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It’s Moonlight Madness Once Again in Silver Dollar City



The heat of summer will definitely leave you with two options. One is to stay indoors and find something enjoyable to do. Second is to go outdoors and find activities to beat the scorching heat of the sun. Why not have a vacation in Branson Missouri so you can see that you can do both? Yes, Branson gives you the liberty to stay indoors and go outdoors as often as you like without leaving one place. Go to Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most popular theme park to enjoy as muchas you can.

Your stay in Silver Dollar City may leave you wanting to stay more inside the park because of the many activities and attractions here. Good news is you can now stay longer in Silver Dollar City, thanks to the Moonlight Madness Festival. The Moonlight Madness Festival lets you enjoy 12 hours of pure bliss with the people you are with. The park opens at 9:30 AM and will be closing at 10 PM. All throughout these 12 hours in the park, you can enjoy the thrilling rides and attractions inside the park. If the heat is too much for you, you can go inside the theaters in Silver Dollar City to witness special show. There are more than 40 shows in a day in Silver Dollar City to give you a breather from all the adrenaline rush and from the heat outdoors. The Moonlight Madness Festival will be from July 18 to August 2, 2015.

There will also be special shows at the GAC Echo Hollow from Wednesdays to Mondays at 7 PM. Dance the Chicken Dance, The Electric Slide, and The Cotton Eyed Joe with the Street Dances in Silver Dollar City every 9 PM. Each night in the Moonlight Madness Festival will also feature special food and merchandise offers. The shops and eateries in Silver Dollar City are known to serve the best theme park food in America. Try eating in shops like Hospitality House, Ozark Marketplace, Moonlight Madness Tent on the Square, Eva & Delilah’s, Fanny’s Funnel Cakes, Flossie’s Fried Fancies, Hannah’s Ice Cream Parlor, Wagon Works Grill, and Wilson’s Farmers’ Market. These shops will be open until 10 PM, too.

But wait, there’s more! If 12 hours is not yet enough for you, visit Silver Dollar City on July 25 and August 1 as the park will be open from 9:30 AM to midnight. You can also avail of two-day tickets for the price of one. For ticket inquiries, contact 1-800-785-1550.


For your lodging needs in Thousand Hills, choose only Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Not only would you stay close to Silver Dollar City as possible, you can also enjoy the luxury units in Thousand Hills. Inquire now about the lodging options in Thousand Hills for your vacation. Dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Light Up Your World with the Kimberling City’s Fireburst Fireworks Show



What makes Branson famous is the endless array of activities and attractions. No matter what day, month, or season you choose to visit Branson, you will surely find a bunch of exciting activities to partake in. If a “no occasion” day in Branson is that much fun, how much more if we are celebrating something? This 4th of July weekend, Branson is all set and ready to make it even more special for you. If you haven’t got any plans yet this weekend, then read along to find out how you can have a blast.

The live music shows in Branson are a staple thing to experience whenever you visit. Aside from this, you can also enjoy the special 4th of July activities brought to you by Branson outlet malls, museums, theme parks, restaurants, and other establishments. There are weekend sales happening on Saturday, and a lot of shops will participate. What is the best way to kick off or to cap off your Branson 4th of July celebration? None other than witnessing a spectacular fireworks show! Over the waters of one of Branson’s most beautiful lakes, Table Rock Lake, there will be the 28th Annual Fireburst Fireworks Show. You can view the multicolored fireworks painting itself on a vast canvas of the night night sky eithr by car, by boat, or on foot. There will be more than 1,000 boats that will be in Table Rock Lake, located in Kimberling City. Not far ahead is Downtown Branson, where you can experience the rich history of Branson.

Kimberling City’s Fireburst Fireworks Show is not one to miss. You can go to Indian Point near West Branson to have the best view of this parade of colors in the sky. If you want to witness the fireworks show by boat, you better plan ahead of your day in Branson. There are boat rentals available but since it is a holiday, boat rentals sell like pancakes. You can also choose to bring your own boat and sail it in Table Rock Lake for a majestic view of the fireworks display. Lawn chairs should also be brought if you want to spend the night on land. The fireworks show begins at dusk on July 4, 2015. And the best part? Admission is free!


