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.
417-339-5343

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.