Friday, October 24, 2014

Silver Dollar City Holiday Show Guide

Dickens' Christmas Carol
When you visit Silver Dollar City during Old Time Christmas you’re in for a holiday spectacle full of not only dazzling lights but entertaining, nostalgic holiday shows.  The Ozark Mountain Christmas event is scheduled from November 1 – December 30, 2013.  With the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets you gain entrance to all of the live productions held at the Branson theme park.

You can start planning your visit to Silver Dollar City by browsing the holiday show guide below:
  • Christmas On Main Street:  Silver Dollar City presents their biggest light show ever including five-story special effects Christmas Tree located in The Square. 
  • It's A Wonderful Life:  Silver Dollar City presents an original musical adaptation of Frank Capra's 1946 film, where small town businessman George Bailey discovers the true value of life, family and friends with a little help from his guardian angel, Clarence.   
  • A Dickens' Christmas Carol:  Silver Dollar City's unique adaptation of the famous classic novel by Charles Dickens sharing the story of redemption, hope and the transforming power of one simple prayer.
  • Rudolph's Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade:  Emblazoned in over 100,000 lights, the Gifts Of Christmas Holiday Light Parade glides through the City streets twice each evening (weather permitting).
  • The Living Nativity: Transport your family to ancient Bethlehem and experience life as it may have been that clear and silent night so many years ago.
  • Christmas on the Bayou:  Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Member Cedric Benoit and the entire Cajun Connection Band like to add a little seasoning to the festivities with a good ol' Cajun Christmas Celebration!
  • Frosty: A charmingly interactive musical, Frosty invites kids to be part of the action as they help bring the legendary snowman to life.
  • Holiday Hearthside Harmonies: Take a stroll through McHaffie's Homestead and have a seat by the fire as we warm the soul with Silver Dollar City-style songs and stories!  
There’s no better place to celebrate Christmas than Silver Dollar City Branson.  Get away this winter and experience the holidays at the Old Time Christmas festival.   

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Branson Festival of Lights a Highlight of Ozark Mountain Christmas

Experience the twinkle and glow of the holiday season during the Branson Festival of Lights.  The Branson Christmas event is just one of the ways you can unwrap the special gift that is an Ozark Mountain Christmas. 
 
Along with Branson Christmas shows and Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas, one of the highlights of the season is the Festival of Lights.  The drive-through light festival is a delight for families.  The experience begins with a magical one-mile drive along a path illuminated with more than 175 displays. Conveniently located off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Roark Valley Road, this one-of-a-kind family experience promises to be spectacular.  Click here to see a map of the Festival of Lights. 
Branson Area Festival of Lights Drive-Through is open daily November 1 – December 31, 2014, from dusk until 11pm. 

Admission fees for 2014:
Family Vehicles - $15
Family Season Pass - $25
Mini-Coaches (12-28 seats), Church Vans and Limos - $30
Full-Size Motorcoaches - $60


Get a sneak peek of the Branson Festival of Lights below:



Reserve a vacation in Branson this holiday season to experience an Ozark Mountain Christmas.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Friday, October 17, 2014

San Diego Added to Reserve Direct Destination Line-Up

Attention travelers! Reserve Direct has launched an all new destination – San Diego, California. This Southern California hot spot is a prime vacation destination for many reasons. You can combine the thrill of theme parks with aquatic amusements and beach activities, while also taking in historic sites, bay cruises and the distinct culture of sunny San Diego.
If you’re planning a trip to Southern California book with Reserve San Diego to find great deals on all your vacation needs. From discounts on theme parks, hotels and attractions to inside information on things to do and places to go, we aim to be your one-stop shop for all things San Diego. Take a look at a few of the top activities in San Diego:
 
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Disneyland
  • LEGOLAND California
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • USS Midway Museum
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Harbor Cruises


Ready to book your vacation? Check out all SoCal has to offer with Reserve San Diego. Then, pack your bags, charge your cameras and prepare for a memory-making adventure at Reserve Direct’s exciting new destination. 
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Celebrate an Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City

Join the festive cheer and yuletide merriment of An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City.  The Branson Christmas event is rated one of the Top Five Holiday Events in the Country by Good Morning America.  During An Old Time Christmas, held November 1-December 30, 2014, you can experience sensational sights and shows creating a magical place to celebrate the holidays.

