Nothing compares to autumn in the Ozarks. The air is filled with the sounds of critters storing up acorns for the winter and the smell of ripening walnut hulls. A few wisps of smoke from a hickory wood fire drifting up from stovepipes and mingling with the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves. In the woods around Branson, the vivid red of sassafras leaves and twinge of orange on the sugar maples is already hinting at the glorious display that these hills bless us with each fall. And with the abundant rainfall the region has experienced this year, the show promises to be a good one.
For an absolutely stunning view of the magnificent fall foliage, take to the sparkling blue water of Table Rock Lake. From your serene position on the sapphire lake, you’ll have 360 degree views of the hills and hollers. Climb aboard the Showboat Branson Belle and in addition to the splendid natural show, you can enjoy the live entertainment and a delicious meal. You’ll have ample time to take in the view from the open deck for some postcard-perfect scenery.
New Year’s Eve will be here immediately after Christmas, and it’s coming fast! So here are some awesome options for ringing in the New Year at one of your favorite Branson shows, where you can celebrate and welcome 2014.
- Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus: The Chinese New Year’s Celebration on December 31, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Enjoy traditional Chinese hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic sparkling wine, party favors and hats, balloon drop, and special Chinese souvenirs. Also enjoy a midnight parade with the Dragon, Lions, and more!
- Amazing Pets!: December 31, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
- Comedy Jamboree: December 31, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
- Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction: December 31, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
- Doug Gabriel Show: December 31, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
- Grand Jubilee: December 31, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
- The Haygoods: December 31, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. Featuring five appetizers, a chocolate fountain, balloon drop, party favors, and more!
- “IT” by the Hughes Brothers: December 31, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
- Jim Stafford New Year’s Eve Show: December 31, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. With hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic sparkling wine, party favors and hats, balloon drop, and keepsake gifts.
- Kirby VanBurch’s 2013 New Year’s Eve Celebration: December 31, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. Show and party includes a box dinner, party favors, non-alcoholic champagne, balloon drop, and more!
- Legends in Concert: December 31, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The party includes hot hors d’oeuvres, seasonal beverages, elegant desserts, and party favors. The STAR cast for the evening includes Stevie Wonder, Cher, Alan Jackson, The Blues Brothers, and Elvis!
- The Magic and Comedy of Taylor Reed: December 31, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
- Pierce Arrow Show: December 31, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
- Showboat Branson Belle – Made in the USA: December 31, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The four-hour cruise takes guests for an evening of dancing, party favors, fireworks on the lake (weather permitting), and a New Year’s Eve toast with sparkling grape juice. Enjoy a three-course meal and entertainment.
- Todd Oliver and Friends: December 31, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Find more information on the schedule for Branson shows on New Year’s Eve here.
You can buy those new shoes or find the perfect swimsuit during Branson’s Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale, featuring an array of merchandise by some of the city’s top stores through Factory Merchants Branson from May 28 – 31. Some of these stores include Red Wing Shoe Company, Jones New York, Tuesday Morning, Motherhood Maternity, and Tools & More. The sale is packed with great deals, and it will go from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day! Stay in some of Branson’s great lodging for the full extent of this shopping event.
While you’re experiencing the Branson atmosphere, you can become better acquainted with the Ozark scenery onboard the Showboat Branson Belle, taking you across the beautiful Table Rock Lake. Depending on when you go, you’ll be provided with one of two shows featuring lively music, incredible live performances and a full production. To add to your great experience, a delicious meal will be served that gives you a taste of all of your favorite entrees, sides and dessert. Once you’ve watched the show, you can sightsee from the deck!
The Branson Belle may have given you an urge to cool off in the water, and you can do just that at White Water, Branson’s most famous water park! Experience many of the water rides inside this 12 acre theme park, including the Surfquake Wave Pool, Bermuda Triangle and Paradise Plunge. Kids are sure to love the amazing Little Squirts WaterWorks, featuring rapid jet squirters and tiny waterfalls to go under. Bring the whole family along to swim and soak up some sun!
Area businesses and famous Branson entertainers will gather for the 2011 National Travel & Tourism Week, giving visitors a chance to meet new faces and legendary performers in the Branson area from May 9 – 13. Visitors will enjoy dining on a delicious prepared meal at the cook-out on May 10 at the Welcome Center during the noon hours and greet other Branson visitors. The event encompasses Branson’s main attractions – entertainment and hospitality! A full schedule will soon be made that provides visitors with the times when their favorite Branson performers will be available. If you’re planning on sticking around for the event, you can check out some of Branson’s lodging and make reservations for your big trip.
If visitors would like additional entertainment, they can head out on the water for an exciting trip on the Showboat Branson Belle, one of the city’s most famous attractions. This historic paddleboat features a traditional setting with many sightseeing opportunities on the boat’s decks. Visitors will be able to choose between a dinner cruise and a lunch cruise, featuring delicious cuisine such as fresh salad and a choice of entrees. Sit back at your table and enjoy an incredible performance by actors and actresses.
