By Linda Burlingame :: Photography courtesy of the venues
Above: Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade.[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f Christmas is your favorite holiday, if you just can’t wait to enjoy all the delight and enchantment of the season. Great news! Christmas comes early in Branson. In fact, during the first weekend in November, Branson will be “lit up like a Christmas tree.”
At Titanic Museum Attraction, it takes a 20-member crew two full weeks to decorate the ship in lavish Edwardian style… a full day just for the Grand Staircase, which is a full-sized replica of the staircase on the ship. There’s also a full scale replica of a first-class cabin, a third-class cabin and a full-sized lifeboat. With more than 400 artifacts in 20 unique galleries, including an interactive gallery, Titanic Museum fascinates young and old alike. Each gallery is distinctive, starting with the clank and clamor of the shipyard where the Titanic was built at the Harland & Wolff’s Queen’s Island North Shipyard in Belfast. One of the newer galleries is the beautiful Musicians Gallery, a tribute to the eight musicians aboard.
Titanic never got to make a Christmas voyage. No holiday music or decorations were on the ship, no Christmas dinners were served. But at Titanic Branson, you can experience a Christmas holiday as it might have been. Your journey back in time will be spellbinding. And plus, the gift shop has an extraordinary selection of jewelry, books, china, toys, souvenirs and collectibles. Outside in the evening, Titanic will have a welcoming glow, with more than 1,500 festive luminaries, inviting you to take an imagined holiday voyage.
Speaking of lights, Silver Dollar City’s “Christmas in Midtown” adds another 1.5 million LED lights to the park, for a total of 6.5 million lights. Proclaimed by the Travel Channel as “the most illuminated park on earth,” the new Christmas in Midtown area dazzles with a 50-foot Santa and animated reindeer over the street; 30 angels; three light tunnels; two 40-foot moving trains; a 90-foot light pole Christmas tree, and more… and that’s just in Midtown. The entire park is alive with the sights, sounds, scents, flavors, and the music of Christmas. You’ll again enjoy Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade and the extraordinary Broadway-style musical productions, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s the city’s biggest “An Old Time Christmas” ever.
Delightful shops, delicious food, amazing artists and craftsmen are always part of your enthralling trip to Silver Dollar City. This fall during their Craftsmen, Cowboys & Chuck Wagon Cooking Festival, 125 visiting craftsmen join the city’s 100 resident craftsmen. There’s a Wild West Show, even a Western Barn Dance where you can kick up your heels to a live band. And travelers: prepare to be amazed by Time Traveler, the massive coaster project coming in 2018.
Silver Dollar City has so many exciting rides and activities. Take a leisurely stroll, relax on a bench, or enjoy a meal. Savor spicy scents of the season or go shop for gifts and treasures for yourself. There’s always something new. Always smiles to see, memories to make. Enjoy your trip to Branson!