The oldest non-commercial Christmas parade in Missouri returns on Sunday evening, December 2, 2007 at 5:30 pm. This year’s parade will be the 59th annual and will start with the annual lighting of the largest area nativity scene, on Mount Branson overlooking Lake Taneycomo, at dusk and culminates in a community gathering like no other with the Adoration Parade celebrating Christmas.

If you’ve ever asked yourself the question, “What happened to Christmas?” then this inspirational community event is the answer you’ve been seeking. The Branson community gathers on this special day to set aside our individual aspirations and celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. It is a chance to stop and reflect on the beauty of the Christmas story that still inspires people today. On this special night, no one is in the limelight and no organization is promoted, only an overwhelming outpouring of community and celebration as we come together to honor the story of Christmas.

The Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony provide an enchanting nighttime parade in the streets of Branson. Dozens of bands and floats participate in the parade, with awards being given to bands and floats in various divisions. Along with the parade, the lighting of a giant Nativity scene is traditionally held on Mt. Branson. For a parade route, click here.

Aside from the parade and Nativity scene lighting, the day typically holds a number of activities and events such as caroling lead up to the night’s festivities. Come celebrate the holidays this winter in spectacular fashion and Ozarks charm with Branson’s Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony.

Information courtesy of Branson Chamber of Commerce