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Branson After Christmas - 12 Ways to Keep Celebrating Until Year’s End!

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Branson After Christmas - 12 Ways to Keep Celebrating Until Year’s End!

So, you’ve got a few more vacation days to use before the end of the year...maybe you’ve been entertaining family for Christmas and you’d like to “escape” for a couple of days...or just maybe you’ve got after-Christmas sales on your mind -- regardless of the reason, that final week before the new year is a great time to be in Branson!  The holiday crowds have headed home and stores have some extra merchandise they’d rather not inventory, but the Christmas lights are still twinkling, lots of shows are still going strong, and there’s no time like now to start planning a visit to Branson for the week after Christmas.  To help you out, we’re listing a dozen things you can see, do, and enjoy from December 26 through December 31 in America's capital of live entertainment - Branson, Missouri!

1.  Visit Silver Dollar City!  Yep, Branson’s biggest attraction remains open through January 1!  Depending on the weather, most things will be open and operating at the theme park, including retail outlets offering big savings on everything from jewelry to Christmas decor.  And there’s a New Year’s Eve celebration planned that’s so big, it lasts for two whole days - music, magic, comedy, and dancing the night away to ring in 2019!

Schedule:  December 26 & 27 - 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  December 28, 29 & 30 - 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  December 31 & January 1 - 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

2.  See Incredible Tributes!  Branson has a wide variety of entertainment, but one thing this destination does better than any other is honor entertainment legends, both those still with us, and those we lost too soon. You can see no less than seven sincere tributes during the last week in December:

3.  Experience the “Magic” of Branson!  Two of Branson’s best magicians have shows after Christmas, and you’ll want to see both as their shows and brand of magic are quite different from one another.  Bring the kids, or not, these talented artists of illusion will delight everyone of any age!

  • Hamners’ Unbelievable Christmas - In addition to great holiday music and other performances, this fun show features a husband-wife team of award-winning magicians who use fascinating props, including beautiful live birds!

  • Reza - Edge of Illusion - Easily one of Branson’s most mind-blowing performers, the charming Reza enchants, baffles, amazes, and befuddles everyone with both large scale illusions and sleight-of-hand trickery!

4.  Shop ‘til You Drop...your purchases at your hotel, then shop some more!  Branson is a budget shopper’s paradise year-round, but the after-Christmas deals are a special treat.  Don’t miss all the small, local shops and boutiques found all over town, especially since a few will close for the winter when the new year rolls around, so they’ll want to unload some inventory, but here are the “big” places with lots of retail options:

  • Grand Village Shops - Branson’s most charming shopping destination - even if you think you’re not in the mood to shop, you still need to see this English-village like shopping and dining center - it’s gorgeous!  In addition to the excellent stores, two of Branson’s best eateries are here - Sugar Leaf Bakery & Cafe and Mel’s Hard Luck Diner. (Trust us - you’ll want to shop!)

  • Tanger Outlets - Recently named the Best Of Branson by those responding to a survey conducted by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, this shopping center is loaded with brand-name outlet shops for names like Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Bath & Body, Fossil, Old Navy and more. Just imagine the after-Christmas deals you’ll find here!

  • Branson Landing - The ultimate in shopping, dining, and entertainment in one location, the Landing boasts anchors Belk and Bass Pro Shops, and a plethora of brand-name retailers and restaurants, accompanied by Branson’s only outdoor concert venue that boasts a fountain show featuring water, fire, and lights set to music!

  • The Shoppes at Branson Meadows - It’s a multi-use facility that houses operations like a business incubator, so there are fewer stores than other shopping centers in town, but these are stores you shouldn’t miss, including Tuesday Morning, VF Factory Outlet, and World Kitchen Corning.  Great food and fun is found at the BucketList, and there’s a multi-screen first-run movie theater complex!

5.  Do Something Amazing!  That “wide variety” we mentioned earlier is certainly appropo to these shows - here are two shows with performances after Christmas that seem to have a lot in common, yet they’re so incredibly different at the same time...both are nothing but simply AMAZING!

  • Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai - An honest-to-goodness edge-of-your-seat show! The astounding athleticism, strength, patience, and stamina these young artists display is a sensational sight to see!

  • Amazing Pets - Lovingly trained house cats and dogs, many rescued from shelters, treat audiences to their hilarious and heartwarming antics on stage - a kids’ favorite for sure!

6.  Put Some Variety in Your Life!  Whether it’s holiday music or songs from their regular season performances, these shows have built a big and loyal following of fans who know that variety is the spice of life!

  • Music From Across the Tracks - One of Branson’s newest offerings, this show (located “across the tracks” from Branson Landing) offers a variety of music and comedy.

  • Doug Gabriel - A long-running Branson entertainment staple, the Gabriels put a little bit of everything into a show that’s a whole lot of fun!

  • Haygoods - A hugely popular show, the Haygoods excel at everything from special effects to playing a wide range of instruments - a high energy performance from beginning to “is it over already?”

7.  Make Time for Story Time!  If you love shows that tell a story, Branson has your show!

  • Branson Murder Mystery Dinner Show - Another production from the creative genius that is Jecobie Roberts (her skills are also exhibited in Branson Comedy Hypnosis,) this laugh-filled tale, loosely based on Branson history, even lets audience members become performers!

  • Million Dollar Quartet - Loaded with music and the true tale of an almost forgotten studio jam session with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

  • Samson - A stunningly gorgeous production of the bible story come-to-life, as told by the masters of turning beloved ancient biblical text into a masterpiece of pageantry and inspiration - Sight & Sound Theatres.

  • Sanders Family Christmas - The hilarious clan from Smoke on the Mountain returns for a holiday tale that’ll have you in stitches and longing for those treasured holidays of the past!

8.  Get Your Country Music Fix!  Branson has always had an impressive array of country shows, and these keep their doors open even after the Christmas holiday!

9.  Keep the Christmas Cheer Alive!  Many shows in Branson continue their Christmas productions after December 25, helping to keep the holiday spirit going just a little bit longer!

10.  Find the 50s, the Funny, and Families Filled with Talent!  When we say that Branson is home to a variety of shows, we mean it!

  • The Blackwoods - A famous family name that delivers great gospel and a dose of laughter!

  • Petersen Family Bluegrass Band - There’s no harmony like family harmony - musically and otherwise!

  • Comedy Jamboree - Fall-down-laughing entertainment that’s sure to tickle even the toughest funny bone in your family!

  • Hot Rods & High Heels - There’s something about the 50s - the music, the fashion, the fast cars - that keeps drawing us back time and again!

11.  Do “Dinner & A Show” Branson Style!  We’ve already mentioned all three of these shows, but we wanted to make sure that “dinner & a show” fans knew that after-Christmas options in Branson are top-notch!

12.  Ring in the New Year!  Several shows, attractions, and resorts are hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations - here are a few excellent options for welcoming 2019:

Phew, that’s a whole lot going on during the week after Christmas...and we’re pretty sure we missed a few things!  If you’re looking for great deals - ways to stretch your post-Christmas dollar a bit further - you’ll find several offers here:  Branson Specials & Deals.

If you’re planning to be here mid-December and want to check out more Christmas shows, here is a list of those with performance dates after December 15: “Christmas in Branson - 44 Exciting Shows with Extended Holiday Schedules!”  And if you’re looking for a place to stay, check out “Branson Lodging - Pet Friendly? Indoor Pool? Yep, We’ve Found Your Room!” - this post feature 12 lodging properties and many of their amenities.

A big Merry “Week After” Christmas to you and yours from Branson!