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Gather the Family and Ride the Ducks and Have a Fantastic Splash

One of the most exciting attractions in Branson that can give you a wholesome fun with full of vitality is Ride the Ducks Tour that can give everyone a truly unique and fantastic experience of land and water adventure. The marine technology that is used for the Ride the Ducks Tour in Branson provides riders a safe and a truly exciting tour. Ride the Duck Splashing LogoRide The Ducks is an amphibian that gives you the chance to explore the pristine and crystal clear waters of the Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo and will travel across the beautiful landscape of the Ozarks. This amphibian tour that features a mixture of fun, music, and history of the Ozarks gives all participants a memorable experience they cannot forget.     

This wonderful Ride the Ducks tour features two different tours that start from two different sites. The Table Rock Lake Adventure is the first tour that starts from the Strip in Duck Central west of Wal-Mart in Branson. This tour will give you the chance to see picturesque views of the Table Rock Dam, Branson Entertainment District, and the beautiful natural scenery of the Ozark Mountains. The Ducks then climbs up to the top of Baird Mountain and splashes down to the pristine and crystal clear waters on the Table Rock Lake. The second tour which is the Lake Taneycomo Adventure starts from the Duck Central in Branson Landing. This second tour travels through the heart of Branson, College of the Ozarks, Branson Landing and splashes down for its final stop into Lake Taneycomo.

This amazing duck tour covers a total of 70 minutes which 25 minutes of it is spent on the water. To reserve tickets in advance, you can combine it with tickets to famous attractions such as Titanic Museum or Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show, so you can save some money on these entertaining attractions. Big groups can be accommodated in this thrilling duck tour, making it a great family gathering when you plan a get-together party. There are about 18 amphibious vehicles for tour daily and each duck has a load capacity of 35 people.

The safety of riders on the amphibious vehicle is the first priority of the Ride the Ducks Tour. The ducks are designed to withstand rugged terrain and built with stability and durability. With its 7 mph water speed, riders can enjoy a tranquil and very smooth sailing across the river. While aboard the duck, your travel is assured to have a wonderful water ride without getting wet.  With a very slow travel along the river, it is unlikely that you will get seasick. All ducks are equipped with life jackets for the safety of all passengers travelling on the river. Guests can bring food and drink onboard with the exception of alcoholic beverages.

If you want to explore the Ozarks and the pristine lakes to experience the fun travelling through the foothills of the mountain and on the river, take an adventure tour with Ride the Ducks in Branson.


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Caught in the Web of Friends and Family at the Thousand Hills Golf Resort

Thousand Hills Golf Resort 3 LogoThousand Hills Golf Resort is one of the most popular vacation spots in Branson to celebrate a wonderful vacation with your family and friends. The resort is conveniently located near the famous 76 Country Music Boulevard in the heart of Branson. Thousand Hills Golf Resort is home to the most popular and fascinating golf courses in Branson. About 25,000 golfers play each season in the award-winning 18-hole golf course in Thousand Hills. Your wonderful vacation at Thousand Hills not only gives you the opportunity to play golf but also let you enjoy the panoramic views of the beautiful natural scenery and wildlife around the Ozark Mountains.

In 2009, the Golf Digest magazine rated the 18-hole golf course of Thousand Hills as 4-Star and was voted Best of the Ozarks by the readers of the Springfield News. The popularity of the Thousand Hills Golf Course was gained from its ability to cater different golf skill levels. From novice to professional golfers, the three separate sets of tees assure golfers that the golf course is fair and challenging for all golfers with no discrimination on experience and age.

For many years, Branson has been known as a favorite family vacation destination. The Midwest Living Magazine recognized Thousand Hills Golf Resort as the most chosen place for great family bonding and popular golf playing. Thousand Hills feature top of the line accommodation with the option to stay at their secluded cabins or condominiums around the beautiful lakefront. The beautiful location of the golf course, gives you the chance to enjoy spectacular combination of natural beauty of the surroundings and challenging holes. This golf resort is accessible from Table Rock Lake with only 10 minutes drive and 5 minutes from Lake Taneycomo.

