Start a New Tradition with Thanksgiving in Branson

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Traditions new & old live on in a Branson Thanksgiving. From holiday meals to Christmas Shopping to spectacular shows and attractions Thanksgiving is a busy time in Branson, Missouri.

There are many Thanksgiving traditions throughout the United States, but more and more people are including Branson, Missouri as a part of their annual celebration. From restaurants serving American classics, to incredible shopping and Branson lodging deals to kick off the season, to shows and attractions that celebrate America and the start of the Christmas season, visitors to Branson Thanksgiving celebrations come back year after year.

The most enduring tradition of Thanksgiving is the meal. Whether guests want to have classic turkey and mashed potatoes or want to try something different this Holiday, many Branson restaurants are staying open to treat visitors. The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks offers one of the most unique Thanksgiving celebrations, with a brunch buffet packed to the rafters with food choices. Buffet options include roast turkey and mashed potatoes to mesquite smoked salmon and more. Other Branson restaurants open to celebrate the holiday include Baldknobber's Country Restaurant, Dixie Stampede for dinner and a show, and Buckingham's Restaurant featuring an Ozark Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner.

Many modern Thanksgiving traditions include the start of the Christmas Shopping Season the day after Thanksgiving, often called "Black Friday." Branson shops celebrate the start of the Christmas with special hours and sales to reward shoppers who brave the crowds that weekend. Tanger Outlet Mall features dozens of different outlet shops for savings and on Black Friday they will open at Midnight for shoppers working off their Thanksgiving meals. With numerous sales and shoppers it's sure to be a popular destination. Other shops opening early include Red Roof Outlet Mall and Branson Landing Stores.

Not only does Christmas shopping start after Thanksgiving, Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson is in full swing. Visitors to Branson can experience Branson nightlife lit by some of the largest Christmas light displays in the nation. Silver Dollar City has received national recognition for their lights and shows. With millions of Christmas lights and classic Christmas plays, Silver Dollar City is a must-see THanksgiving weekend tradition. Shepherd of the Hills and the City of Branson also feature light displays to get visitors in the holiday spirits. Many of Branson's famous theaters and musicians also put a Holiday spin on their shows as a special treat during this time of year.

To take advantage of these Thanksgiving festivities, visitors will want to be sure to reserve their Branson lodging in advance. A condo or cabin in Branson is a popular choice this time of year that brings all the comforts of home with space for the whole family to gather. Located in the center of Branson, Thousand Hills Resort offers numerous choices for guests. Close to the shopping, restaurants and shows of Thanksgiving, Thousand Hills offers guests an affordable and convenient place to stay in Branson.

Visitors to Branson this Thanksgiving will clearly see why the Ozarks are an increasingly popular American holiday destination.

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