Bright Lights, Little City: Branson's Brightest Season Kicks Off This Weekend with Acclaimed Christmas Festival, Holiday Shows

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The Christmas season in Branson, Missouri features the nationally acclaimed An Old Time Christmas festival at Silver Dollar City, plus Christmas shows aboard the Showboat Branson Belle, and dozens of live shows and Christmas productions throughout the little city known for big entertainment.

The holiday lights come on early in the tourism town of Branson, Missouri – its brightest season kicks off this weekend with the nationally acclaimed festival An Old Time Christmas at the Silver Dollar City theme park, plus Christmas shows aboard the Showboat Branson Belle, and dozens of live shows and Christmas productions throughout the little city known for big entertainment.

An Old Time Christmas transforms the 1880s-style Silver Dollar City into an evening wonderland, featuring a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree with a light and sound show on the park Square, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, a Holiday Light Parade with musical lighted floats, the Broadway-style production A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, festive holiday foods, rides and attractions, and over four million lights.

Since its debut more than two decades ago, Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas has become one of the country’s most recognized events for spectacular lighting and world-class entertainment, profiled as one of the nation’s top holiday celebrations by USA Today, CNN Travel, The Travel Channel and Good Morning America. Fine craftsmanship is also showcased, as the park’s 100 demonstrating craftsmen create one-of-a-kind handmade holiday items, and festive holiday foods include apple dumplings and prime rib dinners. Open Thursdays through Sundays most weeks through December 30, http://www.silverdollarcity.com.

The Showboat Branson Belle, a 700-seat authentic paddle wheeler, offers lake cruises and dining along with the show ENCORE!, including Christmas favorites by the vocal group The ShowMen and a unique performance of The Nutcracker Suite by violin-playing aerialist Janice Martin. Cruises run most days through December 31, http://www.showboatbransonbelle.com.

Throughout Branson, holiday lights illuminate the streets as Christmas shows feature performers including Tony Orlando, the Lennon Sisters, the Gatlin Brothers and Debby Boone, along with local favorites such as The Haygoods, The Presleys, The Baldknobbers and more, http://www.explorebranson.com.

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