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Christmas in Branson 2008

An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City


Christmas in Branson is a community-wide celebration with holiday light displays throughout the city and surrounding communities. You'll see decorations everywhere...from houses to businesses and large animated drive-through displays. It all starts at the beginning of November, so plan a visit to Branson and jump-start your holiday spirit!


Branson Area Festival of Lights
Date: November 1 – December 31, 2008

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 5 pm to 11 pm; and Friday & Saturday 5 pm to 12 pm midnight

Admission Fees for 2008:

  • Family Vehicles: $10
  • Family Season Pass: $15
  • Mini-Coaches (12-28 seats), Church Vans and Limos: $25
  • Full-Size Motorcoaches: $50

Branson’s well-known drive-through holiday light display can be seen at Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Expressway Lane near the new Sight & Sound Theatre. Over 175 magical displays light up the 1 1/4-mile drive. It should be noted that this was a new location in 2007 and it is a one-way drive-through with its only entrance at the junction of Expressway Lane and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway just opposite the new Sight & Sound Theatre. Many of the displays are animated and grouped into themes like Cartoon Land, The Twelve Days of Christmas and Peach on Earth.

Christmas light displays at Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas Festival
Date: November 1 – December 30, 2008 (Open Wednesdays-Sundays in November; Thursday - Sundays, Dec. 4-14; and daily Dec. 18-23 & 26-30). Silver Dollar City also features Lunch With Santa on select days (weekends and a couple weekdays) in November and December. Bring the kids for all the fun...special gifts, sing-alongs with Santa's friends, kid-friendly lunch food and, of course, a photo opportunity with the Jolly Old Elf himself. (Theme Park admission is required, and the Lunch Event has an additional charge. Reservations required.)

Enchanted Forest on Indian Point Road
Date: November 1 – December 31, 2008

The only Branson/Lakes Area lighting display that remains FREE to the public, the Enchanted Forest was also the first drive-through holiday light display in the area beginning in the 1980’s.

It’s a mile-long drive with hundreds of thousands of lights including tunnels, whimsical animated woodland creatures and the famous Freedom Tree. The Freedom Tree emerged just after the 9-11 terrorists attacks when volunteers decorated a crooked old Osage orange tree with red, white and blue lights to show the Village’s patriotism and support for the country. The tradition continues every year with 60,000 red, white & blue lights on the Freedom Tree. You can see a picture of the tree on the Indian Point Chamber of Commerce’s Website, but it’s much better in person!

The display is FREE, but donations are gratefully accepted.

The Enchanted Forest is located three miles south of Highway 76 on Indian Point Road (the entrance to the Silver Dollar City Theme Park) between Branson and Branson West. Instead of turning in the parking lots at Silver Dollar City, keep going straight. Indian Point is at the end of the road, which dead-ends at the water of Lake Taneycomo. The Enchanted Forest is located across from Hunter's Friend Resort.


It’s open from dusk until midnight each evening from November 1 through December 31, 2008.

Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills
Date: November 1 – December 31, 2008
Hours: Open 7 nights a week from dusk till midnight
Admission: Adults $10; children (age 4-16) $5

The Trail of Lights is a drive-through animation display that winds its way through the historic Shepherd of the Hills 160-acre homestead. You'll travel through a variety of different lands, each with its own theme and holiday music, from fantasy to religious to patriotic. Life-size (and some larger than life) three-dimensional characters have their own housing so you can peek in on the fun happening inside. Favorites include a Victorian Village, North Pole Village, The Elves General Store, The Animals Knelt, Reindeer Care, The Reason for the Season, and Land of Sugar and Spice. New additions include fun displays and scenes like Eskimo Lane, I'll Play My Drum for Him, and the gorgeous Santa Sea Serpent Castle.

The Trail also includes millions of multi-colored Christmas lights. Every building in the park is completely illuminated, and there are hundreds of lighted displays and animated scenes, like The Nativity, Mele Kalikmaka and the Jingle Bell Jungle.

The grand finale is a stop by Inspiration Tower where you can ride glass elevators up 230 feet for a Santa’s-eye view of the lights from above.


2nd Annual Holiday Promenade of Stars at the Branson Landing

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008

Time: 10 am

Two stages featuring local celebrities from the Branson area, with Andy Williams as the Grand Marshall. Look for one stage in front of the small fountain and the other stage in front of Famous Dave's.

