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Keep Warm With a Branson Condo Vacation at Thousand Hills

If you’ve decided to take a little vacation during the holiday season, look no further than Branson, Missouri! With it’s holiday shows and attractions and great lodging, you’ll be warm by the fire just thinking about it.

Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas Festival is still in full swing here in Branson, and they’re ready to help you “make memories worth repeating” with your family. Before the park takes down all the twinkling lights, go enjoy the five-story musical Christmas tree along with a hot mug of wassail. Lights coat almost every tree and building, and the effect is a night filled with the magic of Christmas. For more information about An Old Time Christmas or Silver Dollar City, visit www.silverdollarcity.com.

The Dixie Stampede is another show that doesn’t stop during December. An amazing live nativity is part of the action, and you’ll see angels descend upon the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. Elves from the North Pole make an appearance, competing against the elves of the South Pole. You’ll get to experience Dixie’s famous four-course feast while you’re watching, as well as refreshments in the Carriage Room prior to the show. To get more information about tickets, visit www.dixiestampede.com.

Branson CondosThere’s also no shortage of shopping during the holidays in Branson. With fabulously unique shops in downtown and the Branson Landing close by, you can find something for everyone on your shopping list. You may even be able to stash some presents away for later in the year and take some of the stress out of trying to find that perfect birthday gift later. Be sure to visit Branson’s famous gems including Dick’s 5 & 10, which is the home of all things nostalgic. With a variety of candies and toys you’ll remember from your childhood, Dick’s 5 & 10 is a winter wonderland for kids and adults.

But where will you stay between all this family fun? Look no further than Thousand Hills for a condo that provides the perfect place for you to warm your toes after a long day of shopping, sightseeing and theatre going. Lakefront and golf condos are available, and are just a few minutes from Branson so you don’t have to miss any of the action. The condos also give you the privacy of having your own home. Forget staying at a hotel where there are 50 other people on the same floor! Rent a condo at Thousand Hills to meet your needs and be the most comfortable during your winter vacation to Branson.

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Branson Thanksgiving Dining

November is one of the best times to visit Branson. Besides being surrounded by the beautiful explosion of colors of an Ozark's Fall season, you can also feel colder weather. The town will be lit up in dazzling Christmas lights in preparation for Christmas, shows will be in full swing, and great shopping malls will be open! But most importantly, Thanksgiving would be all over the city. So you better not miss out on the festivals and special events and don't forget to take in the beauty of Missouri's most pristine lakes!Branson Thanksgiving Turkey

As you can see, thanksgiving in Branson is one of the most celebrated events in the city. Both locals and tourists gather their families for one big celebration. Branson, Missouri is an entertainment capital in the Midwest, and all of the fun and excitement will surely be present during thanksgiving! Truly, there are so many things to be thankful for.

A Branson Thanksgiving is not just another Thanksgiving celebration. You can have all the entertainment Branson, Missouri has to offer. You can wait for your mom to finish cooking your Thanksgiving turkey, but you could also come to Branson and have more than just a turkey! What is thanksgiving without some delicious thanksgiving meals, right? Here are some of the Branson restaurants you just might want to try during your Branson Thanksgiving. These restaurants would definitely cater to your thanksgiving cravings all on the 28th of November!

Level 2 Steakhouse – Thanksgiving Day Brunch

From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, let Level 2 Steakhouse's chefs do all the cooking, baking, and basting. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your brunch and some quality family time over a unique Thanksgiving meal at your table. For only $38.00 per person, you will burp with joy at Level 2 Steakhouse! For reservations and for more details, dial 1-417-243-3433.

2013 Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks Thanksgiving Day Brunch

On your Thanksgiving Day Brunch, let our culinary staff of students at Dobyns Dining Room offer something for every taste. You can also enjoy student entertainment on Thursday through Saturday evening from the wide range of musical talent on our campus and an antique and custom car show. And not just that, but you can also check out or Bakery at any time of the day for some pastries, desserts, homemade style ice cream, and a variety of coffee and fruit drinks. Reservations for groups or 4 people or less should be at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm. For groups of 5 people or more, reservations would be accepted at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. Adults would be charged $34.95, children ages 5 to 12 years old $13.95, and children under 5 would be free of charge. For reservations or for more details, dial 1-417-690-2146.

