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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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The Fun Never Ends in Silver Dollar City



A Branson experience will definitely be incomplete without a visit to the city’s most popular amusement park. As Branson is known for the live music shows and or being the Live Entertainment Capital of the World, it also offers one of the best thrilling adventures through its theme parks. One of Branson’s most visited theme parks is Silver Dollar City. This 1880’s themed amusement park is home to several exciting rides and shows. It also has various events all throughout the year, so whenever you visit Silver Dollar City, you get to enjoy one of its unique festivals.

Since the 1960s, Silver Dollar City has been giving memorable adventures to the guests of Branson. You can find demonstrating craftsmen in the corners of the park, wherein they show you how the necessary crafts back in the 1880s are done. You can see blacksmiths, glassblowers, and cooks making handmade soap. Aside from this, you can also take on more than 30 rides and attractions like the world class roller coasters, steam engine rides, giant swings, and water shoot out rides. These can give you adrenaline rush, so if you want to take a break from all the excitement, you can go catch the shows in Silver Dollar City. There are six entertainment venues in the park, and you can catch more than 40 shows in a day. And the best thing is, these shows are for free! Enjoy 20 to 25 minutes of these fun and magical shows in the park, as you prepare yourself for your next adventure.

A trip to Silver Dollar City also guarantees you a gastronomic adventure. The park has 12 restaurants, and it is also known to have the best theme park food in America. Some of the restaurants in the park that you can find are Eva and Delilah’s Bakery, Aunt Polly’s, Buckshot Annie’s Skillet Cookery, The Ribhouse, and a lot more. You can also find booths serving ice cream and funnel cakes for your dessert.

The festivals in Silver Dollar City are set to entertain everyone all year round. These are the World Fest, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival, Nationals Kids Fest, Southern Gospel Picnic, National Harvest Festival, and Old Time Christmas Festival. There is always something great happening in Silver Dollar City so you are sure that your trip is worth it.

Make your visit to Silver Dollar City a convenient and comfortable one for you. Trust Thousand Hills Golf Resort to give you the perfect home away from home during your vacation. It is located just beside Silver Dollar City, so you can have a nice, long rest in your log cabin or condo unit after a whole day of fun. Thousand Hills’ lodging places are also situated far from the city noise so you can have the peace and quiet that you deserve. Reserve your unit now by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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Learn the History of the Ozarks in Branson

Branson is a very attractive vacation destination for many different kinds of people. The summer tourist season brings in families, school and club groups, corporate vacationers, photographers, naturalists, fishermen and women, adrenaline junkies, foodies, foreign exchange students, and of course, history buffs. Branson, Missouri, settled deep into the Ozark Hills, is rich in history and heritage. And not just natural history – many of the most famous attractions in Branson have a historical story behind them! There is some amazing history in Branson almost everywhere you look – read on for some of the area’s best historical hotspots!

Shepherd of the Hills:

Shepherd of the Hills Historical Drama

The best known historical site in Branson is the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead and Old Mill Theater. This is where the famous book by Harold Bell Wright was written that drew thousands to Branson – it is the home of the town’s tourism industry! Shepherd of the Hills has grown from the place where a kind homestead couple took in a weary, traveling author, to an attraction where people from all walks of life can watch a live theater production, ride horses, tour the historic homestead, catch a glimpse of Branson from one of the highest elevations in America, and zipline at 50 miles per hour! A trip to Shepherd of the Hills is one of Branson’s most educational – and fun! – historical attractions.

Table Rock Dam:

Many people think that the Table Rock Dam is just something they drive over that holds the water in the lake. But the Table Rock Dam is so much more than that! It has a fascinating history in the role of Branson’s fishing industry. The Table Rock Dam was built in the 1950s, at the urging of Congressman Dewey Short, to alleviate the severe flooding problems along the White River. The CCC and the Army Corps of Engineers worked together to build the now famous dam. All the history can be found in the Dewey Short Visitors Center, plus you can take a tour of the inner working of the dam!

