When O Magazine, Architectural Digest and the Huffington Post call a city one of “America’s most Christmassy towns,” then you know it’s good.

A Branson Christmas visit is a MUST this holiday season. The shows, the trees, the Lights of Joy…Branson has it all. Pack your bags. This is going to be your most favorite Christmas vacation yet!

Here are 10 ways to get festive this Christmas season when visiting Branson, Missouri.

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DATES: Nov. 5-Dec. 30, 2022

Silver Dollar City is Branson’s theme park — and it takes the holiday season seriously! An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City has 6.5 million lights, in addition to an eight-story, custom-designed Christmas tree! The 80-foot tree is the centerpiece of “Joy on Town Square” and features hundreds of thousands of dancing high-resolution lights combining color, music, light and animated imagery.

NEW IN 2022: Don’t miss the debut of Coming Home For Christmas, a brand new half-million dollar production featuring a cast of 14 singers and dancers, plus a live 4-piece band performing over 18 songs during 5 distinct Christmas scenes that remind us all why this time of year is so special.

Visitors can stroll among the lights and take on 40+ of the park’s rides, enjoy seasonal shows, and find the perfect gift while Christmas shopping.  You are guaranteed to have a wonderful time


DATES: Nov. 1, 2022 – Jan. 7, 2023

Branson showcases over 1,700 trees and has proudly owned the title of being America’s Christmas Tree City since 2017.

Branson’s third annual community Christmas tree is entitled “We ALL SHINE ON.” This year’s tree will have over 200 LED stars in different shapes, sizes and colors to represent and celebrate the variety of creativity and talent that comes together to make Branson, Missouri an amazing holiday destination during the Ozark Mountain Christmas season. 

The 2022 Community Christmas Tree is displayed on West 76 Country Boulevard between the Branson Ferris Wheel and the Holidays on Ice Skating Rink again this year.

Nearly 10,000 genuine, cut crystals are provided to adorn the tree by the Branson Centennial Museum and Branson Boardwalk, home of Aquarium at the Boardwalk. These Austrian crystals originally formed the magnificent chandelier that hung in The Grand Palace theater lobby from 1992 until 2008. 


Start a new tradition gathering your family during the Christmas holidays at an outdoor, real ice skating rink. The Track Family Fun Parks has partnered with The Holidays on Ice to install and operate a 7,200 square foot ice rink from mid-November until at least New Year’s Day.

It is located adjacent to the Branson Ferris Wheel and the new “United We Stand” community Christmas tree display. The oval-shaped ice skating rink  is 72 ft. x 100 ft. It is the same size as The Rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Nighttime skaters not only enjoy the light shows on the Branson Ferris Wheel, but holiday lights strung around the rink itself.


From country music to Broadway-style productions, the lineup of holiday entertainment is spectacular. Dolly Parton’s Stampede -with their 32 majestic horses- takes guests on a festive Christmas journey while they enjoy a four-course, country-style meal.

Silver Dollar City’s Broadway-style production shows include original adaptations of Dickens’ Christmas Carol and Home for Christmas.

NEW IN 2022! Legends in Concert is pleased to debut their brand new Christmas show, “A Merry Country Christmas”, November 1 – December 23, 2022. You’ll sing along to the country classics performed by Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, The Blues Brothers™ (music from Bob’s Country Bunker) and the legendary gospel of Elvis Presley! There may even be a special appearance by the jolly old man in red! We don’t want to give away all the surprises, but we guarantee you will be laughing and singing along to your favorite Christmas tunes. 

Or bop down memory lane this Christmas with the Hot Rods & High Heels gang for a rockin’ holiday! With 50s hits like “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into “the good ole’ days.” This performance is fun for the whole family!

These are just a sampling of many, many shows. See the full list here.


One of America’s most Christmas-y towns is the ideal place to shop for gifts and stocking stuffers.

