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Things to do in Branson, Missouri

Find the best things to do in Branson, Missouri. From entertainment and fine dining, to family attractions and cozy accommodations, Branson has it all!

Nov 01 2023 at 10 a.m.

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When you think “Winter Time,” think Branson, Missouri! It’s the perfect time to check out all of the attractions, shows, adventures and fun Branson has to offer. See everything that’s going on in this guide.

Places to Stay in Branson, Missouri

Enjoy the lake at Mill Creek Resort.
Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Resort.Enjoy the lake at Mill Creek Resort.

Mill Creek Resort on Table Rock Lake

Make the most of autumn’s crisp and cozy days with a relaxing, memory-filled stay at Mill Creek Resort. Mill Creek Resort is an incredible gem where your entire group can enjoy everything from lilypad waters to firepits, kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats, fishing and swimming in the lake and the pool.

Families Will Love

All the free amenities and the charming cottages with their lakefront views. Kids especially love the sunset s’mores on the firepit!

Nearby Attractions

Persimmon Hill Farm and Silver Dollar City, with its holiday festivities, are just a short drive away.

Don’t Miss

The world-class Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs take place this year on November 11 & 12. Tackle one of the 15K, 25K or 50K trail races, or go cheer on the participants and enjoy the activities at Dogwood Canyon. This epic annual event takes place in a stunning natural paradise

Staff Picks

I just recently saw this resort on the lake and it is in a beautiful, calm cove.

Janelle Haik

The new Grotto Resort in Branson, MO.
Photo courtesy of The Grotto Resort.Unplug and unwind at The Grotto Resort.

Grotto Resort

Escape the chaos of everyday life and reconnect with nature and core relationships at Grotto Resort. Brand new this year,  Grotto Resort is more than just a place to stay. It is an intimate hideaway built for discerning travelers ages 25 and older.

An Exceptional Setting

The Scandinavian-designed resort features 5 deckhouse cottages, 3 elevated treehouses and 2 modern cave suites. Nestled along a private, beautiful hillside, each luxury suite faces a spectacular panoramic view of Table Rock Lake.

Unplug and Unwind

With its clean modern design, premium amenities and sublime views, Grotto Resort creates the perfect romantic getaway. To enhance your visit, concierge services are available.

Know Before You Go

Grotto Resort has only 10 units, so book now before it’s too late! Note that the treehouses require a stair climb.

Dining in Branson, Missouri

Level 2 Steakhouse
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Level 2 Steakhouse

Delve into the world of culinary excellence at Level 2 Steakhouse, tucked within the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. Savor the taste of Kansas City 28-day aged Certified Hereford Beef and fresh seafood sourced from around the world. Their secret? A 1600-degree radiant oven, sealing in the juices and creating the perfect steak. Experience the flavors of the season with delectable pumpkin desserts, featuring the famous Pumpkin Butter Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Crème Brûlée. Be sure to secure your table for their Thanksgiving brunch!

STAFF PICKS

I love their calamari, it is the best around.

Ammie Scott-Motes

The Chef's dinner is their hidden gem!

Janelle Haik

Things to Do in Branson, Missouri

Branson CVB
Photo courtesy of Branson CVB.Don't miss everything Branson has to offer this Christmas season!

Branson CVB

Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson, Missouri kicks off November 1 and is filled with lights, music and merriment for the young and the young-at-heart.

Hear the Joy

If your holidays need some Jingle Bell Rock, your family will find it at the many live music shows in Branson. From classic carols to today’s top holiday hits, feel the Christmas cheer from the Branson stages. Whether you’re wanting to dance the night away or watch world-class performances of treasured favorites like A Christmas Carol, you’ll find a wide variety of holiday entertainment in Branson, and you’ll experience the true joy of an Ozark Mountain Christmas.

Lights Aglow

Silver Dollar City’s “An Old Time Christmas” features the largest concen-tration of lights in Branson—more than 6.5 million to be exact! Visitors can stroll among the massive displays of twinkling lights, walk through “Christmas in Midtown,” and experience “Joy on Town Square,” a light-to-music synchronized display featuring an eight-story Christmas tree with larger-than-life LED projections.

