Christmas in Branson - It’s Time to Go Shopping!

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Christmas in Branson - It’s Time to Go Shopping!

The Christmas clock is ticking and there’s shopping to be done!  Maybe some of you out there are last minute shoppers, while others have been stashing stuff at the back of the closet for months now - either way, you probably still enjoy picking up something special when you’re in Branson, a destination that celebrates Christmas in the grandest style!  So, what are you waiting for...maybe a few really good ideas on the places you should check out? If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered. We’ve come up with a list of shopping centers, boutiques, specialty shops, and more that are sure to fill up Santa’s list before you know it! We’ve tried to include a bit of everything, from big shopping centers to only-in-Branson boutiques and specialty shops.  So shake out that piggy bank and grab your list because we’re goin’ shopping in Branson! (Don’t forget to see a show...or two...or more, while you’re here; check out these posts for some great ideas: Christmas in Branson 2018 - 20 Entertaining Reasons to Come Back “Home” for the Holidays! and Christmas in Branson - It’s Brand New at Historic Shepherd of the Hills!)

Shopping Centers & Districts

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Grand Village Shops:  “Shopping center” doesn’t really do justice to this one-of-a-kind collection of boutiques and eateries!  Resembling a quaint English village, Grand Village features a nice array of shops, including a year-round Christmas store - Kringles, a toy store - Back in Time Toys, a jeweler - Tatman’s Fine Jewelry, and something that’s getting hard to find these days, a full-service independent bookstore - T. Charleston’s Books & Gifts.  You’ll also find nice shops like Lori’s Soap Market, Mulberry Mill, and Grand Glitz. And it’s easy to grab a bite to eat at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner, home to Branson’s original singing servers, and the Sugar Leaf Bakery, serving incredible sandwiches and write-home-about desserts.

Location:  2800 W Highway 76 - The Strip

Operating Hours:  Sunday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tanger Outlets:  Branson’s biggest collection of brand name outlets, and easily one of its most popular shopping destinations, is Tanger Outlets. You’ll discover some of your favorites at Tanger, like Polo Ralph Lauren Factory, Levi’s Outlet, Disney Outlet, Fossil, Vera Bradley, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Coach, Kate Spade New York, and Michael Kors, as well as a couple of good spots for food - an A&W Restaurant and King’s Subs & Deli.  Tanger is large, but laid out such that you can easily see all of the store fronts and map out your path - wear good walking shoes! For loyal guests, you’ll be happy to know that parking has been expanded over the years, making it a little easier to park during the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers.

Location:  300 Tanger Boulevard (just a block downhill from The Strip)  

Operating Hours:  Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Branson Landing:  Branson’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment center, the Landing lies along the shore of Lake Taneycomo, offering nice views from restaurants like Cantina Laredo and Joe’s Crab Shack (and, if you scoot down the sidewalk toward the Taneycomo Bridge, you can eat right on the water at the White River Fish House or the Paddlewheel Pub at the Marina.)  Retail options include anchor stores Belk and Bass Pro Shops, as well as H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Kirkland’s Home, Yankee Candle, Famous Footwear, and a handful of local, independent retailers like Branson Quilts. Other dining options include Saltgrass Steakhouse, Black Oak Grill, and Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que among many others. Take a few minutes to catch the stunning fountains where water, lights, and even fire are set to music!  

Location:  Historic Downtown Branson at 100 Branson Landing Boulevard

Operating Hours:  Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving:) 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Shoppes at Branson Meadows:  Offering a mix of company offices and retailers, this may not be exclusively a shopping center, but it does offer plenty of the right kind of stores to make an extended stop worthwhile, as well as a multi-screen movie complex showing the latest releases.  Shops include a large V.F. Factory Outlet (and a V.F. Factory Clearance store,) Hush Puppies, World Kitchen Corning, and a great Tuesday Morning store, as well as locally based shops like Ozark Quilts and Branson Sewing Center. And if anyone in your shopping party will be needing formal or bridal wear, there’s a really good formal wear shop called Touch of Class.  For dining, the Bucketlist is on site; they offer uniquely topped gourmet burgers, waffle fries, and a full bar - they also have big screen TVs for catching a game while you munch.

