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Why Go for a Branson Christmas: Part 1



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It is that time of the year again when everyone is filled with joyous cheers and the good in every man is brought out. This year, make your Christmas even more joyous by making it a Branson Christmas. What does a Branson Christmas have that makes more extraordinary than a normal Christmas celebration? Read along and find out.


Christmas in Branson Missouri is one of the most anticipated – if not the most – events the whole year round. People coming from different places in America and even from other countries come to Branson to celebrate a one of a kind Christmas.


The Christmas in Branson starts off with a Festival of Lights. The Festival of Lights starts on November 1 and will end on December 31, 2013. This event heralds the early start of the Christmas season in Branson. The entire Ozark Mountain Country is enveloped with dazzling and sparkling lights that will surely leave you in awe and amazement. You can tour the town by foot to see the light displays, but if you want to see more, better take a car or hop on a Trolley.


For another majestic view of the entire city enveloped in lights, head on to Shepherd of the Hills. You can ride to the top of the Inspiration Tower to have a breathtaking view of the Branson night lights. After your trip to the Inspiration Tower, you can enjoy a hot drink at the gift shop to drown out the winter cold. The Shepherd of the Hills is located west of Branson in the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.


Another one of the most anticipated event by kids and adults alike is the celebration of Old Time Christmas in Silver Dollar City. This festival in Branson’s world-class theme park runs from November 2 to December 30. You would not want to miss this perfect opportunity to bond with the kids as the amusement park has all the attractions that are sure to thrill people of all ages. The amusement park also features a gigantic Christmas tree. Also, shows and musicals about Christmas are also shown on a regular basis to heighten everyone’s Christmas spirit.


On December 8, there is the 68th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony. This event is one of the most favorite of Branson locals because it is the official start of the Christmas season in Branson. This ceremony is all about lights and spectacular artworks about Christmas that will surely get you into the celebration of Christmas.


When in Branson to celebrate Christmas, make sure that you are near all the happenings and celebration. Make Thousand Hills Golf Resort your lodging partner in your Branson Christmas vacation. Strategically located in Highway 76, Thousand Hills makes it a lot more convenient for you in hopping from one festival to another. Lodging options in Thousand Hills are the log cabins and luxury condos rentals. For more information, contact 1-877-262-0430.

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Branson Restaurants: A Must For Food Lovers



Heading to Branson for a vacation? You might be excited about the nature parks that you will visit, or your trip to Silver Dollar City, which is Branson’s world-famous theme park. Or you are probably excited about shopping in Branson’s outlet malls with unique gift ideas in mind for your loved ones back home. You see, there are a lot of things to love about Branson. Now we are giving you another thing about Branson to be ecstatic about. Now add Branson restaurants to your list.


Branson restaurants are sure to satisfy every craving and every appetite. You also have a choice among Branson restaurants if you want to go with home cooked meals or if you want to have a classy gourmet for your meal. Get to know the restaurants in Branson as you read along.


Are you looking to satisfy your steak cravings? There is no other place to go but to Lone Star Steakhouse and Salon. Lone Star Steakhouse serves the best steaks in the Ozark Country. It has big servings suitable for those with big appetites too. Their meals can also be for sharing. Lone Star Steakhouse is located in Thousand Hills Golf Resort in downtown Missouri. Another steakhouse that serves delicious steak is Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse. This is a Texas ranch house style steakhouse that guarantees a serving of its fine steaks and seafood dishes, not to mention the homey atmosphere of the place.


For your seafood cravings, Red Lobster and Joe’s Crab Shack will never fail to satisfy you. The Red Lobster is a fresh seafood place, and so is Joe’s Crab Shack. Both restaurants appeal to kids and adults alike who wants to enjoy their seafood fresh. The ambiance of these places is also very relaxing so you can truly enjoy your hearty meal.


If you want the legendary grilled dishes, go to Famous Dave’s BBQ. This restaurant serves their famous barbeque and ribs to satiate your cravings. Perfectly cooked and sumptuous are just two of the best adjectives that people can describe the food in Famous Dave’s. This restaurant is located in Branson Landing.


No craving in mind? No problem because Garfield’s Restaurant and Pub will give you everything you can crave for. If you are going to Branson with the family, it is a must that you eat as a family here in Garfield’s Restaurant and Pub. This is the perfect place to go for your family gatherings and other occasions. This restaurant offers a diverse cuisine to suit the cravings of all taste buds.


Make these restaurants a part of your trip to Branson so you are guaranteed to be taste the best food and have the time of your life!



