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The Moonlight Madness Festival in Branson



Each month, Branson never fails to give its guests something new to enjoy. With all the live music shows, theme parks, and nature activities in Branson, you will never have one dull moment in this place. It has become the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest, and Branson will prove that it is just that. If you think you have missed on the festivities and celebrations this month and for the past months, don’t worry because Branson still has something up its sleeve for you.

One of the most popular attractions in Branson is Silver Dollar City. This 1880’s themed amusement park always gives the guests thrills and excitement with its rides and shows. A whole day in Silver Dollar City is not enough for the guests, and because of this, Branson treats everyone to the Moonlight Madness Festival from July 18 to August 2, 2015. Make your summertime a really fun one by spending it in Silver Dollar City. You can now enjoy longer days at this theme park as it remains open until 10 PM. Now, you can have 12 hours of thrills and fun with the rides, shows, events, and shops in Silver Dollar City.

Catch the special shows at GAC echo Hollow from Wednesday to Monday at 7 PM. Then you can join the fun in the Chicken Dance, Electric Slide, and the Cotton Eyed Joe with Silver Dollar City’s Street Dance at 9 PM. Each night in the Moonlight madness Festival will feature special food and merchandise offers to the guests. The shops and eateries in Silver Dollar City will be open until 10 PM. Some of the shops that you can try are 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 Farmer’s Market. While there is the Moonlight Madness frenzy going on in the park, you can still enjoy the rides and shows.

The Moonlight Madness in Silver Dollar City is available from July 18 to August 2 from 9:30 AM to 10 PM. You can also go to Silver Dollar City on July 25 and August 1, when the park will be open from 9:30 AM to midnight. Purchase your tickets now by calling 1-800-785-1550. You can purchase two days’ worth of tickets for the price of one day tickets!


You are in for a grand time in Branson’s Silver Dollar City. Make your stay in Branson more convenient by staying in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort, which is located just minutes away from the theme park and Branson’s entertainment district. You can also choose from Branson log cabins, golf condos, and lakefront condos. Inquire now by calling 1-877-262-0430. 

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Join in the Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show



Branson is well known for the exciting and unique events happening all year round. This month of June is no exception at all. Branson, aside from its exceptional live music shows and thrilling theme parks, gives you a wonderful time with the festivals and events. Prepare for another fun time in Branson this June as you will be treated to another awesome experience.

This June 27, 2015, Saturday, Branson Missouri will be holding a Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show. This event will be held at Main Street Antique at 106 E Main Street Branson, Missouri. From 9 AM to 5 PM, the Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show will be treating you to the best miniature fine art, handcrafted miniatures, and a dollhouse sale. As they say, “the art is tiny, but not the show.” The Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show promises a fun trip to Branson. There are workshops to be held in the venue for those artists who would like to learn about miniature art. Top miniature artists from all over the country will also be invited to the show.

Tickets for the Branson Dollhouse Miniature Show are sold for only $6, and if you are bringing your own vehicle, there is also free parking near the area. Trout fishing and airport pickup are also options you can avail of when you buy your ticket. Mark your calendars now for this unique and exciting event in Branson. For more information regarding the tickets and the show, visit

While you are in Branson for the Dollhouse Miniature Show, why not make the most out of your time and explore all the good things Branson can give you? Definitely, a Branson visit would not be complete without seeing one of the live music shows in The Strip in Highway 76. Catch the shows of Branson greats and budding artists such as Mickey Gilley, The Presleys, The Cat’s Pajamas, Dolly Parton, and a lot more. Not only will these shows give you the best musical experience, they will also let you laugh with their antics, and some can even leave you in awe with their magic tricks. You can also visit the theme parks in Branson for an adrenaline rush. Silver Dollar City is one of Branson’s most famous theme parks. It houses the Outlaw Run, a wood coaster extraordinaire, since it is also considered to be one of the most daring wood coasters in America.