Chateau on the Lake – Thanksgiving Day Brunch

Be at the Chateau on the Lake on Thanksgiving Day for a heart-warming brunch with your whole family. Fill your tummies with our finest salads, fruits, cheeses, shellfish, entrée, side dishes, carved meats, and desserts! Adults will be charged $48.00, children ages 6 to 12 years old $22.00, and children under 5 are free of charge as long as with an adult. For reservations and for more details, dial 1-888-333-5253..

Main Street Lake Cruises On The Landing Princess Yacht – Thanksgiving Day Dinner

On the 22nd of November, be at the Branson Landing Lakefront and have a Lake Cruise on The Landing Princess Yacht. The first cruise departs at 12:00 pm and returns at 2:00 pm, while the second cruise departs at 3:00 pm and returns at 5:00 pm. Warm your hearts with roasted turkey and baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, seasonal vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, tossed mandarin orange salad, warm dinner rolls, pumpkin cheesecake, and drinks that include coffee, hot tea, soda, and water. Purchase your tickets now!

For lodging purposes when in Branson, go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort where you can have a choice of staying in a Branson cabin or a Branson condo. Spend your Thanksgiving in Branson for the ultimate gastronomic delight.

 

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Stay Warm in Winter in a Branson Cabin

Winter is fast coming up. If your family is planning for a winter vacation in Branson, make Thousand Hills Golf Resort part of your plan. Have your most memorable winter vacation ever right in the heart of Branson.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort is strategically and conveniently located near the entertainment district of Branson. You can have a grand time with Branson's winter specials for you, and then be home and take that much-needed rest of yours in just a matter of minutes from the heart of Branson.Winter in a Branson cabin

Unlike in other places where you are constrained with the only option of renting a hotel room or a motel room for the entire family, Thousand Hills gives you numerous options for your lodging place. One such option is having a Branson cabin as your vacation home. The Branson cabins in Thousand Hills Golf Resort are made of Colorado cut spruce logs to give you a rustic feel even while you are inside the cabin. Now witness the right mix of modern architecture and the rustic setting of nature. The cabins in Thousand Hills are also surrounded by tall trees and lush greens so you have the feeling of seclusion even when you are living right in the heart of Branson.

These Branson cabins have first-class amenities so that you will have that ultimate feeling of luxury. There is already a fully furnished bedroom with a king sized bed and luxurious yet comfortable linens. Its bathroom is also fully furnished, and also includes a Jacuzzi tub to make it more posh. The cabins also have a kitchen, fully equipped with the kitchen basics that you need to whip up your own secret recipes for the family.

Come wintertime, a Branson cabin is truly perfect to keep you warm after being exposed to the cold outside for too long. It has a fireplace so you can get cozy and comfortable in the cabin. Winter can also be a cuddle weather so you might want to share the cabin with your special someone.

There are a lot of things in the cabin that can keep you entertained all throughout your stay. First, you can watch TV shows in the cabin's cable televisions equipped with premium channels like ESPN and NBA. There is also a DVD player in the cabin so you can pop in a DVD copy of your favorite movie and enjoy. For online gamers and social network addicts, there is also free wireless Internet for you to use. If you are more of the outdoorsy type of person, you can always head on to the swimming pool to feel the icy water.

 

Visit a Branson cabin in Thousand Hills Golf Resort and see for yourself that it is indeed the perfect place to stay during winter in Branson. If you want to reserve your cabin or inquire about it, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Spend Thanksgiving With Your Family in Branson

Sharing Thanksgiving with your family is special. Sharing it in Branson can make it even more special.

This Thanksgiving, celebrate the holiday with your family in Branson. On Nov. 28, a number of local restaurants and shows are sharing the holiday with you. All you have to do to get in on the action is to check out some of the attractions that are open on Thanksgiving near your Branson lodging and ready to help you make memories with your loved ones!

Whether you start your holiday with a good meal or end with one, Branson has a variety of restaurants that are serving up your favorite dishes and maybe even some new ones. The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks is a favorite of locals and tourists. Thanksgiving Brunch is open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and will feature a menu with roast turkey, glazed ham, smoked prime rib, peel-and-eat shrimp, and even oysters. If none of those options strike your fancy, don’t worry – the brunch buffet definitely has something that will satisfy your taste buds. Reservations are highly recommended. To get your reservations, call 417-239-1900 or go online to keetercenter.edu.

