Ozark Mountain Christmas
Branson is known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World and during Nov. and Dec. an extra heaping of holiday cheer is added to the already amazing lineup of entertainment options during the Ozark Mountain Christmas.
Starting Nov.1 and running through Dec. 31, the 25th Annual Ozark Mountain Christmas is a community-wide celebration of the holiday season that includes millions of lights, star-studded production shows, theme park festivals and unparalleled outlet shopping. With such a variety of festive activities it is clear to see why the USA Today, A&E Network and the Wall Street Journal have all recognized Branson and the Ozark Mountain Christmas as an outstanding holiday vacation destination not to be missed.
While the Ozark Mountain Christmas presents many excellent entertainment options, it is the lighting displays that have brought the celebration the most notoriety over the years, and best of all there are two main displays. Located off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Roark Valley Road, the Branson Area Festival of Lights is known as one of the most impressive displays in the country. Store fronts and businesses are adorned with millions of lights while more than 175 interactive displays come to life along the one mile journey. Just as impressive is the two and a half mile Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights. Millions of lights and displays illuminate the forest as you drive though the 160 acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead before ending up at the Inspiration Tower. Draped with lights, the 230-foot tall observation tower resembles a Christmas tree and provides a birds-eye view of Branson aglow.
A main draw of the Ozark Mountain Christmas is the Adoration Parade. Now in its 63rd year, the event will be held in historic downtown Branson. The event starts with the lighting of the nativity scene atop Branson Mountain with the parade following directly after. Three stages along the parade route will feature live music and performances from local bands and stage companies. Be sure to arrive early as the Adoration Parade is one of Branson’s favorite events and with a scheduled appearance by Santa and his Reindeer the crowd is sure to be plentiful.
One of Branson’s most popular attractions, award winning theme park Silver Dollar City, also hosts its biggest festival of the year during the Ozark Mountain Christmas celebration. Listed as one of the top five holiday events in the country by both Good Morning America and CNN, Silver Dollar City’s An Olde Time Christmas features millions of lights, a stage performance of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol and countless seasonal delights like hickory-smoked prime rib, roasted turkey and gingerbread cookies. Weather permitting all of the rides will stay open during the festival.
The Ozark Mountain Christmas is 2 months of holiday spirit and fun for the entire family so be sure to make memories for a lifetime with a trip to Branson this holiday season. Check out our special holiday vacation package that includes a 3 day stay at a Branson Landing 5-Star Hotel and entry at the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights, along with exclusive shopping discounts and more.