Branson’s Hot Winter Fun is packed with special events and activities

Experience the best of Branson’s world-famous Ozarks hospitality during Hot Winter Fun in January, February and March. You can shop, enjoy a variety of dining options, tour a museum, play golf, reel in a record-sized trout on Lake Taneycomo, and choose from among more than 50 show times each week, all during Hot Winter Fun!

Visit one of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Centers located just off Highway 65 at the intersection of Highway 160 and at the intersection of Hwy. 65 and Highway 248 to pick up a free guide to all the exciting things going on in the Branson area during Hot Winter Fun.

Here are some of the special events and activities happening in the Branson/Lakes area during Hot Winter Fun:

Hot Winter Fun Museum Crawl – Win a vacation for four to Washington DC! Catch up on the history of the past or discover the hidden wonders of the present and register for a chance to win a 3-day, 2-night trip including airfare and lodging for a family of four. The winner will be drawn during BransonFest April 5-9, 2005 and need not be present to win. Going on now through March 31.

On Friday evenings in February, some museums will feature special surprises as guests visit the museums. Visitors can enjoy refreshments, special pricing and visit with special celebrity guests as they tour museums like Ripley’s Believe It or Not! or the American Presidential Museum.

Shopping Extravaganza – From the outlet malls to individual specialty stores, Branson is a perfect shopping destination, especially during this relaxed time of year. You can shop till you drop at places like Tanger Outlet Center. They’re open in January, February and March from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Golfing in Branson – Branson boasts 10 championship golf courses and 363 days a year in which to improve your game. You can play golf in Branson every day of the year except Christmas and New Year’s Day. Hot Winter Fun is a great time to get some one-on-one instruction from one of the area’s pros. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum – On Friday evenings in February guests can enjoy refreshments and visit with special celebrity guests as they tour the museum.

Tri-Lakes Community Theatre – What do Branson area residents do in their spare time? Some of them perform in the Tri-Lakes Community Theatre. Productions star both professional Branson music industry folks and traditional community theater enthusiasts alike.

Three plays are presented each year during January and February. This year, come see: “Big River,” Feb. 4th-6th; “Bus Stop,” Feb. 18th-20th and Feb. 25th-27th.

9th Annual Tri-Lakes Building & Home Show – Visit with area building and remodeling experts. Hosted by the Vacation Channel at Chateau on the Lake. Friday, February 11, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, February 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hot Winter Fun Big Show – See many of the entertainers of Hot Winter Fun on one stage, for one night only, on Monday, Feb. 14th at 7 p.m. at the Jim Stafford Theatre.

NAIA Hoops Fest 2005 – Don’t miss the excitement of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament, as College of the Ozarks and Branson welcome 32 teams from across the country, March 9th-15th, 2005. For details and ticket information, call (417) 334-6411.

IMAX Film Festival – Don’t miss the 12th Annual Film Festival in March and April. Complete dates and movies will be announced in early 2005.

Branson Business Expo – Sponsored by the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB. March 24th at Lodge of the Ozarks. Luncheon and keynote Speaker at 12 noon. Expo begins at 2 p.m. Special Business After Hours begins at 5:30 p.m.

BransonFest – Held April 5th – 9th at the Welk Resort Theatre, BransonFest has been named a “Top-100” event in North America for the second year in a row by the American Bus Association! Don’t miss the fun and excitement of Branson’s premiere festival for food, fun and entertainment.

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