Turn your weekend from zero to hero by spending it in Kimberling City’s 28th Annual Fireburst Fireworks Show. For your convenience in rushing your weekend plans, choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort as your lodging place. It has various options for you whether you are going as a family or a couple, or even with a large group of friends, Thousand Hills has the right lodging place for you. Plus, it is also located just minutes away from Table Rock Lake and from Branson’s entertainment district. Inquire now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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See Why Branson Christmases Can't Be Beat

Christmas in BransonChristmas is, according to the carol, the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is the one time of year that features everything good – like visits from rarely seen family, decadent holiday goodies, gift giving and receiving, beautiful decorations, festive music, and more. Many people have special traditions that only come around during Christmastime, which have been passed down from generation to generation. Regardless of how you spend it, Christmas is always merry – and it is even merrier when it is a Branson Christmas! Get ready to start some new holiday traditions in Branson this year.

Lights: One of the most festive parts of Christmas is the lights – and there are certainly no Christmas light shortages in Branson! Not only can you cruise around the resident Branson neighborhoods to see wonderful home displays of lights, but you can partake in some of Branson’s own drive through Christmas light experiences too! The Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills is one of the area’s most popular – with over a mile of Christmas lights, 3D life sized displays and great carols, there is something new for you to see around every turn. Finish up with a cup of hot chocolate and a ride up in the Inspiration Tower for a look at ALL the lights in Branson!

Shopping: If you still have some Christmas shopping to do, take advantage of all the great stores in Branson – everything from local shops to big box stores can be found around town! If there is an outdoor lover in your life, visit the Branson Bass Pro Shops on the Branson Landing – you will find everything from fishing poles to pocketknives to camo bedding here! For a fantastic selection of clothing stores that you won’t find anywhere else, head to the Tanger Outlet Mall – brands like Ann Taylor, Oshkosh and Nike can all be found here. And for a unique gift for someone who already has everything else, visit the Amish General Store! You will find a fun array of unique foods, spices, homemade furniture and more. There is sure to be something for everyone on your list (naughty or nice!) in Branson!

Activities: To get yourself in a real holiday spirit, there are plenty of Branson Christmas activities for you to enjoy. Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas Festival is one of the most popular Christmas attractions around – you will experienced millions of Christmas lights, a five story special effects Christmas tree, a Christmas parade, and the chance to ride all of the park’s famous rides! Be sure to grab a cup of hot cocoa in between. White Flight at The Butterfly Palace is also a wonderful holiday activity – hundreds of white butterflies drift like snowflakes around this natural museum! Many of your favorite shows also happen to have a Christmas performance – check the local listings to see who is celebrating!

A Branson Christmas is one that will be remembered for years to come. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience an award winning Branson Christmas for yourself!

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Stay Cozy in a Cabin at Thousand Hills This Winter

Snow Covered cabin at Thousand HillsIf you have had the opportunity to visit Branson during the winter months before, you probably discovered that the Ozarks in wintertime are a little bit on the chilly side! Branson can be beautiful when it is bathed in winter sunshine, or blanketed with fluffy white snow, but there can be some other elements that accompany a winter wonderland that are not quite so pleasant – like cold wind, sleet, semi-melted snow, ice storms, and below zero temperatures. With weather like this, you will definitely want to have a warm place to hunker down during your winter visit to Branson. Luckily for you, the cabins at Thousand Hills make a cozy place to spend the winter!

Cabins in wintertime conjure up nostalgic images that include cozy fireplaces, warm blankets, and time spent with family - and with a Branson cabin at Thousand Hills, you can make those images a reality! With cabins that sleep two, to cabins that sleep up to twelve people, you can have a cozy getaway for your entire extended family, or just you and your sweetheart. And when you stay in a Branson cabin, you don’t have to worry about getting snowed in (which can happen often in the Ozarks!); the Thousand Hills cabins are just as comfortable and well-equipped as your own home!

The cozy, homey amenities featured in the Thousand Hills Branson cabins will make your headquarters away from home a place of refuge from the winter cold! Your cabin will come with a fully equipped kitchen for making hearty meals like soup and chili, or whipping up a batch of rich, steaming hot cocoa for enjoying with a family breakfast. A television in all bedrooms, plus a DVD player can provide hours of entertainment in case you get snowed into your Branson cabin! A pull-out sofa sleeper can quickly become a cozy fort for little ones in the spacious cabin living rooms. A washer and dryer are provided in case you need to dry out damp, snowy clothes; soaps, detergent, and all the linens you and your family will need are also provided. And to top it all off, a Jacuzzi in your Branson cabin will be a great way to warm up after a cool, wintery day around town!

When you are ready to leave the coziness of your Branson cabin and venture out into town, you won’t have far to go – folks who stay in the Thousand Hills cabins love their close proximity to all the major attractions in Branson! If you want to head to the Outlet Malls to get some warm winter accessories, get some hot, local food, or sit in a warm theater for one of Branson’s many popular shows, they are all right around the corner!