After you’ve had a fabulous lunch (or dinner!), you can work off a little of that extra turkey and stuffing by taking your family for a game of laser tag and/or miniature golf! The Branson Family Fun Factory has indoor laser tag and miniature golf in a comfortable, climate controlled environment. The Branson Family Fun Factop.m.ry is open Thursday 4 – 8 p.m., Friday 4 – 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday 12 – 8 p.m. Additional hours are available by reservation, with special hours for Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Laser tag or miniature golf is $9 per person, but if you combine your laser tag experience with miniature golf, your price is $12.50 per person. Two games of laser tag are $14 per person.

While you’re in Branson, you can also take in the Branson Area Festival of Lights Drive Through or White Flight at the Butterfly Palace. The Branson Area Festival of Lights Drive Through is part of Branson’s annual Christmas celebration. Each year the entire Branson area is coated in Christmas lights, and the Festival of Lights is just one way visitors to Branson can experience the Christmas season. From Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, vehicles can drive through the displays in Branson from dusk to 11 p.m. Family vehicles cost $15, while a family season pass is $25. Mini coaches (with 12-28 seats), including church vans and limos are $30, and full size motorcoaches are $55. Go online to explorebranson.com/Christmas/bafol to receive a $2 savings on your trip through the Festival of Lights.

White Flight at the Butterfly Palace is also returning for the holidays in Branson. One of Branson’s newest family traditions, White Flight is the home of hundreds of white exotic butterflies and a host of other activities for your family. Living angel statues come to life as you tour the Butterfly Palace, and you’ll get to see the 18 foot tall poinsettia Christmas tree while you’re exploring White Flight. For more information about White Flight, visit thebutterflypalace.com.

While you’re in Branson, enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with your family at one of Branson’s fabulous restaurants. Afterward, have a little fun with laser tag and miniature golf, or see some Christmas lights or a holiday show. Whatever you decide, enjoy your Branson Thanksgiving!

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A Two-Bedroom Branson Condo for Your Family Vacation

A vacation would not as complete as when you spend it with the entire family. And there is no better place to spend your family vacation than in Branson Missouri. Dubbed as the ultimate family vacation destination, Branson guarantees activities and attractions that would surely delight people of all ages. Tag along the kids, the teenagers, and even the oldies. Because in Branson, they are sure to find an activity that they will love in Branson.Bedroom in a Branson condo

 

Branson has various activities that the whole family can enjoy and have some quality bonding time to. For the kids to enjoy, there is Silver Dollar City, which is Branson’s premier amusement park. You can bring out the kid in you and enjoy the rides and attractions in this theme park with your little ones. There is also White Water, a water-filled theme park if you want to get out of a theme park wet-n-wild. Kids and teenagers alike will also enjoy the unique museums that are present in Branson. Capture that once-in-a-lifetime photo with the Hollywood stars, post it on Facebook, and watch the number of likes go up. If you like that idea, then visit Branson’s Hollywood Wax Museum. Other museums worth visiting and could be a different but fun learning experience for your children would be the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and the Titanic Museum. Delve into the world of the unbelievable that is Ripley’s world. And take a trip back to memory lane with the tragic love story of Jack and Rose in the Titanic for the old ones to reminisce about. Live music shows featuring Branson’s greatest musical artists are also a pleasant treat especially for the music lovers. Who knows, when you visit Branson you might just stumble into a live music show of one of Hollywood’s greatest hitmakers. After a day of adventure, what better way to cap off the day than with a dinner with the entire family in one of Branson’s restaurants.

 

Let your family experience a grand vacation by giving them a two bedroom Branson condo in Thousand Hills Golf Resort as their home away from home. A two bedroom Branson condo is one of the most popular Branson condos. This size can handle a whole family, even and extended one, two couples travelling together, or business associates who wants a comfortable, spacious, yet affordable rental option in Branson.

 

The two bedroom Branson condo offers you amenities that you can find in a comfortable home. It has a queen sized sofa sleeper which you can extend the sleeping capacity. The condo unit is also equipped with a DVD player and a television in each bedroom of the condo unit. This Branson condo is also equipped with a fully furnished kitchen which has all the materials needed for you to be a chef for your entire family. All the bedrooms will also have a private bath, and the master bedroom has a whirlpool tub in it. This Branson condo also has a porch or patio which you could use to clear a worrisome mind.

 

For inquiries and reservation in Thousand Hills, call 1-877-262-0430.

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Get a Start on Christmas Shopping in Branson

It is never too early to do some Christmas shopping. Do yourself a favor and avoid the Christmas rush. Save yourself from the long lines and the bustling malls which occurs during the peak season of the Christmas season. Quit the cram, and have an early Christmas shopping in Branson.