For an additional round of live entertainment, visitors can head over to the Pierce Arrow Show, featuring a hilarious comedian and many musical numbers from the country genre. The colorful production will surround you with entertainment for two hours and give you a chance to hear the amazing Dan Britton, an amazing bass vocalist who has held the record for the lowest bass singer for many years. The show features the talents of an entire quartet, with Casey Ellison, Gary Koreiba, Tim Storms and Scott Fraker as members.
If you’ve been looking forward to a Branson vacation filled with all of Branson’s hottest shows, your last chance for 2010 is quickly approaching. Many of the shows have finished for the season and only a select few will continue to be available until the end of December. After December, you won’t have a chance to see many of these shows again until March in 2011. Check out the following shows.
Showboat Branson Belle
The Showboat Branson Belle is not only going to be unavailable after December 30th, but it will also not be putting on the same show next year with the Showstoppers! and Todd Oliver. In 2011, the performances and dining experience will be entirely different, so if you’ve loved the Showstoppers! in the past and want to see them one last time, you need to do it soon. Make sure that you don’t miss your chance to say farewell to these phenomenal performers and their traditional show!
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show
Another show you won’t want to miss for 2010 is Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show. This outstanding dinner and show combination has enchanted children and adults for years and is considered one of Branson’s top shows. The friendly rivalry between the two sides of the theater, the singing and dancing, and a Southern-style meal are the perfect way to spend an evening in Branson.
Jim Stafford Show
Of course, you won’t want to miss the Jim Stafford Show either. Jim Stafford’s comedic antics always have his audience laughing and entertained, so his final shows for 2010 aren’t to be missed. He even provides a unique, 3-D virtual thrill ride right in his theater, so guests will be enjoying an experience they won’t get anywhere else. His show is one that everyone who visits should see this year!
For those interested in visiting a city that is filled with holiday cheer, Branson is the place to be this season. The city offers numerous Christmas shows and attractions that are fun for people of all ages. You can bring your family or go with your friends for some good, old-fashioned holiday entertainment.
Hamner Barber Variety Show
One of the popular Christmas shows this season is presented by the Hamner Barber Variety Show. Called The Wings of Christmas, this two-part production features classic acts from their traditional show and Christmas songs and illusions designed specifically for the holidays. When you go to this show, you get the whole Branson experience. It’s perfect for children and adults who want to see some of Branson’s seasonal entertainment and some of the normal show.
Showboat Branson Belle Lunch and Dinner Cruises
For those interested in getting an old-fashioned experience with a Broadway-style twist, it’s time to plan to go on one of the Showboat Branson Belle Lunch and Dinner Cruises. You will ride aboard a showboat that is styled just like those that produced shows in the 1800s and get to enjoy a Christmas show that has all of the flair and dazzle of a Broadway production. Spectacular costumes, fun choreography, and talented singers and dancers make this Christmas show shine!
Get a unique Christmas presentation by going to see SIX this holiday season. As you watch the show, it will sound like an entire band is on-stage, but it’s just these talented musicians making the instrumentals with their mouths. Their show is a combination of favorites from their regular show and holiday classics that everyone loves. With their special presentation and talents, you’re guaranteed to get a show unlike any you’ve ever seen before!
Branson draws visitors to the area year after year with its spectacular shows including the Showboat Branson Belle’s legendary Showstoppers! with Todd Oliver and his Amazing Talking Dogs. After over a decade of incredible performances, the Showboat Branson Belle has announced that they will be completely changing their show and transforming the appearance of the whole ship. By 2011, the showboat hopes to present guests with an entirely new look and entirely new performances. Guests who would like to see the Showstoppers! with Todd Oliver and his Amazing Talking Dogs one last time before the changes are made are advised to book the reservations early because they are anticipated to be completely booked up!
If you’ve come to Branson to see one of the final acts of the Branson Belle’s classic show, you may be interested in seeing other classic shows Branson has to offer. Why not see the first show to start in Branson? The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show began the tradition of great shows in Branson in 1959 and has continued to give fantastic, family-friendly performances ever since. The music featured in the show is performed by family members of the original performers whose talents are well-known throughout the states. This show is Branson quality and tradition at its best!
Another act that has captivated audiences for years in Branson is that of Andy Williams on the Andy Williams Show. Watch and listen as Andy Williams performs the beautiful music he is known for before turning over the stage to some of his other talented performers. You will see adagio dance by Pasha and Aliona and get to hear the music of The Warnocks family. His show is one magical experience that you cannot miss while you’re in the area.
There are many great attractions and opportunities in Branson, and if you’re wanting to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery and Ozark mountains, you’ve come to the right place. Discover the Missouri wildlife and plantlife in a different light with these fine cruise options. You can take along the entire family, or turn the heat up on a romantic date with your significant other.
