(Performances through January 5, 2019)
by Linda Burlingame
“Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede” combines Christmas merriment, holiday music, and delicious food with an exciting show in a 32,000 sq. ft. arena. There’s a cast of 32 magnificent, exquisitely groomed horses, skilled riders … and for the Christmas show camels, donkeys, and sheep for the live nativity! Back by popular demand is a special presentation of “Adagio on Ice,” with world-renowned skaters appearing exclusively in Branson. You’ll love the fun and friendly rivalry between the North and South Poles, featuring amazing equestrian feats, music and comedy, and some audience participation. The Sugar Plum Fairy stars in the “Magic of Toys” musical production. This is a beautiful segment; in Santa’s sleepy toy room the Sugar Plum Fairy brings toys to life in a colorful, stunning aerial display. The number is set to the memorable music of the Nutcracker Suite. The live nativity is extraordinary. Mary and Joseph, shepherds leading donkeys and their flock of sheep, wise men on their regal camels!
Your yuletide feast is mouth-wateringly delicious. The homemade biscuit is light and flaky, and the creamy vegetable soup may be my favorite part of the meal. (The good news is there’s a mix for the soup available in the gift shop!) A whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbecued pork loin, herb-basted potato, and buttery corn on the cob round out the menu. Oh yes, the special holiday dessert! Dolly Parton’s Stampede satisfies all your senses. There are shows through January 5, 2019.
Be sure you arrive at Dolly Parton’s Stampede early so you’ll have time to enjoy the Horse Walk and meet the gorgeous equine stars of the show in their gleaming, polished stalls. (The 32 horses consume 104,000 pounds of grain annually and generate 832,000 pounds of manure. Just in case you wondered!) Pre-show in the Carriage Room begins an hour before the show. You’ll be entertained by the White River Wranglers, three brothers who share comedy and holiday music. It’s all great family entertainment. It’s exciting and fast-paced — this unique show has wide appeal. Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede will become a favorite holiday tradition!
Shows through January 5, 2019, and the 25th season of Dolly Parton’s Stampede opens February 22, 2019! Enjoy!