tall talking Christmas tree Tinker Junior, otherwise known as TJ, and his side-kick Raggedy Ann, this show combines story time with sing-a-longs. With special appearances by Buddy the Elf and Jack in the Box too, kids think a toy box came to life right before their eyes.
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Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas Shopping
Picking up a one-of-a-kind holiday gift at Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas is also a tradition of mine.  From pictures to jewelry to knives, you can outfit each member of your to-do list at the park.  Even better, you can purchase then choose to pick up your items once you leave the park.  Simply request parcel pickup upon purchase you can shop, and experience attractions, in a breeze. 

Rides Open during Old Time Christmas
As long as it doesn’t get too cold, Silver Dollar City rides and attractions are also open during Old Time Christmas.  Go for whirl on The Giant Swing, take a loop-filled ride on Wildfire, then experience the rush of Outlaw run.  The wind might be brisk, but the thrill is worth it! 

Reserve your discount Silver Dollar City tickets today to enjoy this festive event.   When you purchase with Reserve Branson you get two days for the price of one doubling the amount of time you can celebrate an Old Time Christmas.

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.

It’s always a good time to start thinking about a Branson MO vacation. The Midwestern destination offers everything from first-class entertainment to beautiful outdoor pursuits, and everything in between. When should you visit? What are some of the must-see’s and must do’s? Follow my guide on how to plan the best Branson MO vacation ever to get a head start on your getaway.

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Timing is Everything

A trip to Branson is ideal any time of year, but certain events and seasonal shows might appeal to you more than others. For instance, Spring Break and summertime are opportune times for families to visit. The weather is wonderful, special family events like Spring Ride Days and Great American Summer Festival are held at Silver Dollar City. Plus, family-centric shows like Buckets ‘n Boards, Prince Ivan and the all-new Moses are in full swing. Retirees, however, love visiting during the fall and winter months. Legendary entertainers like Bill Engvall, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap and more stack the show schedules in the fall, while come November Christmas season officially begins ushering in festive favorites like Dixie Stampede Christmas.

Must-See Shows

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The Branson show scene mixes new favorites with popular classics, creating a bevy of entertainment choices. Which Branson shows receive rave reviews again and again?

Dixie Stampede: Experience with your family equestrian feats, friendly competitions, singing, dancing, racing pigs, stampeding buffalo, and a delicious four-course feast.

Six: SIX features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers.

Haygoods: This high-energy show highlights the talents of the Haygoods family—five brothers and one sister—combined with elaborate visual effects, more than 20 different instruments, energetic choreography, beautiful harmonies, and more.

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Presleys Country Jubilee: Created by one of Branson’s original performing families, the talented Presley family sings and plays instruments to songs in the style of foot-stompin’ country, soulful gospel and lively bluegrass

Legends in Concert: One of the world’s greatest live tribute show, Legends in Concert offers exciting entertainment by uncanny impersonators of world-renowned performers from many eras. Hear classics from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, and more.

Baldknobbers: This family-operated revue has been popular since its opening in 1959. Baldknobbers Jamboree is an upbeat live show that features contemporary country music and side-splitting comedy acts all performed by the Mabe family.

Appealing Attractions

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Silver Dollar City

Branson is an ever-changing landscape of things to do, but there are still some unequivocal visitor favorites. A Branson vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Silver Dollar City, the Midwest’s premier theme park. A rotating festival schedule, on-site shows, demonstrating craftsmen, and, of course, some of the best thrills rides anywhere make a visit to Silver Dollar City appealing to those of all ages.

Families also love to challenge each other at The Track. Here, they can race to the finish aboard go-karts, play a friendly round of mini-golf, and even have old-fashioned fun on bumper boats and cars.

New attractions like Fritz’s Adventure, opening Fall 2016, is a dynamic indoor family attraction that brings the excitement and challenge of an outdoor adventure into a multi-dimensional indoor environment. The three-story, 80,000-square-foot building will include suspended bridges, a rock wall and utility poles for climbing, a full-size water tower, an “air-worthy” airplane for exploring, slides, tunnels, a parkour area, urban brick buildings to scale and a massive ropes course.

Reserve the Right Hotel

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Still Waters Resort

There are thousands of rooms in Branson, all located at resorts with amenities and comforts designed with you in mind. That said, which Branson hotel is right for you? For families, you can’t go wrong with a booking at a Branson Waterpark hotel. They keep the kids busy for hours with their splashtastic fun! For couples looking for a romantic retreat, the Chateau on the Lake and Hilton Branson are obvious choices. Retirees who like to be catered to will enjoy a stay at Brookwood Inn and Savannah House. These hotels offer a secluded location, free hot breakfast and a complimentary cobbler and cookie bar in the evening. Lake enthusiasts will love Still Waters Resort and Indian Point Resort. Both offer easy access to the jewel of the Ozarks—Table Rock Lake.

