By Henry Magenheim
Reed Travel Features
BRANSON, Mo. -- Ozark Mountain Christmas in the
Branson-Springfield area begins the second week in November.
Clients who have been to Branson and the Ozarks at other times of
the year will find a different vacation experience for the holidays
because virtually all entertainment, attractions, dining places and
shops are Christmas-themed.
Some Christmas shows are priced slightly higher than those
offered during other times of the year.
The 10-year-old Branson Area Festival of Lights features many
Recommended is the Silver Dollar City theme park's Old Time
Country Christmas setting, which includes a tree festooned with
Two displays toured by car or bus are the Trail of Lights at
Shepherd of the Hills Homestead in Branson and the Port of Lights
at Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City. At the port, there are 30
Springfield's Bass Pro Shops department store is a tourist
attraction in its own right from November through early January.
The facility, at 1935 S. Campbell (near Highways 160 and 60), has
an outstanding lights display both inside and outside. It offers
coupon incentives year-around for motorcoach groups.
Also in Springfield is the Santa Express, which is operated in
December by the Santa Fe & Burlington Northern Railroad. The
train is decorated with more than 10,000 lights.
For more information about the train, the number is (417)
887-0747. For general information on the Ozark Mountain Christmas,
the number is (417) 887-7334.