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Good Eats: Pizza World in Branson MO

By: Eric Boston @EricBoston3

When you spend time in a town other than your own what is one of the first things you do? You ask the locals where you need to eat. It doesn’t matter if you are on a family trip, or traveling solo on business, pizza is always a top option. If you want some of the best pizza in Branson, and to support a great local business, then Pizza World is the spot.

The first thing that you need to know is that, while the pizza is great, Pizza World offers much more than just tasty pies. From the moment you walk in the staff at Pizza World treats you like a friend that they have been looking forward to seeing. It is definitely a welcoming atmosphere.

Start your meal off with Garlic Bread, Bread Stix, or Toasted Ravioli from Pizza World’s Appetizers menu. In the mood for something a bit lighter? You may want to try one of their ten (10) different Salad options. From traditional Garden and Side Salads, Caesar, Greek and Spinach to specialty salads such as Southwest Chicken, Buffalo Chicken, Chef and the Deluxe Antipasto they are a great way to begin your Pizza World experience.

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The Big World gets created.

Getting ready for the big game? Pizza World has you covered there as well. Grab an order of their Crispy Wings, they come in 10 and 20 piece sizes. You will want to try all of the great flavors offered including Spicy Thai, Mango Habanero, BBQ, Garlic Parmesan, Buffalo and Spicy Garlic. Pair the wings with Pizza World’s Oven Baked Subs and you have the perfect party combination.

With nine (9) subs to choose from you will be able to please everyone. Might we suggest the Bacon Lovers BLT? After all, everything is better with Bacon. Speaking of bacon, you can add it to any of the subs you wish including the Hot Italian Sub, Spicy Thai Chicken, Chicken Caesar and Buffalo Chicken Subs. Feeling more traditional? The Meatball, Ham & Cheese, Turkey and Veggie are always on standby.

All of this and we haven’t even talked about pizza yet. Well get ready to wait just little longer, because there is more. Pizza World also offers great tasting Baked Pastas and Calzones. The Baked Ziti, Chicken Alfredo and Manicotti are perfect meals all on their own and make for a great workday lunch. Perhaps you are like me and want something to call yours while the kids are devouring a pizza own their own. The Chef’s Calzone is an amazing blend of Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheeses. You can even create your own Calzone with your choice of two toppings.

With so many excellent options you want to make sure you save room for the best thing on Pizza World’s menu…the pizza! It all starts with the dough, which is made fresh daily. A wide variety of Meats, Vegetables, Cheeses and Specialty Toppings allow you to create your own masterpiece that will have your taste buds singing!

If you have a hard time choosing that perfect combination, there is help. Pizza World has 17 Gourmet Pizza choices. You are going to want to try them all! Divided into three different categories (Chicken, Vegetarian and Ultimate Gourmet) these creations are what sets Pizza World apart.

Gourmet Chicken Pizzas

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The Big World

Alfredo, Texas Bar-B-Que, Buffalo, Spicy Thai, Caesar are flavors that can be found. We would like to highlight two additional options. The Taste of Chicago is “straight from the Windy City”. It is made with Ricotta, chicken, spinach, bacon & tomatoes. Then there is my personal favorite, the Chicken Bacon Ranch. It is chicken and bacon residing on top of creamy ranch dressing & mozzarella. It is pie that is hard to beat. That doesn’t mean that Pizza World doesn’t try!


The Via Bianco is an olive oil glaze that is topped with provolone, mozzarella, Swiss, fresh basil and oregano. Ciao Bella features your choice of tomato sauce or the olive oil glaze with basil, tomatoes, garlic & mozzarella. For a taste of Greece try the Grecian Gourmet as it is layered with Feta, black olives, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes & mozzarella. If you are looking for the ultimate in veggie style pizza then the Le Gardeaux is for you. It is a deluxe mix of red onions, green peppers, black olives, mushrooms and tomatoes all piled on a bed of mozzarella.

