It’s the most wonderful time of the year for visiting Branson!

Branson Area Festival of LightsThe Branson Lakeside RV Park is open and waiting for you. There is no better time than November and December to visit Branson. Be warned, here we say “Merry Christmas.” Starting November 1st Branson is everything Christmas. You can visit Christmas light drive throughs’ or visit amusement parks with over a million lights decorated for the Christmas Season. We have Christmas shows, musicals, and shows performing Christmas songs.

There are many different ways to see the Christmas lights in Branson. There are two different drive throughs in Branson. The first and the biggest is the Branson Area Festival of Lights, located on Shepherd of the Hills expressway across from Sight and Sound Theatre. The show is produced by North Pole Productions and operated by the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The light display is over a mile long and has over 175 different displays. For $15 per car load you can see the spectacular light display. As you enter the drive through look for the radio station sign, tune in and listen to the music as the lights twinkle and glow. The second drive through is the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights. The Trail winds its way through the historic 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights Inspiration TowerHomestead, and will take you down the famous “Trail that Nobody Knows How Old” into a holiday wonderland. You’ll travel through a variety of different lands, each with their own theme, from fantasy to religious to patriotic. Life-size (and some larger than life!) three-dimensional characters have their own housing so you can “peek” in on the fun happening inside. Festive holiday music is themed to each scene, and visitors are sure to find themselves singing along. And the new Victorian Christmas displays add even more excitement and fun! The Trail also includes millions of multi-colored Christmas lights. There are hundreds of gorgeous lighted displays as well as the animated scenes. As the grand finale to the journey, your ticket also includes a trip to Inspiration Tower where you can ride the glass elevators up 230′ for a Santa’s eye view of the lights from above.  The cost for the Trail of Lights is $12 per adult and $6 for children ages 4-16. You can bring the whole car load for a flat rate of $45.

Silver Dollar City ChristmasWant to spend the entire evening looking at lights? Then you have to visit Silver Dollar City for an Old Time Christmas.  They have over 5 million lights throughout the park along with Christmas decorations and a dozen Christmas shows. The Tastes of the Season are in abundance during An Old Time Christmas filled with great holiday dining options for every member of the family! Sit down to a Hickory-Smoked Prime Rib Buffet, warm yourself with a bowl of Hearty Chili or satisfy your holiday sweet tooth with s’mores or a hot apple dumpling! You can even have Lunch with Santa, or just stop by his workshop at Kringles Krossing to tell him what you’re wishing for this Christmas! You won’t want to miss the 5 story Christmas tree in Town Square on Main Street with over 350,000 LED lights twinkling and dancing in unison with the Square’s 10 storefronts, 20 street festoons and over 250 cut trees for a sight and sound spectacular like no other! Whatever you do don’t miss the Christmas Parade with floats of Christmas toys that have come to life, and Santa himself!

After an evening of viewing the lights head back to the RV Park and enjoy a cool fall evening in the Ozarks.

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