Something New

Each November, Branson unveils a themed community Christmas tree. This year’s theme is “Evergreen and Ever Glowing,” celebrating the destination’s balance of nature and neon. This year, visitors who want to explore America’s Christmas Tree Trail can take fun holiday quizzes, snap photos and enjoy a hide-and-seek challenge along the way.

Something for Everyone

See larger-than-life gingerbread displays at Chateau on the Lake, taste the decadence of homemade marshmallows and hot chocolate at the delightful Sugar Leaf Bakery, select the perfect gift at Branson Landing or Tanger Outlets, or get swept away in the magic of the season in Downtown Branson. Whatever you choose, there is one thing for sure: Nothing beats an Ozark Mountain Christmas! All of this holiday magic lasts until January 7! Learn more at ExploreBranson.com/Christmas.


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A wide selection of golf courses with beautiful views of the Ozark Mountains.

Ammie Scott-Motes

Branson Hills Golf Club in Branson, MO
Photo courtesy of Branson Hills Golf Club.Branson Hills Golf Club in Branson, MO

Branson Hills Golf Club

Golf enthusiasts, brace yourselves for the legendary Branson Hills Golf Club. The course weaves through the breathtaking Ozark Mountains, with natural rock formations, cascading waterfalls, babbling creeks and abundant wildlife. Refuel with a delicious lunch at Magnolia Grille, open to the public. Recognized as Golf Channel’s 2021 Golf Advisor Golfer’s Choice, the #1 Best Golf Course to play in Missouri and the 36th Best Course in the Nation, Branson Hills Golf Club also held the title of Golfweek’s #1 Course in Missouri from 2012 to 2018. With the fall foliage painting the landscape, it’s the ideal time to immerse yourself in the joy of golf.

STAFF PICKS

An award-winning golf course with beautiful scenery.

Ammie Scott-Motes

Branson Landing, Branson, MO
Photo courtesy of Branson Landing.Shop the day away at the Branson Landing.

Branson Landing

Indulge in retail therapy and culinary delights at Branson Landing, nestled in a captivating open-air, waterfront setting. Explore a treasure trove of over 100 shops, attractions and restaurants, complemented by the luxury of two Hilton hotels. Brace yourself for a mesmerizing $7.5 million water and fire spectacle, perfectly synchronized to a symphony of light and music. Join us this holiday season from Winter Wonderlanding featuring our amazing animated 63’ Christmas Tree in Town Square. For further information, visit bransonlanding.com

Staff Picks

Shopping and eating, there is no better way to spend a day in Branson.

Ammie Scott-Motes

I love that you can make a whole day at the Branson Landing.

Megan Johnson

Butterfly Palace, Branson, MO.
Photo courtesy of The Butterfly Palace.The Butterfly Palace is home to over 1,000 butterflies.

The Butterfly Palace

At The Butterfly Palace, visitors discover over 1,000 live exotic butterflies from their native countries! This one-of-a-kind, interactive experience is great for all ages.

The Whole Family Will Love

Feed the butterflies with a nectar-filled flower! Release a butterfly for its very first flight. Pet a lizard during the critter encounter. Surrounded by beautiful live plants and peaceful live music, families will relish the serenity of the garden. Photo ops abound!

Know Before You Go

The Butterfly Palace is open year-round, and wristbands are good for three days. The aviary is always warm and humid inside, and butterflies love bright colors, so dress accordingly!

Everyone’s Talking About

The Butterfly Palace is part of a much bigger story. The business imports butter-flies from farms located in rainforests from Costa Rica to Australia. In turn, these farms are provided with a sustainable income that helps the farmers create preserves to protect the rainforest rather than destroy it. Visitors to The Butterfly Palace are helping to keep this industry alive and, in a very real way, helping to save the rainforest.