Ultimate Gourmet

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The six (6) specialties are perfect examples of why Pizza World stands out from the competition. For starters the Meat Grande Wow! is piled high with every kind of meat topping you can imagine. Ole Mexicana takes you south of the border with an unique combination of refried beans, salsa, black olives, tomatoes, beef, red onions, jalapenos, cheddar and cilantro. The Classic Supreme brings Pizza World’s flavor to an all-time favorite. Want a taste of the Old World? The Amore Roma delivers pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms and black olives. Then there is the Americana that is a bacon cheeseburger pizza made from a mustard glaze. Finally, don’t miss out on Pizza World’s signature dish – the Appondanza. Made with a whopping 12 toppings including: mozzarella, pepperoni, beef, Canadian bacon, Italian sausage, bacon, pork sausage, salami, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes, green peppers & red onions – this pizza is not for the faint of heart.

Speaking of which there is one item left that is for the bravest of the brave. The Pizza World “Big World” Challenge has defeated all, but one of its adversaries. The Big World is a 24”, seven (7) pound pizza. The challenge? Two people – One Big World – 30 minutes. Choose Branson sent its most daring duo into battle against this monster. We came out the other side defeated and cloaked in humility…but the pizza was amazing! “Are you up for the Big World?”

Assuming you have a little room for more, finish off with one of Pizza World’s Dessert menu items. Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Baked Cookie and Cinnamon Stix with Frosting hit the spot for any sweet-tooth enthusiast.

Stop by either Pizza World location – on Highway 76 or Cross Creek Blvd – in Branson. If you need it delivered that is no problem as they cover the whole of Branson, plus a little more.

If you mention Choose Branson when ordering at their Cross Creek location, or print out the coupon located below, and you will receive 10% of your purchase. Give them a call at 417.334.4445 or visit them at

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Christmas Shows

Enjoy These Fantastic Christmas Shows In Branson

Holidays in Branson are a very special time of the year. There are Christmas shows of a wide variety that everyone will enjoy.

Our live entertainment shows help to carry the season’s traditions to you and your family. Make sure to check out some of the great holiday performances happening around town!

Hughes Brothers Christmas Show

What’s better than a show featuring the world’s largest performing family? Celebrating Christmas with them as well! Filled with love, music, laughter and a surprise visit from Santa, there is a reason that this show has been awarded the “Best Christmas Show” seven times.

Miracle of Christmas

During November and December at the Sight & Sound Theatre you can witness the event that is at the heart of the Christmas season. Performed on a panoramic stage that includes live animals, amazing special effects, gifted songwriting and spectacular acting, the “Miracle of Christmas” comes alive. It is one Christmas performance you will not want to miss.

Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza

Christmas Shows

Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza

Do you want a show that will leave lasting memories? Look no further than the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center and celebrate Christmas with the stars! Join special guests The Osmonds, Lennons and 5th Dimension as they pay tribute to “Mr. Christmas” himself, Andy Williams.

Christmas on the Trail

Returning for its 13th season, Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show has become one of the most beloved holiday experiences in Branson. Cozy up with your family around the campfire and enjoy a hearty Christmas dinner at the Pavilion Theatre. No holiday complete without music, poems and stories and you will find plenty of them when you spend Christmas on the Trail.

Christmas Wonderland

The King’s Castle Theatre is host to one of the largest holiday productions in all of Branson. This show rings in the Christmas season with high-energy dancing, elaborate costumes, beautiful scenery and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. It is an unforgettable journey filled with all of your favorite holiday classics.

Sanders Family Christmas

The Little Opry Theater presents a nostalgic musical comedy filled with faith, family and old fashioned fun. It is a heart-wrenching story that will fill your soul with laughter as well. Join in the sentimental journey that is truly something you do not want to miss.


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Silver Dollar City

National Craft and Cowboy Festival


Silver Dollar City’s favorite festival is back and better than ever in 2017.