Performers include:

Andy Williams
The Lennon Sisters
Bob Anderson
Deana Martin
The Platters
Moe Bandy
Liverpool Legends
the cast of The Promise
the cast of Country Tonite
the cast of Celebrate America
the Titanic cast
performers from Silver Dollar City
Jake Simpson (Star Search winner)
Jason Yeager (American Idol)
Branson High School Marching Band
...and many more


60th Annual Adoration Day Parade
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

Branson’s festive night-time parade and Adoration creche lighting ceremony at 5:00 p.m. in historic downtown Branson.

White Flight at The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
Date: November 1 – January 15, 2009

Imagine thousands of white butterflies dancing like snowflakes in a rainforest sparkling with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights and you’ve got the idea behind the Butterfly Palace’s exclusive holiday event. Add holiday music and a stop in the 3-D theatre, rainforest critter center and Emerald Forest Mirror Maze and it’s an unforgettable outing.

Santa's Workshop in Historic Downtown Branson
Date: Saturday, December 13th from 10 am to 4 pm

Admission: FREE

Visit Santa's North Pole Workshop in December at the Downtown Branson Main Street Association office, 119 W. Pacific in Branson, Missouri.
Children can visit Santa, have their picture taken and tell him their secret wishes. In the Workshop, children can decorate cookies and make an ornament to take home.


The Downtown Association also decorates the Giving Trees in December to collect gifts for the Boys & Girls Club and residents of local nursing homes. For more information on Santa's Workshop or the Giving Trees, call 417-334-1548.


Ride the Ducks Holiday Land & Light Tour at Branson Landing & highway 76 locations

Date: November 3 - December 14, 2008

Admission: Adults $16; children $10 (plus tax)

Ride The Ducks is offering a Christmas cruising option...of the more silly sort. Their fully-enclosed, festively-decorated duck takes you on a 60-minute holiday cruise on land only. The ticket price includes a Santa hat for you to take home. Cruises leave at 5:30 and 6:30 pm between November 3 and December 14. Ride the Ducks Holiday Land and Light Tour is available at their location on Highway 76 and at the Branson Landing location.


A Winemaker's Christmas at Stonehill Winery

Date:  November 1 - December 31, 2008

Admission: FREE holiday winery tours

The Winery is open daily and tours run every 15 minutes. Hear about the history of winemaking amidst festive decorations and lighting displays. Stonehill Winery is located 2 blocks from Highway 76 at the intersection of highway 165 & Green Mountain Drive. Check your Christmas list - the showroom and gift shop are great places for holiday shopping.


Christmas At The White House

Date: November 1 - December 13, 2008

Location: The American Presidential Museum, 2849 Gretna Road (at the corner of Gretna Road and Roark Valley Road in the old Majestic Steakhouse building)

See dozens of themed Christmas Trees just like former First Ladies and First Families had while they were in the White House. You can test your Holiday White House Trivia knowledge and see over 40 years of White House Christmas Cards and Holiday Tour Books. Make it a holiday tradition.


Visit Father Christmas aboard The Titanic Museum

Date: December 1-23, 2008

Santa will be listening to children's Christmas wishes at the Grand Staircase of the Titanic Museum again this season. Two new surprises will delight the kids and parents as well. The Titanic is bringing in LIVE Reindeer to see and touch. Wear your holiday best for a memorable  holiday photo with the reindeer. It will also be SNOWING for Christmas every day at the Titanic!


The Santa Train in Hollister

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2008

Time: 3 pm

Leaving the miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer back at the North Pole, Santa is arriving in Hollister by train! Bring the whole family to the Train Depot in Downtown Hollister on Sunday, December 14th at 3 pm to see Santa arrive, have a visit and get snacks and goodies. Kids will get a treat bag, too. Need directions? Click here for the details and directions to Hollister's Santa Train. Sounds like a fun event! A good idea, too, so the reindeer will be well-rested for Christmas deliveries.


You can also celebrate the holidays with your entire family at almost every Branson show in November and December. We have Mr. Christmas himself, Andy Williams, and new additions like Mannheim Steamroller at the Grand Palace and Broadway's Spirit of Christmas at the Branson Variety Theatre. Bobby Vinton & the Glenn Miller Orchestra are back in town for a limited holiday engagement at The Mansion Entertainment & Media Center


Unfortunately, Kimberling City’s long-running Port of Lights display is no longer in operation (effective 2007).