Stop the Search for Savings

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Save your hard earned cash with Reserve Branson

We all like to save money when we travel but it can be exhausting to search (and search) for discounts. Luckily, with Reserve Branson, you can stop the search. Our attraction passes, show tickets and hotels offer savings direct to you—no coupon code or email sign-up needed. Even better, these Direct Deals are included with Branson MO vacation packages. You’ll be surprised to see just how adorable a Branson vacation can be.

Need even more tips on how to plan the best Branson MO vacation ever? Don’t hesitate to call our customer service team at 1-800-590-0155 for assistance.


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.

Share your gratitude with family and friends this year with a Branson Thanksgiving celebration. You’ll be treated to cool autumn weather, beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do in Branson Thanksgiving day such as Branson shows. In true country style, there are also delicious thanksgiving dinners being served at various Branson restaurants.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

If you’ll be in town this Thanksgiving, use this handy guide to find a place to feast. These restaurants will be open and serving up scrumptious holiday dinners.

Bob Evans Restaurant
Special Thanksgiving meal served 8:00am-8:00pm

Buckingham’s Restaurant
Thanksgiving Day Brunch served 11:00am-6:00pm

Castle Rock’s Tower Grill
Thanksgiving Day spread from 11am-6pm.
Pricing is $15.99 (12+), $7.99 (ages 4-11), free (ages 3 and under). It will include a traditional Thanksgiving spread and the price includes a drink. Save 10% when you call 417-336-6000 to make your reservation by Monday November 21st.

Chateau on the Lake
Thanksgiving Brunch served 11:00am-3:00pm
Selection of salads, fruits, cheeses, shellfish, entrees, side dishes, carved meats and dessert! Adults are $52, children ages 6-12 are $24 and children 5 and under eat free with an adult. Remember to call early for reservations as space is limited. Contact 417-333-5253 for further details.

Cracker Barrel
Open 6:00am-10:00pm

Devil’s Pool Restaurant (Big Cedar Lodge)
Open 11:00am-3:00pm

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Sit down to a Thanksgiving feast in Branson

Fall Creek Steak House
Thanksgiving Meal served 11:00am-8:00pm

Florentina’s Italian Ristorante
Thanksgiving Meal served 11:00am-8:00pm

Golden Corral
Thanksgiving Buffet served from 10:00am-8:00pm

Grand Country Buffet
Thanksgiving Buffet served from 11:00am to 8:00pm

Great American Steak & Chicken House
Open 11:00am-9:00pm

Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks
Thanksgiving Day Brunch served from 10:00am-8:00pm
$34.95-Adults, $13.95-Children (6-12), 5 & under are complimentary
For more information please call 417-690-2100.

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Level 2 Steakhouse
Thanksgiving Brunch (Reservations preferred) served 10:00am-3:00pm.

McFarlain’s Family Restaurant
Thanksgiving Day feast served 11:00am-9:00pm

Outback Steakhouse
Open from 11:00am-9pm

Plaza View at Grand Plaza
Thanksgiving buffet served all day

Shoney’s
Open from 11:00am-9:00pm

Stage Door Restaurant
Thanksgiving meal served from 11:30am-7:30pm. Adults $21.95 and kids ages 4-12 $8.95.

Texas Land and Cattle
Special Thanksgiving dinners are on the menu. Open from 11am-8pm.

Top of the Rock
The Osage Restaurant, Arnie’s Barn Restauarant and the Buffalo Bar will be open 11:00am-7:00pm. Each will be hosting an unforgettable Thanksgiving Day meal.

Worman House (Big Cedar Lodge)
Thanksgiving dinner served from 10am-3pm. Adults $42.95 and kids ages 4-12 $18.95.

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If you’re searching for Branson shows to see on Thanksgiving day, you’re in luck! Numerous shows, including Branson Christmas shows, are open and waiting to entertain you.

Morning shows
Hughes Brothers Christmas Show
Twice Adopted

Matinee shows
Acrobats of China
Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai
Dixie Stampede Christmas
Grand Country’s Amazing Pets
Legends in Concert
Puttin’ on the Ritz
Showboat Branson Belle
The Legend of Kung Fu
The Lettermen

Dinner shows
Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show
Dixie Stampede Christmas

Shows at 7:30pm

70s Music Celebration
Grand Jubilee
Reza The Illusionist
Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show
The Haygoods

Show at 8:00pm
Acrobats of China
Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai
Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza
Dixie Stampede Christmas
Duttons
Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show
Legends in Concert
Liverpool Legends
Million Dollar Quartet
New Jersey Nights
Pierce Arrow

Santa Carrying Shopping Bags

‘Tis the season for shopping!