Christmas never feels quite like Christmas until you spend a day at Silver Dollar City Branson, taking in over million twinkling lights and superb productions whisking you away to another place and time.  When I visit, Christmas on Main Street is always a highlight.  The five-story Christmas Tree, located in The Square, sparkles and dances in unison to special effects set to music like “Carol of the Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Sleigh Ride."  Ten storefronts, 20 street festoons and over 250 cut trees join in the dazzling display for a sight and sound spectacular like no other.  You can even get a professional photo taken in front of the tree by a Silver Dollar City photographer if you’d like.  New for 2014 is the Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade.  It stars Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends.  Bring your camera and be prepared to take plenty of pictures.
It’s a Wonderful Life, which debuted at Silver Dollar City two years ago, quickly won me over.  The original musical adaptation of the 1946 film brings to life the small town charm of George Bailey and how he discovers the value of life, family and friends – along with a little help from his guardian angel Clarence, of course.  You truly do feel transported to a different place and time during the performance, and the singing performances delivered make the message hit home.  At the end of the show I always smile and feel grateful for how wonderful life can be.  It may sound surreal, but that’s the effect of Silver Dollar City.

There’s plenty more to do at the Branson theme park during Old Time Christmas.  The hardest part is deciding what to do. If you can, make time for two more shows – A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and The Living Nativity. Classic and tied to my holiday heart, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol invokes the most poignant moments of the tale.  The unique adaptation is marked by a talented cast who bring the personalities of these famous characters to life while also bestowing a true sense of the transformation of change, belief and hope.  I recommend The Living Nativity for its simple, yet breathtaking beauty.  The performance transports you to an ancient Bethlehem to a Christmas night many years ago.  Marvel as the angel Gabriel retells the most famous story ever told.  It will, no doubt, leave an impression.
Picking up a one-of-a-kind holiday gift at Silver Dollar City is also a tradition of mine.  From pictures to jewelry to knives, you can outfit each member of your to-do list at the park.  Even better, you can purchase then choose to pick up your items once you leave the park.  Simply request parcel pickup upon purchase you can shop, and experience attractions, in a breeze. 

As long as weather cooperates, and it doesn’t get too cold, Silver Dollar City rides and attractions are also open during Old Time Christmas.  Go for whirl on The Giant Swing, take a loop-filled ride on Wildfire, then experience the rush of Outlaw run.  The wind might be brisk, but the thrill is worth it! 

Reserve your discount Silver Dollar City tickets today to enjoy this festive event.   When you purchase with Reserve Branson you get two days for the price of one doubling the amount of time you can celebrate an Old Time Christmas. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Branson Zipline Picture Perfect During Fall

Looking for a fun way to see fall foliage in the Ozarks?  Reserve a tour with Branson Zipline and you’ll gain access to some of the best views of Branson ablaze with fall color.  Fly through the lush canopy, walk across skybridges and be treated to a paradise filled with adventure. 


At Branson Zipline Canopy Tours you can choose from three zipline tours:
Ozarks Xplorer Zipline Canopy Tour: With the Xplorer tour you can experience the entirety of the Branson Zipline course with all seven ziplines included, as well as 10 skybridges.    
Flying Prospector Zipline Canopy Tour:  Not sure if the full course is for you?  No worries.  This tour is perfect for newbies wanting to try out ziplining for the first time.  Four ziplines and seven suspension bridges are included.  
Blue Streak Fast Line and Free Fall Xpress: The Blue Streak Fast Line is Branson Ziplines ultimate adrenaline rush.  You’ll nearly a quarter of a mile down the mountainside on the fastest line available, followed by a freefall drop from Everest Tower, the tallest platform at the attraction. 
I recommend the Ozarks Xplorer Tour as you experience the full range of fall beauty in the Ozarks, all complimented by the adventurous (yet safe!) ziplines and skybridges.  This time of year is truly one of the best seasons to go for a zip.  If your budget allows, I would also add the Free Fall Xpress to your ticket,  The feeling of a freefall drop is a favorite of mine.  For a few seconds, you fly like a bird – free and unhindered by the pull of a harness.  

Don’t think you’re ready to zipline just yet?  That’s okay.  You can still explore Wolf Creek Preserve at Branson Zipline with their Safari Guided Walking tour. An ecologically-knowledgeable guide will hike with you through the preserve, which is home to 100-foot tall, 200-year old white oaks, wildlife, and historic sites.  Plus, you can bring your camera on this tour so you can truly capture the beauty of the attraction during the fall season.