The National Crafts & Cowboy Festival is now taking place through October 28. Choose Branson was able to check out what is new this season and what makes this festival one of the favorites for guests and SDC employees alike.

When you first enter the park you will notice an unique piece of Silver Dollar City history. An original stagecoach that was purchased in 1960 has made its return to the property. It has undergone a detailed restoration process. The story behind the coach is displayed and visitors have the chance to learn about its past only during the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival.

Just beyond the stagecoach is the Silver Dollar City town square. Here you will find the “Best of Missouri Hands” proudly on display. Throughout the year SDC is home to 100 different craftsmen regularly. During the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival that number more than doubles. Vendors display their goods and demonstrate their skills on-site. You will find a wide array of products in the square, but there are plenty more throughout the entire park.

Like the Cowboy Emporium at the Frisco Freight Company. The art included in this exhibit is completely western inspired. From horseshoe art, antler baskets and photos of iconic figures of the American West this is the place for any Old West enthusiast to visit. You will also find Native American art at the Cowboy Emporium as well.

Get your tickets for the National Crafts & Cowboy Festival at and see for yourself why fall in the Ozarks is the perfect time to visit Silver Dollar City.

Best Free Branson Activities Vol. 2

By: Michael Ayo

It’s true what they say: the best things in life are free. However, rarely is anything free in this world anymore. That can be especially true when talking about a vacation destination such as Branson. While there are many great shows, attractions and activities in town that require a fee, there are some Branson activities that won’t cost you a dime. Last year we provided readers with five of the best free Branson activities; now we’re back to let everyone know about a new list of great things to do in town that will only cost you your time.

Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash

The Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash held its inaugural event last August, and was a massive success. Because of that, the event is back for a second time this summer. Taking place June 9 at 5 p.m. in front of the Branson Landing Fountain, Branson entertainers and representatives from businesses and attractions across town will clash in a lip syncing competition for the ages.

The Titanic Museum took home the trophy belt in 2016, and is back again this year to defend their title. Challenging them will be representatives from Branson Zipline and Stormy Point Village, along with entertainers Prince IvanBranson’s Famous Baldknobbers and George Dyer. Before they take the stage to perform their hilarious lip sync antics, however, there will be a pre-show performance by the Baldknobbers and an acoustic set by Prince Ivan titled “Prince Ivan: Unplugged.” Of course this event is absolutely free, and there may even be a few giveaways and free handouts throughout the event so if you’re in town, definitely stop by.

Concerts at the Branson Landing

The Branson Landing is known for hosting a large number of events throughout the year, such as the aforementioned Choose Branson Lip Sync Clash. In addition to that great event, there are several other incredible concerts being performed on stage in front of the fountain at various times during 2017. Their Summer Concert Series this year will feature entertainers such as Prince Ivan, the Dan Benton Band, the Mark Chapman Band and many others. Be sure to check out the Landing’s entertainment schedule for a full list of things happening.

Moonshine Tastings

“Free samples” is perhaps the most well-known term including the word “free,” and while wine tastings and samplings may be the most popular in Branson, there are some places that offer whiskey and moonshine samplings as well. Copper Run Distillery in Walnut Shade, MO offers free tours of their facilities throughout the day where you can sample some of the delicious moonshines and whiskeys made onsite. Smith Creek Moonshine at the Branson Landing is another place you can go for great tasting drinks made right here in the Ozarks. There is a restaurant inside and you can visit the bar area to sample the various flavors of moonshine such as salted caramel and strawberry shortcake.


Branson has several museums throughout town, headlined by ones such as the Titanic Museum and the Velvet Collection Celebrity Car Museum. However, unlike these, there are museums that charge no admission for you to enter and look around. Prehistoric Fossils in downtown Branson is fairly new to town, opening just this year. This attraction is free to visit but offers you the chance to purchase various prehistoric fossils, gems and educational items. Also downtown is the Branson Centennial Museum. The museum features intriguing artifacts related to Branson since the town’s incorporation in 1912. Displays rotate roughly every six to eight months, with exhibits often highlighting the roots of tourism and iconic Branson citizens such as the Herschends and Reishes.