If you are planning a winter visit to Branson, don’t hesitate to book one of the fantastic cabins at Thousand Hills – it will be one of the coziest stays in Branson that you will ever have!

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An American Classic Lives On

There are many classic Branson shows on Highway 76 – known as ‘The Strip,’ to locals. Around each bend in the road, you will find landmark theaters that boast famous live entertainment shows for all to enjoy. But perhaps one of the most classic, and most noticeable, and most famous live entertainment shows along The Strip in Branson, is Legends in Concert, which makes its home in Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. This theater is certainly a landmark around town. If you will be visiting Branson anytime soon – or are already here! – be sure to plan a visit to the American Bandstand Theater. It will be an experience to remember!

Legends in Concert BransonDick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater is set to make your concert experience a memorable one. The first thing you will notice about the theater is the impressive front entrance – with a throwback to theaters of old, the front of the American Bandstand Theater is one of the first things that makes it a landmark along The Strip! Once you are inside, the theater becomes one of the best places for a show in Branson – holding 970 comfortable seats, with state-of-the-art technology and great projection, it is certainly easy to see why ‘there’s not a bad seat in the house!’ And then, of course, there is the famous show that graces this famous stage…

Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater plays host to one of Branson’s most beloved shows: Legends in Concert. This show has been rocking the crowds for thirty years, and brings to life some of music’s most beloved stars – literally! Legends in Concert is the largest live celebrity tribute show in the world; talented performers that look and sound like the stars spend hours crafting their techniques and mannerisms until they perfect them to perform for you! The celebrity look-alikes and sound-alikes are accompanied at the show by a live orchestra and some of the best backup singers and dancers in the business, along with stunning costumes and special effects to wow the crowds again and again. You will experience (almost!) performances from Adele, Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, the Blues Brothers, Brittany Spears, Diana Ross, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and more!

If you are looking for a bite to eat before or after this astounding live entertainment show, just step on over to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill! This nostalgic diner style restaurant is chock full of Dick Clark memorabilia and gold records, so you will have plenty to entertain you while you wait for your meal!

Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater is one of Branson’s best. Book your tickets now to see Legends in Concert at the American Bandstand Theater – it will be an experience to remember!

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Christmas Lights Come to Branson

Everybody loves Christmas lights. Before you know it the holiday season will be in full swing, Christmas lights will begin to appear almost everywhere you look. They flash white, blue, green and red, and you can find them hanging from gutters, wrapped around trees, or winking merrily from shop windows and storefronts. If you are in Branson this holiday season, and you happen to love Christmas lights (but let’s face it, who doesn’t!), you are in luck – there are many wonderful Branson Christmas lights and displays for you to enjoy! So grab some cocoa and some family and friends, and take a cruise around town to see some of the festive lights that will come to Branson this winter!

Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights:

One of the most popular displays of Branson Christmas lights is, without question, the Trail of Lights of Shepherd of the Hills. Open during November and December, this spectacular light display with draw you into a winter wonderland! The drive through light display will take you through the heart of the historic homestead, down ‘The Trail That Nobody Knows How Old,’ and winds through different themed lands ranging in variety from outer space, to the beach. You will also get to peek inside the ‘Christmas boxes’ to see what life-size characters are doing inside! Holiday music will accompany your tour – you will end up at the Inspiration Tower, so be sure to take the elevator up for a look at ALL the Branson Christmas lights!

Branson Area Festival of Lights:

Christmas Lights at Silver Dollar CityFor a breathtaking array of some of Branson’s best Christmas lights, take your family through the Branson Area Festival of Lights! This mile long path of holiday joy is illuminated with over one hundred fifty displays, and is open daily from dusk to 11pm, during the months of November and December. This wonderful drive through display from North Pole Productions is sure to be the start of a treasured Branson family Christmas tradition!

Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas Festival:

Want to see 5 million Christmas lights all lit up at once? Then head down to SDC’s Old Time Christmas Festival! The park will be all aglow with Christmas magic everywhere you look. You will marvel at the five story music, lights, and special effects synched Christmas tree, catch shows only seen during the holidays, enjoy the traditional Christmas parade, and catch a glimpse of 1,000 decorated trees dotted throughout the park. This is one trip to Silver Dollar City you won’t want to miss!

Branson Landing:

Even the Branson Landing is all decked out for Christmastime! As you browse the shops and sample the great food, you can admire the lakeside shopping center in all of its holiday glory – while getting some Christmas shopping done, too!

