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Welcome to my most favorite time of year in Branson!

The Ozark Mountains turn into a beautiful palette of colors during October and of course that is the time you realize Christmas in Branson is almost here. Christmas in Branson is definitely “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as Andy Williams would say.


On November 1st, when Ozark Mountain Christmas begins, wherever you drive, beautiful lights abound and Holiday merriment is evident in everyone you meet. One of my favorite lighting displays is at The Shepherd of the Hills. The Trail of Lights is a 2-1/2 mile long drive through display that everyone in the whole family will enjoy. I personally enjoy it so much I try to go a couple times during the Holiday Season. Not only do I think it is a must see, the Travel Channel featured the Trail on “The Most Christmasy Places in America.” The Trail is where I go every year to get myself into the Christmas spirit. We pop in a great Christmas caroling CD and drive though with the kids singing along. Driving through makes you feel like a kid again with all the magic and wonder in the air. There are “old-time” displays, more than 100 animated displays (my favorite ones include the reindeer), displays that make you smile, and displays that make you thank the true Reason for the Season. There is one display that we always stop at and love to sing along … you’ll know which one it is as you go through as it’s hard to miss. Make sure to end your travels through the Trail with a ride up the over 200 foot Inspiration Tower to overlook all of Branson and stop into Aunt Molly’s to get your Hot Apple Cider (my favorite) or Hot Cocoa. Some of my favorite Christmas gift shopping is done at Aunt Molly’s as well. Be sure to visit the Trail for the greatest Christmas memories Branson has to offer.

Also at The Shepherd of the Hills, you can sit down to an amazing Chuckwagon Dinner cooked on an authentic 1800’s Chuckwagon site and watch Christmas on the Trail  (which has been featured on PBS). From Christmas Cowboy poetry to a chance to carol with your family and guests, plus a completely unique depiction of what it was like to be a cowboy on the range during Christmas, the show brings a special new meaning to Christmas to me every year. I highly recommend you add this show to your Branson Christmas vacation list. Experience Christmas cowboy style with fun, family, food, and faith at Christmas on the Trail. This is one of my favorite Christmas shows as it not only features traditional songs, but is also a Christmas celebration unlike any other I have seen. It is such an amazing show I look forward to it year after year. And … included in your ticket, is a trip through The Trail of Lights – how awesome is that!

Ozark Mountain Christmas comes into full swing at the shows, shopping malls, and attractions. There are special guests visiting Branson that perform during the Christmas season such as The Lennon Sisters, The Osmond Brothers, and much more. Nearly every Branson show turns at least half their performance into Christmas classics, carols and hymns, and contemporary music as well. Some shows even put on a full-production of Christmas spirit. No matter where you turn, you will find the Christmas spirit in everyone that you meet. Silver Dollar City itself opens with more than 5 million lights, and a Lighting Parade.

If shopping is what you are looking for, there is no better place to find that perfect gift for that someone on your list with many specialty stores, outlet malls, and unique shops of items you will only find in the Ozarks.

Thank goodness Branson is open and in full swing during this wonderful time of year. You will want to come back year after year to visit us in this “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Branson will not only get you in the Christmas Spirit, but will also leave memories to last a lifetime for the entire family. My family still talks about all their favorites at this time of year and has a special request when they come home this time of year – we have to go out to Shepherd of the Hills to The Trail of Lights, the Branson Adoration Parade, and of course go shopping at the Branson Landing.