Silver Dollar City:

Silver Dollar City, one of America’s most beloved theme parks (that also happens to make a home in Branson!) is not only home to famous roller coasters, it is also home to a lot of great history in the Ozarks as well! Silver Dollar City was, at first, a side attraction for those waiting in line to tour Marvel Cave. Its popularity grew into the multi-million dollar theme park we visit today! Inside its gates, you will find historic crafts being made by 21st century craftsmen, heritage Ozarks food and music (bluegrass, anyone?), and even rides with historical themes – like Fire in the Hole! You won’t want to miss a trip to this great history filled theme park.

These are just a few of the great places in Branson where history buffs will find themselves at home. You never know what kind of historical discoveries you might make in Branson!

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Branson Can Be Fun Rain or Shine - If You're Prepared!

If you have spent any time in Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, you know that the weather can change in a minute. Missouri is well known for being almost bipolar at times about the weather – it can be sixty degrees one week, and showering pellets of ice the next! If you are planning a trip to Branson in the near future, you will want to try and stay up to date on the weather – it will make packing just a little bit easier! Here is a basic guide to the weather in Branson based on the season to help you out.


Summer is the big season in Branson – this is when most of the visitors come for their vacation. Kids are out of school, the sun is shining, and there are great summertime activities to be had in Branson! If you are coming to Branson for a warm season trip…expect heat! Missouri can reach temperatures upwards of 100 degrees in the summer – so plan accordingly. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing and shoes. Hats of any kind are excellent for keeping your face shaded. You will certainly want to bring sunglasses (and maybe a spare pair, in case you lose one!) to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays – this is especially true if you will be out on the water, where the sun’s glare is intensified. And don’t forget the sunscreen!

Once you’ve prepared for hot weather in Branson, you also should anticipate a rain shower and a cool night or two. Bring a raincoat and umbrella for those powerful thunderstorms that can crop up quick in the summer – and don’t forget a jacket and long pants for the cooler fronts that can follow!

Rainy Day in BransonFall:

Fall weather in Branson can be beautiful – crisp air, fall leaves, hot drinks, and the like. It can also be frustrating! Fall in Branson often brings cold, frosty nights and sharply cool mornings…followed by a high of 75 degrees during the day. If you will be making an autumn sojourn to the Ozarks, bring clothes that you can easily layer – that way you can stay toasty in the morning, shed layers to stay cool during the heat of the day, and re-layer at night for evening activities. A walk along the Branson Landing, anyone?


Just like you expect heat in the summer, expect cold in the winter to be on the Branson weather forecast. Temperatures in the Ozarks can turn dangerously cold – it is not uncommon for the weather in Branson to reach 10 degrees or more below 0. Something else that winter visitors are not always prepared for is ice – Missouri sometimes gets more ice than snow. This makes walking and driving conditions VERY slick. Pack warm, insulated clothing – this includes socks and gloves. Long underwear or fleece lined leggings are also recommended. And bring sturdy soled footwear (preferably waterproof) with good tread – this can help keep you safe while walking around town.


Spring brings cool, wet weather to Branson. Again, pack lightweight layers for cooler mornings that you can shed in case the temperature warms. Bring raincoats, umbrellas and rubber boots! April showers are notorious for popping up in the middle of an outdoor activity. It’s also a good idea to bring plenty of extra socks in case of any puddle jumping!

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Branson's Changing All The Time

Everyone knows that in today’s world, things change fast. This is especially true in Branson, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest! Branson has rocketed to fame as one of the nation’s top vacation destination – and the tourist industry continues to grow leaps and bounds. Haven’t been on the Branson visitor’s circuit for the last five years or so? Get ready, because there are some major changes things around town! Read on to see what’s new in Branson.

outlaw-run-wooden-roller-coasterOutlaw Run:

Outlaw Run, the famous wooden roller coaster, has earned Silver Dollar City worldwide attention. This awesome new 2013 coaster will take your breath away with its barrel rolls and crazy steep drops! If you are an adrenaline junkie returning to Branson after some time away, this is one thrill ride you won’t want to miss.

KaPau Plummet:

This wet and wild plunge, opened in 2014, is another new thriller for Branson visitors! This dueling slide will send riders free falling from a drop floor down a forty foot tower, hurling you to the pool at the bottom at 26 feet per second!