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Have the Best Christmas This Year in Branson



A Christmas in Branson Missouri is probably one of the best choices you will make in your life. You, together with your whole family, can have a grand time this Christmas with Branson’s overflowing attractions and activities. There is always a different excitement that Branson brings to every family’s vacation. And the season of Christmas just heightens the celebration in Branson for the month of December.


The presence of the many Christmas festivals in Branson is the main reason why it has become the prime family vacation destination during December, and even when it is just the month of November. Starting November 1, there are already festivals ongoing in Branson. The Branson Area Festival of Lights is one such festival. This festival transforms Branson into a winter wonderland of Christmas lights display and dioramas. During nighttime is the best time to tour around Branson and see the magical display of lights. You can take a tour around town by taking your car, or by availing Branson’s unique tours – The Trolley and Ride the Ducks.


Branson’s world-class amusement park, Silver Dollar City, also celebrates its one-of-a-kind Christmas season with its festival called Old Time Christmas This festival begins on November 2 and ends on December 30. The whole of this 1880’s-themed amusement park is clad in Christmas lights. In addition to that, the park also has a 5-story Christmas tree fully decorated, and will surely bring a cheer to people of all ages. Christmas cheers and melodies also fills the park as Christmas carols are heard from anywhere in Silver Dollar City. The shows and musicals are also available for you to fully enjoy your Christmas in Branson.


Celebrating Christmas is also celebrating the season of giving. In your Christmas in Branson, make sure to go to Santa’s Workshop in Branson and help decorate the “Giving Tree”. This tree’s purpose is to collect gifts for the Boys and Girls Club and also to the residents of local nursing homes. The children are also welcome to visit Santa Claus. Let the kids unleash their creative side, too, by letting them decorate their own cookie and Christmas ornament.


Of course, when in Branson you should not miss out on the live music and theater shows. There is, after all, a reason why Branson is called the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World”. Get to witness the different homegrown musical talents of Branson. Watch how they own their respective shows and how they mix music and humor perfectly. Many of the shows have a Christmas theme during December to heighten your Christmas spirit.


Nothing could be more perfect than spending your Christmas in Branson. Make the most out of the holidays by planning a trip to Branson now!

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A Branson Lodging Perfect for the Holidays


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To be in Branson for the holidays is probably one of the best decisions you will ever make on your family vacation. Branson has been the prime family vacation destination for many because it has various family-friendly activities. Some of these activities are boating and fly fishing in Table Rock Lake, riding adrenaline-inducing rides in Silver Dollar City, and hiking along the trails of Branson’s famous nature parks.


To make your vacation a perfect one, your choice of a lodging place is as important as any vacation detail on your list. For the perfect lodging place, choose Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Thousand Hills offers you choices for your lodging needs. You can opt to choose the secluded Branson cabins or you can also go for the Branson condos which are centrally located in Thousand Hills’ 18-hole golf course. You also have a choice to stay near Table Rock Lake and wake up everyday in the perfection of this lake. Thousand Hills also offers you Table Rock Lake Condos, which is dubbed as The Majestic. A lot of features in these lodging choices of Thousand Hills Golf Resort cannot be found in other Branson hotels and resorts around the area. For the basic features in every Branson lodging property in Thousand Hills, there is free wireless internet, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, an exercise facility, and many more.


If you are going to Branson with the entire family, or even if you are going with your special someone, a friend, or even alone, getting a Branson lodging in Thousand Hills is still the more practical option than getting hotel rooms. Branson lodging options are convenient for families or groups of any size. There are Jacuzzi Suites available for couples, and units from 1-bedroom to 3-bedroom condos. Unlike in hotels, a big family would tend to get multiple hotel rooms and that would be too heavy on your wallet. Why spend more when you can save some money and yet have more than the amenities that hotels can offer? Another advantage that Branson lodging in Thousand Hills Golf Resort offers you is the homey atmosphere of being in the heart of the city, yet feeling the peace, serenity, and relaxation that a home can give.


Branson lodging in Thousand Hills is made more fun by being near all the hip and happening places in the Live Entertainment Capital of the World. Just imagine spending the day with your family in Branson museums and amusement parks, and watching the concerts and live music shows of Branson’s great musical talents…and being home in just minutes. That would truly spell a perfect vacation for the entire family.


For inquiries and reservations for a Branson lodging, just dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Explore the Branson Titanic Museum



There are many things in Branson to be ecstatic about. It is known as the Live Entertainment Capital of the World and has also been the top family vacation destination because of the countless family-friendly activities and attractions in it. One of the assets of Branson is its museums. In Branson, you can see and experience diverse cultures and facts brought to you by its famous museums. From the historical to the odd, Branson has it for you.