Since 1993, thousands of golfers have come and played in the Thousand Hills Golf Resort and many of them have greatly enjoyed and satisfied. The golf resort features senior flags for senior golfers over age 55 allowing them to drive in the fairways on scheduled days especially open for them. This senior flag advantage was first implemented in fall 2012. Aside from the senior flags, new cart paths have been built so that walking of the senior golfers to the greens will be comfortable and easy. The new car paths and the senior flag system can help make the senior golfers become more interested in playing golf often.

The Thousand Hills golf course has been re-routed for faster round of golf playing and better flow. The re-routing of the course has put the difficult par later in the round. The re-routing reduces the typical round to only four hours or less. Golfers still enjoy the same great 18 holes but can be played in a little less time. The golf course maintenance practices have been changed to expedite every round of play.

So, if you want to spend a wonderful autumn vacation with your family and friends for great bonding and golf playing come to Branson and stay at Thousand Hills Golf Resort.


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Get A Branson Lakefront Condo for the Autumn Season


Have you planned your autumn vacation already? If not yet, there is no reason for you to hold back in planning your well-deserved vacation. You need a good rest from all the hardwork that you have been doing. Reward yourself with a grand vacation in no less than the ultimate vacation destination in the Midwest – Branson Missouri.

Branson is famed for being the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. It is also home to the most exciting activities and attractions that will please people of all ages. Branson is certainly the perfect place to have that much needed family vacation or a quick getaway with your work buddies. Branson is not only for the music lovers, though. If you are in for any kind of adventure, then this place is sure to get you going. From the live music shows, concerts, and theater plays, to the pure fun brought to you by the best theme parks in the world, you can find a favorite activity or attraction in here. There are also several unique museums in Branson to tickle your fancy. Much to the delight of most visitors, you can also find out that Branson has become a shopping haven with a number of outlet malls that offer great discounts on fab finds.

Your vacation in Branson is not only about the fun that you can have. It is also about the kind of rest and relaxation that you can get. Your choice of Branson lodging is a big deal in your vacation. To get the best treatment that you deserve, choose to stay in Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort. Thousand Hills gives you convenience since it is located near the entertainment and shopping districts of Branson. It also promises you comfort by being situated near the Ozark mountains and Table Rock Lake. Tired of renting hotel rooms for your vacation? Thousand Hills gives you a fresh alternative to that by offering you a Branson lakefront condo for your autumn vacation.

The Branson lakefront condo in Thousand Hills guarantees you a refreshing experience from the ambiance brought about by the nearby Table Rock Lake. It also has the newest amenities. The fully equipped kitchens have dishwashers, microwaves, and washers/dryers. The fully furnished bedrooms and bathrooms also have king sized beds with luxury beddings, and a Jacuzzi tub. All bedrooms in the lakefront condo have their own private bath and master bath. Your entertainment needs are also well-addressed by the condo with its cable TVs, DVD player, free high speed wireless internet, and a spacious living room for some bonding activity with your family or friends.

What makes the Branson lakefront condo a unique choice among all the other offerings by Thousand Hills is the exceptional scenery that you can get. Your rental also guarantees you a private boat dock and swimming access in Table Rock Lake. Make your move now and get your very own Branson lakefront condo for your vacation. Just call 1-877-262-0430.

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Your Guide to Branson's National Harvest Festival


Branson is known to many as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World for its spectacular live music shows and concerts. It has also been a haven for adventure-seeking people, golf enthusiasts, foodies, and shoppers. What makes Branson even more appealing to the people is the set of festivals happening all year round. Your visit to Branson at any time of the year guarantees a different set of activities and attractions for every month and season.

This month of September, Branson’s Silver Dollar City theme park will be hosting the National Harvest Festival. The festival has already started last September 12, but you still have until October 6 to catch up on this festive activity in Branson. This year, the National Harvest Festival offers something new to its audience by giving them something new – a Cowboy Festival. For 2014, it will be known as the National Harvest and Cowboy Festival. As usual, the festival still brings you the biggest crafts festival with demonstrating craftsmen. More than a hundred craftsmen will be visiting Silver Dollar City to take part in the National Harvest Festival. You can see several craftsmen, from glassblowers, blacksmiths, candle-makers, sculptors, and many others, as they show you how they make their crafts.