Location:  Branson Meadows at 4740 Gretna Road

Operating Hours:  Sunday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   

Bucketlist Hours:  Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.  Monday - Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Branson Hills:  This commercial/residential development is where you’ll find Branson’s greatest concentration of big-box-store shopping opportunities.  Familiar big-store names here include Kohl’s, Best Buy, Target, TJ Maxx, Home Depot, Walmart, Best Buy, PetCo, and Books-A-Million. You’ll also find other stores you know and love like Pier 1, Maurices, Michaels, and Ulta Beauty.  When you start feeling your belly grumble, options for a quick bite are plentiful - Branson Hills is home to McDonald’s, Arby’s, Wendy’s, and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers for fast food, and Chili’s or Pizza Hut if you have time to take a seat.  If you venture up the short hill just past Target, there’s a nice little independent sandwich shop called “Jane Dough’s” where you can find some healthy eating options - it’s set up like a Subway or similar shops.

Location:  Branson Hills is located just off Highway 65 - you can see some of the store signs from the highway.

Operating Hours:  Vary by store, of course, but they’ll pretty much match up with typical schedules nationwide for these brands.

Historic Downtown Branson:  A small downtown, but packed with lots to see and do, the Historic district is home to a small music theater, an escape room attraction, a vintage restored movie theater where the Branson Arts Council hosts local community theater productions and other events, giving everyone options for entertainment.  But since it’s shopping we’re talking about, you’ll find a nice variety of choices, including a shoe store, several flea market/antique stores, consignment boutiques, and shops carrying clothing, including Pure Country Western Wear, Simply Barbara’s, and Fashion House International. Other shops include Main Street Jewelry & Watch Repair, Henry’s Warehouse Outlet, The Lighthouse Gallery, P. Graham Dunn, and Main Street Alley Gifts.  (We’ve pulled out several downtown shops and detailed them in the Specialty Shops listed below because, well because they’re special - we’ve noted them so you can add them to your “Historic Downtown Branson” shopping list!)

Location:  East of Highway 65 - accessed via Highway 248/Branson Landing Boulevard or West Highway 76

Operating Hours:  Vary by store - many stores in downtown are small mom & pop shops that close as early as 5:00 p.m., so plan your shopping day accordingly.

Specialty Shops, Boutiques, and More

Some of these stores are part of small, regional chains, while others are independent, one-of-a-kind retailers.

If the Shoe Fits:  Historic Downtown Branson  Need a gift for someone who has a narrow (or wide) hard-to-fit foot?  Wouldn’t they just love it if you found them a fashionable pair of shoes that actually fit?  Well, this is the store for out-of-the-norm sizes you simply can’t find anywhere!  Nice handbags, jewelry, and other accessories are also scattered about the store.  They carry sizes 4 to 11 in widths ranging from Extra Slim to Wide.

Location:  104 South Commercial - just one storefront away from the intersection with Main Street.

Operating Hours:  Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Peter Engler Designs:  Historic Downtown Branson  One of the best known names in the art of woodcarving, Engler made his home in Branson, and his work lives on here at this beautiful shop. In addition to the gorgeous Christmas ornaments and other decorative items, the shop offers classes in woodcarving, woodburning, pottery, and more.  You can also catch carving and pottery artists at work in the shop. If you want something truly unique, timeless, and created with pure love and care, you can’t go wrong with anything at Peter Engler Designs!

Location:  110 West Pacific Street (at the corner of Pacific and Commercial - there is also a store in the Grand Village Shops.)

Operating Hours:  Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Monday - Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Beautiful Dresses:  We’ve talked about this store in previous shopping posts, but we can’t stress enough the kind of deals you can find here on long, flowy dresses and skirts, comfy pants, vests, shorter dresses, jewelry, and more.  Lots of bright beautiful patterns, and ideal options for anyone who loves that hippie girl kind of vibe, as well as dresses perfect for prom, a fancy date night, or maybe a wedding. You’ll also find some fun jewelry pieces like huge wood earrings and upper arm bracelets. You’re likely to meet the owner while you’re there, and she’s not only helpful for shopping, she does alterations - and she keeps later store hours, so you don’t have to rush through your list of smaller shops to get there by 5!

Location:  2855 West Highway 76 (You’ll find it in a small strip-style area that includes just three or four other shops - it’s across from Lambert’s Seafood.)

Operating Hours:  Sunday:  10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bitz of Glitz:  You’ll find this dazzling collection of women’s finery in the Grand Country complex, along with a music theater, dining, indoor mini-golf, a hotel with an indoor/outdoor waterpark, and even more.  Not a typical small gift shop you might find in any theater or hotel, this shop has quite a selection of nicer clothing, handbags, jewelry, and other accessories. You might find a few simple pieces, but you can expect to find most of the jewelry on the sparkly side, perfect for anyone on your list who loves a little bling-bling!  This is another shop with extended hours - makes it easy to stop by after a show or dinner.

