There’s nothing like the beginning of the holiday season, when the excitement and joy in the air is palpable and spills over into an onslaught of fantastic and entertaining events for everyone to enjoy. Below, we’ve detailed just a handful of Branson’s top events that will impress, astound, and entertain you during your stay here.

Beginning on November 1st and lasting until December 30th each year, there are several ongoing local events that are sure to bring a smile to your face. During this time, you can attend a number of trails, festivals, and ceremonies dedicated to the exquisite light displays put on throughout the season. Read on to learn more about celebrating the winter season, Branson-style!


The Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights (and Other Light-Themed Festivities)

This Branson feature is quite a sight, winding its way through one hundred and sixty acres of the historic Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, with animated scenes set to music and a trip up Inspiration Tower for a bird’s eye view of the twinkling lights. Other wonderful displays of lights and holiday-themed décor include the Winter WonderLanding at Branson Landing Shopping Plaza, the Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village on Magical Mile and the LED displays in the Branson’s Gift of Lights celebration.


Veteran’s Homecoming Week and the Veteran’s Parade

On November 5th through November 11th, Branson honors veterans of all wars in one of the most patriotic weeklong celebrations in America, including reunions for surviving veterans of wars from World War II until the present, concerts, free meals and activities, an annual military gala and banquet, and the spectacular annual Veterans Day Parade hosted in downtown Branson.


The Old Time Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City

Beginning on November 5th and lasting through December 30th, Silver Dollar City holds its yearly Old Time Christmas Festival, which includes the Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, musical productions of It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, the Main Street Christmas light and sound show (with a five-story special effects Christmas Tree), over five million lights, and a bounty of holiday shows and musical Living Nativity scenes—in addition to the rides and shopping already offered at Silver Dollar City!


The Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade at Branson Landing

On November 19th, locals and visitors alike gather at Branson Landing for the star-studded entertainment of Branson’s leading performers, complete with elaborate floats and cars, leading up to the appearance of Santa Claus himself during the Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade. After the parade, live musical performances of cherished Christmas songs can be seen on-stage in front of the Branson Landing fountains.


The Branson Adoration Christmas Parade

On the first Sunday of December each year (which falls on December 4th this year), Branson partakes in its annual tradition of lighting the enormous, twenty-eight-foot adoration nativity scene atop Mount Branson by way of a grand parade, caroling, and more in the historic downtown Branson area.


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