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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Honor our Nation's Heroes during Branson's Veterans Week

Join Branson, Missouri in honoring our nation’s heroes during Branson’s Veterans Homecoming Week, November 5-11, 2014.  The event is America’s largest veterans celebration and welcomes men and women from all branches of military.  The seven day tribute includes many special events and festivities such as reunions, memorial ceremonies, entertainment shows, a day room, free lunches, and  a Traveling Vietnam Veteran's Day Wall.

Start your week off with the Opening Ceremony show performed by vets for vets.  Accurately named “Vets for Vets Celebration Show,” the third annual entertainment kick-off event will include Grammy Award winner Billy Dean, Dalena Ditto, Janice Martin of the Showboat Branson Belle and Neil Diamond tribute artist and Navy Veteran Keith Allynn.  The show is set for November 5, 2014, at 2pm at the Baldknobbers Theater.

A special Branson Veterans Day Parade is also planned. Scheduled for November 11 in downtown Branson, the parade is a long standing tradition that is an inherent part of the way Branson honors Veterans, active duty Military personnel and their families. The 81st annual parade marches through downtown Branson starting at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It is a memorable end to Branson’s Veterans Homecoming Week.

A highlight of scheduled events for Branson Veterans Week includes:
November 5:
  • Patriotic "Vets for Vets Celebration Show" at Baldknobbers Theater
November 6:
  • 239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at Radisson Hotel
  • POW/MIA Service of Remembrance
November 7:
  • Vietnam Veterans Mini Reunion
  • World War II Reunion
  • Women Veterans Mini Reunion
  • Persian Gulf War Veterans Mini Reunion
November 8:
  • Veterans Sporting Clays Shoot
  • 18th Annual Military Gala & Banquet
  • 3rd Annual Navy Memorial
November 9:
  • 9th Annual Tribute to Womens Veterans
  • Korean War Mini Reunion
November 10:
  • Wal-Mart Tribute to Veterans
November 11:
  • Branson Veterans Day Parade
  • Morning Flag Raising/Wreath Laying Ceremony
  • Veterans Week Closing Ceremony

Make plans to be in Branson during this unique event honoring the courage, service, commitment and sacrifice of the men and women who have fought for our freedom.  The Branson Veterans Task Force website provide a full list of Veterans Week events, as well as additional details for attendees.  Be sure to reserve your Branson hotel room in advance as Branson Veterans Week is a very popular event. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Branson Events: November 2014

Check out these Branson events planned for November 2014:

November 1 – December 31:  The Trail of Lights
The Trail of Lights opens November 1. Festive holiday music plays as you make your way through the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead, decorated with millions of Christmas lights. Open 7 nights a week from dusk until the end of the shows.


November 1 – December 31:  Branson Area Festival of Lights
Branson lights up for the holidays. The one-mile drive is illuminated with over 175 displays and is located off Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Roark Valley Road. Open daily from dusk until 11pm.
November 1 – December 30:  An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City
Named one of the top 5 holiday events in the country by Good Morning America, An Old Time Christmas features 4 million lights, a 5-story special effects Christmas tree, a holiday lights parade, plus holiday shows and treats.


November 1 – December 24: Branson Landing's Winter WonderLanding
The entire Branson Landing transforms in a beautiful winter wonderland just in time for the holiday season. Don't miss your chance to visit Santa in his very own 50' Christmas Treehouse, located in the middle of Branson Landing's Town Square.

November 5-11:  Veterans Homecoming Week
This seven day tribute to veterans includes many special events throughout Branson. Many are free to veterans. See the complete schedule of events online.
November 7: Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels is set to perform at 8pm at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre. 
November 11:  Veteran’s Day Parade
The 79th annual Branson Veteran’s Day parade will make its way through Historic Downtown Branson at 11am.


November 14-15: Johnny Mathis
Both shows will be performed at 8pm at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre.
November 16: Charley Pride
Pride will perform at 7pm at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater courtesy of Up Close Concerts.

November 23: Loretta Lynn
Country music legend Loretta Lynn is set to perform at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater at 7pm.
November 27-30: Moonlight Madness Sale
Starting at 8pm Thanksgiving Day Tanger Outlet is hosting a Moonlight Madness Sale.  Find exclusive, After Thanksgiving deals starting at 8:00pm and continuing throughout the entire weekend, November 27-30.