Free Choose Branson Giveaways

One other way you can experience free activities in Branson is by entering the various contests put on by Choose Branson. Giveaways are always being promoted in the Choose Branson Monthly Newsletter and our social media pages. We currently have a White Water family four-pack giveaway happening on Facebook, and the Pack Your Bags to Branson Sweepstakes is on the website as well.

There is plenty to do in Branson, regardless of the price. If you want to pay the price of admission, the shows and attractions are well worth the fee. If you don’t, try any of the entertaining activities above and save some money in the process.

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Drive, Float and Fly in Branson

By: Kerry Pearson

When vacationing to Branson, chances are you haven’t fully seen the beautiful landscape of the Ozarks or some of the local’s favorite spots in the area. After you have seen the shows, take some time to go exploring around the area in a fun, new way.

If you enjoy beautiful scenery and unique experiences, then taking a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway is a perfect addition to your Branson vacation. While onboard one of the many passenger cars, you will travel through the Ozark Mountains and witness some of the most incredible views the area has to offer. The 45-minute trip carries passengers from Branson down into northern Arkansas, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

One of the newest, yet more luxurious ways to see Branson is with VIP Tours of Branson. If you are interested in seeing something specific then you will be pleased with one of the four tour options offered with VIP Tours of Branson. From the “Discover Branson Tour” to “Branson Christmas Lights Tour,” you are sure to have a great experience onboard the Mercedes Sprinter Coach with the knowledgeable tour guide showing you around town. When meeting with your guide, be sure to tell him Choose Branson sent you!

If you want to see Branson from the air, book a tour with Chopper Charter Branson. Seeing your favorite vacation spot from high above is definitely a once in a lifetime experience for anyone. At Chopper Charter Branson you can enjoy a comfortable ride in the luxury of the six-seat Bell 206L jet powered helicopter. Depending on what you want to see, you are able to customize a tour or choose from one of the five tour packages offered. As with VIP Tours, be sure to tell Chopper Charters that Choose Branson sent you over!

Get the best of both land and water with a Ride the Ducks tour. This attraction is a popular one among visitors in Branson. During the 70-minute ride you will see the Ozarks like never before. From driving up a mountain to cruising around Table Rock Lake, this tour covers it all. Something that makes this tour unique is the captain of each duck. Not only will you be entertained by all you see during the tour, but the stories and interaction from the captain is something that is guaranteed to never be forgotten.

Another fun way to see Branson from the water is with a cruise on Lake Taneycomo. Main Street Lake Cruises offers sightseeing tours of downtown Branson. Choose between cruises onboard the historic Lake Queen Paddleboat or the Landing Princess, a 100-foot luxury yacht. Both cruises feature an informative guide to point out Branson’s historical facts and sights along the way.

A fun way to see historic Branson is by taking a ride on Sparky the Branson Trolley. There are 13 stops around the downtown Branson area. The total time for the trolley to make stops at all 13 locations is about 45-minutes. This is a fun way to see the historic part of Branson. If you want to take the trolley to specific locations in the downtown area, you can do that as well.

Try something new next time you visit Branson. There is so much to see and discover even for those who have visited year after year. Whichever sightseeing tour you choose to go with is sure to create memories to last a lifetime.

Valentine’s Day Activities in Branson

By: Michael Ayo

Just because you’re on vacation in Branson doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day has to be any less romantic or meaningful. While February may seem to be in the “offseason” of entertainment in Branson, there are still plenty of great Valentine’s activities to try out along with a few shows to see.