Staff Picks

You have to go to understand the magic of being surrounded by butterflies

Ammie Scott-Motes

Dolly Parton's Stampede is a restaurant and a show!
Photo courtsey of Dolly Parton's Stampede.The whole family will enjoy Dolly Parton's Stampede!

Dolly Parton's Stampede

Billed as Branson’s #1 Choice for the Holidays, Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a restaurant and show like no other. Thirty-two magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders electrify audiences with daring feats of trick riding and friendly competition.

Everyone’s talking about

A thrilling and moving performance has been added to the show this season, combining the show’s equestrian stars, breathtaking aerial acrobatics and original new music from Dolly herself, aptly titled “Wild Horses.”

Know before you go

Arrive early and enjoy a leisurely stroll alongside the open-air stables to sneak a peek at the horses. It’s your chance to meet the equine stars of the show up close and discover their flawless beauty.

The whole family will love

The cast of Dolly Parton’s Stampede will take you on a nostalgic holiday trip with a friendly North & South Pole rivalry. The Sugar Plum Fairy brings toys to life right before your eyes, and Santa himself makes an appearance in a horse drawn sleigh. The live nativity scene, which includes three kings arriving atop real camels, is the highlight of the show and awakens the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy the abundant holiday entertainment while dining on a sumptuous four-course meal.

The Ketter Center offers shopping, dining and lodging.
Photo courtesy of The Keeter Center.Try the fall flavors at The Keeter Center.

The Keeter Center

The students at The Keeter Center® cordially invite visitors for unique shopping, dining, and lodging this holiday season. Planning a day trip or overnight stay at The Keeter Center® is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful autumn season while taking in the scenic changing of leaves and optimum Ozark Mountain views.

Must Try

The Keeter Center® is known for incorporating the finest, campus-produced ingredients in their culinary creations for guests of the College. During this autumn season, be sure to try the Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream made fresh from milk from the campus dairy. For those that prefer other fall-flavor offerings, be sure to visit the bakery located inside The Keeter Center®. Delicious, made-from-scratch pastries feature abundant autumn selections, such as the Apple Pecan Strudel or Gingerbread Scone.

Shopping

Experience unique shopping inside The Keeter Center® at the gift shop, which features an array of handcrafted, student-made products. Delightful stained-glass designs made by students make a perfect gift. Guests enjoy perusing a variety of student-made products such as the renowned C of O fruitcake, fruit spreads, candles, and many other offerings.

Must See

Enjoy perusing many fine products made by students who are working for their education. The Student-Made Products collection includes a variety of fruit-filled jars of preserves, most notably the Apple Butter, which is served in The Keeter Center® with fresh-made Cinnamon Cranberry Biscuits and Edwards Mill Cornmeal Molasses Rolls.

Know Before You Go

For lunch service, The Keeter Center® offers dining on a walk-in basis, though reservations can be made for dinner service starting at 4:00 p.m. Plan your visit at Keetercenter.edu.

Talking Rocks Cavern is a great place to visit anytime of the year.
Photo courtesy of Talking Rocks Cavern.There's so much to discover at Talking Rocks Cavern.

Talking Rocks Cavern

Experience this unique vertical cavern from concrete walkways as knowledgeable cave guides share about the rich history and fascinating geology. World-class living crystal cave formations such as the awe-inspiring Cathedral, a flowstone and drapery mineral deposit that is over 85 feet tall and 50 feet in diameter, are viewed up close!

Take Home a Souvenir

The Rock and Gift Shop features hundreds of fossils, minerals and gemstones including amethyst, labradorite, iron pyrite and a variety of quartz. Find one-of-a-kind gifts like gemstone jewelry, stately onyx chessboards and gemstone lamps. Break geodes to reveal the stunning crystals inside. 

