The Most Festive Things to Do in Branson During Christmas

November 15, 2021

Nobody does Christmas quite like Branson, Missouri. Down in Ozark Mountain Country, as soon as Halloween wraps up, it’s full speed into the happiest of seasons.

Ready to discover the most festive things to do in Branson during Christmas?

From the peak of fall, right through to New Years Day, this charming ‘live entertainment capital of the world’ is bustling with seasonal activities, world-class shows, and wintery festivals. 

Visitors from all over flock to this humbly rustic destination nestled in between Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo. 

Therefore, whether you are looking for a heartwarming Christmas musical spectacular, a Santa-filled guided light tour, or a day of 1880s themed fun at the beloved Silver Dollar City, Branson is the ideal holiday getaway.

Hotels in Branson

There are oodles of entertainment and an abundance of festive cheer. So there’s no way you’ll want to spend just one day in this Ozark Mountain utopia. Therefore, make sure to tick everything (and everyone) off your Christmas bucket list when you spend a night or three, in Branson Missouri.

Searching for a luxurious lake lodge for a family of six? Perhaps a more quaint cabin for a romantic getaway is more your style? Either way, we provide endless Branson Hotels & Lodging options. So plan your yuletide vacation stress-free, knowing you have our lowest rate guarantee. 

Musical Performances & Shows in Branson

Branson is synonymous with live shows, therefore the snowy season here means an explosion of concerts, musicals, and thematic performances. So visitors of all ages will enjoy everything from dinner theater to live tribute shows, all enacted with a unique holiday twist.

Hughes Brothers performing their Christmas show in Branson, Missouri, USA

Hughes Brothers Christmas Show - Branson, MO

Hear ye, hear ye! Gather round for a magical musical performance that will take you back in time to teach you about the traditions and symbols of this treasured season. 

The Hughes Brothers Christmas Show is continually awarded as one of the best in Branson, and it’s no secret why. The four Hughes Brothers and their families deliver:

  • lulling vocal harmonies
  • exciting dances
  • inspiring instrumentals that make even the surliest elves proud

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Theatergoers will be completely charmed as the brothers explain the ‘reason for this joyous season’ through the most moving Christmas presentation of all. 

So keep your eyes glued to the stage not to miss a moment of:

  • Festive surprises and thematic costumes
  • A living nativity scene
  • Visits from a real-life Santa!

Pro Tip: Depending on your choice of ticket, you can choose to enjoy a holiday dinner before the show.

The Sanders Family Christmas Gospel Music Comedy performers singing in Branson, Missouri, USA

Sanders Family Christmas Gospel Music Comedy - Branson, MO

Got a hankering for some down-home fun with a side of heavenly gospel? The Sanders Family Christmas Gospel Music Comedy is a hilarious way to let loose this Christmas. Smokey mountain hijinks, antics, and holiday tradition collide in this rollicking laugh-out-loud musical comedy spectacular. 

Join your hosts, the Sanders family, as they prepare to send their only son off to the Marines on Christmas day, circa 1941. This family of singers, dancers, and jokesters promises to keep you entertained. So sit back and enjoy as they regale you with holiday hymns and classic carols at their annual Christmas celebration.

Pro Tip: If you’re feeling hungry, try grabbing a bite to eat at McFarlain's Family Restaurant before curtain call.

Christmas Wonderland - Branson, MO

High kicking chorus girls, candy-striped costumes, and a magic sleigh ride make Christmas Wonderland a can’t miss theatrical production.

Christmas Wonderland is one of Branson’s largest yuletide productions. This show is a feast for the eyes and ears, from lavish sets to elaborate dance numbers and festive costumes. 

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Traditionalists will be delighted to hear classic Christmas numbers like White Christmas, Jingle Bells, and Silent Night. Meanwhile, dance lovers will gasp in awe as they witness chorus kicks that go as high as Santa’s sleigh!

Pro Tip: Be on the lookout for the big man in red himself, who always makes an appearance towards the show’s epic finale!

Two male actors with mistletoe in the Shepherd's Christmas Carol Dinner Show in Branson, Missouri, USAA Shepherd's Christmas Carol Dinner Show - Branson, MO

The classic tale you know and love with a distinctly Ozark twist! A Shepherd's Christmas Carol Dinner Show shines a light on the timeless themes of kindness and Christmas spirit through this wholly original production. 

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Veterans of the Christmas Carol will find themselves swept up in the excitement, hilarity, and frivolity of this retelling featuring the characters from the famed Shepherd of the Hills play. 

This play is based on the best-selling novel by Harold Bell Wright. The Shepherd characters attempt to use their hillfolk charm and merriment to remind the incorrigible Ollie Stewart of the true meaning of Christmas. 

Come hungry. Audience members will feast upon a traditional Holiday spread complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and pumpkin pie.

Christmas Characters at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede ShowDolly Parton’s Stampede - Branson, MO

An explosion of color, creativity, and festive fun, Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is as joyous as the queen of country music herself. Saddle on up, and prepare for a night of mesmerizing Christmas entertainment and excitement.

