Friday, November 21, 2014

Branson Christmas Shows Celebrate the Season

Celebrate Christmas in Branson by purchasing tickets to popular holiday shows.  Branson Christmas shows offer fun, family entertainment that will help make your holiday season one to remember. But these great Christmas shows in Branson will sell out fast, so be sure to get your tickets now!

Some of the best Christmas shows in Branson include:
  • Dixie Stampede Christmas: The Dixie Stampede transforms into a holiday celebration including a live Nativity, with three kings atop camels, holiday music, a visit from Santa and a four-course yuletide feast. 
  • Christmas Wonderland:  Come and join Santa, his elves, and the best singers and dancers in town for Branson’s number one all-singing, all-dancing Christmas Show. This festive musical holiday show celebrates Christmas in all its glory and features your favorite holiday classics.
  • Andy Williams Christmas Variety Show:  The legacy of amazing Christmas shows continues at the Moon River Theatre. The 2014 show will star The Osmonds and The Lennon Sisters plus all the features that made Andy’s show so great – fantastic variety, singers, dancers, prancing reindeer, penguins plus the Moon River Orchestra, all performing your favorite holiday songs!
  • Christmas on the Trail:  Circle around the campfire as you create a Christmas memory complete with familiar carols, and unique cowboy reflections that will touch your heart and stir your memories!
  • Legends in Concert Christmas: Legends in Concerts’ Christmas season brings back those magical memories of “the most wonderful time of the year”. Featuring songs such as “The Christmas Song” with Nat King Cole, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” performed by Rod Stewart, “Blue Christmas” from Dean Z as Elvis, “Up on the Housetop” by Reba McEntire and the hilariously warm and fuzzy “Christmas Medley” performed by The Blues Brothers.
  • Hughes Brothers Christmas: The Hughes Brothers and their families bring you the season's best vocal harmonies, festive surprises, and treasured family traditions. From Santa to a living nativity scene this is the one Christmas show you'll want to share with your family.
  • The Bretts Song of Christmas: Revel in the true spirit of Christmas at this family centric show.  Listen to the collective harmonies of The Bretts on renditions of Christmas favorites, including "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" to "O Holy Night."  A moving Christmas-themed veterans’ tribute will bring you to tears, yet make you smile with pride at America.   
With so many outstanding shows to choose from, Christmastime in Branson is one of the most entertaining seasons of the year.  Celebrate an Ozark Mountain Christmas and join in the festive cheer.  Choose your shows today to get the best seats available and guaranteed lowest prices on tickets. 

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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, November 7, 2014

Branson Events: December 2014

Check out these Branson events happening in December 2014:

December 1 – December 31:  The Trail of Lights
The Trail of Lights is open all December long. 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.


December 1 – December 31:  Titanic Christmas and Winter Celebration
The Titanic Museum will be transformed during the holiday season with Christmas decorations and lights.
December 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. Family vehicles cost $12.
December 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.

December 1-24: Branson Landing Winter Wonderlanding
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.

December 7:  Branson Adoration Parade & Lighting Ceremony
Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with the Branson community beginning with the annual lighting of the largest nativity scene in the area, which overlooks Lake Taneycomo. Begins at dusk.

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Celebration at Chateau on the Lake
Ring in the New Year at Chateau on the Lake with a 3-course dinner, dancing, live entertainment, champagne toast, and fireworks display. Packages start at $445 per couple (including room). Call 888-333-5253 to reserve your spot.
December 31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Big Cedar Lodge

December 31: New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Top of the Rock

Monday, November 3, 2014

Places to Eat & Things to Do in Branson Thanksgiving Day

Will you be in Branson, Missouri this Thanksgiving?  If so, you can use this handy guide to find a place to feast.  These restaurants will be open and serving up scrumptious holiday dinners. 
  • Baldknobbers Restaurant: Open 6:00-8:00pm
  • Worman House (Big Cedar Lodge) Thanksgiving Dinner: Open 9:30am - 9:30pm
  • Thanksgiving Buffet at Devil's Pool Restaurant (Big Cedar Lodge): Open 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Bob Evans: Open Thanksgiving Day from 7:00am-7:00pm
  • Buckingham's Restaurant: Thanksgiving Day Brunch 11:00am-6:00pm
  • Chateau on the Lake: Thanksgiving Brunch 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Cracker Barrel: Open 6:00am-10:00pm
  • Fall Creek Steak House: Thanksgiving Meal served 11:00am-8:30pm
  • Florentina's Italian Ristorante:  Thanksgiving Meal served 11am-9:00pm
  • Golden Corral: Thanksgiving Buffet served from 10:30am-6:00pm
  • Grand Country Buffet:  Thanksgiving Buffet served from 11:00am to 8:00pm
  • Great American Steak & Chicken House: Open 11:00am-9:00pm
  • Keeter Center - College of the Ozarks: Thanksgiving Day Brunch served from 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Level 2 Steakhouse: Thanksgiving Brunch (Reservations preferred) served 10:00am-3:00pm
  • LoneStar Steakhouse: Thanksgiving Turkey & Trimmings and Full Menu served 11:00am-8:00pm
  • McFarlain's Family Restaurant: Thanksgiving Day Feast served 11:00am-9:00pm
  • Montana Mike's Steakhouse: Hwy 76 and Hwy 248 Locations open 11:00am-8:30pm
  • Outback Steakhouse: Open from 11:00am-9pm
  • Paradise Grill and Steakhouse: Thanksgiving Buffet served from 11:00am-4pm
  • Sadie's Sideboard & Smokehouse: Thanksgiving Buffet served 11:00am-4pm
  • Shoney's: Open Thanksgiving Day 11:00am-9:00pm
  • Top of the Rock: 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Wildwood Bistro at the Radisson: Thanksgiving Meal served 11:00am-6:00pm
If you're searching for Branson shows to see on Thanksgiving day, you're in luck!  Numerous shows are open and waiting to entertain you.

