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How to Celebrate Christmas in Branson, MO

Branson is a one-of-a-kind place for many reasons, but this time of year, the city tops Santa’s Nice List because of everything it offers during the holiday season. When Christmas arrives, Branson transforms into a real winter wonderland.

By Jamie Thomas

Dec 2019

Christmas lights at Silver Dollar City
Photo courtesy Silver Dollar CityDon't miss the spectacular new lights at Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas.

Things To Do

Christmas & Winter Celebration at the Titanic Museum in Branson

The Titanic Museum in Branson is spectacular enough as it is, but the extra dazzle added for Christmas makes it unmissable during the holiday season. The Titanic Museum is aglow with lights and decorations through to the end of December, and the gift shop is stocked with Titanic-themed Christmas gifts and goodies.

Polar Express at Branson Scenic Railway

The Branson Scenic Railway’s annual storybook experience is something truly special. Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s 1985 book The Polar Express, the Branson Scenic Railway’s Christmas tour takes passengers from the 1906 Branson depot on a magical trip to the North Pole and provides hot chocolate and cookies, along with readings from Van Allsburg’s book.

Things To See

Christmas Lights

Silver Dollar City offers some extra Christmas spectacle this year. A brand-new, 8-story (that’s 80 feet) Christmas tree serves as the grand centerpiece of a state-of-the-art light show for this year’s An Old Time Christmas.

Promised Land Zoo’s “Let There Be Lights!” offers holiday enthusiasts a sparkling 2-mile drive through light displays, a live nativity scene, petting zoos and more. You can also get the VIP experience with a tour in the zoo’s climate-controlled tour bus.

Branson’s Gift of Lights features a few all-new displays not to mention a meet-and-greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus on select days. The tour partners with Christian Action Ministries to help combat hunger in Branson and Taney County.

Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills is still as popular as ever after 29 years. Twinkling lights, along with themed and animated displays, wind their way around the 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills homestead.

Branson’s (Many) Christmas Shows

What’s a trip to Branson without taking in one of the many shows? During the holidays, there are plenty of Christmas-themed live performances to catch, including A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life at Silver Dollar City. You can enjoy Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede and the Andy Williams Ozark Mountain Christmas Show at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center among countless others.

Christmas Trees on Every Corner

Branson is really leaning into its America’s Christmas Tree City moniker this year, as local businesses decorate creative (and huge!) Christmas trees. There are more than 700 trees around town, including over 50 that are 20-feet or taller. Be sure to check out the wacky one outside Ripley’s Believe it or Not! (made entirely of blue eyeballs) or the classically decorated 52-foot tree outside Sight & Sound Theatres that features 4,300 glittering LED lights. Find a map to the biggest trees online at bransonchristmas.info.