Ozark Mountain Christmas sparkles with the Branson Area Festival of Lights

During the holiday season, families across America pack into cars to visit the houses and properties in their hometowns that take Christmas lighting to new heights. In a time when family traditions have, for this generation of young people, never been more important, Branson, Missouri offers an entire community illuminated in a celebration of Christmas. The Branson Area Festival of Lights is like an entire town lit like that one favorite street. The results are breathtaking.

Throughout November and December, the town is exuberantly illuminated with more than five million twinkling lights draping area theaters, adorning hotels and delightfully cascading along the two-mile Festival of Lights Parkway.

Over the years, the Branson Area Festival of Lights has become a tradition for more than 1.5 million visitors. From the Historic Downtown lakefront, to the famed Highway 76 to Silver Dollar City, Branson is strewn from end to end with lights and Christmas-themed displays. The town is truly a gift for all visitors.

The Festival of Lights Parkway, hidden in the Branson Hills area adjacent to Highway 65, is a two-mile drive featuring more than 75,000 lights and thousands of displays. The entire family will enjoy going through the tunnels of lights and watching animated displays.

The BAFOL lighting displays along the Festival of Lights Parkway is under the innovative direction of Universal Concepts. Universal Concepts custom builds nationally known lighting displays for several other well known destinations and attractions including Walt Disney World, the Centennial Olympic Park, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach, Dollywood, Anheuser Busch, the U.S. Virgin Islands and many others.

Holiday lights and impact displays are also found on the Taneycomo lakefront opposite the downtown area, at Thousand Hills on Green Mountain Drive and on Indian Point Road.
Branson’s signature lighting display of musical instruments can be found on the bluff of U.S. 65 and Highway 76. Highway 76 is also lighted with more than 280 large stars. Other lighting locations include the Polyhedron Music Star located atop Mount Branson near the Adoration Scene overlooking downtown Branson.

Ozark Mountain Christmas and the Branson Area Festival of Lights draw more than 1.5 million people to the Branson/Lakes Area during two short months. Area properties, joining in the spirit of the holiday season, also adorn their structures in lights and decorations making the entire area a Christmas card to visitors and residents alike.

Branson, Missouri, the 16th most visited leisure travel destination in the country, boasts more than 55,000 theater seats, three pristine lakes, dozens of attractions, 22,000 lodging rooms, 30,000 restaurant seats and more than 200 outlet retailers. A unique combination of neon and nature, Branson offers year round entertainment for the whole family.

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