The third annual Most Wonderful Time of Year parade will march through the Branson Landing this Sat., Nov. 14. Formerly known as the Holiday Promenade of Stars, the parade was reinvented in 2013 in honor of Branson entertainer and Mr. Christmas himself, the late Andy Williams.
Here’s what you need to know to have the best experience this weekend:
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 14; 10 a.m. to noon. Arrive early to claim a good viewing spot.
WHAT TO WEAR: Mild temperature are expected, with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s. Dress warmly if you plan to arrive early but be prepared for warmer temperatures throughout the afternoon. The more festive the better!
WHERE TO PARK: In the Branson Landing (100 Branson Landing Blvd, Branson, MO 65616) surface lots and garage or throughout the various lots and street parking in downtown Branson. Again, plan to arrive early.
WHERE TO WATCH: Anywhere along the Branson Landing Promenade (just outside the front doors of the stores and restaurants). The parade beings at the north end near Belk department store and ends at Bass Pro shops on the far south end. Musical performances will be held on a stage in front of the fountains.
WHO TO SEE: The parade includes a variety of floats, marching bands, and appearances by Grand Marshal Mel Tillis, Mayor Karen Best, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. Color commentators are Jason Pritchett and Ellen Peterson, and Rick Thomas will be the on-stage emcee.
Look for musical performances by Billy Dean, Jason Pritchett, The Texas Tenors, Dean Z, Clay & Tina Cooper, SIX, New South, Pierce Arrow, The Hughes Brothers, Ellen Petersen, and The Lennon Sisters & Grandchildren.
TELEVISION BROADCAST: If you can’t make it to the parade in person, you’ll be able to watch it later on this season on local TV stations across seven states in the region, including KODE/KOLR-10 in Springfield.
VISIT SANTA: Saturday also marks the annual arrival of Santa at the Christmas Treehouse at Branson landing, where he’ll appear daily until Dec 24.