BRANSON, Mo. It might seem strange talking about Christmas before Halloween is even here, but in Branson, Missouri, one of the biggest traditional Christmas celebrations in the nation, Ozark Mountain Christmas starts the first week of November and runs through December 31. Making it even more special is the fact that the first two weeks of the Ozark Mountain Christmas celebration also encompasses “America’s largest Veteran’s Day celebration,” Branson’s Veterans Homecoming Week.” It doesn’t get much more down home American than that, the celebration of the traditional Christmas and the honoring of America’s Veterans, active duty Military personnel and their families in Branson, Missouri.
One of the major aspects of Ozark Mountain Christmas is Branson’s Christmas shows which are of two major types, both of which generally start the first week of November. Although it’s sometimes a fine line, those shows that are advertised and presented primarily as Christmas Shows would be the first type. The following is a list of many of the most popular shows of this type with their starting and ending date:
Andy Williams Christmas Show, Nov. 1 to Dec. 10
Christmas with the Lennon Sisters, Nov. 1 to Dec. 10
Hollywood’s Christmas Spectacular, Nov., 1 to Dec. 10
Miracle of Christmas, Nov. 1 to Dec. 31
Tony Orlando Christmas, Nov. 1 to Dec. 9
Christmas on the Trail, Nov. 1 to Dec. 31
Mel Tillis and Family Christmas, Nov. 1 to Nov. 17
A Christmas Snow, Nov. 1 to Dec. 30
Ralph Kuster’s Christmas in Branson, Nov. 1 to Dec. 8
Dino Kartsonakis Sounds of the Season, Nov. 4 to Nov. 29
Molly B Polka Party Christmas Show, Nov. 13 only
Johnny Mathis Christmas Show, Nov. 18 to Nov. 19
Shows such as the Presley’s Country Jubilee, SIX, Pierce Arrow, Hamner and Barber Variety Show and the Twelve Irish Tenors are examples of shows that appear in Branson during the year, but present special Christmas shows during Ozark Mountain Christmas. Typically it will involve a mixture of the highlights of their season regular show with a major portion of the show, generally the second half devoted to Christmas. Then there are the shows like the Shoji Tabuchi Show, Yakov’s Dinner Adventure and others that, although they have shows all year long, present virtually a totally new Christmas show. No matter which way it happens, attending these shows is like opening up Christmas gifts on Christmas morning as one sees different shows and experiences the wonderful and special ways they each celebrate Christmas.
Although not billed as Christmas shows, the following national stars and acts appearing during Ozark Mountain Christmas:
Gatlin Brothers & Debby Boone Together, Nov. 1 to Dec. 7
Oak Ridge Boys, Nov. 1 to Nov. 17
Chubby Checker, Nov. 1 to Dec. 11
Daniel O’Donnell, Nov. 1 to Nov. 23
Brady Brunch with Barry Williams, Nov.2 to Dec. 31.
Neal McCoy, Nov. 3 to Dec. 7
A Jazz Tribute to Doris Day, Nov. 8 to Nov. 16
Vicki Lawrence/Mama, Nov. 4 to Nov. 5
Glen Campbell, with special guest Restless Heart Farewell Concert, Dec. 2 and Dec. 3
Please click here for a complete listing of all Branson Shows with schedules, information, pictures, videos pricing and ticketing info.
Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center, who has been involved with Ozark Mountain Christmas since its inception, points out that, in addition to the live stage shows that Branson is famous for, the Christmas lighting at Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas and Branson’s two drive through Christmas lighting displays, “The Branson Area Festival of Lights” and Shepherd of the Hill’s Trail of Lights provide spectacular and unique shows of their own.
She also points out that Ozark Mountain Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year and recommends that advance reservations be made for shows and lodging to ensure not only availability, but the best choices of seating and accommodations. She offers the free assistance of the Branson Tourism Center in answering any questions or helping with show and attraction ticketing or making lodging arrangements through their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.