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By: Michael Ayo
Photo opportunities are plentiful around the Ozarks and that is especially true during the holiday season. Christmas lights are everywhere and decorations line the buildings along every road. When it comes to Christmas, Branson goes all out. This is evident by the number of Christmas trees located throughout town. If you want a one of a kind photo opportunity to preserve wonderful memories of vacationing to Branson, be sure to snap a picture in front of one of the Christmas trees around town.
Branson Convention Center
One place to check out for a great Christmas tree picture would be the Branson Convention Center in downtown Branson. Aside from hosting any kind of event imaginable in the Ozarks, the Convention Center is home to a 40-foot tall Christmas tree located inside their lobby.
Branson Ferris Wheel
The Branson Ferris Wheel actually has two different photo ops with Christmas trees. The first, and by far biggest, is the Christmas tree that appears on the side of the ferris wheel several times a night through their LED light display. The other is an actual Christmas tree rather than a massive one made of LED lights. This tree is located just to the right of the gateway you enter to ride the ferris wheel.
Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex
If you are up for catching a movie or a show in the Little Opry Theatre while on vacation, you may want to grab a photo with the IMAX Entertainment Complex’s Christmas tree as well. The decorative tree stands tall in their lobby just as you enter the complex.
One of Branson’s most popular shopping centers is also home to one of the most photogenic trees in the Ozarks. The Branson Landing has their Christmas tree located across from the fountains, standing a whopping 65 feet tall. Right below the tree is Santa’s workshop where kids can grab a photo with jolly St. Nick after snapping one in front of the tree.
Dolly Parton’s well-known dinner attraction, “Dixie Stampede,” possesses a fairly large Christmas tree they place just outside the entrance to the building. As you walk along the stables checking out the horses that star in the show, be sure to stop and admire the beautifully decorated tree outside.
Downtown Branson Roundabout
If you have exited off Highway 65 and turned toward downtown Branson, odds are you have traveled through the roundabout that leads to Skaggs Road, Veterans Boulevard and Branson Landing Boulevard. A trip that may be dizzy to some is lit up with beautiful Christmas lights during the holiday season due to the 80-foot tree in the middle of the roundabout. While it may be difficult to approach this tree on foot for a picture, it is still a wonderful sight to see.
The Grand Village Shops
Another popular shopping center in Branson, the Grand Village Shops is home to the largest Christmas store in the state of Missouri, Kringles Christmas Shop. This store is filled with a wide variety of decorations along with themed Christmas trees. After you see everything inside, go outside and view the 14-foot tree the Shops has on display near the road.
Silver Dollar City
When speaking about Christmas in Branson, it is practically impossible to not mention Silver Dollar City. As one of the most popular attractions in town and a nationally recognized theme park, Silver Dollar City is home to over 5 million Christmas lights and 1,000 decorated trees. At the heart of their decorations is a five-story special effects Christmas tree that is constantly changing colors.
Theaters and Attractions Around Town
There are plenty of Christmas trees around town that will not cost you a dime to see, but Branson’s theaters know how to decorate for the holidays as well. Most people come to the live music capital of the universe to see just that; some fantastic live music. Once you see a show at any number of theaters around Branson, be sure to make time to see all the Christmas trees and decorations each individual theater has made time to put up. If you are visiting an attraction, various places have specially themed trees such as the Butterfly Palace and their poinsettia tree.
Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.
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.
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 Brothers, Osmonds, Duttons 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.
Article courtesy of ChooseBranson.com.