You will never run out of things to do in Branson. If you decide to stay for a day or two, why not get a lodging place that is close to the entertainment district of Branson. Choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort and make your experience more memorable and convenient. Inquire about the Branson log cabins and condos in Thousand Hills by calling 1-877-262-0430.

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Branson in June for the Bride to be


June is one of the best months to have that dream wedding of yours. The city will be in full bloom as more and more tourists come to the area. Not only that, but June also is the month of the transition of spring to summer. Wouldn’t you just love to have your big day between the year’s best months? And wouldn’t you love to be called a June bride? I hope you will!

Branson, Missouri is most commonly known as an entertainment haven. But because of the things to see in the city, Branson can also be the perfect place to set up a wedding. Not to mention that the city has great chapels.

The city of Branson is located at the heart of Missouri. It is surrounded by beautiful sceneries from the Ozark Mountains, the pristine TriLakes area, and so much more. The perfect location will give your wedding plan a good head start as you will only be minutes away from area attractions, chapels, restaurants, resorts, malls, or simply everything you might need. June might be months away but there is no harm done in planning it early! So, as you plan your wedding, here are the things Branson has to offer that will simply blow yours mind.

Branson Guest Lodging

Thousand Hills proudly presents you many lodging and accommodation options for you and your guests during you Branson Wedding. You have the choice of units that sleep 2 persons to 16 persons. And for the honeymooners, there are rooms available that will make your stay simply the best. There is the Golf View Condominium where you can enjoy the fresh view of the well-maintained Branson Golf Course. For a more secluded place, you can have the Branson Log Cabins at Grand Mountains for that rustic romantic setting. Or have the Majestic at Table Rock Lake where you will be at the lakefront of one of the most pristine lakes of Branson, Table Rock Lake.

Branson Wedding Chapels

If you wish to have you Branson Wedding at a chapel, Branson has two chapels: The Chapel at Integrity Hills and Stonegate Glass Wedding Chapel. Both are just perfect for your wedding day.

The Chapel at Integrity Hills is like it’s a well-kept secret according to couples who have been wed at the chapel. It is located above Table Rock Lake, sitting on a hill, surrounded by a beautiful garden. Just imagine a place like that and feel like you’re having your wedding at the Garden of Eden. It is a European-inspired chapel that was custom-crafted by Ozarkians with stone floor, iron chandeliers, and so much more. The altar is in front of a nineteen-foot cedar across flanked by picture windows and a panoramic view of Table Rock Lake and The Ozark Mountains. The whole chapel is enclosed by two double doors which will swing open and reveal the beautiful bride as she makes her entrance. The ambiance will be purely romantic as lights are dimmed and candles are lit in each window.

The Romanesque style of the Stonegate Glass Wedding Chapel makes an elegant wedding venue. There are enlarged windows which let the couple and guests inside overlook the nature surrounding the chapel. The lush landscaping and the exquisite water fountain located just outside the chapel, and the pristine lakes and Dogwood surrounding it will be perfect for wedding photography. The chapel is located in a wooded hilltop overlooking the beautiful Ozarks, just 10 miles north of Branson and is just the perfect place for marital union of man and nature.

Branson Catering


Leave your worries behind and let Jamie’s Creative Catering handle the reception of your Branson Wedding. With delicious food that’s beautifully prepared plus event rentals, your wedding we be at perfect bliss. Our creative catering team will take everything under control from entrees that can be served at a buffet or at their tables to customization of the menu to suit your taste and your lifestyle.

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A Throwback on Silver Dollar City



Branson Missouri has a lot to be proud of. From being named as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World to having the best family friendly attractions, it is no doubt that Branson is now the first choice in the vacation destinations in the Midwest. Tourists flock to Branson because it is not only a place with the best outlet malls, restaurants, theaters, and unique attractions. It is also a place where you can have a new adventure with your friends, family, and your special someone. One of the most famous theme parks in Branson is Silver Dollar City. This 1880’s themed amusement park will give you thrills and excitement. But let us get to know more about the history of Silver Dollar City.

