Maybe the kids are at school, or maybe your husband went out with the guys to hunt. Whatever it is, you have a day full of free time, and Branson has all the perfect things to fill your time with! Don’t worry – the laundry can wait until tomorrow. Enjoy the best in Branson this Christmas holiday season with this itinerary, and bring your most loved ones with you!
Grand Country Breakfast Buffet
Whether it’s for Sunday brunch or just a weekday breakfast, the Grand Country Buffet is the perfect place to start your Branson experience. A long-time favorite in the middle of town, Grand Country offers an array of different dining options and foods. Open at 7AM everyday, get ready to start the day with a full stomach!
Explore Historic Downtown Branson
In downtown Branson, there’s all sorts of unique shops and cafes to explore. Whether it’s more treats and coffee at the Pie Safe or shopping for your favorite childhood toys and knick-knacks at Dick’s 5 and 10, walking the streets of downtown Branson will show you the homey side of Branson.
Enjoy the Branson Scenic Railway’s scenery
With scenic tours starting at 11:30, the Branson Scenic Railway is the best way to see the beautiful scenery and nature of the Ozarks that Branson’s nestled in. You’ll see sights and wildlife not accessible by car, including old abandoned communities and other beautiful Ozarks’ views. Listen to the narrative to hear the stories of the tunnels, trestles and countryside for around 20 miles!
Hot Chocolate and lunch at Sugar Leaf
Located in Grand Village, Sugar Leaf is a favorite in Branson for their cafe-style lunches and hot chocolates – topped off with a MASSIVE marshmallow. Enjoy the warm, cozy atmosphere, an amazing lunch, a yummy drink and maybe even some yummier sweets. If you’re more interested in coffee and for more pastries and desserts, make sure you stop by their new coffee shop, open right next door!
Kringles Christmas Shop
Not just around during the Christmas season, Kringles Christmas Shop is a must when you’re in Grand Village! Complete with tons of themed Christmas trees – we really do mean tons – any stockings or ornaments you could ever need personalized, nativity scenes, and every single kind of Christmas decoration you’ve ever seen, you could get lost in the tinsel and lights! It’s the perfect time to buy ornaments for the family, stocking stuffers for your loved ones, and decorations for your home. Good luck trying to leave here without purchasing something!
Drive 76 and admire the Christmas trees
As you’ve probably already noticed, the famous 76 Strip is adorned with Christmas trees at every turn. Known as America’s Christmas Tree City, Branson doesn’t take decorating for Christmas lightly! Enjoy the different themes of trees each attraction and show in Branson has created – including ones made out of recycled plastic, go-kart tires, and more!
Sunset at the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area
As you drive towards your next destination, you’ll come across the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Center. Pull into the parking lot and enjoy the beautiful overlook of Branson. If there’s enough daylight, journey down one of the trails to enter into a secluded paradise of the outdoors while in the middle of Branson. Then, make sure you make your way to the entrance and enjoy the sunset as it sinks beneath the hills of the Ozarks and lights up the sky.
Silver Dollar City Christmas lights and parade
Make your way to Silver Dollar City, and make sure to bundle up! This year, Silver Dollar City’s new 8-story Christmas tree is sure to make your jaw drop – and maybe not be able to pick it back up. Enjoy the yearly Christmas parade amidst the hundreds of thousands of lights, and make sure to get some wassail and a funnel cake while you’re at it! There’s nothing like An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City!
Ice cream by the fire at the Keeter Center
When you make your way back into town, make the detour to College of the Ozarks Keeter Center. Inside, you’ll find the College Creamery, filled with delicious ice cream flavors made on campus with milk straight from their own cows. Take advantage of the big cozy chairs and couches, and cuddle up by the fire to keep yourself warm.
Now, doesn’t that sound like the perfect Branson experience?