As the calendar turns to November, the Branson Christmas season kicks in to full gear. While this marks the start of almost eight weeks to enjoy all the holiday light displays, shows, attractions, shopping, and dining options in the area, there are also a number of special events taking place during the season’s opening weekend.
Here’s a rundown of all the major events you won’t want to miss this weekend. See our Branson Christmas Activities & Attractions page for even more.
Nov. 3 – Liberty Plaza tree lighting & caroling
Help celebrate the lighting of the tree at Liberty Plaza in Downtown Branson. The event runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and features performances by Prince Ivan and AYO Voices of Glory, as well as appearances by Mayor Karen Best and Santa. Find more details on the FB event page.
Nov. 4 – Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade at Branson Landing
This parade — a tribute to Andy Williams — features a variety of floats, marching bands, classic cars, and appearances by some of Branson’s musical stars, who will perform a free concert after the parade. The parade starts at 10 a.m.
Find more details on the parade here.
Nov. 4 – Opening of An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City
Proclaimed as the “most illuminated park on Earth,” Silver Dollar City will open their annual “An Old Time Christmas” festival this Saturday. This year marks their biggest and brightest festival ever with the debut of the “Christmas in Midtown” area. The attraction adds an additional 1.5 million lights to the park, bringing the park total to more than 6.5 million lights. You’ll also enjoy Broadway-style musical productions, holidays foods and treats, amusement rides, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light parade, and much more.
See our Ultimate Silver Dollar City Christmas Guide for an extensive rundown of everything the park has to offer.
Nov. 3-4 – Branson Market Days at Branson Convention Center
After the Branson Landing’s Most Wonderful Time of Year parade on Saturday, head across the street for Branson Market Days at the Branson Hilton Convention Center. The pop-up market will feature food trucks and concessions, unique Christmas shopping items from over 100 vendors, and gift wrapping services.
Visit the Branson Market Facebook page for details.
Nov. 3-5 – Christmas Open House at StoneHouse Merchant
Downtown Branson’s StoneHouse Merchant home decor store will host its annual Christmas Open House event Nov. 3-5. The open house includes door prizes, free gifts with purchase, and refreshments. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Visit the StoneHouse Merchant Facebook event for details.
Nov. 4 – Opening of drive-though light displays
All three drive-through displays will open this weekend, including the new “Let There Be Lights” display at the Promised Land Zoo. The longest in the area, the attraction also gives folks the opportunity to see the area’s only live reindeer herd.
Branson’s Gift of Lights and the Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills are also now open for the season. Visit our Branson Christmas Light Displays page for dates/times of operation and prices.
Nov. 4 – Opening of Branson’s Festival of Trees at Branson Landing
Visit the Branson Landing to view and purchase elaborate trees and wreaths decorated by local businesses, all benefitting Christian Action Ministries, operators of Taney County food pantries and mobile food outreach programs. Special events include milk and cookies with Mrs. Claus, Christmas caroling, appearances by the Chick-Fil-A cow, a “snowfall” created by the Branson Titanic Museum, and more.
Visit the Branson Festival of Trees website for details.
Nov. 3 – Opening weekend of America’s Christmas Tree City
All season long, you’ll be able to enjoy over 150 Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes on display throughout Branson — known as “America’s Christmas Tree City.”
See our America’s Christmas Tree City Tour Guide for the full list of locations and an interactive map.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.