Silver Dollar City would not have existed if not for the Herschend Family. The Herschend Family of Hugo and Mary, together with their sons Jack and Pete, vacationed in the Ozarks and they fell in love with the rich heritage of the area. It was in 1951 when the Herschends moved into the Ozarks and Hugo Herschend got a long term lease of Marvel Cave. After Hugo passed away in 1955, Mary and her sons continued his work in improving the cave by giving it electricity, walkways, and a cable train to take the guests up and out of the cave for tours. Marvel Cave became more and more popular, and it continued to draw in more tourists. Soon, a small replica frontier town was built just outside the cave entrance to give visitors something to enjoy while they waited in line for the Marvel Cave tour. This town was name Silver Dollar City, and a silver dollar was handed to the guests for them to spend and tell other people where that silver dollar came. Word had spread fast, and soon, the Herschends were in the theme park business and Silver Dollar City was in existence.

At present, the Herschend family owns 26 theme park enterprises in ten different states. These include Dollywood, The Harlem Globetrotters, Adventure Aquarium, Dixie Stampede, White Water, and Silver Dollar City. From handing out silver dollars, Silver Dollar City has come a long way. Now, it treats the guests to rides like the record-breaking Outlaw Run, and unique ones such as Wildfire and Powder Keg. Silver Dollar City also has theaters where guests can catch more than 40 shows per day to give them a breather from all the thrills in the park.


Your vacation in Branson can be made more perfect by getting the most convenient lodging place. Stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort and enjoy staying near Silver Dollar City. You also get to have a choice between Branson cabins, golf homes, and lakefront condos for your home away from home. Inquire now about lodging in Thousand Hills by dialing 1-877-262-0430.

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The Branson Winter Season

Many people think of Branson as primarily a summer vacation destination. But what many people do not know is that Branson can be a winter as well as a summer hotspot! The Branson winter season offers visitors and locals a whole new seasonal element that you don’t get any other time of year. Want to make Branson your winter destination? Read on to see what winter wonderland treats are in store for you!

Snow Covered Branson CabinsWinter Shows and Attractions: With the change in seasons comes a change in shows! If you want a new look at some of your favorite entertainers and attractions, winter is your perfect time to be in Branson. First, you will want to check out the Andy Williams Christmas Variety Show, featuring the Osmonds, the Lennon Sisters, and real live reindeer! Next, book your tickets for Dixie Stampede’s Christmas Show – not only will you get an outstanding meal at ‘the most fun place to eat in Branson,’ but you will also get to hear classic Christmas carols, see a live Nativity, and enjoy impressive feats of horsemanship! For a true Branson winter experience, head to Silver Dollar City for the Old Time Christmas Festival! You’ll hear music of the season, taste great winter comfort food, sip hot cocoa, and take the roller coasters in the cold! The Butterfly Palace also has a great Branson winter attraction – a display of dozens of white butterflies that resemble falling snow!

Winter Shopping: During the winter season, all of the Branson stores have a whole new element of shopping! Now you can find warm sweaters, flannel lined jeans, hat and scarf sets, winter outdoor and athletic wear, and so much more! The Branson winter season is the perfect time to get your Christmas shopping done as well – you are sure to find the perfect gift in Branson for everyone on your list!

Winter Scenery: Not only is the show and shopping atmosphere different in the winter, but the scenery in and around Branson is different too! You won’t want to miss the sight of the Ozarks in snow, and there is nothing more beautiful than seeing ice glimmering on Table Rock Lake. Small, brightly colored native songbirds stand out in the wildlife areas around Branson in the winter, and geese can be heard overhead going south.

Branson is a great place to be in the winter – not only do you get all the benefits listed above, but you can also have the opportunity to get Branson winter lodging rates! Since winter is the ‘off’ season in Branson, many hotels lower their nightly rates. Just one more thing to love about the Branson winter season! Come visit Branson this winter and find YOUR favorite thing about winter!

