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Branson has so many fun things to do at Christmas, there is something to please everyone and every budget! If you need to shake off your bah humbug blues, and embrace this fun filled holiday with both arms, here are a few ‘sure fire’ ways to get into the spirit of the holiday.


1. Get a Photo With Santa

Think this one is just for kids? Then you haven’t met the Jolly Ole’ Saint Nick at Bass Pro at Branson Landing!

Get a FREE picture with Santa at the Bass Pro at Branson Landing!

Get a FREE picture with Santa at the Bass Pro at Branson Landing!

Santa and his team of Wonderland elves know how to bring out the kid in everyone, and are sure to have you smiling for your holiday photo in no time.

Plus, they give you a free printed photo with every session, and there’s no charge for getting the photo taken. Not to mention they offer multiple free crafts, games, and Christmas-themed activities for all to enjoy.


2. Visit the Gingerbread Village at Chateau on the Lake

This delicious looking display, is literally something to feast your eyes on!

Check out the amazing Gingerbread Village at Branson's Chateau on the Lake!

Check out the amazing Gingerbread Village at Branson’s Chateau on the Lake!

Chef Doug Knopp and his team spend almost 200 hours every year creating this confectionery masterpiece.

Visit the Gingerbread Village and you will leave amazed by the sheer size and detail that makes this a “must-see” Christmas attraction. Visiting the Gingerbread does not cost anything so it is also very wallet friendly.


3. Watch the Branson Adoration Parade

A yearly Branson tradition dating back to 1948, the Adoration Parade has been making people smile and hearts soar for 70 years!

The Branson Adoration Parade runs through downtown Branson and has been going for more than 70 years!

The Branson Adoration Parade runs through downtown Branson and has been going for more than 70 years!

The parade takes place the 1st Sunday of every December, and starts with the lighting of the Adoration Nativity Scene on the side of Mount Branson. Then, the parade makes its way through the historic downtown Branson.

For more information on the parade, times, and route, visit this page.


4. Go Ice Skating at Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge is a pretty magical place all on it’s own but for Christmas visit their outdoor Ice Skating Rink, and experience a very special wintery experience!

Big Cedar Lodge offers ice skating, open from mid-November through the first part of January!

Big Cedar Lodge offers ice skating, open from mid-November through the first part of January!

This activity is available starting November 16 and extends through the beginning of January. I recommend going after dark for a twinkling, light filled experience that you will never forget!

At around $15 per person, it is definitely a worthwhile adventure.


5. Visit Silver Dollar City’s Christmas in Midtown

Magical doesn’t even begin to describe the wonder to be experienced in this light-filled, hot chocolate selling, total Christmas experience, theme park!

Silver Dollar City's Christmas at Midtown is an incredible and unforgettable light display you won't want to miss!

Silver Dollar City’s Christmas at Midtown is an incredible and unforgettable light display you won’t want to miss!

At around $65 per person, this may not the most budget-friendly holiday attraction, but with so many shows, lights, crafts, and rides to see and do, it is easy to spend a full day, or even two, at the park. For more information on the park and tickets, visit our page.


6. Food, Shopping, and Santa at Branson Landing

With a 50-foot tall Christmas Tree that sits in the center on the town square, spectacular water show, and holiday music playing in the background, you will find this shopping destination a very enjoyable experience, even for those who only wish to do some window shopping!

Branson Landing offers food, shopping, beautiful Christmas decorations, and more!

Branson Landing offers food, shopping, beautiful Christmas decorations, and more!

You’ll usually be able to spot Santa in a few locations at the Branson Landing (including the previously mentioned photo opportunity at Bass Pro), and they even offer a holiday parade on the first Saturday in November!


7. See a Christmas Show!

There are so many great live performances to see in Branson, at Christmas, that you are sure to find one that will have you singing along and whistling a merry tune in no time!

Starting in November, dozens of Branson shows switch over to their holiday and Christmas format!

Starting in November, dozens of Branson shows switch over to their holiday and Christmas format!

A few favorites are Andy Williams’ Ozark Mountain Christmas Show, King’s Castle Theatre’s Christmas Wonderland, and Shoji Tabuchi’s famous Christmas show; for a list of all the shows this holiday season, check out our hand-picked roundup of the best Branson Christmas shows performing this year!

Most Christmas shows are in the $35 to $60 dollar range, depending on what you choose.

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