While his elves are hard at work back at the North Pole, Santa Claus is spending the weeks leading up to Christmas in one of the nation’s most celebrated holiday destinations — Branson, Missouri!
November and December are the busiest months of the year for jolly old St. Nick, who has a full schedule of appearances at both Silver Dollar City and the Showboat Branson Belle ahead of his Christmas Eve journey around the world. Now that he’s in town, Santa can’t wait to see all the girls and boys on the nice list and hear all of their Christmas wishes. It’s his favorite thing to do all year!
So where are the best places for the little ones in your life to see Santa this holiday season? Here are the four places where your loved ones can make unforgettable Christmas memories starring Santa himself.
Remember: Santa Claus will only be at Silver Dollar City and the Showboat Branson Belle through December 23. After Christmas, he heads back to the North Pole for some much-needed relaxation!
Have your Christmas list ready, because Santa Claus has set up a workshop at Silver Dollar City!
Nestled among the park’s dazzling light displays — there are over 6.5 million lights in all — is Santa Claus Lane, a festive area where you can meet Santa and tell him everything you’re hoping to see under the tree on Christmas morning. His elves will also be on hand to take photos that you’ll cherish forever.
WHERE: Santa Claus Lane is located in the Riverfront, near Crossroads Pizza.
WHEN: Santa Claus Lane opens at 3:30pm on Sundays and Weekdays* and 2:30pm on Saturdays. Santa takes a 1-hour break from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, then returns for more visits until Silver Dollar City closes.
COST: Visits are included with your park ticket or 2018 Season Pass. Photos are an optional purchase.
*Exceptions: Santa Claus Lane opens at 4:00pm on Thanksgiving and 2:30pm on Friday, November 24.
What’s better than meeting Santa Claus? Meeting and eating with Santa Claus!
On select days, you can take part in a very special Lunch With Santa at Silver Dollar City. There’s much more than milk and cookies on the menu. The whole family will enjoy favorites like Fried Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Spaghetti & Meatballs and a full slate of festive fixin’s that fit the season.
With only a limited number of seats available, plus delicious food prepared at one of Silver Dollar City’s 18-award winning restaurants, this event has all the ingredients for an extra-memorable meeting!
WHERE: Lunch With Santa is held in the Reunion Hall on the Silver Dollar City Square.
WHEN: Select days beginning November 10. Saturdays: 11:15am and 12:45pm; Sundays thru Dec. 16: 12:15pm; Friday, Nov. 24: 11:15am & 12:45pm. Sunday, Dec. 23: 11:15am and 12:45pm.
COST: $21.99 for ages 12+, $17.99 for Ages 4-11, free for ages 3 and under. Season Pass Holders save 10 percent. A one-day ticket or 2018 Season Pass is required for park entry. All prices subject to tax.
While Rudolph™ The Red-Nosed Reindeer** leads the parade as grand marshal, Santa Claus follows close behind and waves hello to the crowd from his ultra-bright and glowing sleigh. It’s one of the nine musical, lighted floats you’ll see making their way through the Silver Dollar City streets.
While you won’t be able to meet Santa during the parade, guests of all ages will enjoy the sights and sounds of this joyous musical procession, which features 200,000 lights and 45 costumed characters.
WHERE: The parade begins in The Grand Exposition, travels up Valley Road and through the Square, then turns down Hill Street and ends at the Opera House. There are many viewing spots along the route.
WHEN: Weather permitting, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade runs twice per night — 6 and 8 pm or 7 and 9pm, based on the date of your visit. See the daily show schedule for all parade times.
COST: The parade is included with your park ticket or 2018 Season Pass.
**Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and all related elements © and ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC. All rights reserved.
Santa and his helpers are taking over the Showboat Branson Belle this November and December!
These special Santa’s Pancakes & PJs Cruises feature magical activities like face painting, letters to Santa, story time and a sing-along. Then it’s time for a hearty breakfast featuring pancakes and sausage and an unforgettable show featuring special guests from Branson’s Promised Land Zoo, Santa Claus and more!
As the name implies, guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas jammies for the cruise. That makes for a priceless, one-of-a-kind photo with Santa on the dock after the adventure concludes.
Your whole family will be talking about this experience until bedtime. Seating is limited, so book today!
WHERE: Santa’s Pancakes & PJs Cruises are held aboard the Showboat Branson Belle. Apart from an optional visit to the top deck, all activities and the show are indoors. Winter weather is not a factor.
WHEN: Cruises depart at 9am every Saturday and Sunday morning beginning November 10. Noon cruises are also scheduled for Sundays from November 25 through December 23. Special activities begin one hour before cruise time.
COST: $27 for ages 2-9, $35 for ages 10+. Photos are an optional purchase. All prices subject to tax.