One of the most famous museums in Branson is the Titanic Museum. The Titanic Museum itself is unique such that it is not your usual shoebox building for a museum. The museum’s building itself is the replica of the Titanic. Visiting this museum is like having a cruise without the waves and the sea sickness that it might cause you. The interesting façade of the Titanic Museum in Branson is inviting enough that it is impossible for you to leave without checking out the museum.


Guests entering the Titanic Museum is given a boarding pass as a ticket. The pass contains information about an actual Titanic crew or passenger. The first thing that will catch your eye upon entering the Titanic Museum in Branson is the Grand Staircase. Remember that scene in the Titanic movie where Jack was bedazzled by the beauty of Rose standing in the Grand Staircase? Now, you can relive that memory and get nostalgic all over again. Whether you are a crew member or a passenger in your “boarding pass”, you will still experience how it was for the crews and passengers to explore the ship’s hallways and cabins.


The ship is a museum so it also has galleries that displays over 400 personal artifacts from passengers of the actual Titanic ship. Some of the artifacts are even exclusively displayed in this museum only. All in all, the entire museum’s collection is valued at $4.5 million. Aside from immersing yourself in the artifacts in the galleries, the museum also allows you to touch an iceberg, just like the one that sank the unsinkable Titanic. You can also feel how it is to be in 28 degrees water, how to shovel “coal” in the ship’s boiler room, experience the sloping deck as the ship in sinking, and ride in an life size lifeboat – just like in the movie. After your tour of the museum, visit the Titanic Memorial Room wherein 2,208 names of actual crew members and passengers are displayed. Here, you can discover the fate of the crew or passenger whose name is on your boarding pass.


This year, Branson Titanic Museum has added a new activity – Murder Mystery. This exciting activity lets the tour groups solve the mystery of the death of Officer William Garrett. Play as a detective and discover the “killer”.


Lots of things to do and lots to learn, too. Visit Branson’s Titanic Museum now. For tickets, call 1-800-381-7670.

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Branson in December: One of the best seasons of the year


In December, Branson becomes the number one tourist destination all over the world. The city is not branded as the entertainment capital of the Midwest for nothing as the entire place transforms itself into a Christmas wonderland with different events and festivities celebrated all throughout the month. There are so many things to in Branson. From live shows to fine dining, December in Branson is definitely something for the whole family.

Starting off with the things you can see in Branson, the Table Rock Lake will be covered in a blanket of snow during the month, making it a winter wonderland for everyone. You can find joy and excitement in the icy place when you visit. Create memories with your loved ones as you form balls of snow and pile them all together to form a snowman. The snow is just better when it's in Branson.

After having so much fun with the snow in Table Rock Lake, you can head to some of Branson's finest restaurants and have some hot treats to warm up. Enjoy some hot coco or coffee, or treat yourself to some fine dining and celebrate the cold season. The restaurants of Branson will be open the whole month for your visit.

Once you've had enough rest, maximize your day by celebrating the different festivities of Branson available for the day in December. Don't forget the season's favorites: Branson Festival of Lights, Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights, Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas, The 65th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony, and Santa's Workshop in Branson. Enjoy all of these as your spend your December with us. But if you want to sit back and relax, take the Ride The Ducks and behold the beauty of Branson in December. Or if you want to watch the shows that have made the city famous, try the Branson shows and be amazed. There will also be holiday-themed shows for your enjoyment. Truly, there are so many things to do!

But what's December without the holiday shopping vibe? There are so many malls that are open in Branson for that much wanted Branson shopping! Be sure to visit the Branson Landing, Tanger Outlet Center,  Downtown Branson, IMAX Entertainment Complex, and Branson Craft Mall. Watch out for holiday discounts as well!

And when the day ends, your home away from home should be at Thousand Hills Hotel & Golf Resort. There are three Branson Lodging to choose from, which are decorated with a holiday theme to celebrate the season with you. Choose from a Branson Condo, Branson Log Cabin, or a Branson Lakefront Condo. From unparalleled furnishing to breathtaking sceneries, these will definitely surpass your expectations of a holiday home away from home. The season just gets better and better when it's in Branson. Christmas will surely come to life! For more information, or for reservations, please dial 1-877-262-0430.

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Shop All You Can in Branson



While shopping may not be the first attraction that comes to people’s minds when they think of the Ozarks, it is still one factor that keeps people coming back to Branson. It is usually known as the Live Music Capital of the World due to its spectacular music shows featuring Branson homegrown talents. It is also one of the destinations if people want to experience world-class theme parks and nature parks.


