Christmas in Branson | Ozark Mountain Christmas
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When I first moved to Branson nearly 9 years ago, I was so stunned by the abruptness of the switch from Fall to Christmas in Branson. Literally, one day you've got jack-o-lanterns & skeletons decorating your home or business, and the next day you've replaced them with Jesus in a manger, wise men, Santa and reindeer. I'm accustomed to it now, but it sure was a shock to the system that first year. Nine years later, I mostly look forward to the early Christmas season. Branson is always friendly, but the early Christmas season here just means Branson's Christmas cheer spreads all the farther, and shines all the brighter.
Here's a list of some of Branson's Must See Shows, and some Hidden Gems, as well. Please note that, were it not for Andy Williams sudden announcement that he'll miss this Christmas season to undergoe treatment for bladder cancer, The Andy Williams Christmas Show would be First, Second, and Third on this list. Andy Williams is, in large part, why there is such a thriving Christmas Season in Branson. Thank you, Andy. And God bless you in your battle against cancer. We're praying for you!
1. Silver Dollar City, An Old Time Christmas.
With over 4 Million lights decorating the park, a wide variety of Christmas music shows, Christmas Carolers, a 5 story Christmas tree light & music display, the Gifts of Christmas Parade----which the kids will absolutely LOVE, and SDC's wonderful production of A Dickens Christmas Carol, it is an absolute must see.
2. Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas.
Tony Orlando is another Branson Christmas institution. Tony sings all your holiday favorites, and mixes in his timeless hits, as well.
3. Gatlin Brothers with Debby Boone.
Start with the sweet as honey voice and personality that is Debby Boone, add 3 legendary country music brothers, the Gatlins, mix together with tight harmonies and Christmas spirit, and you end up with a show that is quickly becoming a Branson staple.
If you've never heard the a capella magic that is these 6 brothers, then you absolutely must get to Branson this Christmas season. You won't believe your ears as six unaccompanied voices blow your mind with amazing harmonies, vocalized percussion, and showmanship. Throw in the fact that these guys are hilarious, and you've got yourself a Branson must see show.
5. Miracle of Christmas.
The Sight and Sound Theatre hosts this amazing musical about the birth of Jesus. With elaborate scenery and Broadway quality actors/singers, there's nothing quite like it in Branson.
6. Andy Williams Christmas Variety Show.
Even in his absence, Andy has left a great Christmas present for Branson's Christmas visitors. It's an elaborate, engaging, and endearing variety show featuring the Lennon Sisters, the Oh! What a Night quartet, the Warnocks, Pasha and Alonia--adagio dancers and quick change artists, Mike Cathcart, Dean Church, and Bob Anderson. Andy produced this show himself, and you'll be glad you went to Moon River this Christmas.
7. Christmas on the Trail, at Shepherd of the Hills.
The Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills is absolutely spectacular. Quoting their website, "2-1/2 mile display of lights, sound, and motion, you'll see millions of multi-colored Christmas lights and themed, animated displays, winding its way through the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Homestead." The kids will love it, the adults will love it, it'll be a great Chrismas memory for everyone.
Hidden Christmas Gems: These are some wonderful Christmas shows that you may not be as familiar with.......but you should be. They're great, too.
1. Hamner Barber, Wings of Christmas.
Magic, music, comedy, illusion, and a stunning winged finale make you glad you celebrated the Christmas season with the Hamners, and the Barbers.
2. A Christmas Snow, at Starlight Theatre.
This stage production adapted from the popular movie stars Muse Watson and Catherine Mary Stewart, reprising their roles from the film. Heartwarming and beautiful, everyone I've talked to has loved it.
3. Brule, American Indian Christmas.
You've truly never experienced anything quite like the rhythmic beauty of this show. If you'd like a change of pace from the Christmas Standards, this is your show.
4. The Allen Family, Simply Christmas.
This family of 10 is sure to win your heart as they pour out theirs. This is a celebration of faith, family, and the wonderful love surrounding the season.
5. Tillis Family Christmas.
Mel Tillis is another Branson institution. Through November 17th, he'll be sharing the stage with his daughter, Carrie April, in a family musical event full of tradition and toe-tapping.
I'm sure you'll enjoy any of these great shows/attractions. There's always so many choices here in Branson! Merry Christmas, everybody!
"And God bless us, every one." Tiny Tim