Top 5 Tuesday: Branson in the Fall & Winter

Posted by Eric Helms in Branson, Fall, Missouri, Top 5, Travel Tips, Winter


There’s a slight chill to the air. The summer greenery has retreated to reveal rich red and orange hues. And my heart has finally transformed into a core of pumpkin spiced deliciousness. Well this can only mean one thing; fall is here, and winter is fast on its heels. As the year nears its inevitable end, perhaps you’re like me and have yet to cross that vacation off of your “to do” list. But it’s not too late, because the changing seasons bring new travel opportunities; Enter Branson, MO.


For decades, this jewel of the Midwest has drawn families from both near and far.   Whether you seek the unspoiled beauty of the Ozarks, or flock her for family friendly fun, only Branson can deliver on so many levels. The turning of the leaves ushers in some fantastic reasons to come out and visit Branson. So waterproof those Uggs, grab the nearest flannel, and come with me as I explore the best of Branson this fall and winter.


Branson Scenic Railroad

Love train rides, but hate shoveling all that coal? Well then my friend, you are going to love the Branson Scenic Railroad. You can finally sit back and enjoy the amazing views along this 40-mile round trip tour, because on this train leave the manual labor to the guys in overalls. Winding through the beautiful foothills of the Ozark Mountains, you’ll be transported back to a simpler time. As you travel across bridges and train trestles, it will become instantly obvious why the Branson Scenic Railway is referred to as “Branson’s Most Classic Attraction”.   Throughout your trip, knowledgeable staff will narrate your journey with detailed information about the area. With the arrival of fall, you will have a first row seat to all the amazing autumn views throughout the valley. If you really want to take in the full experience, book a ticket on the dinner train. Beginning in in early November through late December, the Branson Scenic Railway runs a Polar Express themed train. Guests will be treated to hot cocoa and cookies. Shell out a couple more bucks and get unlimited refills, because being trapped in a tin box with a kid hopped up on cocoa is what everyone wants.

I know what you’re thinking­­–what about those hobos and drifters? Relax! All train cars are triple checked, so you can be sure they will be free of any romanticized vagrants.


Silver Dollar City

Want to know what Branson was like before Dolly Parton and dinner theater? Well, mosey that posse of yours on up to Silver Dollar City. This 1880s-themed amusement park is equal parts thrilling adventure and family friendly entertainment. Have you ever wondered how those pioneers used to make glass, horseshoes, or wood signs with your family’s name on them? Well wonder no more! Craftsmen are located throughout the theme park wielding their wares and bringing history to life. All kidding aside, these guys are really good. Silver Dollar City is also home to over 40 fun-filled rides. From intense roller coasters, to high thrill water rides, everyone in your group is certain to find an attraction that gets their heart pumping. The park also offers tours of the famous Marvel Cave. Fall brings the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival to town. An entertaining Wild West Show and 125 craftsmen provide hours of entertainment for the family. Running from Nov. 7th to Dec. 30th is the Old Time Christmas festival. Hundreds of lit Christmas trees, holiday parades, and two Broadway style shows help you celebrate Christmas; Branson style.


Take in a Show or 100 Shows

After all, Branson is known as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World”. With over 50 full time performance theaters, and nearly 100 shows at any given time, you can be sure one will bring a smile to your face. The holidays are a particularly great time for theater fans to visit Branson, as a multitude of special Christmas themed shows can be found. Even the tried and true productions will integrate a carol or holiday favorite into their repertoire, tickling you right in the Christmas bone. Which, for those totally oblivious of human anatomy, is right next to the “Drank too much at the Holiday work party” and “Seems like a good idea to wait in line for hours to get sales that are exactly the same on Amazon” bone(s). Some of the best shows are Yakov Smirnoff’s Christmas Show (I didn’t believe he was still alive either!), the Dixie Stampede Christmas Show, Acrobats of China, and the ever popular Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show.


Christmas Lights

Only in Branson could you find a Christmas light display that would put Clark W. Griswold to shame. And besides material excess, what says Christmas more than a brightly lit pine tree. The sparkling bulbs and creative displays can be seen throughout Branson. But if you really check out some illuminated awesomeness, be sure to head to Silver Dollar City for the Old Time Christmas Festival, Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village, or the Trail of Lights at Shepard of the Hills. Silver City boasts an out of this world display that features over 5 million lights.   Guys, I’m not good at common core math, but that seems like a lot of lights. Admission to the park will grant you access to this truly world-class lighting experience. Debuting this year in Branson is the drive-through experience of the Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village. Pile up the kids, or some trustworthy looking strangers, because it is a flat rate per car ($18). The village features a North Pole Express train, a life size nativity scene, gourmet hot cocoa, and many other holiday favorites for the whole family. For over 20 years, the Trail of Lights, on the grounds of Branson’s famous Shepard of the Hills outdoor theatre, has been wowing Christmas time guests. Those treasured childhood memories are brought to life with a vivid array of Christmas lights and animated displays. The Travel Channel has rated this as one of their Top 5 drive through Christmas displays in all of the country. At only $8.25 per carload, this is a great holiday value.


Branson at the Meadows

Given all the great attractions in Branson, there is certainly a wealth of accommodations to choose from. However, all resorts are not created equally. That is why Tripbound, in an effort to provide the best in family vacation value, is proud to present the Wyndham Branson at the Meadows resort.   Set next to the calm waters of the famed Table Rock, this resort puts you in the very heart of all the Branson action. Modernly updated one and two bedroom units are fully furnished with your family in mind. These spacious condominium style layouts offer full and partial kitchens, in suite laundry facilities, and a wealth of amenities. At the end of a long day exploring the sights and sounds of the Ozarks, the Branson at the Meadows is the perfect place to unwind.

Act now, and this great resort gets even better. As part of a special promotion, Tripbound is able to offer these spectacular units for 10% OFF, if reserved in 2015. Book today using the code “10FORME”, and experience all that Branson has to offer this holiday season.

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