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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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Branson’s Little Known Treasures

By: Michael Ayo

Every vacation destination in the country has attractions and restaurants that are by far the most popular in town. Likewise, each tourist spot has their hidden gems that only locals and a few visitors know about. When you begin planning your next vacation to Branson, be sure to keep in mind this list of little known treasures located in the “live music capital of the universe.”


Branson is filled with great places to eat. Whether you’re looking for fast food, barbecue, buffets, steakhouses or any other kind of restaurant you can imagine, Branson is sure to have it. There are several places around town to grab a bite to eat, but only a few you may not have heard about yet. Three in particular would be Yeti’s Shaved Ice and Ice Cream, Billy Bob’s Dairyland and Whisker’s Country Corner.

BLKTLocated in the parking lot of Sunfest Market on Cross Creek Boulevard, Yeti’s puts a delicious spin on a classic summer treat. They serve up unique flavors of shaved ice such as pineapple upside-down cake, root beer float, and peaches and cream while having several flavors of their own concoction like the Iron Man and Sabertooth Tiger. Billy Bob’s, located on Highway 76 near the Grand Country Music Hall, serves up juicy hamburgers of different sizes along with other options such as hot dogs and salads. Locals tend to rave about the desserts here, especially the peanut butter milkshake.

The Ozarks are great for dining on some old-fashioned, down home country grub, and it’s hard to beat the deliciousness found at Whisker’s Country Corner. Located on Fall Creek Road, just off Highway 165, Whisker’s offers several fresh and homemade options to choose from. Shop through delicious treats such as cookies, cinnamon rolls and fudge or take home some tasty smoked sausage, pork rinds or wine jelly. One visit here and it’ll become a tradition to stop by each time you’re in Branson.


Most visit Branson for the live entertainment and attractions, but the outdoor beauty of the Ozarks shouldn’t be ignored. One place in particular that you need to know about is the Shepherd of the Hills boat ramp, located near the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. This area of Lake Taneycomo has a small, one lane boat ramp and parking for 20 rigs, but is a great place to fish for trout.Dam

If you don’t own a boat or fishing doesn’t interest you much, Branson’s waterfall hiking trail is another great way to experience the town’s beautiful scenery. Waterfall Trail is one of the newest hiking trails in Branson and runs along an unnamed tributary of Roark Creek. The trail is roughly two-thirds of a mile long and features a dense tree canopy, rock formations and a waterfall. Located just north of the intersection of Roark Valley Road and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Waterfall Trail is a great option for a peaceful day of enjoying the outdoors.


There are several attractions throughout town that provide plenty of fun for your entire vacation. But did you know there are some attractions designed to challenge and make you think? The Escape Branson and Escape Code Branson are two options for fun and excitement you should try on your next vacation.

Located on Commercial Street in downtown Branson, the Escape Branson has two different rooms filled with clues and riddles they can lock you in. It’s up to you to figure out the clues inside their soviet bunker or alchemists study room in order to get the code to unlock the door and escape. Escape Code Branson is similar to the Escape Branson, but offers four different rooms to escape from. A military warehouse, mysterious cottage, a trap set by a revenge-seeking stranger and the laboratory of a mad scientist are filled with puzzles designed to make you think as you try to work your way out.Esc Branson

If scrambling to unravel clues inside a mysterious room doesn’t intrigue you, try taking a tour at Table Rock Dam. You’ll get to see the ins and outs of one of Missouri’s largest dams, including the generators that help the structure section off the lakes in Branson. You must be at least six years old and an American citizen to tour the dam, and cameras, cell phones, purses and backpacks are not allowed inside.

Inside Attractions

Shoji Tabuchi is one of Branson’s most popular entertainers, and his show definitely would not be classified as a little known treasure. However, the restrooms inside the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre may be one of the town’s best hidden gems. The men’s restroom features a marble fireplace, black lion head sinks imported from Italy, black leather chairs and billiard room with a mahogany pool table. For the ladies, their restroom contains granite and onyx pedestal sinks, chandeliers, stained glass and a ceiling reproduced from the 1890’s Empire Period. This level of dedication and design earned Shoji Tabuchi Theatre the title of “America’s Best Restroom” in 2009.

Another interesting sight you might not know about is located inside the Titanic Museum. Throughout the dozens of artifacts recovered from the ship’s wreckage sits the only life jacket that can be directly tied back to a passenger on the ship. The life jacket belonged to Madeleine Astor, the wife of the richest man aboard the Titanic, John Jacob Astor. This artifact is one of the most intriguing displays at the museum, and is valued at over $1 million.titanic-life-jacket (1)

Visiting all the popular Branson attractions are great during vacation, but every now and then you need to get off the beaten path. The next time you’re looking for something new and exciting to check out, try one of the little known treasures listed above.


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