Spa Treatments

One of the most relaxing and romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day is with a couples massage. Several places around Branson offer a number of different spa services and packages, depending on what you are looking for. Spa O2 on Highway 165 and Spa Chateau at Chateau on the Lake are two of the more popular places to visit, though others such as Body Works Day Spa on Green Mountain Drive and City Spatique Day Spa on Shepherd of the Hills are great too.


Aside from the shows and attractions, Branson’s shopping is one of the biggest draws to the town. Whether you want designer clothing, outlet store prices or handcrafted works of art, there are stores to satisfy all your needs in Branson. While it may lack in romance, spending the day shopping is still an acceptable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Branson Landing has several great shops to browse through, and the same can be said for the Grand Village.

From Feb. 7 through Valentine’s Day, Tanger Outlets will be having their “Share the Love at Tanger Outlets” event where you could have a shot to win multiple prizes. Shopping during this week gives you a chance to win a $1,400 Yves Delorme luxury bedding set and a $500 Tanger shopping spree. There will also be a “Tanger Share the Love” team walking throughout the mall giving out random prizes to lucky recipients. The final way to win a great prize during this week is by visiting the Tanger Facebook page and sharing #TangerLove with your friends to enter you in daily prize giveaways. For more information on the “Share the Love at Tanger Outlets” event, visit


While a vast majority of theaters are still on vacation for the season, two shows will be hosting special Valentine’s Day performances. The Hughes Brothers Theatre will be hosting their “It Celebrates Valentine’s Day Show,” complete with a renewing of vows and a free memory portrait taken. When you buy your tickets, you have the option of adding a candlelight dinner at the theatre before the show with flowers, romantic music and a classic romance movie.

Another show happening on the weekend before Valentine’s Day is “Elvis Live!” at the God and Country Theatres. The first of the special shows will take place on Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. with the “Elvis Live! Aloha from Hawaii” show. Jerry Presley will be reenacting his cousin’s classic performance that was broadcasted via satellite on April 4, 1973. The second will be on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. in the form of “Elvis Live! Madison Square Garden.” This reenactment will be of Elvis recording his live musical album at Madison Square Garden on June 18, 1972.

If neither of these shows interest you, you can never go wrong gifting tickets in advance to your significant other whenever their favorite show opens for the 2017 season.

Titanic Museum

Grand gestures are welcomed on Valentine’s Day, and if you are looking to make one this year then the Titanic Museum can help with that. February is Sweetheart Month at the Titanic and you can make reservations for a grand gesture on their Grand Staircase. Whether it is a proposal, engagement photos, a wedding or vow renewals, all can be performed at this attraction. There are also plenty of great gifts to pick up for your sweetheart inside the gift shop that include jewelry and perfumes.


When all else fails, you can never go wrong taking your Valentine out for a nice dinner. There are several fine dining restaurants in Branson to visit on Valentine’s Day, and you are almost guaranteed to find one that matches your taste. Dobyns Dining Room at the Keeter Center and Level 2 Steakhouse are having special Valentine’s Day menus, and others such as Saltgrass Steakhouse offer a fine, quaint atmosphere you are sure to love.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, just about anything you decide to do will be appreciated by your significant other as long as you put some thought and effort into it. If you are falling short of ideas while in Branson on Feb. 14, try one of the above activities to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

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Branson’s Christmas Openings

By: Michael Ayo

Christmas in Branson is one of the most anticipated times of the year. The world-renowned “An Old Time Christmas” festival is happening at Silver Dollar City, several theaters have their own holiday shows, and there is more than enough shopping to be had leading up to the holiday. If you find yourself on vacation in Branson this Christmas, it may be helpful to know what shows and attractions are open for the holiday.


The following is a list of shows performing their regular or holiday/Christmas shows on Dec. 25, 2016.

– Acrobats of China at Yakov Theatre
          ~ Show plays at 3 and 8 p.m.
 Amazing Pets at Grand Country Music Hall
Show plays at 3 and 7 p.m.
 Doo-Wop and the Drifters at the Branson Hot Hits Theatre
          ~ Show plays at 2 p.m.
 Motown Downtown at the Branson Hot Hits Theatre
          ~ Show plays at 7 p.m.


