By: Kerry Pearson
Publish Date: October 26, 2016
If you will be travelling during the holiday season but still want the kids to experience all the traditions and magic of Christmas, Branson has you covered. Every family has their own Christmas traditions, many of which include a visit to see Santa Claus. If you’re in Branson during the months of November or December, it won’t be hard to find jolly Saint Nick. Here are some of the places in Branson to bring the kids to see the big guy in a red suit this holiday season.
Branson Landing’s Town Square will be home to “Santa’s Christmas Treehouse” this holiday season. Santa will be arriving at his 50-foot tree house on Nov. 12 and will stay until Christmas Eve. Also, each Thursday in December from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. is “Pet Night with Santa.”
Bass Pro Shops
Also at the Landing this year will be “Santa’s Wonderland” at Bass Pro Shops. Located at the south end of the Branson Landing, Santa will arrive Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. for a grand opening celebration of the Wonderland. Be sure to stop in for a visit with Santa and stick around to enjoy exciting holiday-themed games and crafts.
The Grand Village
Santa, along with Mrs. Claus on selects dates, will be at Kringles Christmas Store at the Grand Village Wednesdays through Sundays during the holiday season. Not only will you be able to chat with Santa and have a great photo opportunity, but you will also be able to enjoy live Christmas music while you finish your holiday shopping.
Silver Dollar City
You honestly can’t go wrong when you are at Silver Dollar City during the holidays. Their “An Old Time Christmas” festival begins Nov. 5 and runs through Dec. 30. From the shows within the park to the parade and visiting Santa Claus Lane, Christmas fills the air during one of the nation’s top holiday festivals. Santa and his elves have set up a workshop inside the city and will be visiting with all the children until Dec. 23.
Branson Parks and Recreation
The Branson Parks and Recreation will be hosting their annual “Breakfast with Santa” again this year. This is a one day only event where families can enjoy a pancake breakfast and visit with Santa. It has been known that Santa gives an early present to each child that day. The breakfast takes place Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8:30 a.m. and again at 10 a.m. It is $5 per person and you can register to attend on the Branson Parks and Recreation website.
Branson Scenic Railway
From Nov. 4 through Dec. 22, the Branson Scenic Railway converts into the Polar Express. This magical train ride departs from Historic Downtown Branson and heads to the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus. During the ride, you will enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and a live reading of the “Polar Express.” The one hour and 15-minute ride also features Santa visiting each child on the train so they can tell him all about what they want for Christmas this year.
No matter the place or time of day, there are always lasting Christmas memories to be made in Branson. If your kids are looking forward to chatting with Santa this year, make plans to stop by one of these great spots during the holiday season.