To provide something new for this year’s festival, there will also be Cowboy Festival as a tribute to the American cowboys. Get ready to watch shows like the New Texas Trick Riders where you can see trick riding, fancy stunts, whip acts, and trick shooting, too. The shows of the New Texas Trick Riders goes on from September 12 to October 6. Another one is the Western Stunt Show, which features professional stuntmen and women to provide you with amazing tricks and death-defying acts.

Another attraction for you in this year’s National Harvest Festival is the Culinary & Crafts School in Silver Dollar City. In here, you can have culinary classes taught by the one and only Master Craftsman of Culinary Arts, Debbie Dance Uhrig. You can also have a feast at Molly’s Mill Restaurant, which is also located inside Silver Dollar City.

Apart from the festival itself, guests can still enjoy the thrilling rides and attractions in Silver Dollar City. You can try rides such as the Fire In The Hole, Outlaw Run, Giant Swing, and the Steam Engine Train. These rides will surely send your adrenaline levels soaring! There is also Grandfather’s Mansion if you want to go on a unique adventure, with a hint of mystery. You will find yourself inside mystifying rooms, mirrored walls, slanted floors, and dizzying effects. If you want to take a break from all the excitement in the park, you can always catch more than 40 shows that run in the park daily.

Hurry and plan your trip to Branson to attend the National Harvest Festival. For your lodging needs in Branson, trust Thousand Hills Golf Resort to make your stay a comfortable and convenient one. Call 1-877-262-0430 for your lodging inquiries and reservations.

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Friends, Family, Food and Football at the Dixie Stampede this Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving it is great to experience a whole day of fun and exciting show with a delightful dinner for the whole family at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Branson. Dixie Stampede is one of the most famous entertainment spots in Branson that became a family tradition for many guests who want to enjoy a variety of exciting shows. The great entertainment shows in Dixie Stampede feature many interesting performances where North and South competition is a wonderful experience to enjoy. Dixie Stampede is hailed by many visitors as the most entertaining spots in Branson as all guests have the chance to enjoy a variety of captivating shows while being served with sumptuous dinner.Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show Logo

The Dixie Stampede is set in a 35,000 square foot theater that was based on Dolly Parton’s remembrance of friendly rivalry of north and south contestants. The Dixie Stampede Dinner Show features live animals, amazing sounds and lights, and dazzling displays of pyrotechniques. This Dixie Stampede exciting show also features many stuntmen and talented women who perform tricks on horseback. The combination of special effects and musical productions creates one-of-a-kind enjoyment you can’t experience in other show. If you get the ticket for the Dinner Show in Dixie Stampede, you will enjoy a four-course dinner delivered right to your seat as you watch all the entertaining shows.

The dinner feast in Dixie Stampede which can be great for Thanksgiving includes a whole rotisserie chicken, barbecued pork loin, vegetable soup, corn on the cob, a herb basted potato, and a homemade biscuit and a delectable dessert. Available on request are vegetarian meals that include garden vegetable salad, vegetable soup, corn on the cob, a herb basted potato, a homemade biscuit, and a decadent dessert.  

In addition to captivating shows and delicious four-course meal  in Dixie Stampede, you can have access to the Carriage Room pre-show. Here, you can have the opportunity to walk through the stables to see Paint, Palomino, Quarter Horse, and Appaloosa horse breeds. You will be guided by the Dixie Stampede Belles to the Carriage Room where you will enjoy more fun and comedy from Mountain Rukus. Peanuts and soft drinks will be available in the Carriage Room during pre-show. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available in the room which is served with Dixie Stampede’s Souvenir Boot Mugs.

The rivalry show in Dixie Stampede will go high into the treetops with the “Rumble in the Treetops” competition of lumberjacks. The competition shows the agility and strength of lumberjack teams who are all robust and skilled as they saw, chop, climb, and roll the log through a four-event relay. This competition event features 32 magnificent horses, trick riding, a stampede of buffalo, and music and comedy. This exciting evening event in Dixie Stampede is a unique attraction that is incomparable. The finale act in the Dixie Stampede is performed with American songs written by Dolly Parton that features illustrious costumes.

