DRIVE TIME FROM LARGE METROPOLITAN AREA:
-Kansas City area: 3 1/4 hours
During Branson's holiday season, iconic Silver Dollar City after dark, is the definition of magical. Hundreds of thousands of lights glow and twinkle across the theme park landscape, from intricate designs on antique-style buildings to fully-covered massive outdoor trees. Other lit trees - adorned with hundreds of ornaments - stand inside crowded gift shops. No matter where you look, there's a Christmas reminder.
A great place to see live entertainment, year-round, Branson really pulls out the stops during the holiday season. Dozens of shows are booked throughout days and evenings, from secular and religious choirs to enormously talented musicians. During our press visit, we enjoyed Irish music, by Dublin's Irish Tenors & The Celtic Ladies, and marveled at incredible physical artistry among the Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai. We checked out live entertainment with a patriotic and Christian vibe, on board the Showboat Branson Bell, and we even caught an afternoon performance of A Christmas Carol The Musical.
Watching the performer who mimicked Elvis felt like we were seeing the actual singer. And the Rod Stewart performer looked exactly like the iconic entertainer, as he held a mike near his face.
This is only a sampling of what Branson offers during the holiday season. If you plan your visit right, you may also catch the daytime holiday parade. And, for more stellar indoor entertainment, board Titanic Branson. The massive, boat-shaped museum owns 400+ artifacts, valued at more than $4 million (a second Titanic operates in Pigeon Forge, TN).
*Amid the pandemic, do check in advance re: open venues and local COVID regulations.*
Please note: As a writer associated with the travel industry, I received complimentary meals, lodging, and admissions during my visit to Branson. While it has not influenced this post, I wish to disclose all potential conflicts of interest.
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