Shopping in Branson became a must for the guests because of the various unique stuff that one can find. There are a number of outlet malls to cater for everything and anything that you are looking for. Trinkets, musical instruments, jewelries, artworks, limited edition collectibles, and other stuff can be found right here in Branson.


One of the outlet malls in Branson that people frequent is Branson Landing. This outlet mall has made its own name in the Branson shopping scene. It houses several retailers like Bass Pro Shops, Belk Department Store, White house/Black Market, Chico’s, and Ann Taylor Loft. This mall is located along the waterfront of Lake Taneycomo so the shoppers will have a relaxed atmosphere while shopping for their stuff. This mall has also invested in a $7.5 million Water and Fire Show to keep the people entertained as they stroll from one establishment to the other.


Another outlet mall that is famous in Branson is the Tanger Outlet Center. Fashion-savvy people who are on vacation in Branson need not worry about being behind on the current fashion trends as Tanger Outlet Center gives you brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, GAP Outlet, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, and many more. Fashionable kids can also have a good time in this mall since it also features stores for the kids like Tommy Kids, The Children’s Place, Osh Kosh, Disney Store Outlet, Gymboree, and Carter’s.


Downtown Branso is also another collection of shops that describes everything about Branson. It is a simple mall that that is now a hot property in Branson – clearly similar to the city of Branson, too. Downtown Branson offers a diverse choice among its stores. There are historic shops and retailers to cater to your needs and wants. This historic shopping district in Branson is also famous for its small town feel for its shoppers. Shop in a laid-back manner and enjoy every bit of it only in Downtown Branson. Unique finds and other collectors’ stuff can also be found in this place.


For your Branson vacation, there is no better place to stay than in Thousand Hills Golf Resort. Not only does this bring you close to the shopping district of Branson, it also gives you a homey and peaceful environment. You would not even feel you are in the city anymore. Nightly rentals of log cabins and luxury condos are available. For questions and reservations, call 1-877-262-0430 now.



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Branson Landing – Food, Fun and Shopping

Christmas Shopping at the Branson LandingThe Branson Landing is without a doubt on of Branson’s most popular hotspots for visitors and locals alike. With awesome stores, delicious food, fun activates and of course, featuring a water and fire show, there is no cooler place to hang out by the lake! Plus new stores, restaurants and attractions keep coming all the time. The Branson Landing really has it all: food, fun AND shopping!

Food: If you like your entrees with a little bit of Mexican flair, come to dinner at Cantina Laredo! This high end, modern Mexican restaurant is sure to please your taste buds. Visitors to Cantina Laredo will appreciate the sophisticated restaurant atmosphere – mood lighting, well uniformed waiters and waitresses and airy booths will have folks feeling relaxed and comfortable as they wait for a meal. Only the freshest, most high quality ingredients are used in the dishes at Cantina Laredo. Looking for a sweet treat? Look no farther than Orange Leaf! Grab a cup and start picking your favorite flavors at this self-serve yogurt joint. Classic flavors such as Vanilla, Classic Tart and Brownie sit alongside seasonal favorites like Pineapple and Wedding Cake. After you’ve filled your cup with yogurt, top it off with selections from the topping bar! Load that yogurt cup with fruit, toffee bits, chocolate chips, sprinkles, gummy worms, hot fudge and more! Then enjoy your frozen treat with one of Orange Leaf’s signature biodegradable yogurt spades.

Fun: The Branson Landing isn’t just about eating and shopping – you can have some serious fun while you’re here too! For a real thrill, check out Parakeet Pete’s Zipline that sends riders sailing across Lake Taneycomo – you’ll get an amazing ride, and an amazing view! For little visitors, The Landing offers rides on the Branson Landing Train, and a playground geared towards safe fun for young visitors. And now, The Landing will be offering hot air balloon rides! That’s right; Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Balloon will send riders floating up above the Branson Landing for an unforgettable look at both the lake and the town.

Shopping: What sort of shops and stores can you find at the Branson Landing? Some of everything! If you are an outdoorsy person, visit Bass Pro shops for fishing and hunting gear to your heart’s content! For jewelry and accessories, visit Claire’s, Versona Accessories, or the $1 Jewelry Amore store – you’ll find a huge array of brightly colored baubles to match any outfit! The Branson Landing is proud to offer many name brand clothing company venues to their visitors as well, such as Hollister, Coldwater Creek, White House\Black Market, Victoria’s Secret and Maurice’s – whatever your clothing needs and wants are, there is a store on the Landing for you. Foodies will love browsing shops like Devo’s Olive Oil, Kitchens, and The Fudgery. Other specialty stores along the lines of Yankee Candle and Earthbound Trading Company are great places to find gifts. These are just a handful of the unique shopping venues you’ll find at this waterfront town!

