November 7, 2011

Ozark Mountain Christmas

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The catch-phrase around Branson is that Christmas begins when Mr. Christmas himself, Andy Williams, says it does! Although Andy will not be performing in his Christmas variety show this year due to health reasons, Christmas in Branson has officially begun with the opening of the Branson Area Festival of Lights. The beautiful drive-through light display is open from dusk until 11:00 pm daily through January 2, 2012. Other holiday tours include the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights, Holiday Lights-Duck Style, and "The Polar Express" train ride.

If you enjoy holiday lights, music, shopping, and entertainment, November and December is the perfect time to visit Branson for Ozark Mountain Christmas. Dozens of Branson performers include Christmas music in their show while other theaters welcome limited engagements especially for the holidays.

 Silver Dollar City theme park rolls out their award-winning Old Time Christmas festival, named as one of the top places to visit for Christmas light displays by AOL travelers, Travel Channel, and the theme park industry association. Branson entertainment for the season includes the award-winning stage production, "A Christmas Snow", Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas, Christmas with the Lennon Sisters, The Gatlin Brothers and Debby Boone, Hollywood's Christmas Spectacular, "Who Killed Mr. Scrooge" murder mystery, Johnny Mathis Christmas show, and the 63rd Annual Adoration Parade in downtown Branson.

Shoppers will want to visit area malls, outlet stores, craft galleries, boutiques and specialty shops for name brand clothing, themed collectibles, jewelry, gourmet food and beverages, as well as one-of-a-kind hand crafted heirloom pieces. For more information on Branson shopping as well as shows and events, visit the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce website.

Branson is also home to America's largest Veterans celebration with Veterans Homecoming Week. Patriotism and honoring our nation's Veterans is year-round in Branson, but never more so than during Veterans Homecoming. You'll find shows, free concerts, reunions, Veterans registries to locate buddies, special salutes, candlelight ceremonies, memorial services and more throughout the week. Capping off the festivities is the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Branson, now in its 78th year!

Winter weather is generally mild, so there is still an opportunity for outdoor activities such as fishing, golfing, hiking, zip-lines, or kayaking. And the Ozark hills offer a scenic backdrop for all your activities.

Whether you need a relaxing pre-holiday getaway with a loved one or a whirlwind trip for shopping and celebrating, a Branson area Bed & Breakfast offers the perfect spot to call home during your stay.