Branson Christmas lights are sure to fill your holiday season with happiness. Don’t limit yourself to just these displays, though – take an evening drive through some of Branson’s residential neighborhoods and see how the locals are decked out for Christmas as well!

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Wet and Wild Adventures in White Water



Many of you have known Branson to be a haven for live music shows. It is no surprise since it is the live entertainment capital of the world. People mostly come to Branson for the live music shows and concerts, but if you want to make the most out of your trip to Branson, you should read more on the other exciting activities and attractions in the area.

One such attraction that you should not miss out on is White Water. This water park and playground is perfect to beat the summer heat. Yes, you can still have fun while you are under the sun! White Water is part of the Silver Dollar City family of attractions. Silver Dollar City has been the most popular theme park in Branson, and it is also expanding its list of attractions to further give enjoyment to its guests.

White Water is filled with more than 2 million gallons of water in the entirety of its 13-acre glory. Rides and attractions are for all ages. No one too young or too old to get that summer splash in White Water. The most popular rides are Aloha River, Kalani Towers, and Coconut Cove. Get to know more about these rides. First, the Aloha River will take you on a relaxing float ride through a South Pacific themed paradise. This 800 foot long family friendly ride will let you enjoy fountains, geysers, and a 30 feet tall tiki tower. The Kalani Towers is also one of the top rides. Take on a sliding adventure in the Kalani Towers with its 2 lanes for freefall body surfing and 4 lanes for racing against your family and friends. Slide down at speeds of 40 mph in this 7.5 story ride. Last but not the least, the Coconut Cove is for the kids to enjoy. It has slides, interactive sprays, shooting nozzles, and other cool water games – all these are in a shallow pool to ensure your child’s safety.

The rides in White Water are not the only attractions in the place. You can also have a satisfying food trip in White Water, thanks to the four eateries within the park. Grab something to snack on in Big Island Marketplace, High Tide Hannah’s Island Café, Surf’s Up Snacks, and Island Delights.


White Water is located just off Highway 76, and is open from May to August. You can buy season passes in White Water, and you can also avail of group discounts. Visit for more information on tickets and promos. Meanwhile, for your lodging place in Branson, go to Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. This place is perfect since it is very near White Water – you get to have a nice, long rest after a whole day of adventure. Thousand Hills also has several lodging options for families, couples, and large groups. For more information, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Watch the Presley’s Country Jubilee for a Fun Branson Experience



Upon hearing the name of a place called Branson, one thing immediately comes to mind – and that is, superb live music shows. There’s no wonder why it is called the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Come and visit Branson now to discover more musical adventures! Branson has been home to the best talents. Whether they may be homegrown or not, the Branson promise of world-class entertainment will still be yours to cherish.

One of the homegrown artists of Branson is the Presleys family. The Presleys are one of the most watched performers in Branson, and they are also considered to be one of the pillars of Branson entertainment. The Presleys were the first to open a theater in Highway 76. Lloyd Presley, the skilled guitarist, was the one who brought the Presleys into the entertainment scene. He began playing in downtown Branson at such a young age and landed in the Branson Beacon in the 1960s. Lloyd has a son, Gary, who is also skilled in comedy. Gary created Herkimer, a character that the audience can’t help but love in the Presley shows. From the Fantastic Caverns in Springfield to the Underground Theater in Kimberling City to the caves of Branson, Lloyd and Gary Presley continued to awe their audience and gained following. It was in 1967 when the Presleys acquired a piece of land, and this piece of land would be the site of the first ever live music theater in Branson’s Highway 76. Since then, lots of theaters have popped up in Highway 76 and it is what you see now.

The Presley’s Country Jubilee is known to be the “Original Show on the Strip”. After gaining much exposure on national television, the Presleys have been the faces of Branson entertainment. Now, you can see four generations of the Presleys who will delight you with a variety of country, gospel, and bluegrass music. There is also the comedy segments of Herkimer and Cecil, and the performances from the young Presleys that will capture your hearts. Theirs is a talented family that you can rarely find, each gifted with their own musical styles – and a little humor wouldn’t hurt either.

Your visit to Branson would be made complete when you get to enjoy music, comedy, dance, and adventures rolled into one. Come and watch a show of the Presleys. Being entertainers runs in their blood and for generations to come, the quality of entertainment that the Presleys can give is unparalleled. Catch their shows from March to December. Visit or you can call the theater box office at 417-334-4874 to get tickets as early as you can.