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Classic Car Lovers Are Right at Home in Branson

It is almost impossible to not be at least somewhat enthralled with classic cars. Whether you drove one as a teenager, admired them in the movies, or played with tiny die-cast or plastic models of them, classic cars have a look and an aura about that that is inherently American. If you live in or visit Branson, Missouri, and you happen to be a lover of these sleek, old fashioned machines, you are in luck – Branson loves classic cars as much as you do!

Shepherd’s Super Summer Cruise

Summer Car Cruise in BransonThe biggest and the best classic car event held in Branson annually is the Super Summer Cruise; taking place at the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead, it is the premier car show in Branson! The three day car show is followed by an awesome midnight cruise in the cars around town.
Show ‘n’ Shine: This is your chance to either show off your classic car, or to admire someone else’s! See more than 500 outstanding examples of classic cars and pickup trucks, all on display at the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead site. Everywhere you look there will be another bright and shiny car! Impalas, Mustangs, Chevrolet pickup trucks, and even a brass fire engine and a lifted school bus have been spotted at the car show before! For car owners, the show features a secure place to park your wheels, photo opportunities and judging of the Branson classic cars – plus a chance to ride the ZipLine!
Midnight Cruise: The Midnight Cruise is just what it sounds like – a cruise around Branson at midnight with more classic cars than you can imagine! You might even catch a glimpse of a Branson celebrity or two riding around in a classic rig. Be sure to get a roadside claim staked early – spots go fast for this annual event!

Branson Collector Car Auction

Here is your chance to buy your dream Branson classic car! At the Branson Car Collector Auction, you have the chance to get amazing deals on everything from Model Ts to Beamers to Corvettes!

Branson Auto and Farm Museum

For the coolest museum around, visit the Branson Auto and Farm Museum on Highway 76! Not only will you see some awesome classic cars, but some cool antique farm machinery too! This newest of the museums in Branson features classic convertibles, Corvettes, Bel Airs, Chevelles, and more – plus a tractor or two! Folks of all ages will love this museum full of Branson classic cars.

These are just a few of the places in Branson where you can see and experience these dream machines. Who knows, you may be driving around town in one yourself!

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National Acts Come to Branson Throughout The Year

Jonah In BransonBranson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, has risen from a mere destination in a novel (‘Shepherd of the Hills’ by Harold Bell Wright) to a nationally acclaimed vacation hotspot. Mention anywhere in Missouri to anyone from other states and the first thing they will usually ask is “is it near Branson?” There is so much to see and do here in Branson – and many of the shows and attractions are just as nationally known as the town. Read on for some great Branson acts and attractions that have gained the fame!

National Harvest and Cowboy Festival: You sure won’t want to miss this one, pardner! The National Harvest and Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City has gained national attention – as the name implies! – as one of the best displays of Americana craftsmanship and heritage. Watch the New Texas Trick Riders as they perform feats of skill including whip tricks and mounted shooting while riding atop their valiant horses. You can also watch in awe as stuntmen and women wow you with their stunts during the Western Stunt Show. After catching these great Branson acts at SDC, admire the work of over 125 American craftsmen and grab some grub at Molly’s Mill Restaurant.

Acrobats of China: For a Branson act that will have you and your family marveling, book your tickets to see the Acrobats of China! The Jinan Troupe was brought to the Ozarks by Mr. Lizhi Zhao, with the intent of sharing the amazing talent of these athletic Asian performers. You will watch in awe as the Jinan Troupe performs daring feats in the air and on the ground, and as they perform classic Chinese dances and human performance art. The amazing costumes and great effects only add to the magnificence of this show! This group has performed around the world, and now you have the chance to see this wonderful act locally.