There is no doubt – the Branson Landing has everything for everyone, and you won’t want to miss any chance you get to spend some time at this unique and famous attraction!

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The Benefits of Living in Branson – Branson Schools

If you and your family are moving to a new city or town, the first thing you want to do is evaluate the benefits that it can offer you, and whether or not is fits your family’s needs. If you are lucky enough to be moving to Branson, Missouri, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest, there are widespread bene fits for your family to enjoy! Not only are you living in a town with a new activity for every weekend – Silver Dollar City, the lakes, museums and more! – but you will be residing in a place that boasts an excellent school district. Branson Public Schools will help your child learn, grow and succeed!

Branson schools start out at preschool and kindergarten levels, and go all the way up through high school, with a multitude of extracurricular activities in between. The schools within the Branson public school district are proud to proclaim that they are ‘a community committed to learning, and the administrators, faculty and staff are committed to your child’s education from preschool through high school.

At Cedar Ridge Primary School, little learners from preschool to kindergarten receive engaging instruction at their level along with social interaction important to their development. The next step in your child’s journey in education is first through third grade at Cedar Ridge Elementary, or kindergarten through third grade at Buchanan Elementary, depending on where in Branson you live. Both locations encourage learning for life and striving for greatness. Cedar Ridge or Buchanan Intermediate will be your child’s in between phase during fourth, fifth and sixth grade before entering Branson Junior High. Then it’s on to Branson High School, with top notch facilities and a staff committed to student growth and scholastic achievement. This great school district is truly dedicated to empowering young learners – you and your family will be proud to be a part of the Pirate community!

Branson schools offer their students a variety of activities outside of their studies. At the primary level, themed activity days are built into the school schedule to entertain and educate students. Elementary and intermediate students can participate in clubs, pageants and themed activity days. Branson Junior High offers students activities such as band, ag club, math club, student council, guitar club, chess club and a recycling club. Athletic programs are also available to junior high students.

Branson High School has a huge list of clubs and activities for students – fishing club, academic team, FFA, trap team, Spanish club, Air Force JROTC and more are all offered at Branson High School. This school also has an impressive athletics program – in fact, Branson High School is a member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association and the Central Ozarks Conference - Large School Division. They feature sports teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, cheerleading, golf tennis, wrestling and more!

No matter what ages the children in your family are, they are sure to blossom and grow at Branson schools. Great curriculum and activities, dedicated faculty and staff, and top notch facilities make Branson schools one of the best benefits in town!

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Classic Cars Are Right at Home in Branson

Just about everyone can admit to being at least slightly enamored with classic cars. Classic cars sparkle, evoke nostalgia and capture the imagination of both young and old folks alike. Older people might have owned a classic car as their first daily driver, or a young person might dream of restoring one with their own two hands. Whatever your level of interest in classic cars, there is no doubt that they fit right into Branson, the Live Entertainment Capital of the Midwest! Museums and parades pay homage to these neat vehicles, plus the famous Shepherd of the Hills Classic Car Show!

Shepherd Summer Car cruiseShepherd’s Super Summer Cruise is held annually at the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead and Old Mill Theater; this fascinating tourist attraction is where the famous book ‘The Shepherd of the Hills’ was written by Harold Bell Wright. This story of the Ozark hills and the people who call it home captivated millions, and what started as a humble homestead has grown to incorporate a live enactment of the book complete with horses, wagons and fire, horseback riding tours of the beautiful acreage, the Inspiration Tower and the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider – One of the tallest and longest ziplines in the United States! With a location this cool, it is no wonder why the car show continues to be a hit year after year.

The Shepherd’s Super Summer Cruise lasts for three days. The Show n Shine display features more than 500 classic cars and trucks parked all around the beautiful grounds of the historic homestead. Visitors can admire and photograph the cars, and visit with classic car owners, collectors and restorers from all around the United States – because people really do come from all over for this car show! The Super Summer Cruise features contests for the cars as well, and professional photographers of the owners and families with their shiny rigs!

The big finale for the car show is the actual cruise – the Super Summer Cruise starts at midnight and winds through Branson, featuring all the awesome cars and trucks that were registered in the show! Spectators will line up for miles to check out this midnight spectacle filled with cars from another era – and you won’t want to miss it either!

If you just can’t get your fill of automobiles at the car show, make a visit to Branson’s Auto and Farm Museum! Located right on The Strip, you can see dozens of collector cars, plus antique tractors and farm machinery too! There is no doubt in anyone’s mind – classic cars really do fit right in with Branson!

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