Dicks 5 & 10, one of the country’s last remaining authentic dime stores, features aisle after aisle of 250,000 nostalgic items that you may have thought no longer existed. And Silver Dollar City’s Jingle Bell Junction is home to a colony of 100 resident crafters who demonstrate and sell such one-of-a-kind creations as woodcarvings, hand-blown glass, pottery, candles and more.   

Another fun place to shop is Branson Landing, which features a scenic boardwalk along the 1.5 mile Taneycomo Lakefront plus an adorable “town square” hosting several holiday activities like the Winter Wonderlanding lights, a search for Elfie, and more.


Each year, students at College of the Ozarks bake 25,000 world-famous fruit cakes in the Fruitcake & Jelly Kitchen. The tradition of producing these fruitcakes on campus dates back to 1934 and helps students offset the costs of their education. The kitchen is open for public tours and fruitcakes are available for purchase Monday through Saturday, 8-5

Fruitcake not your thing? At Silver Dollar City, such festive holiday foods as root beer-glazed ham, traditional turkey and dressing, wassail, apple dumplings and hot chocolate can be found at venues throughout the park.


Drive-through Christmas light displays can be found shining brightly throughout this Ozark Mountain town. Trail of Lights at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is a two-and-a-half-mile route through the historic 160-acre homestead.  They also have a walk-through experience, “North Pole Adventure,” that takes families on a journey through thousands of twinkling lights.

Let There Be Lights! at Promised Land Zoo features a two-mile LED display and a living nativity with animals to pet and feed.

Finally, Branson’s Lights of Joy, (formerly Gift of Lights) is the area’s traditional festival of Christmas lights, and features more than 300 scenes including a Magical Mile with the 12 Days of Christmas and a nativity scene.

Get Your Guide is a great place to get your Lights of Joy tickets. Get your Lights of Joy tickets here!


DATES: Nov. 5-Dec. 30, 2022

Strolling through the streets of Silver Dollar City twice a night is Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, led by the most famous reindeer of all.

The parade includes Rudolph’s friend Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster™, 14-foot moose characters, 12-foot tall elves and 10-foot candy canes, plus penguins and a troupe of marching wooden soldiers.

With nine musical lighted floats and animated features, the parade is illuminated with 200,000 ultra-bright LED lights.


Dates: Nov. 5-Dec. 23, 2022

Make your season merry with the Showboat Branson Belle’s new Christmas show! Cruise, dine and be entertained at this unique Christmas show.

Hear music from the 1960s to today, with Christmas favorites sprinkled throughout the show, performed by five-star entertainers with powerhouse vocals and tight harmonies backed by a four-piece band.

Your experience will also include a delicious three-course meal prepared fresh in the ship’s galley and time on beautiful Table Rock Lake.


Step inside a classic Christmas tale aboard the renowned Polar Express on the Branson Scenic Railway. After boarding an authentic locomotive at the 1906 Branson depot, you’ll experience a journey with character reenactments, a reading of the classic book, a visit with Santa, and plenty of hot chocolate and cookies. Wear your jammies!

Whether you’re 1 or 101, you can make your dreams come true at the World’s Largest Toy Museum, where more than a million dolls, trains, teddy bears, action figures, collectibles – and everything else you can remember from your earliest Christmases – are all in one location.

Get Your Guide is a great place to get your tickets to the World’s Largest Toy Museum. Get your Flexible Entry Ticket here!



Throughout December, Chateau on the Lake, Branson’s modern-day “Castle in the Ozarks,” features fun activities and events like ornament making, caroling by the fire, story time, holiday movies and more. It’s also home to an amazing candy village made by the Chateau’s culinary team and displayed in the hotel’s lobby.

The gingerbread and candy village stands more than three feet tall and includes structures such as a church, store fronts, and grand houses.

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From November 6 through December 30, 2022, guests at Big Cedar Lodge can enjoy festivities including ice skating, holiday baking workshops, tram tours, visits from Santa and more. The property itself features over 2 million holiday lights.


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