This live holiday extravaganza features: 

  • Incredible equestrian acts with 32 horses
  • A fairy tale worthy trip to the North Pole to witness their clashing rivalry with the South Pole
  • Live nativity scene featuring real camels
  • An appearance from Mr. Claus himself!
  • A mouthwatering four-course holiday feast with BBQ pork loin and whole roasted rotisserie chicken

Jesus Live On Stage

Experience the son of God like you’ve never seen before, with this action-packed, live, spectacular musical event. 

Go beyond the nativity, when you witness the story of the greatest rescue of all time.

Lavish sets, elaborate special effects, and live animals set the stage for an epic adventure of biblical proportions. 

Gear up for a journey that will take you from the sandy streets of Jerusalem, to the tumultuous Sea of Galilee, as we follow Peter, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, and a multitude of others as they walk in Jesus’s hallowed steps.

Audience members of all ages will be caught up in the magic, mystery, and miracles of the most famous person ever to walk the earth, during this original stage production from Sight & Sound Theatres.

A Brett Family Christmas photos of three men and two women in coats with snow falling around them in Branson, Missouri, USAA Brett Family Christmas - Branson, MO

Brrr, looking to banish that winter chill with a healthy serving of holiday fun and heartwarming patriotism? 

One of Branson’s premier Christmas productions, A Brett Family Christmas, is a knockout musical event that will delight audience members of all ages. 

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Get to know the Brett’s Family through their sweet vocal stylings, dynamic dancing, slapstick comedy, and tender spirit. Wildly popular, this show sells out every season, so snap up your tickets before they’re gone.

Pro Tip: Bring your tissues! The mini play within the show, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” is a touching tribute to our veterans that is sure not to leave a dry eye in the house!

The group SIX performing their Christmas show infant of a fireplace with stocking in Branson, Missouri, USASIX Christmas - Branson, MO

Innovation, creativity, and unparalleled vocal talent collide in this stirring musical concert. SIX Christmas has continually been named ‘Best Show of the Year’ and promises to take your breath away with their unique ‘orchestra of human voices.’ 

This real-life group of brothers harnesses their musical showmanship and acapella talent to forge a ‘vocal band’ that is nothing like you have ever heard. 

Let the energy, enthusiasm, and holly, jolly comedy of the SIX wash over you as you experience:

  • Classic and contemporary hits performed acapella
  • Family-friendly comedy
  • High octane fun!

Cassandre performing at her Voice of an Angel Christmas Spectacular in Branson, Missouri, USACassandre Voice of an Angel Christmas Spectacular - Branson, MO

Can someone let heaven know they are missing an angel? Cassandre’s stunning voice is next to godliness. The combination of her and her husband’s performance in Cassandre Voice of an Angel Christmas Spectacular is simply otherworldly. 

These veteran 30-year performers have been delighting audiences for decades with unmatched vocals and musical prowess.

Prime yourself for a night of musical variety as they take on pop hits, gospel, broadway, country, and Christmas music. Dancers, dazzling costume changes, and additional musical soloists will leave you spellbound with holiday wonder.

Pro Tip: Want your holiday buddy to go for free? Right now Cassandre Voice of an Angel Christmas Spectacular has a BOGO deal!

Close up of girl with Santa and a reindeer at Branson Let There Be Lights Drive Thru in Branson, Missouri, USA

photo credit: Let There Be Lights - Drive Thru Christmas Display via Facebook


Branson Holiday Lights Tour - Branson, MO

Pull on your ugliest Christmas sweater and ready yourself for an evening of nonstop illumination. 

The Branson Holiday Lights Tour is a luxurious, upscale light tour that pledges to impress. Soak in the sparkling lights of the season from the comfort of a Mercedes Benz Sprinter coach on this intimate group tour. 

Your tour will take you through two of Branson’s most eye-catching holiday displays. During this trip, you'll enjoy a stop at Branson Landing for a look at the enchanted Branson’s lighted Nativity, seemingly suspended above Lake Taneycomo. 

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After you hear the history of this festive icon, your tour will conclude with a scrumptious hot chocolate (or wine) nightcap at the historic Branson Hotel. Plus, you'll receive a famous treat from the Backstage Cafe.

Branson Let There Be Lights Drive-Thru - Branson, MO

When: November 1-December 31, 2021

Oh, what fun it is to ride in (your own) sleigh! For a self-contained Christmas-themed safari, you must head to the Branson Zoo. 

Kids of all ages will be jumping for joy to partake in Santa’s VIP Safari. This drive-through light display extravaganza lets you and your family go at your own pace. Buckle in and get ready to enjoy some of the best holiday light displays in Branson.