If you want to experience a wonderful entertainment show combined with delectable four-course dinner this Thanksgiving, visit the Dixie Stampede in Branson.


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Embrace Nature, Spend Time with Family and Friends at the Table Rock State Park

Table Rock Lake State Park Fun LogoTable Rock State Park is one of the best vacation destinations that offer the most exciting water sports adventures in the Midwest. Table Rock State Park in Branson features water skiing, waverunners, tubing, boating, and more exciting family fun adventure in the lake. The state park also offers parasailing, scuba diving, guided fishing, and fantastic sailing with the 48-foot sailing catamaran “The Spirit of America”. The boathouse at the park offers anything you need on the water, from snacks to sunscreen, apparel, bait, fuel, tackle, and more.

If you want to spend the whole day on the lake with your family or friends, it will bring a memorable and unforgettable experience that you will remember all your life. Table Rock State Park in Branson is also home to many boutiques, full-service dive shop, the new Oasis Hawaiian Shave Ice, and Danna’s BBQ.  The State Park employs staffs who are always ready to assist for you to have fun during your great autumn vacation on the beautiful Table Rock State Park.

Table Rock State Park boasts 356 acres of space which is ideal for great outdoor activities. The park allows easy access to Table Rock Lake which is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the state of Missouri. Table Rock State Park which was created in 1959 is one of the 80 state parks and historic sites maintained by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The park offers camping, hiking trails, boating, picnicking, and a full-service marina. This state park draws stream of visitors year round from all over the country.

The campground in the state park is clean, nice, and so well-maintained. This campground features three shower houses, laundry facilities, and staff to assist guests to have an enjoyable stay. The state park maintains about 162 campsites and two thirds of it can be reserved in advance. Campers can only take available remaining campsites on a first come first-served basis. The State Park also features two trails which are great for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. One of these trails is the Chinquapin Trail which has a short distance and is perfect for families with young children. The Table Rock Lakeshore Trail has a distance of 2.2 miles long and spans along the lake with a paved path which is ideal for biking enthusiasts.

At Table Rock State Park, it is interesting to see the shades of colorful trees on the well-guarded and well-maintained campgrounds. You can also enjoy a leisurely walk in the lakeside for a wonderful and nature filled vacation in this beautiful State Park in Branson. While you are enjoying your stay at the park, later in the day, you may want to get the chance to experience exciting attractions in the heart of Branson such as the world-famous live entertainment shows, great shopping, and fine dining.

If you want to experience some of many exciting water sports adventures, great hiking trails, and the fascinating view of nature, visit the Table Rock State Park in Branson.


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Welcome to the BOO-City!

BOO-city Branson LogoBranson in October is a great time to enjoy and experience a fun-packed Halloween Party with your family and friends where you will be able to see changing colors of the autumn leaves along the hills of the Ozark Mountains.  Branson in October is a month where many festivals and events are celebrated. From the National Harvest Festival and Bonnie and Clyde Festival to Halloween festivities and month long exciting events, every visitor may have the chance to enjoy a variety of entertainment opportunities in October.

The National Harvest Festival is one of the major events in Branson in the month of October where craftsmen and artisans gathered together to display their work of arts and crafts. In October there are also many Halloween theme events that are held in anticipation of the Halloween festivities at the end of the month. The spectacular fountain show of fire, light, water, and music can also be enjoyed in Branson Landing at Table Rock Lake in the month of October. While you are enjoying this great spectacle in Branson Landing, you can have the chance to take a leisurely walk in the paved hiking trail along the lakeside of the Table Rock Lake.

The National Harvest Festival is celebrated continuously throughout October at Silver Dollar City. The US Congress nationally recognized the festival for helping to preserve the American heritage in the region. During this festival, many craftsmen and artists show their skills as visitors watch and learn their techniques while they perform glassblowing and sculpting. Visitors can have the chance to purchase their unique handmade arts and crafts and can personally meet the artists who crafted the unique products. Silver Dollar City also features a unique presentation during the festival that gives visitors the opportunity to learn the heritage of Americans and the legacy of the Ozarks.

