Capital Resorts Group’s Top Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Branson 2015

By Administrator on Wednesday, 11th November, 2015
Beautiful Christmas Lights at Silver Dollar City in Branson for An Old Time Christmas

Capital Resorts Group, a top-rated organization in the vacation ownership industry, recently released their list of top ways to celebrate Christmas in Branson 2015. Owners and guests vacationing at any one of the four Capital Resorts Group destinations in Branson, Missouri this winter have their pick of fun, family –friendly activities to celebrate the holiday season. The Capital Collections destinations in Branson include Grand Crowne Resort, Carriage Place, Surrey Vacation Resort and The Lodges at Table Rock Lake.

Christmas in Brason 2015 Lights at Silver Dollar CitySilver Dollar City – Anyone who has ever vacationed in the Ozark Mountains knows no Christmas in Branson would be complete without visiting Silver Dollar City, Branson’s top amusement park. During the holiday season from November 9 through December 30, Silver Dollar City transforms into a magical wonderland for An Old Time Christmas®. Silver Dollar City’s Christmas light displays alone (5 million lights to be exact) are reason enough to visit the park during the festival, but they don’t stop there. They also have 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, endless Christmas shopping, a 5-story special effects Christmas tree, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Parade , Christmas feasts throughout the park and several signature holiday shows – all that in addition to their 40 rides and endless attractions. Some of the most popular Silver Dollar City Christmas shows include A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Shopping Christmas in Branson 2015Branson Christmas Shopping – There is an endless list of great places to get your Christmas shopping done while vacationing in Branson. From The Grand Village Shops to the Tanger Outlets, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. Upon entering The Grand Village, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the days of yore with the cobblestone streets and old timey lamp posts, which is even more gorgeous during the holiday season when it is adorned with Christmas lights and greenery. Enjoy some sweet apple cobbler at Sugar Leaf Bakery and Café, buy some timeless decorations from Kringles Christmas Store and Village Treasures or strike a pose with the family on the big wooden chair, the Grand Village has it all. Afterwards, venture over to the Tanger Outlets with over 80 outlet stores featuring products from name brands like Coach, Ann Taylor, The Children’s Place, Gap, Christopher & Banks, Eddie Bauer, Express and so many more. 

Dixie Stampede – Experience an Ozark Mountain Christmas the way it was meant to be at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Christmas Show from October 29 through January 2, 2015. Sit back, relax and enjoy all the excitement of the ultimate Christmas show in Branson with a live nativity scene featuring real camels, Christmas music, special costumes, stunts, mesmerizing performances, live animals, falling snow, holiday decorations, games with the Elves, 32 gorgeous horses and of course, a special appearance from St. Nick himself. And as always, every attendee will enjoy a delicious four-course feast featuring southern comfort food like a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbeque pork loin, creamy vegetable soup, a homemade biscuit, buttered corn on the con, an herb basted potato and dessert.

Capital Resorts Group Christmas in Branson 2015 Branson LandingBranson Landing – From November 1 through December 31, Branson Landing hosts one of the most fun Christmas celebrations in the Ozarks – Branson Landing’s Winter Wonderlanding.  From the 50 foot twinkling Christmas tree towering over the town square to the intricately decorated storefronts, Branson Landing during the holidays is a must-see experience. Visitors and locals flock to the area during this time for the holiday lights and décor, Christmas music, delicious sweets and treats, colorful fountain shows with Lake Taneycomo as the perfect backdrop, live performances, and of course, some of Branson’s best Christmas shopping. Plus, on November 14 they will once again host the beloved “Most Wonderful Time of Year” Holiday Parade dedicated to the one and only, Mr. Christmas – Andy Williams. In addition, Santa will also be arriving on this date to start taking Christmas wish lists from all the good boys and girls from his Christmas Tree House. He will be available daily until 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The Polar Express – Grab your pajamas and experience the magic of one of your favorite Christmas classics in person this season along the Branson Scenic Railway! From November 6 through December 22, 2015, locals and vacationers can hop aboard The Polar Express for a ride to the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus. Throughout the ride cookies and hot cocoa will be served in abundance along with a reading of the beloved story with Christmas carols. Be sure to reserve your seat in advance on The Polar Express in Branson this Christmas season because tickets sell out quickly.

Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & VillageOzark Mountain Christmas Lights Christmas in Branson 2015 – Enjoy a mile of magical Christmas lights in Branson by vehicle, wagon or horse drawn carriage at Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights and Village from November 5 through December 27, 2015. But this isn’t your average drive-thru Christmas light display, it has exciting surprises that await each visitor at the end of their journey. After exploring the 200 displays and over 1 million lights, venture over to the Christmas village for delicious treats like kettle corn and hot chocolate, Christmas stories and songs, crafts, a life-size nativity scene, photo ops with Santa and the Clydesdales, rides on the North Pole Express Train, pony rides, a live petting zoo and much more. Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights will be open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and the Christmas Village will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday.

Branson’s Gift of Lights – For years those looking for a great way to celebrate Christmas in the Ozarks have flocked to the Branson Area Festival of Lights. For 2015, a brand new display called Branson’s Gift of Lights will be set up in same location as year’s past at the intersection of Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Expressway Lane.  The all LED drive-thru Christmas light display will continue surprising visitors along the 1.2 mile route with over 300 Christmas displays and a million lights.

shutterstock_111851591The Trail of Lights – Back again for yet another amazing season, the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights has been helping families make Christmas memories in Branson for over 20 years. From November 1 through January 2, 2015, visitors enjoy driving through 2.5 miles of colorful animated Christmas lights on 160 historic acres of the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. At the end of the trip, take a ride up 230 feet to the top of the Inspiration Tower for “a Santa’s eye view of the light from above.” There is also the option of enjoying the lights at a little faster rate of speed from the Vigilante Extreme Ziprider® traveling up to 50 mph for ½ mile through the Ozark Mountains.

Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony – Celebrate the reason for the season this Christmas in Historic Downtown Branson at the 67th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony. On December 6, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., the Branson community will gather for the lighting of the nativity scene on Mt. Branson. Shortly after, the parade will begin on its mile long route featuring handmade floats, costumes, singing and the best area marching bands. At the end a panel of judges will determine who wins the competition for the best float and the best marching band.

For more information or to schedule your Capital Resorts Group Christmas in Branson vacation package, please call today to speak with one of their Vacation Specialists at 866-374-3761.


An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City

By Administrator on Wednesday, 28th October, 2015
SDC Xmas paradeAn Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City, arguably the most popular festival throughout they year, starts November 7, 2015 and ends December 30, 2015. Families can enjoy strolling through this beautiful park while taking in the glow of over 5 million dazzling lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas Trees, two Broadway-style productions and a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree during the holiday season. Every evening when the park closes, guests can enjoy a Holly JollyTM Christmas Light Parade featuring Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & Friends. The most beautiful memories are created during this magical time of year at Silver Dollar City.

An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City

Daring family members can experience 30+ thrilling rides and attractions during An Old Time Christmas including 2013’s Best New Ride, Outlaw Run. Rides and attractions are enjoyed during the day and evening against the spectacular backdrop of dazzling Branson Christmas lights and music. Don’t forget shopping at more than two dozen shops for Christmas items like snow globes, tableware and more.

They don’t leave off the Christmas feast including a prime rib buffet and treats like hot apple cider, cappuccino, hot apple dumplings and cinnamon ice cream. There is no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with a visit to Silver Dollar City during an Old Time Christmas!

 


Branson Tops Trivago’s Best Value List

By Administrator on Monday, 19th October, 2015
1-logo_CMYK-ROWTrivago, touted as “The world’s top hotel price comparison site,” recently announced America’s Best Value Towns & Cities 2016 and Branson, Missouri was number 1. The site claims “American travelers are craving small town comfort and charm,” according to their data. It further states that “travel interest to towns with fewer than 50 hotels has been on the rise throughout 2014 and 2015, as Americans continue to seek out less crowded and more budget-friendly destinations.”