The Santa’s VIP Safari admission includes:

  • A guided 45-minute tour of the lights and animals with one of Santa’s little helpers
  • Full Access to the Christmas Candyland Village
  • Cup of hot cocoa and small popcorn
  • Access to Animal Adventure Building with incredible exhibits
  • Meeting Santa (photo packages available)
silver dollar city lit up with christmas holiday lights

Silver Dollar City

Festivals, Theme Parks, and Outdoor Fun

An Old Time Christmas Festival, Silver Dollar City Theme Park

When: November 6-December 30th, 2021

Everyone’s favorite Branson theme park is back with their award-winning Christmas celebration, An Old Time Christmas Festival

Feel yourself transported to a simpler time, as the glow of 6.5 million twinkling lights brightens the sky, and the sweet smell of caramel apples seduces you during this holiday season. 

Besides the staple Silver Dollar City rides, attractions, and artisans you know and love, festival attendees will be in holly jolly heaven as they enjoy:

  • The debut of Home For Christmas, a brand new Broadway-style Show
  • A Dickens Christmas Carol with an all-new musical score
  • The Christmas in Midtown light spectacular
  • Festive themed eats and treats like wassail, caramel apples, and hot chocolate
  • Santa’s cottage, complete with worker elves and plenty of photos ops
  • Over 60 unique retail and boutique shops - perfect for all your Christmas shopping needs!

Home for Christmas, Silver Dollar City - Branson, MO

Nothing warms a winter chilled heart like a live musical show during the holidays! Therefore, Silver Dollar City is cranking out the Christmas spirit, with their brand new Broadway-style Holiday spectacular, Home for Christmas. This dynamic 45-minute musical show, features a dazzling cast of 12 singers and dancers, a live four-piece band, and 28 songs. 

Immerse yourself in a world of holiday cheer, as you witness six celebratory Christmas scenes including:

  • Tree Trimming
  • Santa’s Workshop
  • Salute to those who serve abroad during the holidays
  • The real meaning behind the festive season
  • And more!

People ice skating and a large Ferris wheel with lights and a Christmas tree in the background in Branson, Missouri, USAHolidays on Ice, Ice Skating at the Wheel - Branson, MO

When: Mid November 6-January 3, 2022

Sharpen those skates, and channel your inner figure skater, as you prime yourself for a day of wintery fun at Holidays on Ice. Seasoned skating pros and novices alike will be whizzing around the 7,200 sq foot real ice rink enjoying the heavenly glow of the holiday lights and the massive Ferris Wheel. 

Caught a bit of a winter chill? Then you're in luck! There are three large wood-burning fire pits conveniently located around the rink to help you warm up. 

Pro Tip: Your general admission ticket includes unlimited skating and the rental of one pair of high-quality hockey skates. So we highly recommend bringing along some long, thick, comfy socks to protect those tootsies!

Sweet Escapes

Dreaming of piping cups of hot cocoa, spicy gingerbread men, and sugar plums? If so, there’s nothing sweeter than a holiday treat or two. So brave the snow and settle in for some deliciousness at our favorite Branson bakeries and cafes.

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close up of coffee mug and marshmellow at Sugar Leaf Bakery in Branson, Missouri, USA

photo credit: Sugar Leaf Bakery Facebook Page

Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe - Branson, MO

Your source for everything nice (and maybe a bit naughty), Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe, brings out the holiday spirit in spades! 

Read to indulge your sweet tooth? If so, dive into their signature velvety hot chocolate complete with a torched marshmallow. 

But for a really unique beverage option, why not sample one of their special holiday latte flavors like the Buddy (peppermint and bubblegum frappe) or Claus’ Cookie (peppermint, brown butter, and toasted marshmallow latte). 

Pro Tip: Feeling peckish? Don’t forget to pick up their (almost too cute to eat) snowman or snowflake sugar cookies.

Expresso Branson - Branson, MO

Need your hot cocoa fix to go? Your first step is to cruise on through to the delectably caffeinated Expresso Branson coffee on the go. Conveniently located on 76, Expresso is the ideal spot to refuel with their festive Christmas-themed menu.

After that, load up on such favorites as ‘St. Nick’s Strudel, Elsa’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Frappe, or a Gingerbread Macchiato. 

Missouri may be the ‘Show Me State,’ but Branson shows off more than anyone for the holidays. Therefore, as soon as the leaves start to turn, this mountain paradise is saturated with seasonal lights, Christmas cheer, and thematic decor. 

A Midwestern family-friendly oasis, Branson provides award-winning live entertainment, classic Christmas shows, festivals, and yummy eats beyond compare. 

What Festive Things to Do in Branson During Christmas Did We Miss?

Do you know other festive events in Branson that we overlooked? Share them with us!


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  1. We just went to Branson and had a wonderful time. One thing you missed was the show “Jesus”. It was definitely the best show that we saw. The sets and special effects were spectacular. It is not necessarily a Christmas show but what better way to celebrate Christmas than to see the story of the man Christmas is all about. 🙂

    • Lori, great recommendation! JESUS is a round-year performance and this article was focused mostly on limited-time seasonal events and shows. However, you are right and JESUS is a fantastic production to see this time of year. We have updated the article to include the production. Thanks for the feedback!

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