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.