Trivago allows users to compare hotel prices from over 200 booking sites for over 700,000 hotels worldwide. They claim that more than 80 million travelers use the hotel comparison monthly and save up to 39 percent for the same hotel room, in the same city. Trivago’s Best Value list uses a Best Value Index (tBVI) — calculated using the annual average price of a standard double room and the city’s average hotel rating* — America’s small towns and mid-sized cities offer the best value for your buck.

It’s easy to search for the best hotel at the best rate on Trivago, simply enter where you are going and their search engine compares prices for you from Hotwire, priceline.com, Booking.com, Hotels.com and many more top sites. Over 140 million user hotel reviews and more than 14 million photos help you find out more about where you want to go.

A good portion of the towns in the top 10 are in the Midwest with Springfield, Missouri coming in at number 7 in the country. Trivago’s Best Value list is as follows:

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2. Macon, GA

3. Montgomery, AL

4. Wichita, KS

5. Sioux Falls, SD

6. Lincoln, NE

7. Springfield, MO

8. Little Rock, AR

9. Augusta, GA

10. Tulsa, OK

With the large range of affordable activities to do in Branson, we aren’t surprised that Branson earned the number one spot this year, especially since it has ranked in the top 10 for the past 3 years. Hopefully this number one spot will help bring new visitors to the area – people wanting to have a great vacation, while getting the most for their money.

* The Best Value Index ranks cities based on a combination of consumer ratings and average hotel prices, with 100% being a perfect score. Only destinations with at least 50 hotels and a minimum average of 150 user ratings per hotel were considered in this index, however the 2016 Best Value Small Town list indicates only cities or towns with fewer than 50 hotels in total.


Fritz’s Adventure Coming to Branson

By Administrator on Monday, 12th October, 2015
Location of where Fritz's Adventure will be

It was announced this past week that a new, $10 million family adventure park called Fritz’s Adventure will be coming to Branson in the summer of 2016. Fritz’s Adventure will be an indoor family adventure attraction located at the corner of Highway 76 and Fall Creek Road, next to Dixie Stampede – a vacant hotel formerly sat on the property but has recently been torn down.Outdoor artist rendering of Fritz's Adventure

Fritz’s Adventure will offer families three stories and 80,000 square feet of hands-on climbing, tunneling, sliding, swinging and zip-lining thrills, including utility poles to climb, suspended bridges, towering rock climbing walls and giant boulders, an impressive parkour area, a massive ropes course, urban brick buildings for scaling, a life-sized water tower with multiple slides, tunnels and tubes and even an airplane to explore! This indoor environment will give visitors a perceived element of risk in a safe environment.

Indoor artist rendering of Fritz's AdventureBesides adding jobs, this new adventure park will give families an exciting alternative to shows or mini-golf. This newest planned facility continues progress on Branson’s ‘Spirit of 76’ renovation project. Fritz’s Adventure will provide year-round exciting challenges for all skill levels. It’s a place where you can experience elements of the world around you that, anywhere else, would be prohibited or discouraged. Parents, teenagers, grandparents, toddlers and kids alike are encouraged to explore the adventure together.

Additionally, Fritz’s Adventure will feature a restaurant with healthy menu choices overlooking the indoor adventure park from the second floor with party rooms for groups or special occasions. This new attraction will open its doors to the exciting challenges normally reserved for seasoned adventurers, adapted for every age and ability level. Guests will be able to experience a world of untamed indoor family adventure 365 days a year only at Fritz’s Adventure in Branson!


