Christmas Day is a day off for many businesses and their employees, which provides time to spend with family and friends. There are still a few Branson attractions that are open year round, even on Christmas Day. We’ve compiled a list of those below, along with some restaurants and some alternative ideas on how to spend your vacation in the Ozarks.
If you’re staying a few more days, check out our list of Where to Celebrate Christmas in Branson after December 25.
Most fast food outlets and chain restaurants are closed on Christmas Day, but a number of local restaurants will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Check out our full list of places to party on Christmas Day in Branson for more details.
The short list of shows presented on Christmas Day includes:
SEE ALSO: Branson Christmas Attractions and Activities
Illuminated steering wheel displays
All of Branson’s Christmas light displays are open on Christmas night.
The following attractions are expected to be open on Christmas Day. We suggest that you always call to check hours and availability if this is not clear on the website.
2835 W 76 Country Blvd., Branson, MO 65616
Located in the upside down building along the highway. 76, WonderWorks is similar to a science center, with 48,000 square feet of “entertainment”. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Buy discounted WonderWorks tickets here.
Aquarium at the promenade
2700 W 76 Country Blvd., Branson, MO 65616
Open 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Buy discounted Aquarium tickets at the Boardwalk here.
Shepherd of the Hills North Pole Adventure
5586 W 76 Country Blvd., Branson, MO 65616
This attraction includes an exhibition of Christmas lights, real reindeer, a petting zoo, bouncy houses, a 9-hole mini-golf course, a “little elves” play area, animated exhibits reused from the classic drive-in, a nursery, and more. Opens at 3 p.m. Buy tickets for North Pole Adventure here.
Branson Ferris Wheel Skating Vacation
3325 W 76 Country Blvd., Branson, MO 65616
Open at 4 p.m., unless it’s too hot to hold the ice. Buy discounted tickets for Holidays on Ice here.
Snowflex Tubing Hill at Wolfe Mountain
2339 US-65, shade walnut, MO 65771
Snow all year round on this hill of Snowflex synthetic tubing. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buy your Snowflex Park tickets here.
SEE ALSO: 10 FREE things to do in Branson this Christmas
Gingerbread village at the castle on the lake
415 N State Hwy 265, Branson, MO 65616
Stop in the resort lobby to admire an incredible display of sweets, all created in-house by the hotel’s culinary team. During your stay at the castle, also discover the magnificent nativity scene (a twin of the set presented in Alone at home) just around the corner of the village and see Santa Claus sliding down the rafters! Open 24/7. See photos from the Gingerbread Village exhibit from years past here.
Grand Lodge of Cedar
190 Top of the Road Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739
The resort is impressively decorated for the holidays. You can take a holiday light trolley ride, skate on a synthetic “ice” skating rink (open until 9:00 p.m.), attend a chapel service at 6:30 p.m., and more. The Buzzard bar opens at 8 p.m. and offers live entertainment. Learn more about Big Cedar’s Vacation Home here.
100, boulevard Branson Landing, Branson, MO 65616
Most retailers will be closed at the pier on Christmas Day, but you can still stroll through the shopping district or take in the lake views from the hiking trails. A new, state-of-the-art 63-foot animated Christmas tree in the main plaza is choreographed to music. A 15-minute show takes place at the top and bottom of each hour from dusk until 10 p.m., including Christmas night. The iconic Branson Worshiping Nativity scene on Mount Branson can also be viewed from here.
America Christmas Tree City Tour
Explore over 700 decorated trees throughout the region, many of which are located outdoors and can be seen and appreciated at any time. Check out the Branson Christmas Tree Tour interactive map here.
Hiking and nature trails
Branson is home to hundreds of miles of beautiful hiking trails year round. Some of the more popular places include Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, Ruth & Paul Henning Conservation Area, or Table Rock State Park.
Branson IMAX & Elite Cinema III
3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy, Branson, MO 65616
The cinema is fully open on Christmas Day (although closed on Christmas Eve). Find timetables and tickets here.
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Branson’s Price Cutter affiliated stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for all last minute needs.
Branson Country Mart
1447 State Highway 248, Branson, MO 65616
Hollister Country Mart
200 Southtowne Blvd., Hollister, MO 65672
Forsyth Country Mart
15720 US Hwy 160, Forsyth, MO 65653
King Food Saver from Branson West
18128 State Hwy 13, Branson West, MO 65737
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