Branson is most popularly recognized for its theme parks, perfect trilakes area, and live music shows of the musical legends from Branson. It is also slowly becoming known for the gastronomic delights that it gives the tourists. For the record, it is in Branson where you can find the best theme park food in the whole of America. As the Christmas season is nearing, try to pay a visit to Branson and experience Christmas shopping in Branson. Branson Missouri is slowly becoming a budding place for shoppers looking for unique finds, gift ideas, and great bargains on branded stuff.Tanger Outlet Center in Branson Missouri

There are plenty of outlet malls present in Branson Missouri, all of which you can visit, shop, and save. Read along and get to know the places you should visit for an awesome shopping experience.

The Branson Landing is making a name for itself, no doubt. This outlet mall in Branson Missouri is located along the waterfront of Lake Taneycomo, thus offering its visitors and shoppers a relaxed ambiance and a refreshing atmosphere. This outlet mall features a lot of shops which are popular national retailers. Some of these shops are the Bass Prop Shops, Belk Department Store, White House/Black Market, Chico’s, and Ann Taylor Loft. To keep its guests entertained, Branson Landing also has invested in a $7.5 million Water and Fire Show. Now strolling from shop to shop will not be that boring. Add to that the live concerts happening frequently. This mall in Branson is truly one-of-a-kind!

Tanger Outlet Center is another outlet mall wherein you will surely have great finds. This mall is booming with the latest in the fashion industry brought to you by your favorite clothing brands. Some of the stores present in this outlet mall where you could do some Christmas shopping are Polo Ralph Lauren, GAP Outlet, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Rockport, Van Heusen, and Skechers. The kids will not be disappointed since Tanger Outlet Center also has stores for kids’ fashion. Examples of these stores are Osh Kosh, Disney Store Outlet, Gymboree, Carter’s and Tommy Kids.

 

If you are looking to give unique gifts to your loved ones this Christmas, then Branson’s IMAX Entertainment Complex is definitely a place you should visit. This outlet mall offers you Branson specialty stores. One of the stores in the IMAX Entertainment Complex is Legend Gifts. As the store’s name speaks for itself, you can find legendary gifts here like limited edition prints, soundtracks, posters, and IMAX films on video. There is also the Shadow Box where you are guaranteed to find collectible items, antique items, and other trinkets that would make a perfect Christmas gift to your loved ones.

Head on to Branson for your Christmas shopping. Branson is waiting for you.

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Discover the Branson Condo at Thousand Hills

If you’re in Branson, Missouri and you’re looking for a place to stay, A Branson Condo might just fit your taste and lifestyle. Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort presents its Branson Condos to you, which feature suites to much larger five bedroom townhouses and condominiums. These will surpass your expectations with luxury, space, and off the top amenities once you set foot on these the moment you arrive.Branson lakefront condos

A Branson Condo is not like any usual condo because it is has the newest and the latest appointments and designs that will make your stay simply the best. And a Branson Condo is not a Branson Condo without the view you can have. You can choose from a fresh view of the award-winning Branson Golf Course or a rustic wooded setting like that of a Branson Cabin. Whichever you choose, you will surely delight in seeing these just outside your window or from your own private patio or deck. Just imagine how wonderful your mornings will be with these tranquil views!

Once inside a Branson condo, you will appreciate the spacious living room that has a complete TV and DVD set. The bedrooms are with high end beddings and Cable Television for your enjoyment, and the master bathroom has a jetted or a whirlpool Jacuzzi-type tub. There is also a fully-equipped kitchen with all major appliances, including a washer and a dryer for your convenience. Thousand Hills assures you that all are unparalleled furnishings when it comes to our Branson Lodging.

The Branson Condos of Thousand Hills are conveniently located only a few minutes from the heart of Branson, and a few feet from the award-winning Branson Golf Course! These condos will knock you off your feet with all the amenities included such as indoor and outdoor pools, fully equipped gym area, golf course, ample parking, and so much more! This will surely give you a whole new kind of experience when it comes to Branson Lodging with all the great things included. So when you’re in Branson, and you’re looking for a place to stay, don’t forget to make a Branson Condo your home away from home. You will have more than what you pay for and you will be in a location well away from the crowded street noise but still be only minutes from Branson Area Attractions.

For more information or for reservations, please visit http://www.thousandhills.com/branson-lodging/branson-condos or dial 1-877-262-0430.