The following is a list of attractions open on Dec. 25, 2016.

 Branson Zipline
          ~ Certain zip lines and tours available throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center
          ~ Opens at 10 a.m.
 Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights Drive-Thru will be open, but the Christmas Village will not.
~ Drive-Thru will open at 5:30 p.m.
 Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
          ~ Opens at dusk (5:03 p.m. according to

No matter what you decide to do, Christmas is always a wonderful holiday. That statement is especially true if you celebrate it in Branson. After all the presents have been unwrapped and the wonderful holiday meals have been consumed, make sure to go check out some of these great shows and attractions open on Christmas Day.

Branson’s Thanksgiving Openings

By: Michael Ayo

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays of the year. Whether you get excited for the food, family, entertainment or the conclusion of the holiday in order to start decorating for Christmas, there is so much to anticipate on Nov. 24. If you find yourself vacationing to Branson during Thanksgiving this year, it may be helpful to know what shows, attractions and shops are open for the holiday.


The following is a list of shows performing their regular or holiday/Christmas shows on Nov. 24, 2016.

– Acrobats of China at Yakov Theatre
– Amazing Pets at Grand Country Music Hall
– Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center
– Carpenters Once More at the Historic Owen Theatre
– Christmas on the Trail at Shepherd of the Hills
– Crazy ‘Bout Patsy and Other Country Legends at the Branson Hot Hits Theatre
– Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
– The Duttons at the Dutton Family Theater
– George Strait Country at the Little Opry Theatre
– Grand Jubilee at Grand Country Music Hall
– Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show at Hamners’ Variety Theater
– Hank Williams Revisited at the Historic Owen Theatre
– The Haygoods at the Clay Cooper Theatre
– Hughes Brothers We’re Thankful for You at the Hughes Brothers Theatre
– Hypnolarious at the Lodge of the Ozarks Crystal Theatre
– The Legend of Kungfu: Return of the Dragon at the White House Theatre
– Legends in Concert at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
– The Lettermen at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center
– Maxine’s Christmas Carol at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center
– Million Dollar Quartet at the Welk Resort Theatre
– Motown Downtown at the Branson Hot Hits Theatre
– A Neil Diamond Tribute at the Historic Owen Theatre
– New Jersey Nights at King’s Castle Theatre
– Pierce Arrow at the Pierce Arrow Theatre
– Puttin’ on the Ritz at King’s Castle Theatre
– REZA: Edge of Illusion at the Starlite Theatre
– Sanders Family Christmas at the Little Opry Theatre
– Shoji Tabuchi at the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre
– Showboat Branson Belle
– A Tribute to John Denver at the Little Opry Theatre
– A Tribute to Marty Robbins at the Little Opry Theatre
– Twice Adopted at Hamners’ Variety Theater


The following is a list of attractions open on Nov. 24, 2016.

– Adventure Ziplines of Branson
– Branson Dinosaur Museum
– Branson Promised Land Zoo
– Branson Zipline
– Branson’s Wild World
– Hollywood Wax Museum
– National Tiger Sanctuary
– Ripley’s Believe it or Not
– Silver Dollar City
– Talking Rocks Cavern
– Titanic Museum
– Velvet Collection Celebrity Car Museum
– Veterans Memorial Museum
– World’s Largest Toy Museum
– Xtreme Racing


Branson’s most popular shopping centers will also have special hours for the evening of Thanksgiving leading into the early morning of Black Friday. The Branson Landing will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving Day and their Black Friday Blowout event will start at 7 a.m. the next day.

Tanger Outlets will also be having their Moonlight Madness sale beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This will last all through the night and into Black Friday, finally closing at a later time, 10 p.m., on Friday night.

