by Linda Burlingame
Thanksgiving is a perfect time to visit Branson. There’s fine food, great lodging options, live shows … you can eat, relax, enjoy shows and attractions, shop … eat, relax, enjoy … repeat! We’re inviting you to join us for this special holiday. We’ll roll out the red carpet, even illuminate your way! The entrance area of Titanic Museum Attraction will be aglow with more than 1,500 luminaries for Thanksgiving Weekend. Titanic is one of my favorite places. With 20 galleries, more than 400 artifacts, recreated cabins and lifeboat, an interactive gallery, it’s fun and fascinating for all ages.
But first, let’s find you a place to stay. Branson has a myriad of opportunities for hotels and lodging. From simple motel rooms on “The Strip,” to simple or luxurious cottages on Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake, to luxury resorts like Chateau on the Lake, the Welk Resort, and Hilton Hotels. At the Chateau, you’ll enjoy their Thanksgiving Day Brunch — breakfast favorites, carved meats, salads, desserts! And there’s no better sunset view than from the Library Lounge at Chateau. At the Welk Resort Theatre the wonderful Million Dollar Quartet has shows through December 30. This year for the first time ever, Daniel O’Donnell has brought his Christmas with Daniel to America, with afternoon shows at the Welk Resort Theatre through December 1. Popular the world around, Daniel has a charming stage presence, a beautiful set and production for his show, and local choirs on stage.
So, you have lovely accommodations; you’ve enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving brunch or dinner; you’ve relaxed at your hotel, maybe enjoyed the pool or spa; perhaps you took in a show — several Branson shows have shows on Thanksgiving. That brings us to the day after, fondly known as “Black Friday.” It’s the official kickoff to Christmas shopping, and there’s not a more pleasant place to shop than Branson! The Grand Village on Hwy. 76 boasts more than a dozen unique places to shop, like T. Charleston’s Books & Gifts, Kringles Christmas Shop, Mulberry Mill — I love Mulberry Mill! And much more, including two delicious dining destinations. Mel’s Hard Luck Diner has American favorites like country-fried steak and the best ice cream soda in the Ozarks, all served up by singing waiters. Sugar Leaf Bakery Café in the Grand Village has gorgeous, scrumptious cakes and bakery items, as well as savory lunch selections. (It’s popular with us “locals!”) Dick’s 5&10 in Historic Downtown Branson has been a popular shopping destination for more than 50 years. Toys, games, books like we had as kids, new toys and collectibles, themed home accessories — more than 250,000 items, fun for everyone!
Christmas comes early in Branson; beginning the first of November stages are filled with holiday merriment, great family entertainment. #1 Hits of the 60’s and 50’s too has a stage full of talented singers, dancers, and a live band. I love it, those songs are my favorites! The Dutton Family has a delightful Christmas show, another favorite, with three generations of Duttons on stage. The Hughes Brothers have lots of family on stage, too! The Christmas Show at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is extraordinary, with a live nativity, fun competitions between South Pole elves and North Pole elves … and a four-course feast! Tip: a mix for the creamy vegetable soup that’s served is available in the gift shop. (You’re welcome.) Silver Dollar City is ablaze with 6.5 million lights, shops filled with handcrafted treasures, tempting taste treats, shows — including two Broadway-style productions, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life!
There are four shows playing at King’s Castle Theatre — Christmas Wonderland, Broadway’s Greatest Hits, Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies, and New Jersey Nights. Each show features a stage full of gifted singers and dancers. I love the Broadway show, and of course, love New Jersey Nights — Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What a Night … classics, and all great shows! So far this month I’ve seen Yakov Smirnoff’s Show, Shoji Tabuchi’s 25 Days of Christmas, and The Haygoods Christmas Show. Loved every one! Come see us in Branson, a small town feel, with uptown entertainment!
Isn’t Thanksgiving in Branson sounding like an excellent idea? Choose the perfect accommodations. (Sleep in, no ironing linens and getting the guest room ready, no cleanup!) Easy and delicious breakfasts and lunches, a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. (No grocery shopping, no cleanup!) Fabulous entertainment for everyone. Get a head start on Christmas shopping. And most of all, gather your loved ones in one place, as many as you can, and create lasting memories. “On a clear day,” we think we can see forever. But we can’t. And nothing lasts forever. Enjoy your days. Don’t put off things you want to do. And have a Happy Thanksgiving!
You can find a list of Branson shows scheduled for Thanksgiving Day HERE. It also lists events, attractions and dining establishments in Branson that will be open, or closed during the 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday.