BRANSON, Mo., November 19, 2012 — “Sunday December 2nd in Branson, Missouri just might contain the answer for those who have asked the question, ‘What ever happened to Christ in Christmas,'” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “It will truly be a special day as our community celebrates and honors the story of that first Christmas and the greatest gift this world has ever received,” she added.
The day will include two special events, one that has been part of Branson’s heritage for 64 years and a new event this year that is part of the celebration of the Branson’s Centennial. As its final event of a yearlong celebration of its Centennial there will be a “Centennial Adoration Service” on Sunday, December 2, starting at 10:00 AM in the Branson Convention Center.
The service will feature a 100 plus voice community choir leading those in attendance in the singing of Christmas carols; special guests portraying “Harold Bell Wright, the author “The Shepherd of the Hills” and “Guy Howard, “The Walkin’ Preacher of the Ozarks” and a “blessing” of the “Centennial Time Capsule” which will remain encapsulated until Branson’s Sesquicentennial in 2062. The service is free as is the parking available in the Convention Center parking lot and the Convention Center Parking Garage on Sycamore Street.
On the evening of December 2, a long standing tradition continues as Branson conducts its 64th Annual Adoration Parade. The parade starts immediately after the Adoration Scene Lighting Ceremony in Historic Downtown Branson at 5:00 PM is completed. Dozens of bands, floats and walking units participate in the parade which is one of the few nighttime Christmas parades in the country. Branson’s Adoration Parade is unique in that its sole purpose is to celebrate the very reason there is a Christmas by “Keeping Christ in Christmas.” The colorful and festive parade is commercial free with no advertising permitted on the floats.
The parade route starts at the corner of College and Sycamore Streets by the Branson Convention Center and proceeds west on College to its intersection with Commercial Street. At that point it turns north and follows Commercial Street through Historic Downtown Branson to its intersection with Branson Landing Boulevard where it turns north. At the north end of the north parking lot of Branson Landing (Belks) it turns east and traverses the parking lot until it intersects with the service road that parallels Lake Taneycomo, running between it and Branson Landing. At that point it turns south on the service road and continues the length of Branson Landing.
The Adoration Parade is but one of the elements of Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas, an inspirational, exciting, fun filled community wide celebration of the traditional American Christmas which runs through December 31. For additional information on the Adoration Parade, Centennial Adoration Service, Ozark Mountain Christmas or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or lodging arrangements please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling its toll free number 1-800-785-1550.