Whether it’s a show, attraction or some shopping, there are plenty of places to check out this Thanksgiving. Be sure to take advantage of everything that’s open for the holiday this year.

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5 of the Best Free Christmas Activities in Branson

By: Michael Ayo

Vacations can be tough on a bank account, especially if you are vacationing during the holiday season. While Branson is one of the most affordable vacation destinations in the country, your wallet can still take a hit while paying for lodging, food and activities. This Christmas, educate yourself on five of the best free activities in Branson during the holiday season so you can have an entertaining, yet affordable, vacation.

Kringles Christmas Shop

Sometimes window shopping is just as fun as going on a shopping spree, and there is no better place in town to check out everything Christmas related than Kringles Christmas Shop. Kringles is the largest Christmas store in the state of Missouri, and features an incredible collection of Christmas decorations including 125 designer-decorated themed trees. While it is plenty of fun checking out all the various ornaments and trees, it is pretty hard to leave the store without buying at least one thing.

See the Lights

The holiday season is a big deal in Branson. Practically every theater unveils some sort of Christmas show, which means their venue is maxed out with Christmas decorations. One great family-bonding activity to try out this season is cruising Highway 76 at night with the family to see the best and brightest Christmas lights the theaters have to offer. You can also visit popular shopping centers such as the Branson Landing and Grand Village Shops for views of colorful lights and decorated Christmas trees. If those aren’t enough, stop by Shepherd of the Hills for a photo op with their lights or drive through downtown Branson to see their festive tree and decorations.

Visit Branson’s Santas

One of the most enjoyable things about the Christmas season is seeing the look on a kid’s face when he or she gets to meet Santa. Santa Claus will be in various spots throughout the Ozarks during the holiday season, and it is always great fun taking the little ones to visit with him. The Branson Landing will have Santa visiting from Nov. 12 through Dec. 24 inside their “Christmas Treehouse.” Bass Pro Shops at the Landing will also have Santa visiting during those same dates along with holiday-themed games and crafts. Lastly, the aforementioned Kringles Christmas Shop will have Santa in store Wednesdays through Sundays during the holiday season and he will be accompanied by live Christmas music.

Holiday Parades

Another free activity you can take part in this holiday season is one of the two Christmas parades in Branson. The Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade is the first to take place, happening at the Branson landing on Nov. 19. It will start at 10 a.m. and begins at the north end of the Landing, near the Belk Department Store. The parade will travel the length of the outdoor mall, ending at Bass Pro Shops. It will feature Branson stars such as Clay Cooper, the Hughes BrothersOsmondsDuttons and many more. Mayor Karen Best will also be a part of the parade along with its grand marshal, Mel Tillis.

The 68th annual Adoration Parade will occur a few weeks later, on Dec. 4. This parade through downtown Branson will start at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the area’s largest nativity scene then follow with a number of beautifully decorated Christmas floats from Branson locals. There are not many activities more joyous and fun than the annual Adoration Parade.

Electrify Christmas Light Show

The Branson Ferris Wheel is one of the newest and most exciting attractions in town. Brought in from Chicago’s Navy Pier this summer by the Track Family Fun Parks, the wheel will be electrified by colorful lights to the tune of holiday music every night during the holiday season. The free show will take place at 9, 10 and 10:55 p.m. each night. If you want a great seat while enjoying a delicious holiday dessert, Andy’s Frozen Custard offers up-close views of the ferris wheel.

Holiday shows and Silver Dollar City are on most people’s to-do list when vacationing to Branson during the Christmas season. If you’re looking for something more economical, or just need to pass the time between other scheduled events, be sure to check out these five free activities this Christmas.

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Branson During the Holiday Season

By: Michael Ayo

Fall and winter are absolutely beautiful in Branson. Between the fall colors and the Christmas lights, your senses will be overwhelmed with beauty as you drive through town. Whether you are planning a vacation in November or December, there are a number of fantastic activities and festivities to experience. So much so that it is hard to narrow it down, but Choose Branson did its best.