The Bonnie and Clyde Festival in Branson occur in mid-October. Here visitors will learn the mischievous activities of the outlaws in the area in early 1930s. The festival allows every visitor the opportunity to see many beautiful vintage cars that are used for reenactment of the Bonnie and Clyde criminal activities. The festival is celebrated with live music, delicious foods, and shopping opportunities from vendors with unique displays of arts and crafts.

Branson in October will be transformed into a fantastic Boo-City where many Halloween activities are being organized. Visitors can have the chance to enjoy Duck rides and haunted tours throughout October. It will be fun for all kids when they take the trick or treating. In Branson, many large business establishments host trick-or-treating opportunities that give kids the chance to fill their candy buckets. There are two best places to visit for this opportunity, the factory outlet mall and several retail outlets at Branson Landing. On Halloween Night in Branson, there will be Halloween themed plays and parties with costume contests that are open to all visitors.

Experience the fun during October in Branson where you get the opportunity to watch and enjoy with the National Harvest Festival, Bonnie and Clyde Festival, and unending Halloween festivities.


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Plan for an October in Branson


What is your idea of fun? Whatever your idea may be, one thing for sure is that Branson Missouri has what you want! Branson is a vacation place that appeals to people of all ages because of the various activities and attractions in the area. There is always something in Branson that every outgoing person, or indoor person, or nature lovers will like. With its theme parks, live music shows, nature parks, museums, shopping malls, and even golf courses.

This month of October is a great time to visit Branson. Before the huge holiday crowd sets in Branson, you can have the chance to explore the place and immerse yourself in the myriad of adventures that Branson offers its guests. In addition to the attractions that are available all year round, Branson also becomes a home to the most exciting crafts festival in October. It also has many Halloween themed events during October that kids and adults alike will enjoy. If you want to see a spectacular fireworks show, you can always visit Table Rock Lake for the fireworks show all throughout the month of October.

An October in Branson will not be complete without a visit to the National Harvest Festival which is hosted by Silver Dollar City. The National Harvest Festival is duly recognized by the US Congress as a festival that aims to preserve the rich heritage of American crafts. This festival gives the guests the opportunity to watch and learn the techniques used by expert craftsmen. Some of these techniques that you can see are glassblowing and sculpting. You can also buy your very own unique handmade crafts as a souvenir for you and your loved ones back home. To make the celebration of the National Harvest Festival even more exciting, Silver Dollar City also shows a unique play to keep everyone entertained.

Another festival that you should watch out for is the Bonnie and Clyde Festival which occurs in mid-October. This festival allows the guests to chase after outlaw criminals and celebrate with good music, hearty meals, and great shopping perks!

And for the most anticipated Halloween in Branson this October, witness how the whole city will transform into a Boo-City. Go through haunted tours and duck rides all throughout the month of October. During Halloween night itself, the whole family can go trick or treating on business locations, malls, etc. There are also the Halloween plays and parties where you can bag the best costume award!

A fun October awaits you in Branson! For your lodging needs, choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort so you can stay close to Branson’s entertainment district and the Ozark Mountains too. For reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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Star Light, Star Bright, Branson Moonshine Beach is the Best Place to Spend a Night

If you want to experience a great family vacation this autumn season, visit Branson Moonshine Beach and enjoy a family picnic in a sandy beach with a cool splash to cool off. Located on the north end of Table Rock Lake near Table Rock Dam, you will certainly love taking a relaxing moment in Moonshine Beach where you can have picturesque views of the lakes. Beginning May 15 up to September 15, the beach opens at 9 AM and closes at 9 PM. This fantastic and peaceful beach features a playground, boat launch, courtesy dock, restrooms, picnic areas with shelter, and showers.Starry Lake Logo

The beautiful pristine lakes in Branson feature many exciting activities and water sports adventures for the whole family. Table Rock Lake is the most visited vacation spot in Branson that features many water sports activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports adventures. This beautiful vacation spot gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a delightful autumn breeze under the moon and the stars along the beach. Moonshine Beach is a great recreational facility where most visitors don’t expect to enjoy a sandy beach in the Ozarks region.  