November 27-29:  Titanic Christmas and Winter Celebration
The Titanic Museum will be transformed during the holiday season with Christmas decorations and lights. Stop by to see the festive sights and meet the Titanic Fantasy Princess. 
November 28: Branson Landing’s Black Friday Blowout
Get the best black Friday deals at stores throughout the Branson Landing.
November 30: Martina McBride
McBride will perform at 7pm at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater courtesy of Up Close Concerts.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Five Things to Do at Silver Dollar City this Fall

The Ozarks are an enchanting place to visit during the fall season.  One of the attractions fall shines in Branson is Silver Dollar City.  The 1880s theme park fully embraces autumn with themed displays, delicious foods and even a special festival celebrating Americana.


Five of our favorite things to do at Silver Dollar City this fall:
1) Attend National Harvest Festival Events:  The National Harvest Festival is a salute to the American West.  The most exciting part of the festival is the Western Stunt Show, featuring professional stuntmen and women performing amazing feats.  Watch 3-story falls, rapid-slide rappels, and good old fashion street fights bring back the wild in Wild West.

2) Watch Craftsmen at Work: Silver Dollar City is known for its talented craftsmen who operate in the park, creating everything from glassworks to knives to jewelry.  During the National Harvest Festival, over 125 craftsmen visit the park adding to the amount of talent available.  Visiting craftsmen include Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artists and the western artists of Buck Taylor's Cowboy Emporium.
3) Ride the Frisco Line: The Park operates the Frisco Silver Dollar Line throughout the year, but it’s especially enjoyable during autumn.  Take a leisurely 20-minute steam train ride through the beautiful Ozark countryside surrounding Silver Dollar City and get a glimpse of Ozark Mountain fall foliage.

4) Fill up on Fall Treats:  One of the best treats to fill up on during fall at Silver Dollar City Branson is an apple dumpling.  Surrounded by mounds of cinnamon ice cream, the dumpling hits the spot between sweet, warm and cold, all in one bite.  When the weather is a bit nippier, nothing goes better together than hot cocoa and funnel cake. 
5) Ride Wildfire:  Wildfire, one of Silver Dollar City’s premier roller coasters, offers the best views of the surrounding area.  Keep your eyes open (if you can!) and take in the colors of the season as you loop through the racing course. 

Purchase one or two-day Silver Dollar City tickets to explore all the Branson theme park has to offer.


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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Martina McBride Set to Serenade Branson

Attention country music fans! One of the biggest names in country music is coming to Branson for one night only!  Martina McBride is set to perform at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre November 30, 2014.  Hosted by Up Close Concerts, the event will be a highlight of the holiday season in the Ozarks! 

Over the years, McBride has released more than 15 albums, seven of which earned a gold or platinum honor.  Selling over 14 million albums, she has charted five No. 1 hits including “Wild Angels,” “Wrong Again” and “Blessed.”  Other popular songs of hers include “My Baby Loves Me (Just the Way That I Am)” and “In My Daughters Eyes,” although she is best known for the song “Independence Day.” 
Other big name music artists coming to Branson this fall and winter include Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, The Village People, Ronnie McDowell, Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan.  A full schedule of Branson shows is available, with over a total of 50 shows and special events planned.

Martina McBride tickets are on sale now. 

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Salute the American West during National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City

Celebrate the West during National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City.  The Branson theme park welcomes hundreds of visiting craftsmen during National Harvest Festival, scheduled for September 12 through October 25, 2014. Purchase your Silver Dollar City tickets today to enjoy the salute to the American cowboy in Branson, Missouri.  All-new shows, craftsmen, western musicians and delicious food make this National Harvest Festival one not too miss.

Highlights of Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest Festival:
  • Western Stunt Show featuring professional stunt men and women
  • Over 125 visiting craftsmen from around the country demonstrating their art
  • Western star and water color artist Buck Taylor returns
  • Best of Missouri Hands juried artists special showcase
  • Western Musicians
  • Cowboy Poets
  • Wild Mustangs
  • Trick Horse Stunts, Trick Roping and Bull Whip Demonstrations
  • Barn Dance
  • Chuckwagons

Silver Dollar City’s Culinary & Craft School will be open during the festival as well.
Purchase a money-saving Silver Dollar City vacation package today to enjoy the 2014 National Harvest Festival.  During your day at the park, be sure to ride Outlaw Run.  The award-winning coaster is the only wooden roller coaster to twist upside down and, at 68mph, is the second fastest in the world.

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Ashley is Reserve Direct's travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.