Our Publisher’s Picks for Your Weekend Christmas Getaway in Branson

Everyone has to get away sometime, especially during the holiday season. AY Publisher Heather Baker recently visited Branson, Missouri for a quick vacation. Read on for her picks on where to stay, what to do and how to have a great time in Branson.

If you visit the Silver Dollar City theme park for rides and attractions, be sure to stay at the Wilderness Cabins & Campground at 5125 State Highway 265 in Branson. Live like Missouri’s early settlers in the Pioneer Cabin, get back to nature in a Rustic Cabin, or bring your own tent or RV. If you stay at the Wilderness Cabins, Silver Dollar City is an easy (and free!) shuttle ride away. Plus, now is the best time to buy a 2018 season pass at SilverDollarCity.com. It’s less than the cost of two one-day tickets. Order by Jan. 1 to receive the most benefits.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is a must-see during your trip. At the Dixie Stampede, you get dinner and a show! The Christmas show includes a 12.5 million LED wall, 32 horses and a four-course feast. Christmas show dates end Dec. 31. The Dixie Stampede is located at 1525 W. 76 Country Boulevard.

The Titanic Museum Attraction at 3235 W. 76 Country Boulevard. fascinates young and old alike. Inside the museum, you’ll find a full-sized replica of the Titanic’s Grand Staircase and more than 400 artifacts in 20 galleries.

Looking for something to do in between shows and museums? The Branson Coaster is North America’s original double alpine coaster. Located at 2115 W. Highway 76 in Branson, the coaster is managed by FACE Amusement.

See celebrities at Branson’s Hollywood Wax Museum. It’s the only wax museum in America that’s dedicated solely to celebrities. Walk right up to Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp, Jamie Foxx, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and more. The museum is located at 3030 W. 76 Country Boulevard, Unit A.

Don’t miss the most Christmas-y item on our list, the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights at 5586 W. Highway 76 in Branson. Drive through the historic 160-acre Shepherd of the Hills homestead and watch the animation display. The trail will be open from dark until 10:30 p.m. nightly from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. Your ticket includes a trip to Inspiration Tower, the area’s largest Christmas tree.

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