Chick-fil-A in Branson

By Administrator on Monday, 5th October, 2015

Chick-fil-A fall picIt’s hard to believe that Chick-fil-A in Branson opened at 607 W. Main Street, near the intersection of 65 and 76, 7 months ago in the midst of a March snowstorm! Kevin Hutcheson, Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A in Branson said “Our presence in Branson has exceeded expectations, from locals and tourists alike.”

Chick-fil-A got its start in 1946, when Truett Cathy opened Dwarf Grill, his first restaurant, in Hapeville, Georgia. Mr. Cathy is credited with inventing Chick-fil-A’s boneless breast of chicken sandwich and founding Chick-fil-A, Inc. in the early 1960s. Many know Chick-fil-A from its start of restaurants in shopping malls, but it has grown to become the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the United States. Based in Atlanta, Chick-fil-A, Inc. is known for their original chicken sandwich and their commitment to giving back to their communities.

Chick-fil-A snow before open
In 2014, Chick-fil-A opened 96 new restaurants around the country, bringing the total to more than 1,900. Branson was one of  those restaurants, opening March 5, 2014 during a rare March snowstorm. Right before its grand opening, the restaurant ran a contest in which the first 100 would receive a Chick-fil-A meal each week for the first year. Committed Chick-fil-A fans braved the snow in tents in hopes they could outstand the conditions to receive one of the 100 coveted spots. Hutcheson said he and his family have enjoyed the great people in Branson and the impact that opening this Chick-fil-A has had on the town. “It’s been great for my family to be in Branson, both personally and professionally.”Chick-fil-A snow tents pic
The restaurant recently started a Chick-fil-A Kid’s Club that will be getting together each month for games, crafts and challenges designed especially for Kids Club members. Visit chick-fil-akidsclub.com for more information and to register your child today!
Chick-fil-A in Branson has many new and exciting announcements for the coming months. A limited time soup flavor starts this week – Chicken Tortilla Soup. This incredibly popular soup will only be around for a limited time, so make sure to stop in and try it.
Extremely convenient mobile ordering will soon become a reality at the Chick-fil-A in Branson. Customers will be able to use their mobile device to order in advance, skip the line by going directly to the pick-up area and pick up their food! What a great time saver that will be when you’re in a hurry!
In the next few months, Chick-fil-A in Branson will be adding some new beverages and even a new salad the first of the year. If you haven’t already visited them, stop in and say hi today!Chick-fil-A fall photo

CiCi’s Pizza in Branson

By Administrator on Monday, 28th September, 2015
1-Photo Sep 25, 11 30 37 AMCiCi’s Pizza in Branson opened this month with the largest of the chain’s 450 locations across the country! Locals and visitors will Photo Sep 25, 12 22 05 PMbe surprised when they see the new restaurant located at 3460 West Highway 76 – the 13,000 square foot building will be hard to miss! The new CiCi’s Pizza has an 8,000-square-foot dining area, with seating for 391 guests and two party rooms – each able to accommodate up to 40 guests for special occasions. The other side of the building features a 5,000-square-foot game room with games to entertain kids of all ages.

1-2015-09-25 12.23.29As impressive as the size of the building and game room is, the main feature of the restaurant is their endless pizza, pasta, salad, soup and dessert buffet. You can find classics like supreme, meat lovers and pepperoni pizza as well as the new Stuffed Crust pizza, Mac & Cheese pizza and BBQ Pork pizza to name just a few, all with a garlic butter-brushed crust. Don’t miss their Cinnamon Rolls for dessert – you won’t be disappointed!2015-09-25 12.15.37

Nolan Fogle, president of Fogle Enterprises and owner of the newest CiCi’s said, “We’re absolutely thrilled with the interior design and we have some more surprises in store for the streetfront that we’ll be unveiling soon. I think Branson is going to be very proud of their new CiCi’s.”

Restaurant hours for CiCi’s Pizza in Branson are 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the price of the buffet is $6,99 plus tax – a great deal for a buffet in Branson! Guests can also choose to order their pizza and pick it up at a separate To-Go entrance.1-Photo Sep 25, 11 34 08 AM