The Adventures of Marco Polo:

There are lots of shows in Branson that have been around awhile. If you are planning on returning to Branson in search of a new show, The Adventures of Marco Polo is it! This amazing show made its historic debut at Branson’s very own White House Theatre. Following the travels of explorer Marco Polo on his epic journey to China (the show was written with the help of Marco Polo’s journals!), this production sweeps you up with its adventure, amazing discoveries, and its love story. The show features 66 actors and actresses, dancers, acrobats and illusionists with stunning costumes and LED screens to bring this new story to life for Branson visitors.

Future Road Improvements:

If you have visited Branson in the past, chances are that you remember how bad traffic can be on Highway 76. Well, you will be excited to know that in August of 2014, the Board of Alderman in Branson adopted an improvement plan for the highway! This plan will consider and improve existing conditions, walkability for Branson visitors, traffic flow, and aesthetic appeal. Visit to learn about the plan, view illustrations and maps, and to voice your opinion!

White River Valley Trail System:

If you are interested in checking out new opportunities for recreation in Branson, check out the new White River Valley Trail System! This ten mile trail is a popular and rugged choice for both hikers and mountain bikers wanting a challenge. You can experience a variety of terrain and scenery on four different color coded loops. It makes for a great way to see a different side of Branson and to get out of town for a while!

Branson Auto and Farm Museum:

This newest of the museums in Branson, opened in 2014, is an engine lover’s dream! You will get the chance to see classic cars, antique tractors, and farm implements of old. This museum is a must see for the guys!

Branson is always changing, adding and improving. You won’t regret returning for a look at what’s new!

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Tips For First Time Branson Visitors

You’ve been hearing about it for years, you’ve seen it on TV, you’ve read about it online, and you are finally ready – ready to visit Branson! Your hotel is booked, your bags are packed and you are ready to hit the road to one of America’s number one vacation destinations. But what should you expect once you get there? A first time visit to Branson can be a little overwhelming – there is so much to see and do, and so many twists and turns in the road, and so many hidden attractions. But fear not, first time Branson visitors – we’ve got you covered with the guide below!

Silver Dollar City Wildfire Roller CoasterThings to Do:

Obviously, the primary goal of any vacation is to do things that are fun and memorable. And with so many fun things to do available to Branson visitors, it is easy to get overwhelmed trying to fit everything in. Here is a Branson secret: you’ll have to make two trips! Unless you plan on moving to Branson full time, it is impossible to see and do everything in one trip. Plan on picking a few things that you know you will really enjoy – that will make your trip much more fun. Here are some of the best attractions in Branson that you will certainly want to see during your first trip! Silver Dollar City is one of America’s premier theme parks, and a first time vacation must. Rides, shows, shops, live demonstrations, food and more await you here! The Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead will give you the best view around of Branson. Branson Landing is also quite the experience – and you will also have the opportunity to view Lake Taneycomo. And don’t forget to stop for lunch at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks – it’s an Ozarks tradition!

Things to Expect:

While Branson can be a ton of fun, it can also be exhausting trying to get around town and find everything, especially if you choose to vacation in the summer, when everyone else is in Branson too! You should expect plenty of heavy traffic, especially along Highway 76 – Branson’s ‘main drag.’ ALWAYS leave for your shows, rides or reservations early – nothing can ruin a first time Branson visitors’ trip like being late for an anticipated event. To help get yourself around town, stop by a visitor’s center and pick up a map – you will find several back roads that can help you avoid some of the worst traffic. You should also expect to find crowds in Branson, as the traffic indicates – always do a head count and keep ahold of little ones to avoid losing anyone in your group. Weather can be unpredictable in Branson – so expect the unexpected! Always bring raincoats, sweatshirts and sunscreen – the weather can change in a minute.

Things to Bring:

There are a few essentials to bring that first time Branson visitors are not aware of. First, bring all-weather gear – even if you are vacationing in the summer, bring long pants and a jacket. Raincoats, umbrellas, sunscreen and water bottles are also a must. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes will be essential – walking is nearly impossible to avoid in Branson! If you have a GPS or a GPS app on your smartphone, bring it along – it can be helpful when trying to find a hidden restaurant. Lastly, remember to bring a camera to capture all the great memories! Chances are, you’ll want to return to Branson again and again.

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