Matinee shows include:
  • Acrobats of China
  • Adventures of Marco Polo
  • Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai
  • Ayo starring Voices of Glory
  • Cat's Pajamas Vocal Band
  • Christmas on the Trail
  • Christmas Wonderland
  • Dixie Stampede
  • Grand Country's Amazing Pets
  • Legends in Concert
  • New South Gospel
  • Patsy Cline Remembered
  • Rick Thomas - Premier Illusionist
Shows at 5:30pm include:
  • Dixie Stampede
Shows at 7:30pm include:
  • Adventures of Marco Polo
  • Grand Jubilee
  • Shoji Tabuchi
  • The Haygoods
Show at 8:00pm include:
  • Acrobats of China
  • Andy Williams Christmas Show starring The Osmonds and The Lennon Sisters
  • Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction
  • Hamners' Unbelievable Variety Show
  • Legends in Concert
  • New Jersey Nights
  • Pierce Arrow
  • The Duttons


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Friday, October 31, 2014

Things to Do in Branson during Winter

Experience one of America’s top holiday destinations – Branson, Missouri.  There are a variety of things to do in Branson during winter. From festive shows to engaging attractions and dazzling light displays, the Ozarks transform into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. 

One of my favorite things to do in Branson during winter is visit Silver Dollar City.  The entire park becomes an engaging showcase for An Old Time Christmas.  Amidst the glow of over five million lights, combined with holiday decorations and a dash of merriment, families can make memories that will last a lifetime.  Take in the multi-colored, synchronous light display known as Christmas on Main Street.  A 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."  You can shop at more than two dozen unique shops including Jingle Bell Junction, located in the Frisco Barn, showcasing 80 themed trees and a variety of Christmas d├ęcor.  Be sure to make time for Silver Dollar City Christmas shows.  Two of the top shows to see are It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol.  Both are engaging productions made even better by a talented cast, thematic music and authentic costumes and set designs. 
Once you’ve spent time at Old Time Christmas, head over to the Titanic Museum.  The Branson attraction is decorated in Edwardian-style holiday decorations, creating a celebration of titanic proportions.  Ensconce yourself in the beautiful displays, which feature thousands of holiday lights, costumed merry-makers and a Gift Shoppe brimming with one-of-a-kind selections. 

See even more holiday light displays at the Branson Area Festival of Lights and Shepherd of the Hills' Trail of Lights.  Both are affordable drive-through light displays enhancing the beauty of the holiday season.  When you travel through the Trail of Lights a trip to the top of Inspiration Tower is also included, providing a birds-eye-view of Branson at night.  
Of course, you can’t visit Branson during winter without going to Branson Christmas shows.  Family-fun is served up at Dixie Stampede Christmas, while the true reason for the season is showcased at Miracle of Christmas.  Want to enjoy a country Christmas?  Get tickets to Christmas on the Trail or the Hughes Brothers Christmas show.  Christmas in Wonderland, the Shoji Tabuchi Show and Andy Williams Christmas Variety Show are three other top productions, infusing song and dance with holiday classics for a night of entertainment. 

Come see why Branson, Missouri is one of the top holiday destinations in America.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights a Branson Holiday Tradition

Take your family on a tour of the Trail of Lights for an enchanting drive through the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.  The Branson Christmas event is a tradition for many and is a top attraction to add to your Branson vacation experience.  A Branson holiday vacation isn’t complete without a tour through the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights.  Read on to find out why. 

Winding through the 160-acres of the Shepherd of Hill’s, you’ll find a variety of beautiful, holiday-themed light displays along the way. This is the 24thyear the Shepherd of the Hills has produced the Trail of Lights, and it is a seasonal staple of Ozark Mountain Christmas.  The Trail of Lights features more than 100 animated displays and over 4 million lights.
Grab a cup of coffee or cocoa, then enjoy the warmth of the colorful light displays from the warmth of your own car.  Traveling through more than a dozen themed areas, including a Victorian Village and Winter Wonderland, families get a real sense of the joy of the season. Plus, Trail of Lights tickets include a trip inside Inspiration Tower, where guests can get a birds-eye-view of the twinkling lights from 230-feet.

If you’d like to experience more of a country Christmas at the homestead reserve tickets for Christmas on the Trail.  A hearty, Christmas dinner, served straight off of a vintage 1800’s chuckwagon will fill you up before you gather round the campfire for a true cowboy Christmas.  Included with your tickets is a tour of the Trail of Lights, so you get the best of both holiday worlds.   

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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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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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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.