The annual Most Wonderful Time of Year parade will march through the Branson Landing this Sat., Nov. 4. 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. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Arrive early to claim a good viewing spot.
WHAT TO WEAR: Dress for warmer-than-average weather — the more festive the better! The forecast calls for lows in the mid 60s and highs in the mid 70s.
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 on the far south end. Musical performances will be held on a stage in front of the fountains after the parade’s conclusion.
WHO TO SEE: The parade includes a variety of floats, marching bands, classic cars, and appearances by Grand Marshal Shoji Tabuchi, Mayor Karen Best, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Color commentators for the parade are Melody Hart from Raiding the Country Vault and Tom Trtan, cohost of the local “Ozarks Live” television program.
Immediately following the parade, enjoy musical performances by the Lennon Sisters, Janice Martin, the Texas Tenors, the Hughes Brothers, Clay Cooper, Brandon and Megan Mabe, New South, the Showmen from Showboat Branson Belle, and more.
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.
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