While you’re in town over the thanksgiving holiday be sure to check out the Branson shopping scene. Steep holiday discounts can be found at the Branson Landing, Tanger Outlet Mall and at big box department stores like Kohl’s and Best Buy. You never know what kind of Black Friday deals you may find.

It’s also a great time to take advantage of the Christmas celebrations happening in Branson. See dazzling holiday displays at the drive-through Trail of Lights, then visit Silver Dollar City for An Old Time Christmas. This popular annual event features more than five million twinkling lights, special attractions including the Dickens Christmas Carol musical and a Living Nativity.

The things to do in Branson during Thanksgiving combine the best of the holiday season. See why this Midwest vacation destination is a charming place to give thanks this November.


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.

Ziplines have become a popular attraction in the United States over the last couple of years. New courses have sprouted across the nation, with several zipline attractions located in Branson, Missouri. My favorite place to zip in the Ozarks is Branson Zipline at Wolfe Creek Preserve. They’ve excelled at creating an outdoor attraction that weaves Ozark legend with thrilling adventure.

I’ve zipped at Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours multiple times and each experience is unique and exciting. There are two courses to choose from – the Ozarks Xplorer Zipline Canopy Tour and Flying Prospector Zipline Canopy Tour. Ozarks Xplorer runs the full gamut of the Branson Zipline course, and traverses a total of seven ziplines and 10 skybridges. If you opt for the Flying Prospector Tour, you’ll start at the midway point of the Xplorer tour and complete four zips and cross seven skybridges.

Zipline in Branson for a thrilling outdoor experience

No matter which you choose, your tour will begin the same way. After meeting your guide, you’ll trek to equipment headquarters to get outfitted with zipping gear. Guides are there to help you adjust, secure and tighten your equipment. During this time, you can ask any questions you may have and lockers are also on hand to store any keys or cell phones. From there, you’re transported to the top of Wolfe Mountain in a Pinzgauer Army troop carrier to begin your adventure.

Before the first zip, guides go over the zipline equipment and lay down some rules. For instance, let them be the ones to connect your from cable to cable. They’re ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) certified and are there to ensure your safety. They also go over breaking procedures at Branson Zipline. Here, you don’t have to brake yourself by utilizing the zip cables. Instead a braking mechanism is in place to help you stop. This makes it much easier to relax and take in the feeling of soaring through the skies while you zip from tower to tower.

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Once it’s time to zip, the adrenaline really kicks in – especially for novices. The most important thing to keep in mind is the first leap is the hardest. But, once you’ve stepped off that first tower and zipped through the lush canopy of the Ozarks things change. Nervous thoughts that were running through your head are replaced with “I can’t wait to do that again!”  Throughout the tour your helpful guides also tell the story of Wolfe Creek Preserve, a tale-tale about Isaac Wolfe and his once-upon-home in these Ozarks hills. The narration adds character to the activity and is a special feature you won’t find at other zipping companies.

I highly recommend choosing the Ozarks Xplorer tour. It’s an all-encompassing experience and the best overall value. During this tour, you’ll get acclimated to zipping during the first half of the course, featuring three zips, all while taking in the beauty that surrounds you. Bask in the natural splendor of the Ozark Mountains and the breathtaking, scenic vistas of the countryside from towering elevations. A quick snack break of complimentary water and granola bars fuels you for the second half of the tour. The course’s longest skybridge leads to the last four ziplines, all of which up the ante a bit with faster, longer cables. Guides snap photos throughout the tour to capture your first zip, funny faces and goofy poses. Ham it up and you’re sure to get some memorable photos! They can be purchased at Wolfe Creek Station.

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You can add even more adventure to you day at Branson Zipline by tackling the Blue Streak Fast Line and Freefall Xpress. This zip is the ultimate thrill! You soar at heights of over 150-feet for a quarter of a mile, taking in panoramic views of the rolling mountains at top speeds. If that isn’t enough of a rush for you, the only way to get down from Everest (the tower platform) is to freefall. Yep! You heard right. Close your eyes, cross your heart and jump! You freefall half the height of the tower before a power fan contraption gently slows your fall and lowers you to the ground. It’s an awesome ending to your zip experience! Forget coffee – I could do this every morning as my wake up and greet the day with a smile!

Add Branson Zipline Canopy Tours to your Branson itinerary to see the Ozarks in an all new way.


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.