Moonshine Beach is the largest sandy beach in Missouri on the cove of Table Rock Lake that offers numerous water sports activities. The beautiful location of the beach is conveniently located near the Dewey Shorts Visitors Center and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. The beach offers picnic tables, a large pavilion, showers, flush toilets, food vendors, and a playground for kids. Whether be at the beach or in the water, Moonshine Beach offers visitors countless of recreational activities.

The beach features a spacious recreation area which is located along the shores of Table Rock Lake. The large beach area of Moonshine Beach gives visitors a complete fun and excitement as if they are at the ocean beach. This beautiful beach entertains about five million visitors every year who want to take advantage of great recreational activities. Moonshine Beach features clean and crystal clear waters and beautifully surrounded by forested areas with hickory and oak trees. The waters on the lake wind down through the valleys of the Ozark Mountains from Branson, Missouri to Eureka Springs in Arkansas.

The Table Rock Dam that was originally constructed for flood control, created the beautiful Table Rock Lake that boasts a shoreline of 779 miles where the Moonshine Beach can be found. Soaking up and cooling off on the clean waters on the lake are the most popular pastimes at the Moonshine Beach. If you want to boost your energy and want to explore more after spending a relaxing day at the beach, the Dewey Short Visitor Center which is located nearby features a paved path for a great hiking trail. Another beautiful hiking trail near the beach is the 2-mile long Table Rock Lakeshore Trail.

If you want to experience a relaxing night breeze under the moon and the stars, visit Branson and enjoy many exciting water sports activities offered at the Moonshine Beach.


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Have The Best Fall Season in Branson MO


While any season is an excellent time to visit Branson, the fall season remains to be a favorite among Branson’s guests. Fall in Branson is signaled by the arrival of the cool weather and the radiant fall colors. Every morning, the Ozarks Mountains greets the people with its bright fall colors. Of course, one can’t simply count out the famous live music shows in Branson which are one of the main reasons why people keep on coming back. It won’t be known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing.

The fall season in Branson MO runs from September to late November, and is full of festivals and shows that will surely get you in a celebratory mood. This season is simply great for a tour of the Ozark Hills. You can start in downtown Branson and take a trip via the Branson Scenic Railway all the way to the colored hills and the woods. If you are more of the sporty type, then why not hone your skills more or learn a new sport? Branson is also a golfer’s heaven because of the many golf courses in the area. One of the best is the Thousand Hills Golf Course.

What awaits you as you plan to spend your fall in Branson? This mid-September to late October, you can catch the National Harvest Festival, a festival hosted by Silver Dollar City. Here you can find a lot of craftsmen and women as they demonstrate their craftsmaking skills. You can buy unique crafts from this festival as a souvenir for you and your loved ones back home. Another one of the famous crafts festival in Branson every fall season is the Autumn Daze Craft Festival, which runs mid-September in downtown Branson.  In mid-October, you can catch the War Eagle Fall Fair. This is also one of the largest handmade fairs in the Ozarks where you can see traditional crafts and art forms. On early November, you can also be one as Branson pays tribute to the heroes of the country. The Veteran’s Homecoming in Branson is a must-see fall event in Branson because it is to honor all those who have served and who are still in service for the country. Join in the parades and festivals for the military veterans. To cap off a great fall season in Branson is the Thanksgiving Weekend. This event starts on late November. Going to the Branson Thanksgiving Weekend not only lets you taste sumptuous meals from Branson restaurants. You can also start your Christmas shopping as the shopping areas in Branson offers you great discounts and fashion finds. This event also signals the start of the Christmas season in Branson. You wouldn’t want to miss this festive and joyous event!

Plan your trip to Branson for the fall season now, and if you are looking for a lodging place, you can always go to Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills is located near the entertainment and shopping district in Branson, and it also has various lodging options for you. For lodging reservations and inquiries, call 1-877-262-0430. 

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