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What's in store for you in a Branson Thanksgiving

The start of the months that end in -ber is the signal of colder weather, and in no time winter would be here as well. As the weather changes, Branson, Missouri continues to offer a variety of events to interest every member of every family. And in November, the whole country sees the arrival of American Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving should be a memorable occasion for every family. It is the time of the year when all of us should be thankful for having gone through another year. On the 28th of November, make memories with one another and head for the Ozarks to celebrate. Delight in various activities during this weekend and make the most out of your stay. You have lots to thank for and Branson, Missouri is just the perfect place to be. There will be lots of things to do – even attractions – to make your stay worthwhile. Be sure to try these.The Titanic Museum in Branson

IMAX Entertainment Complex

Whether you want to shop, dine in unique restaurants, or watch a movie, the IMAX Entertainment Complex is one of the places to visit. It has specialty Branson stores, such as Legend Gifts, which has movie posters, limited edition prints, soundtracks and IMAX films on video. The Shadow Box can is also there where you can get beautiful quilts, grandfather clocks, custom-made leather apparel, jewelry, and souvenirs.

Branson Scenic Railway

Start-off your trip on the Branson Scenic Railway. It is a 40-mile roundtrip through the Ozark Mountains, which takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. The trip takes you to place that cars and other modes of transportation can’t access, making your trip unique and something you would want to remember. This tour provides you with historical sightseeing plus a conductor that narrates the beautiful places you see. You definitely have to try this because the trains have been renovated and restored to make you feel that you are riding it during the old days that they were actively transporting people, when train travel was at its peak. There are three cars and each car provides a different panoramic view of the jaw-dropping beauty of the Ozark Mountains.

Ride The Ducks

An alternative to the Branson Scenic Railway without sacrificing fun and entertainment is the Branson Ride The Ducks. The Branson Ride The Ducks is one of the most unique Branson attractions that provide fun, adventure, and thrill all in one ride. It is an 80-minute tour along Branson Missouri pathways, with a trek up the beautiful Ozark Mountains, travel along the famous Highway 76 visiting Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, trip to the pristine Table Rock Dam, and lastly, an exciting finale in true “duck” fashion straight into Table Rock Lake for a lake cruise. The Ride The Ducks is an ultimate lake activity for the whole family! Known for the comfort and the reliability the water vehicles provide, you are sure to have fun and still be at ease during your cruise.

Branson Theaters

After having a tour around Branson, you can visit Branson Theaters that have various shows. These shows have made Branson famous and it still one of the reasons people come here. You might want to try Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, the Starlite Theater, the Mickey Gilley Theater and the Clay Cooper Theater. There are many different shows to catch while you are there. These include the Crossties Bluegrass and Gospel Show, the Branson Brothers Show, the Branson Divas Show, the Six Show, Number 1 Hits of the '60s, the 4 Ever Motown Show, the Redhead Express Bluegrass Comedy Show and the Moe Bandy Show.

Branson Museums

Other than movies, variety shows, and concerts, Branson, Missouri offers both locals and tourists the chance to wander through the town's museums. Check out the Branson Titanic Museum, which is the World's Largest Museum Attraction. You can also be closer to your favorite Hollywood stars and snap a photo or two with then at the Hollywood Wax Museum. If you are looking for unusual things, visit Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum and be amazed! For the kids, you can also visit the Dinosaur Museum and the World's Largest Toy Museum.

Branson Restaurants

Thanksgiving would not be complete without some Thanksgiving meals, right? There are many Branson restaurants that serve unique Branson Thanksgiving dishes. Make your tummies happy and have the best Thanksgiving meal in Branson's restaurants.

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Celebrate the Season with Branson Christmas Shows

There are a vast number of ways that folks like to celebrate the Christmas and holiday season. Most people grew up with traditions like caroling, baking scrumptious Christmas sugar cookies, or perhaps going to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Some people celebrate by throwing a party or hosting a big dinner, or by hitting the stores to go window shopping. No matter what your style is, Christmas is about finding unique ways to celebrate the reasons for the season. If you would like to start a new celebratory Christmas tradition, check out some of the great Branson Christmas shows! They are sure to get you and yours in a festive mood, and make some Christmas memories that will last for holiday seasons to come.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Family Christmas

Dixie Stampede at ChristmasDolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Branson located on Highway 76 always draws a crowd. If you love the horses, the food and the fun, you are sure to love the Dixie Family Christmas! The Dixie Stampede arena becomes a dazzling winter wonderland in this Christmas spectacular – and the best part is that you get to be part of the fun! You will get to be a part of the friendly rivalry between the North Pole and the South Pole, and cheer on your team in various games (many of them on horseback!) as you enjoy a filling four course meal fit for a king. Watch in wonder as daring trick riders jump their horses through rings of fire, and festively dressed ponies and riders gallop through the ring to well-loved Christmas carols. The live Nativity scene will fill your heart with the true meaning of Christmas, and of course, no Christmas show is complete without a visit from Santa Claus! Book your tickets today!