Explore Above Ground

Pan for gemstones and keep any of the gems found, view amazing specimens in the Fluorescent Mineral and Blacklight Room, hike nature trails to the lookout tower and even conquer the SpeleoBox cave crawls. Find some shade by relaxing at one of the shaded picnic areas or playing Cave Country Mini-Golf. Young kids love exploring the Kids Play Area and young and old alike will enjoy the outdoor Family Games Area. 

Talking Rocks Cavern has unique adventures the whole family will love! Hour-long cave tours depart frequently throughout the day. With the cave’s constant 63 degree temperature, this is the ideal attraction to visit any season of the year!

The Mansion Theatre in Branson, MO.
Photo courtesy of The Mansion Theatre.Don't miss the holiday shows at The Mansion Theatre this season.

The Mansion Theatre

The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts has announced an exciting collaboration between Springfield Symphony Orchestra and local choirs to create a magical holiday show, “Most Wonderful Time,” on Sunday, December 10, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at TheMansionTheatre.com, by calling 417-335-2000, or in-person at The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts box office (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and various days while shows are in progress).

Celebrate an Anniversary

The legendary Oak Ridge Boys celebrated their 50th Anniversary milestone this October and have announced their Farewell Tour. There is no better time than now to see them at The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts in Branson.

Come See Them All

This 3,000-seat state-of-the-art venue is home to the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, The Bellamy Brothers, The Gatlin Brothers, Gene Watson and Daniel O’Donnell. In addition to their nationally known artists, The Mansion Theatre is host to various music festivals and events throughout the year. Concert and event dates are detailed on their website at TheMansionTheatre.com.

Know Before You Go

The Mansion Theatre is a division of Mansion Entertainment Group and the proud Grand Finale sponsor of the 2024 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Other divisions of the company include Mansion Animation, Mansion Film and Television, Mansion Sound, Mansion Studios, American Heartland Theme Park and Three Ponies RV Park and Campground. They strive to be the heart and soul of family entertainment and to provide immersive generational experiences for the entire family to enjoy!


Staff Picks

The Mansion provides the perfect setting to see your favorite performers and productions. Oh, and don't forget the roasted pecans

Mariya Serykh

Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.
Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City.Don't miss An Old Time Christmas, only at Silver Dollar City.

Silver Dollar City

Celebrate the season this year at Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas, bringing the family together with over 6.5 million lights, Broadway-style productions, 40 rides and attractions and holiday-inspired flavors and tastes, from November 4 to December 30.

Over 6.5 Million Christmas Lights

The Christmas journey begins with the centerpiece of Joy On Town Square­— an 8-story Christmas tree projecting angels, ornaments and more as part of a synchronized light and music experience. Be immersed in Christmas in Midtown with more than 70,000 square feet and 1.5 million lights—that’s 145 miles of lights! And new for 2023, the sky canopy in Valley Road is filled with a towering bell display, gleaming bright red and gold.

Season Traditions

Broadway-style productions include A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens classic, complete with elaborate sets and special effects. Celebrate the traditions of the season with Coming Home for Christmas, featuring a live band and talented cast of singers and dancers.

Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade™

The most famous reindeer of all leads Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade™ with colorful costumed characters, including 12-foot-tall elves, 10-foot candy canes, penguins and a troupe of marching wooden soldiers, all winding through The City. Plus, the Silver Dollar Saloon celebrates 50 years with Frontier Fa-La-La Follies, while Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop features a 12-foot talking tree, and there’s a musical Living Nativity—even a chance to meet Santa!

What’s on the Menu

Warm up with wassail, hot chocolate and warm apple cider and don’t miss two holiday buffet options: prime rib or a traditional turkey with dressing.

An Old Time Christmas

Let An Old Time Christmas presented by Humana become part of your family’s holiday tradition. Enjoy all the fun and festivities November 4 to December 30. Calendar and more information are available at silverdollarcity.com or 417-336-7100.

Staff Picks

Funnel Cakes, Bluegrass music and exhilarating rides.

Ammie Scott-Motes

Our families go-tos: cinnamon bread, candle making, Fire in the Hole, the giant pirate ship and the taffy shop.

Megan Johnson


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