Showboat Branson Belle
Your first cruise option is the most well-known to visitors, incorporating the historic Branson Belle on a lunch or dinner cruise. You’ll see top notch entertainment as you dine on a delicious meal featuring Admiral’s Choice Beef, steamed vegetables, salads, tasty desserts, and much more. The performers will take your breath away, and you can go out on the open decks to see the surrounding lake area. The powerful steamboat wheel is visible as well in the rear of the vessel.
Branson Landing Cruises on Lake Queen
Take a more private cruise on the pleasant vessel, Lake Queen, which circles around the treelines and small bends on the waters of Lake Taneycomo. You can choose from several different sightseeing cruises, each offering amazing views of the Ozark mountains. The cruises range from one hour to over three hours, and no matter which one you pick you can witness the incredible Branson Landing Fountains, featuring a 7.5 million dollar production over the lake.
Branson Landing Cruises on the Landing Princess
For a different option on Lake Taneycomo, the Landing Princess vessel streamlines your cruise experience with a smooth ride and fully narrated tour with a touch of comedy. The boat features two decks, giving you the option to enjoy the open air on the upper deck or take comfort in the air conditioned lower deck. Similar to the Lake Queen cruise, you’ll also be able to view the Branson Landing Fountains.
Add luxury to your vacation in Branson with one of these great cruise options. Once you’re through, you can discover some of the offered shows in the area as well.
As the holiday season wraps up in a couple of weeks, you may be looking for ideas for New Year’s Eve. Why stay at home when you can make the holiday special with a getaway in Branson? Because New Year’s Day falls on a Friday, you can enjoy a long weekend in Branson to celebrate the beginning of 2010. Check out the ideas below for a festive and fun New Year’s Vacation.
Kirby VanBurch’s Magical New Year’s Eve Show
A magical time is sure to be had by all when you make reservations for Kirby VanBurch, Branson’s most popular magic show. For New Year’s Eve, the Kirby VanBurch show hosts a special New Year’s Eve show that features spectacular illusions, tricks, and performances by Kirby VanBurch. During the show you may see people disappearing, assistants being sawed in half, and the Kirby VanBurch Theatre’s furry friends: tigers, leopards, and more! The Kirby VanBurch New Year’s Eve show is sure to be a memorable way to end 2009.
Miracle of Christmas–Last Chance!
If you did not have the opportunity to catch the Miracle of Christmas at the Sight and Sound Theatre before the holidays, you will have one final chance at New Year’s. The show is available both Dec 29 and 30, and if you have the opportunity to go, you should certainly take advantage of it! Miracle of Christmas is easily one of the most popular holiday shows in Branson, and for good reason. Don’t wait until the next holiday season to check out this fantastic production, which features live animals, talented performers, original score, and an incredible state-of-the-art theater.
Showboat Branson Belle Dinner Cruise
If you are looking for a romantic New Year’s Eve activity for two, how do a three course meal, live entertainment, and beautiful views from Table Rock Lake sound? The Showboat Branson Belle has two dinner cruises available on New Year’s Eve. Each dinner cruise includes a delicious three course meal, entertainment from the legendary Todd Oliver, and a relaxing time aboard Table Rock Lake. Because it is New Year’s Eve, you may even see fireworks happening in Branson and around the lake.
If the energetic downtown activities along Branson’s main strip prove to be a bit too much, take a break from it all and enjoy a quiet, relaxing vacation along Table Rock Lake. Whether you want to try your hand at canoeing or you want to enjoy a peaceful cruise aboard the Branson Belle paddlewheel boat, you can find all of it and more on your relaxing vacation at Table Rock Lake.
With 745 miles of coastline and tranquil surroundings throughout, Table Rock Lake offers plenty of room to spread out while still remaining close enough to Branson’s energetic downtown entertainment. Take a motor boat out along the waters, enjoy great scuba diving options, fish in an area known for bass fishing: it’s all available in one fun-filled afternoon. One of the major draws to Table Rock Lake, however, is its tour options. The most popular among these options is the Showboat Branson Belle Cruise. With two options, the Noon Cruise Entertainment and the Evening Cruise Entertainment, the two-hour excursion takes you through the Ozarks region in style, as sightseeing opportunities await you at every turn. You will also enjoy a delicious three-course meal, a musical production of Showstoppers!, and a comedy routine.
Ride the Ducks is another tour option along the waters of Table Rock Lake. The popular, family-friendly cruise first takes you takes you through the 76 Strip in Branson before heading onto Table Rock Lake to explore the area from a unique vantage point. Summer marks the best time to enjoy the cruise, as the warm weather creates an aura perfect for an afternoon on the water.
Make sure to book the perfect lodging to complement your vacation. Whether you want to stay close to the entertainment of downtown Branson or you want to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding area, Branson can accommodate you.