Christmas on the Trail at Shepherd of the Hills

For a frontier Christmas experience celebrated the cowboy way, come see the Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show at Shepherd of the Hills, located on West Highway 76. You will enjoy Christmas music with a fiddlin’ twist, holiday cowboy stories, and a little dash of good old fashioned campfire humor. This enjoyable show is made even more memorable by the great meal that accompanies it; be prepared to feast on trail chili, dutch oven taters, corn, cornbread with apple butter, apple cobbler and a steaming hot cup of joe! This ten year strong Branson Christmas show is sure to warm you inside and out this Christmas season. Your ticket also includes admission to the Trail of Lights, and a trip up to the top of the Inspiration Tower.

White Flight at The Butterfly Palace

For a fluttering holiday celebration, come visit The Butterfly Palace for White Flight, a special holiday exhibit featuring hundreds of white tropical butterflies floating about the tropical butterfly aviary like winged snowflakes. You and your family will watch in awe as these beautiful Christmas butterflies fly among Living Statues of Angels, and soar up to the top of an eighteen foot tall Poinsettia Christmas Tree, while Christmas carols play in the background. Your family will want to come back year after year!

Celebrating the season with Branson Christmas shows is a great way to get in the spirit of the holidays. So book your tickets to these and other great shows today!

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The History of Branson Missouri

When most folks around the United States think of Branson, chances are that they think of bluegrass music Highway 76, affectionately known by locals as ‘The Strip’ or the ‘Main Drag.’ Or Silver Dollar City may come to mind, with the world famous wooden roller coaster Outlaw Run and piping hot, melt in your mouth funnel cakes. Images of the Table Rock Dam, the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider, White Water and Tanger Outlet Malls can be thought of when the name Branson is tossed around. But have you ever wondered what came BEFORE all that? Just where did Branson come from, and how did it get to be one of the most popular vacation destinations in America? Read on for a little Branson history!

Branson HistoryFor a long time, the Southwest Missouri area was just like any other frontier – wild, rugged and unclaimed. Slowly civilization began to trickle in from more densely populated areas, and in 1882, a man named Reuben Branson opened a post office and general store in the Ozark Mountains. The area where he staked his claim with his post office and store soon took on the shape of a real town, and in 1912, the site became officially incorporated as a township by the name of Branson, Missouri, named after Reuben Branson himself.

Before Branson became a federally recognized town, locals were already getting a jump on attracting tourists from outside areas. In 1894, William Henry Lynch purchased a local cavern that went by the name Marble Cave, switched the name to Marvel Cave, and began charging visitors a fee to tour the cavern. In 1907, Harold Bell Wright’s timeless classic ‘The Shepherd of the Hills’ book was published, and tourists began flocking to the area to see this strangely exotic place and the people Wright had so vividly written of.

After Branson became a dot on national maps, still more exciting entrepreneurial ventures were launched. 1959 marked the finish date of the long awaited Table Rock Dam, as well as the first live music show on The Strip, the Baldknobbers Jamboree. Also in the 1950s, the Herschend family leased Marvel Cave and began hosting square dances inside the cavern – something most people had never contemplated before! They restructured the cave by adding electricity and staircases, and in 1960, the Herschends’ opened the now world famous Silver Dollar City, which was back then a replicated frontier town where actors and actresses played out the ‘Hatfield and McCoy’ story. That same year, Shepherd of the Hills began showing the famous book as an outdoor drama, and people flocked to Branson in droves.

The number of shows and unique activities in Branson continued to grow and today, it is the live entertainment capitol of the United States. And it’s easy to see why, with the world’s tallest ZipRider and fastest wooden coaster calling it home, and with anglers from across the nation coming to cast a line in the lakes, and with notoriously good home cooking located on every street! The Branson history is part of what gives this place its charm, and will keep you coming back year after year.

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