Location:  Grand Country Resort - 1945 West Highway 76

Operating Hours:  Seven days a week - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Patricia’s Victorian House:  Historic Downtown Branson  If you, or someone you’re buying for (don’t forget that your Christmas shopping for others - mostly) loves everything Victorian, then we’ve found the shop for you!  You’ll find everything from delicate porcelain dolls in heavily detailed dresses of that era, to pictures in gold gilded frames. In addition to the many items of decor you’ll discover in this narrow and overflowing, but still manageable, Victorian shop, you’ll find dresses, tops, pants, and vests of that flowy, gauzy material that’s quite comfortable.  They offer a wide range of sizes, colors, and textures to choose from, and sometimes have a few seasonal items on clearance for a great deal.

Location:  101 West Main Street (right at the corner of Main and Commercial - can’t miss it, she usually has several outfits hanging along the sidewalk.)

Operating Hours:  Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Crystal Fish - Gifts of Distinction:  Another shop we’ve talked about before, but again, this one is worth more than one look!  Shop owner, Linda Cherry, works hard to stock her store with popular brands in decor and accessories, but also with unique items that would be find to hard elsewhere in Branson.  Favorite brand names she carries include Vera Bradley, Pandora, Swarovski Crystal, and Spartina 449. You’ll find oil lamps, organic soaps, pottery, bird feeders, handbags, jewelry, and so much more. They’re also happy to gift wrap (complimentary,) and they’ll ship anything they sell via UPS.  If you find something you love, but just can’t bring yourself to buy it when you’re supposed to be gift shopping, ask about their Wish List Registry - then all you have to do is let your significant other know where to find something for you for Christmas! Easy peasy!

Location:  490 Branson Landing Boulevard - Branson Landing (sort of - it’s actually in the Landing’s shopping strip that’s just across the parking lot at the Belk end - it’s called the Lakeside Shoppes.  The Shoppes back up to Roark Creek where it goes into Lake Taneycomo - the means you might see a few ducks and geese roaming about!)

Operating Hours:  Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Dick’s 5&10:  Historic Downtown Branson  Many loyal Branson guests will think we “saved the best for last” with this one!  Dick’s is a true Branson institution; they’ve been entertaining shoppers for more than 50 years with the area’s most diverse and eclectic collection of items. You’ll find everything here from a comical Branson souvenir to the kind of hair net you haven’t seen in years!  It maintains a yesteryear-style charm with its old, but clean and shiny, green and white tile floor and the massive collection of toys that includes oldies but goodies. You’ll find candy you loved when you were ten, along with the latest colors in nail polish and basic household cleaning items.  And don’t forget to look up...you’ll be amazed at everything on display above your head! Service is top-notch and don’t be surprised if you meet the owner, Steve, stocking shelves or making sure everyone is happy - he’s carrying on the store’s tradition started by his father...yep, his name is Dick!  (Hint: If you have young children with you, keep them close - the store can get pretty busy and it’s brimming with merchandise - it can be easy to knock a few things off a shelf - or end up with more stuff in your basket than you remember selecting!)

Location:  103 West Main Street (If you can find your way to the Downtown area, you’re gonna see Dick’s!)

Operating Hours:  Seven days a week - 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Additional Shopping “Areas” & Stores

We obviously can’t feature every incredible place there is to shop in Branson, but here is some quick information on a handful of spots to check out - and look for future “Shopping” posts where we’ll share more information on these and other centers and stores:

Vintage Marketplace Lawn & Garden (and loads of other stuff) - 3630 West Highway 76

Coffelt Country Craft Village (crafts, artwork, and this & that items) - 673 Missouri Highway 165

Plum Bazaar Bead & Jewelry Shop (just like it sounds, but way cool) - Historic Downtown/ 123 East Main

Whitney’s World of Crafts (crafts and other fun stuff) - 3506 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

IMAX Entertainment Complex (a handful of neat boutiques) - 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway

Branson Craft Mall (crafts and a great little eatery - Pickin Porch Grill) - 694 Missouri Highway 165

Apple Tree Mall (crafts, antiques, vintage items, & more) - 1830 West Highway 76

Amish Country Store (pantry items, pastas, furniture, & more) - 3100 Gretna Road in Branson Meadows

The Secret Garden (“Timeless Romantic Clothing”) - 2420 West Highway 76

Our list could go on forever, but we have to stop somewhere!  As you can see, just about any type of shopping is available in Branson, meaning you can get something for everyone on your gift list - and maybe even a little something (or more) for yourself!  Merry Christmas shopping to you!