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Things to do in Branson, Missouri

When you think “weekend getaway,” think Branson! It’s the perfect place to check out tons of attractions, shows, adventures and fun for the whole family.

Nov 01 2022 at 8 a.m.

Top of the Rock in Branson MO
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When you think “Spring Break,” 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.

Things to Do in Branson

Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO
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Branson CVB

Spread joy this holiday season with heartwarming live shows on stage and Christmas trees galore in iconic Branson, Missouri.

Kids Will Love

A ride on the Polar Express—in their pajamas. Christmas in Midtown at Silver Dollar City also features more than 6.5 million twinkling lights and a parade led by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®. Write letters to Santa and explore his Workshop at Shepherd of the Hills North Pole Adventure.

Adults Will Love

Ready to check off everything on your Christmas shopping list? For specialty gifts, visit locally owned businesses in the Grand Village Shops and the Branson Landing, and score name brand items at Tanger Outlets. After shopping, experience the Christmas Story at Sight & Sound Theatre in an immersive live performance.

Start planning at ExploreBranson.com.

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The Keeter Center

1 Opportunity Ave., Point Lookout, MO417-239-1900

The Keeter Center®, located on the tranquil campus of College of the Ozarks, invites you to enjoy the season with award-winning, farm-to-fork dining and unique shopping.

Must Eat

Experience their decadent fall menu with chef-created selections like the Braised Osso Bucco. This perfect autumn dish features slow-cooked and braised pork shank served atop baby potatoes, cippolini onions, baby carrots, and cremini mushrooms. A chilly day calls for their handcrafted Potato and Leek Soup, a delicious, creamy soup with braised leeks that will have your mouth watering.

Kids Will Love

Enjoying hand-crafted seasonal treats from the Bakery and Creamery. Each month features a new specialty ice cream flavor made from milk from the College’s award-winning dairy and made-from-scratch baked goods offered fresh daily. Did you know that when you stay the night in one of the suites at the Mabee Lodge, the bell staff delivers freshly baked cookies and milk to your room during the renowned turn-down service? YUM!

Must See

Peruse the finest home goods, inspirational gifts and exclusive products made by the students at College of the Ozarks. The student-made items, such as their brand-new barbeque sauce and a variety of fruit spreads, make the perfect gift this season. Visit store.cofo.edu to shop online or send a jar to a loved one.

Know Before You Go

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

Tiger at National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson MO
Photo courtesy National Tiger SanctuaryYour visit to National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson helps to support a non-profit rescue organization that is dedicated to education, environmental preservation and exemplary animal care, providing a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals.

National Tiger Sanctuary

518 State Hwy. BB, Saddlebrooke | 417-587-3633

There’s a chill in the air, and the tigers are frisky and full of energy! Gather your group and trek over to the National Tiger Sanctuary to see them play! You can meet their animal residents up close and personal with guided tours Wednesday-Sunday from 8:30–5:00.

Best Photo Op

Skip the picture with Santa this year. Get a picture with a tiger at National Tiger Sanctuary instead. In fact, they house more than tigers—see lions, wolves, leopards, Arctic foxes, mountain lions, lemurs and more!

Know Before You Go

Visiting the National Tiger Sanctuary is more than a thrill… your visit helps to support their mission. They are a non-profit rescue organization that is dedicated to education, environmental preservation and exemplary animal care, providing a permanent home for exotic and domestic animals.

New This Year

Both riding and walking tours are available this winter.

Silver Dollar City

399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy, Branson, MO417-336-7100

Let the magical twinkle of over 6.5 million lights throughout Silver Dollar City take your breath away this holiday season as you experience record-breaking rides and attractions, award-winning home-style food and 60 unique shops alongside a demonstrating crafts colony 100 strong.

An Old Time Christmas | Nov. 5 ­– Dec. 30

In an unprecedented five-time title streak, Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas is America’s Best Holiday Theme Park Event, claiming the designation from USA TODAY 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards. This season, the all new Broadway-style show Coming Home For Christmas debuts with a live band and a cast of 14 singers and dancers presenting holiday music, stories and family traditions. The City’s “Citizens” create a dazzling park-wide wonderland with 6.5 million lights, A Holly Jolly Light Parade featuring Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer® and so much more. Animated reindeer, stars, snowflakes, three light tunnels, two 40-foot moving trains and a 90-foot animated Christmas tree are just some of what you will see illuminated at Christmas in Midtown. Fun continues with the Joy on Town Square light show, world-class productions, roller coasters at night and gourmet holiday foods. This holiday spectacular embraces, showcases and celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. (Insider Tip: A great way to jump start holiday festivities is to visit early November, then come back through December.)

For tickets and additional information visit SilverDollarCity.com.

Titanic Museum Attraction

3235 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson | 800-381-7670

Inside and out, Titanic is magical during the winter holidays. With the ship aglow, come honor the season at the Titanic—World’s Largest Museum Attraction. The sights, sounds and joy of the season when aboard are sure to hail the arrival of Christmas 2022. Be amazed by the splendid lights, antique decorations and Christmas spirit during Titanic Christmas. The museum and ship itself will be decked with Edwardian Christmas decorations including Christmas trees, lush garlands and wreaths, and the Grand Staircase is not to be missed.

