There’s always something new to see and experience during Branson’s annual Christmas celebration, which runs from early November through the new year.
See below for a look at what’s new for the 2017 season, and check out our full list of Branson Christmas Activities & Attractions for more.
1. 150 uniquely decorated trees spread across America’s Christmas Tree City
Branson businesses have over 150 trees on display in 70 locations as part of the area’s commitment to becoming “America’s Christmas Tree City.”
You’ll find traditional evergreens adorned in lights, tinsel, and ornaments, but also dancing trees of lights, naturally growing trees ablaze in color, and creative trees made from life jackets, racing flags, library books, and more.
Visit our America’s Christmas Tree City Tour Guide page for the full list of locations.
2. 1.5 million MORE lights at Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City will unveil their new Christmas in Midtown attraction. The expansion adds 1.5 million lights to the park, bringing the total to over 6.5 million lights to what’s often called the “most illuminated park on Earth.”
An Old Time Christmas at SDC also features over 1000 decorated trees, two broadway-style musicals, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, holiday shopping, and near-endless comfort foods. Visit our Ultimate Silver Dollar City Christmas Guide for full details.
3. Snow Tubing at Wolfe Mountain
Branson Zip Lines and Canopy Tours will soon be home to Wolfe Mountain, a Snowflex synthetic snow tubing hill. Celebrating its grand opening on Dec. 1, the year-round attraction is nestled in the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains yet just a few miles north of the city along Highway 65. The 400-foot-long slope allows up to six tubes to run down simultaneously and is open to all-ages.
Pricing, reservations, and more info is available at wolfemountainbranson.com.
4. Let There Be Lights drive-through display at Promised Land Zoo
Let There Be Lights at Promised Land Zoo is the area’s newest and longest drive-through Christmas light display. In addition to lights, you’ll also find the region’s only reindeer herd, a petting zoo featuring live nativity animals, christmas shops, and more.
Find more about all three drive-through displays here.
5. Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theatres
Sight & Sound Theatres breathtaking portrayal of the miraculous birth of the Christ child will return to Branson for the first time in four years. The production features majestic flying angels, live and animatronic animals, spectacular sets, stunning special effects, and a soaring musical score.
Miracle of Christmas tickets are on sale now. Be sure to make reservations early as many shows (especially on weekends) do sell out in advance.
Find a full list of Branson Christmas shows here.
6. Branson Ferris Wheel
Though the Branson Ferris Wheel at the Track Family Fun Parks opened last year, this is the first full year the former Chicago Navy Pier attraction calls Branson home. You’ll find stunning views of the strip from its 40 gondolas, and at night the ferris wheel — equipped with over 16,000 LED lights — serves as the canvas for a magical light show synched to music.
The free “Electrify Christmas” show is presented at the top of the hour each night at 7, 8, 9, and 10 p.m. Visit bransontracks.com for details.
7. Hurts Donut Company
Now open in its new location on the Branson Strip, Hurts Donut serves up unique craft donuts 24 hours a day.
Hurts is famous for its maple bacon bars and creative sweet and savory toppings ranging from cereals and candies to Nutella, Oreos, and even gummy worms. They also often feature special one-day-only creations and seasonal varieties.Sign up now for the Branson Christmas newsletter to get these stories delivered straight to your inbox. Also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and join the Branson Christmas Fanatics group on Facebook.