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Branson, Missouri Gears Up for Christmas Holiday Shows, Music Performances

From Andy Williams to Tony Orlando, the Ozark town is offering an array of seasonal entertainment

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What happens when you mix holiday spirit and Branson, Missouri? You get a lot of Thanksgiving and Christmas fun to enjoy with the family.

On Nov. 1, the Missouri town that bills itself as the Live Music Show Capital of America unrolled the 2009 holiday welcome mat for visitors and is offering lots of star-filled Christmas shows and a glittering array of animated lighting displays, including the one-mile Branson Area Festival of Lights drive-through.
In addition to entertainer Andy Williams, Christmas performer favorites will include the Lennon Sisters with Tony Orlando, Debby Boone and Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan.

Music will fill the air at Branson's family shows like the Presleys, The Baldknobbers, and the Hughes Brothers. Peals of laughter will roll through the aisles at Jim Stafford, Hamner-Barber and Yakov Smirnoff's shows. Broadway's Spirit of Christmas, Dino's Christmas Extravaganza and The Osmonds will wrap it up with musical packages of one-of-a-kind holiday family fun.

Here is a sampling of what Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson also has to offer:

  • Silver Dollar City celebrates with An Old Time Christmas, ranked as one of the world's top holiday events by CNN.com, and one of the nation's top celebrations by USA Today, Good Morning America and The Travel Channel. The 1880s-themed park dazzles with a highly acclaimed five-story special effects Christmas Tree and an all encompassing light-and-sound show on the Square. The festival runs Nov. 7 through Dec. 30, 2009 and includes the production of A Dickens' Christmas Carol, a Holiday Light Parade, the interactive kids' show Frosty, and over 4 million lights.

  • "Miracle of Christmas" at Sight & Sound Theatre allows visitors to experience the journey of Mary and Joseph and witness the miraculous birth of Jesus, the Savior, in this original musical production featuring a cast of over 45 actors, live animals, elaborate 40-foot high sets and spectacular costumes on one of the largest stages in the country.

  • Dubbed the "Macy's Parade of the Midwest," the Holiday Promenade of Stars parade kicks off the season on Saturday, Nov. 7. Grand Marshal Andy Williams will lead the Branson stars and many of the most popular entertainers will give viewers a taste of their individual Christmas shows. Jimmy Osmond and Debby Boone will emcee for the television broadcasts scheduled nationwide for Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

  • The Brule and Airo American Indian Rock Opera Christmas Show features cutting-edge Native American music and dance performances. The show is a blend of contemporary Native American rhythms and dance with traditional Christmas music played on Native American instruments designed to deliver a powerful message of peace, unity and reconciliation.

  • Thousands of white butterflies at The Butterfly Palace flutter like living snowflakes amid a rainforest sparkling with thousands of twinkling lights, while fantastic holiday music fills the soul during Christmas and New Year holidays. Living statues of breathtaking angels will amaze with their quiet beauty and joyful peace, and will stun visitors when they suddenly come to life!

  • Titanic - World's Largest Museum Attraction is hosting Santa's Reindeer! On board, guests will experience an Edwardian Christmas and enjoy the Christmas stories of 1912 as told by Father Christmas.

  • Our nation's Capitol Christmas Tree will stop in Branson en route to Washington, DC, from Alpine, AZ. Locals and visitors alike are invited to the welcoming festivities at Sight & Sound Theatre on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009.

  • After the lighting of the area's largest Nativity Scene, overlooking Lake Taneycomo, enjoy the 62nd annual Adoration Parade on Sunday, Dec. 6. More than 60 entrants, including floats and bands from throughout Missouri, will participate in this non-commercial event where the community comes together for the sole purpose of "Keeping Christ in Christmas."

  • The area's largest drive-through trail of animated and static displays of Christmas lights, the Branson Area Festival of Lights, features a 16-arch tunnel of lights along the one-mile path through 120 individual lighted displays.

  • The Trail of Lights at Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead allows you to drive through the farm and visit different themed areas and "peek in" on life-sized three-dimensional characters.

  • The Branson Scenic Railway will bring The Polar Express officially licensed train ride event to Branson this holiday season. Based on the holiday feature film from Warner Bros. and the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, pajama-clad passengers will relive the magic of the story as this nighttime train whisks families away for an unforgettable ride to the North Pole. During the journey, the conductor will punch tickets and chefs will serve hot chocolate, followed by a reading of Van Allsburg's classic. At the North Pole, Santa will board the train and greet the children. And Santa has a gift for those who truly believe - a silver sleigh bell.

For additional information about Branson's more than 100 live shows, theme park, pristine lakes, golf courses, family attractions, shopping and other features, or to order a free Branson Vacation Guide, call the Branson/Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 214-3661 or visit the Web site at www.ExploreBranson.com

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