Go Back in Time

For 16 years the Titanic Museum has honored the passengers and crew aboard the RMS Titanic, and a collection of unique historical artifacts is housed inside. The museum goes to great lengths to transport passengers back in time to the original voyage in 1912—an incredible experience to remember.

Reserve your ticket today at titanicbranson.com; tickets are going fast. Merry Christmas from the Titanic Museum in Branson.

Entertainment in Branson

The Mansion Theatre in Branson MO
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The Mansion Theatre

189 Expressway Ln., Branson417-335-2000

The Mansion Theatre for the Performing Arts located in Branson, Missouri, is defining theatrical excellence without compromise. From world-class concert events, to award winning Broadway productions and cultural theatre experiences, The Mansion Theatre is now the premier performing arts center in the Midwest.

Legendary Musicians and Shows

This season, experience the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, Gene Watson, The Bellamy Brothers, The Gatlin Brothers and The Gatlin Brothers Country & Christmas show. Home Free the American Country Acapella Group is back this year with their Family Christmas Tour and bringing special guest Texas Hill and Caroline Jones.

Ballet in Branson

Sit back and enjoy the amazing story of Wahzhazhe, An Osage Ballet. Their story is one of tradition, tragedy, triumph, survival and the enduring spirit of the Osage people. The audience experience is immersive and every feature of The Osage Ballet has been thoughtfully designed with painstaking care.

Broadway in Branson

Just in time for the holidays, Broadway takes the stage in December with Disney Princess: The Concert. For generations, Disney’s Princesses have enchanted us with their courage and kindness. Their music has been the soundtrack to our lives. Now, for the first time in forever, that beloved music will be celebrated in Disney Princess – The Concert! Be our guest as an all-star quartet of Broadway and animated film icons celebrates all the Disney Princesses in an unforgettable evening of songs, animation and stories alongside their magical Music Director and enchanting Prince.

The Track Family Fun Parks Branson MO
Photo courtesy The Track Family Fun ParksFrom three high-rise go-kart tracks to classic go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats and cars, The Skycoaster, The Skyscraper, The Branson Ferris Wheel and more, you’re sure to find something fun for all ages at The Track Family Fun Parks.

The Track Family Fun Parks

3345 76 Country Blvd., Branson | 417-334-1612

The Track Family Fun Parks is a must for fall and winter fun.

Thrills For All

With go-karts, bumper cars, mini golf, thrill rides, arcades, the Branson Ferris Wheel, kids rides and more, there’s something fun for the whole family here.

Know Before You Go

Ice skating is back at the Branson Ferris Wheel this holiday season! Follow along on @bransontracks social channels to stay up to date on the official opening.

Best Selfie Spot

The Branson Ferris Wheel has become one of the most iconic selfie spots. Day and night it provides the perfect backdrop to strike a pose worthy of a spot on your feed!

Pink Jeep Tour

Experience the magic of the Ozarks like never before from the comfort of a custom Pink Jeep® Wrangler. Wind past lakeside landmarks and ascend off-road trails to the private summit of Baird Mountain while expert, local guides bring centuries of mountain history and culture to life. You may know Branson like the back of your hand, but you’ve never seen it like this.

Kids Will Love

Kids will have a blast with the thrill of an off-road adventure as Jeeps ramble along trails and across a mountain quarry.

Parents Will Love

Seeing the whole family come together with moments of laughter and memories in-the-making. Parents love that the tours pull you into a story and moment in time that you will treasure forever.

New This Year

All-new special Christmas tours, starting in November going through December, will feature the town’s tallest nativity scene.


Where to Stay in Branson

HCW Management

From an award winning golf club to waterfront shopping and unbeatable restaurants, HCW has it all. Shop, dine and play at Branson Landing, where a beautiful open-air, waterfront setting is home to over 100 shops, attractions, restaurants, two Hilton hotels and a $7.5 million water and fire spectacular synchronized to light, fire and music. Don’t miss the 63’ animated Christmas tree this holiday season at  Branson Landing.

Modern Lake Front Dining

Ramata Italian is Branson, MO’s Premiere Lakeside Modern Italian Restaurant located in the Branson Landing. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, handcrafted cocktails made with fresh ingredients and an extensive wine list in the contemporary dining room and bar or on the outside patio with breathtaking views of Lake Taneycomo. Come in and try Ramata’s new combo lunch specials, you won’t want to miss the Meatball Sub made with Ramata’s Signature meatballs! Don’t miss Happy Hour!

Come to Feast

Kansas City 28 day aged Certified Hereford Beef and the Midwest’s freshest seafood from around the world can be found at Level 2 Steakhouse in the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. Their beef is prepared in a 1600 degree radiant oven, sealing in the juices, and creating the perfect steak. Visit Level 2 Steakhouse to try one of their amazing new menu items. Their Fall favorite desserts are back for the season……Pumpkin Butter Cake and Pumpkin Crème Brûlée.

Legendary Golf Club

Branson Hills Golf Club is a masterful design carved through the Ozark Mountains with natural rock outcroppings, waterfalls, creeks and an abundance of wildlife. Enjoy lunch at Magnolia Grille, which is open to the public. Branson Hills Golf Club has been named Golf Channel’s 2021 Golf Advisor Golfer’s Choice, #1 Best Golf Course to play in Missouri, 36th Best Course in the Nation and #1 Course In Missouri by Golfweek 2012-2018!

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