10. Adoration Parade, Dec. 4

The 68th annual Adoration Parade will take place through downtown Branson on Sunday, Dec. 4. It starts with the annual lighting of the area’s largest nativity scene then the parade follows through town. On this night of celebration, no organization is highlighted and nothing is promoted, it’s just some good, old-fashioned Christmas festivities.

9. Lazy Magnolia Carriage Company

There is no shortage of Christmas lights throughout the city of Branson, and there is no better way to view them than from a horse-drawn carriage. The Lazy Magnolia Carriage Company operates out of downtown Branson and gives you a beautiful and elegant carriage ride through town, making it a great activity for the holiday season.

8. Branson Landing

The Branson Landing is absolutely stunning during the holiday season. Festive decorations line the boardwalk and a 50-foot Christmas tree stands tall in the Landing’s town square. When you make a trip to the Landing, you can take in the beauty of Lake Taneycomo, view the holiday decorations and visit Santa Claus at Bass Pro Shops.

7. Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights and Village

This festive village is located off Buena Vista Road in Branson, and features 200 displays and over 1 million Christmas lights. Paired with the light displays are holiday-themed crafts available for purchase along with homemade fudge, kettle corn, hot chocolate and s’mores. Once you have seen the lights and sampled the holiday snacks, view the life-size nativity scene and be sure to take the kids to go see Santa.

6. Holiday Shopping

Branson is a shopping haven, and it is made even better during the holiday season. Malls such as the Branson Landing and Tanger Outlets have impeccable deals during the holidays, or if you want something directly catered toward Christmas, check out Kringles Christmas Store at the Grand Village Shops. Kringles is the largest Christmas store in the state of Missouri, and features an incredible collection of Christmas decorations including 125 designer-decorated themed trees.

5. Shepherd of the Hills

The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead turns into a Christmas wonderland during the holiday season. Instead of the usual “Roundup on the Trail” show, the “Christmas on the Trail” show plays for eager visitors. While you listen to classic holiday music, you will enjoy a chuckwagon dinner like no other complete with maple-smoked turkey breast, a whole-flame roasted ear of corn, cornbread and Dutch-oven cobbler. Once you have seen the show, be sure to visit the Trail of Lights that features two and a half miles of animated displays, three-dimensional characters and multi-colored lights.

4. Polar Express

Throughout the months of November and December, the Branson Scenic Railway transforms into the Polar Express. This holiday-themed train ride takes you on a magical trip through the Ozarks while supplying you with hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies.

3. Veterans Homecoming Week

One holiday that may not be as important as Christmas to most is an incredibly big deal in Branson. Veterans Day is widely celebrated throughout the Ozarks and there is a whole week of events dedicated to it. Branson’s Veterans Homecoming Weekkicks off on Nov. 5 and lasts through Nov. 11. Events include special performances from “Baldknobbers Jamboree,” “Golden Sounds of the Platters” and more. There will also be special ceremonies and activities for veterans in attendance. The week will conclude with the 83rd annual Veterans Day Parade through downtown Branson.

2. Holiday Shows

There are several shows throughout November and December that put on special performances for the holidays. “It” at the Hughes Brothers Theatre puts on a special show for Thanksgiving along with a wonderful Christmas show. Other shows such as Shoji Tabuchi, “Haygoods” and “Dixie Stampede” provide a completely different performance during the holiday season.

1. An Old Time Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City’s “An Old Time Christmas” has been recognized by USA Today, CNN Travel, The Travel Channel, Good Morning America, AOL Travel, Yahoo! Travel and as a top holiday celebration in America. This festival includes 5 million lights, 1,000 decorated trees and a five-story special effects Christmas tree. There are also wonderful Christmas shows inside the park such as “The Living Nativity,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol” and the Frisco Sing-Along Steam Train. Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade marches through the streets twice each evening as well.

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