Jonah: For a sweeping show that the whole family will love, make plans to see Jonah at the Sight and Sound Theater. This show first opened at a sister theater in Lancaster, PA, and now it is here in Branson for you to experience. Following the Biblical story of Jonah, the message of God’s love plays the starring role in this inspiring and powerful production. Original music, complex sets and scenery, and jaw dropping special effects combined with this beloved story will keep you on the edge of your seat. You can even arrive an hour before show time for a backstage tour to see where the magic happens!

These are just a few of the Branson acts and attractions that have national acclaim. There are new acts coming to Branson all the time, so each year you have the chance to see something different!

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Christmas Shopping in Branson

As anyone who has participated in the upcoming holiday season knows, it is never too early to start your Christmas shopping. Waiting until the last minute can be stressful and involves higher prices, standing in long lines inside crowded stores, and the risk of not being able to purchase what you really want. Getting your shopping started ahead of the curve is sure to improve your Christmas spirit – but even with starting early, the question is ‘where should I shop?’ Not to worry, holiday shoppers – Branson has you covered! Doing your Christmas shopping in Branson will be one of the merriest experiences you will ever have. Read on for some shopping tips that will fit any style this season!

Shop Local: With a recent big push for local goods, your shopping style may be to keep your dollars local this Christmas. If so, you are in luck! Shopping in Branson provides you with a great selection of locally owned stores featuring Ozarks goods. Silver Dollar City is a great place to find locally crafted items for holiday gifts. Blacksmiths, potters, jewelry makers and wood crafters are all on site to make you the perfect custom gift! There is something for everyone on your list in the shops at Silver Dollar City. If you still want to buy local, but prefer to avoid the big crowds, check out the Branson Craft Mall! Here you will find quilts, hand woven baskets, local honey and soup mixes, handmade chocolates, and more! The Keeter Center Gift Shop at College of the Ozarks is another great place to purchase local gifts – and you will be supporting the students that make them!

Shop Big: Some folks prefer to do their Christmas shopping at larger retail stores – Branson has its fair share of these as well! If someone on your list wants some new clothes for Christmas, head over to the Branson Khol’s store for a huge selection of name brand clothing and shoes at low prices. If you have a technology guru to shop for, Best Buy will have the latest and greatest gadgets to put under the tree. If you have a do-it yourselfer to buy a gift for, you are sure to find the perfect item at Lowes or Home Depot. And if you are buying for a bookworm, Books A Million has thousands of books to choose from!

Shop Unique: If your style is to find the craziest, most out there gift possible to put under the tree or in a stocking, Branson has no shortage of unique stores to shop at! Dicks 5 and 10 in downtown Branson has the area’s biggest selection of all things unique. Young and old alike will find the perfect gifts to give when shopping in Branson’s favorite 5 and 10! Bass Pro Shops is another place to find a real ‘out there’ gift – who wouldn’t love to get a kayak or perhaps some hunting themed dinnerware for Christmas?

These are just a handful of the great options you have for Christmas shopping in Branson. Check them out and find some other shops as well – who knows, Santa may hire you as his newest helper!

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Vacation Lodging Tips & Tricks

As travelers are continually shopping for the lowest lodging rates there is one statement you should consider. “You get what you pay for”. This does not always translate into the quality of lodging or location. Often times it pertains to support services that you may need during your stay such as maintenance and housekeeping.

1-bedroom-condos-branson-livingAs owners are becoming more comfortable in renting out their own condo or cabin through owner owned listing sites many travelers are attracted by the lower nightly rates offered at the same resorts they typically stay out. They are renting directly through the property owner versus the rental management company.

There are a few things to consider when securing these reservations that are your, “what if” questions. What are the check-in, check-out procedures? How do I get my key or access code? What if they key or code doesn’t work? What if I get locked out of my condo or cabin in the middle of the night? What if I can’t find the condo or cabin? What if I have a maintenance issue” What if there aren’t enough housekeeping supplies? What are the cancellation or rebooking policies? What if I have a noise complaint? What if I have an emergency? Is anyone available for after-hour calls? Are all of the resort amenities available during my stay? What is my recourse in an unsatisfactory stay?