For your convenience, stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort since it is a short walk away from Highway 76. Thousand Hills also offers you several lodging options to suit your vacation. The lodging places in Thousand Hills are also situated close to nature to make sure that you won’t get disturbed by the city noise nearby. Inquire now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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Silver Dollar City National Kids Fest is for Everyone



The activities and attractions in Branson Missouri seem to be endless. Aside from the live music shows in Branson, tourists also love the adventures that it brings. You can also have a fun adventure with the whole family on your Branson visit this month. All you need to do is go to Silver Dollar City, Branson’s most popular theme park. Silver Dollar City is an 1880s themed amusement park that has been the tourists’ favorite for decades. Not only do you get to experience thrilling rides and fun shows, you are also treated to several festivals all year round.

Your visit to Silver Dollar City this month will just be in time for the National Kids Fest Festival. This festival makes summer an exciting one since you can enjoy the street shows, rides, and games in the park. Contrary to what the name of the festival suggests, this festival is certainly for everyone.

The Half Dollar Holler is the perfect playground for the children. It has tree-top playhouses, climbing nets, and sandboxes where the kids can have an adventure. This attraction is located just across the Silver Dollar Line Train Depot. Age limit for the Half Dollar Holler should not be more than 7 years old. Not a thing to worry for the parents since Half Dollar Holler have safe entry ways for the kids and kid-friendly constructions.

Another popular attraction during the Nationals Kids Fest in Silver Dollar City is the life-size cartoon characters in the park. You can see them in the shows in Silver Dollar City, or sometimes just loitering around the park to give joy to the kids. The kids can see their favorites such as Spongebob, Dora, Diego, Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, and a lot more. There are also more than 30 rides for kids and for the kids at heart. Try out The Giant Swing, The Wildfire, and The Powder Keg to feel ultimate adrenaline rush at its finest. If you are looking to beat the summer heat, you can also try out the water attractions such as The Riverblast and Lost River of the Ozarks. Another family attraction is The Grand Exposition where you can find 10 family rides that everyone will enjoy. For the kids’ water rides, the Geyser Gulch can give the kids a fun time splashing around.


During the National KidsFest, there are also Nightly Street Dances and extended park hours because of the Moonlight Madness happening late July to early August. Come and join in the fun now by booking your trip to Branson! And for your convenience, stay in a lodging place close to Silver Dollar City. Stay in Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you can stay close to the city, yet within the comforts of nature. For reservations and inquiries in Thousand Hills, dial 1-877-262-0430.

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A Relaxing and Romantic Vacation in a Branson Jacuzzi Suite



Branson is known as the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest for its magnificent and energetic live music shows, exciting theme parks and nature parks, fun water activities, and a lot more. People come to Branson for new adventures and lasting memories. Branson can also be a lovers’ lane. You and your sweetheart can come over and have an experience that you two can remember forever.

Your vacation in Branson can be made even more special for the two of you when you have a nice place to stay in. With that, Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort can help you with the right kind of lodging that you are looking for. Thousand Hills is located a few minutes away from Branson’s entertainment district and from Silver Dollar City theme park. This means that you and your loved one can come see a show or partake in any Silver Dollar City festival anytime that you want. With the entertainment scene as your surroundings, one may think that it would be impossible to have your own quiet and private time as a couple in Branson. Worry not because the lodging places in Branson have the Ozark Mountain ambiance to make it more laid-back for you. With its cool climate, lush greens, and tall trees, the Ozarks is a sure hit destination for tourists. For couples, Thousand Hills offers its very own Branson Jacuzzi Suite.

The Jacuzzi Suite in Branson is also known as the couple’s getaway. It has a large, two-person whirlpool tub in its overly spacious master bedroom. It also as a shower in the adjoining bathroom. This 620 square foot property will give you the suite life with king-sized beds, luxury beddings, premium pillows, a private patio or balcony, and other luxuries. It also has a fully equipped mini-kitchen so you can prepare your own food. The kitchen already has a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and blender. Your entertainment needs are also addressed by the Jacuzzi suite with its television in the living area and in the master bedroom. You are also treated to free high-speed wireless internet and a DVD player.

The Branson Jacuzzi Suite is your perfect choice for your anniversary, honeymoon, birthday, or maybe a no-occasion day where you just want to be with your special someone. You can also reserve flowers, chocolate truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, or sparkling juice with keepsake glasses to await you upon your arrival in Thousand Hills.


Plan your trip to Branson now. Surprise your loved one with a romantic staycation in Branson Missouri. To book your stay in Branson, call 1-877-262-0430.

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