Pro Tip: Where to celebrate Christmas in Branson after Dec. 25

After all the Christmas dinners are consumed, church services attended, and presents opened, you might consider the Christmas season to be finished.

But not in Branson.

Here, it continues well past Christmas Day and even into the new year. (After all, the “12 Days of Christmas” actually start on Dec. 25 and end before Epiphany on Jan. 6.)

Here’s a rundown of where you can enjoy the Christmas lights, sights, and sounds in the days after Dec. 25:

Light Displays

All three of Branson’s Christmas light displays are open past Dec. 25.

Let There Be Lights at Promised Land Zoo (until Dec. 31)
Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills (until Dec. 31)
Branson’s Gift of Lights (until Jan. 2)
Silver Dollar City (until Jan. 2)

SEE ALSO: Branson Christmas Light Displays

Silver Dollar City Theme Park

A visit to Silver Dollar City (SDC) is a pillar of the Christmas season in Branson, and this year the park will continues its Christmas festival through Dec. 30 and also host a New Year’s celebration on Dec. 31, Jan. 1, and Jan. 2. (see full operating schedule here).

Fans love SDC’s eight-story special effects tree and light shows, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, musical productions, over 6.5 million lights illuminating the park, holiday dinners and snacks, and so much more. USA Today just awarded SDC the honor of “Best Theme Park Holiday Event” based on votes by readers.

While the lights will remain on during the Dec. 31, Jan. 1, and Jan. 2 New Year’s celebration, but the shows and other attractions within the park will be different. The evening light parade is featured until Dec. 30.

SEE ALSO: Ultimate guide to Christmas at Silver Dollar City


Most of Branson’s live entertainment shows wrap up their season in mid-December (they start on Nov. 1 or earlier), but there are a few who continue beyond Christmas day. Here’s the short list:

Dolly Parton’s Stampede Christmas Dinner & Show (until Jan. 2)
Showboat Branson Belle Dinner & Show (until Dec. 31)
Baldknobbers Jamboree Christmas Show (until Dec. 29)
Legends in Concert Christmas Show (until Jan. 2)
Clay Cooper’s Country Express Christmas Show (until Dec. 30)
Haygoods Christmas Extravaganza (until Dec. 29)
Hughes Brothers Christmas Show (until Jan. 2)
SIX Christmas Show (until Dec. 30)
Dean Z’s Rockin’ Christmas Show (until Dec. 30)

SEE ALSO: Branson Christmas Shows

Other Attractions of Interest

Winter Wonderlanding at Branson Landing (through Jan. 2)
Gingerbread Village at Chateau on the Lake (on display through Jan. 2)
Kringle’s Christmas Shop at Grand Village Shops (open year round)
Dick’s 5 & 10 (open year round)
Big Cedar Lodge’s decorations throughout the resort (and synthetic ice skating)
Ice skating (on real ice!) at the Branson Ferris Wheel

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