Your accommodations and location may be fabulous, however let there be an after-hour maintenance issue with no one is to be found, then the lower lodging rate suddenly don’t seem to be such a bargain. Your support services are as integral to a successful stay as the location and quality of your accommodations. You expect responsive customer service that is available 24/7 for all of your “what if’s”.

One recent vacationer was trying to check-in to a condo that was rented directly through the owner. They came to the Thousand Hills Clubhouse thinking that this would be the check-in location since there was signage everywhere designating it as the check-in location. However, it soon became apparent that they had not made their reservation directly through the rental management company. They tried to find their confirmation number provided by the owner with no luck. They were able to finally remember a piece of information that allowed the front desk to find the website that they booked through. The guest was not able to reach anyone at their customer service number until quite some time later that evening. Definitely not the way to begin your vacation experience.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort is your official rental company for condos at Thousand Hills Golf Course, The Majestic and Cabins at Grand Mountain. We offer full-support services during your stay to include maintenance and housekeeping. Additional supplies, towels, linens, pool towels are available at our front desk at the Thousand Hills Clubhouse. A manager is available for after-hour calls 24/7. Access to all on-site amenities are only available through the Thousand Hills Golf Resort with equipment available to check-out at our front desk. We are here to serve you in providing fabulous accommodations, and provide responsive customer service for all of those “what if” questions. So, relax enjoy your stay. We have you covered. Your only question is now, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”! Please call us at 855-353-0886 or visit us at for your official Thousand Hills Golf Resort, The Majestic, or Cabins at Grand Mountain experience.

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Fireman’s Landing at Silver Dollar City – Fun for the Whole Family

Firemans Landing at SDCAnyone who has been to Silver Dollar City, located in the heart of Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, knows that this world famous theme park is a ton of fun! Silver Dollar City started out way back in the day as a replica frontier town and show that handed out silver dollars to folks waiting in line to tour Marvel Cave. What once started out as a distraction from a long wait has grown into one of the biggest attractions in Branson, complete with festivals, real craftsmen and thrill rides like Wildfire and Outlaw Run. Silver Dollar City is constantly striving to come up with new and fun ways to bring people to the park – and they have done it again with Fireman’s Landing, an all-new family adventure for 2015!

Fireman’s Landing is a throwback to times gone by (like a lot of Silver Dollar City’s attractions – that’s part of what makes it so fun!). This great, family friendly part of the park is designed to replicate an old fashioned volunteer fireman recruiting fair, where young firemen to be recruits could test their strength and skill to ensure that they could hold up to the tasks that lay ahead! Now you and your family can test your own abilities at Fireman’s Landing with four interactive play areas and six thrilling new rides!

Are ready to test your eyesight to spot forest fires? Take a ride on the Fire Spotter – you will soar high into the air in a balloon to look for orange flames! Think you can hold on to your stomach long enough to ride the wagon to the bucket brigade? Get in line for Fire Wagon Frenzy. Firefall is an 8 story free fall drop from the Fire Tower – can you handle heights well enough to stop the flames?

When you’re ready to help train up the youngest of the recruits, head over to Firefighter’s Fire Drill and practice hosing out fires, our figure out your way down the Fire Escape, or even fly through the air on the Fireman’s Flyer! And if you have a little one who is looking for a drop (but maybe not 8 stories!), send them over to Up the Ladder, where they can build up the skills to climb high. Don’t forget about the firemen’s best friend – the loyal Dalmatian! Lucky’s Dizzy Dogs takes kids on a racing ride around a classic bright red fire hydrant – be on the lookout for Lucky himself throughout Fireman’s Landing! And when you are all done, cool off at the Firehouse Splash Yard with some soaker hoses.

There is no doubt, Fireman’s Landing is a ‘surefire’ way to have loads of great family fun, and learn about fire safety as well! Be prepared to get recruited for fireman style adventures in one of the world’s most famous and most visited theme parks – Silver Dollar City!

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