Branson

The holiday shows are always fun and entertaining in Branson.

‘Christmas in July’ seems to be a big theme this time of year.

We’re seeing it everywhere from the Hallmark movie channel to the York Parks and Rec summer camp. So, perhaps this is a great time to mention the Fun Club’s annual trip to Branson for the fabulous holiday shows. This year, the trip will be more exciting than ever because we are including the Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City.

The dates for the Fun Club’s adventure in Branson are Monday through Friday, Nov. 11 - 15. The cost is $859 per person with double room occupancy. This includes all the amenities of Silver Dollar City plus seven additional Branson shows.

It also includes motorcoach transportation, four nights at the award-winning Comfort Inn and Suites, luggage handling and eight meals. Travelers will also enjoy a welcome dinner at the beautiful Keeter Center at the College of the Ozarks, tasting at the Curling Vine Winery and a tour of Branson.

It would be easy for me to write an entire column about any of the planned activities. Here’s a brief summary of the shows and events included in the tour:

Silver Dollar City:

Can you imagine 6.5 million lights, a thousand decorated trees, a musical light parade and two Broadway-style musical productions? That’s a brief summary of what we’ll find at Silver Dollar City. In addition, there are a variety of other performances, fun amusement rides, unique shopping and amazing holiday foods.

ABC’s Good Morning America declared the Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City one of the top five holiday events in the country and CNN.com calls it one of the world’s top holiday destinations.

Branson Shows:

Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell was a favorite of Fun Club travelers last year and we are including his fabulous Christmas show again this season. His beautiful vocals, engaging personality and magnificent stage sets contribute to an unforgettable performance.

Country and gospel fans will be thrilled to learn we will see the Oak Ridge Boys who are well known for hits like “Elvira,” “Thank God for Kids” and “American Made.” Plus they’ll sing their holiday hits like “Christmas Time’s A-Coming.”

Performing families are a key part of Branson’s entertainment scene and one group that consistently stands out is the Duttons. They sing, they dance and they each play a number of musical instruments. They were finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and have been named Branson’s Best Show.

Yakov Smirnoff is another Branson favorite. The Russian-born comedian is well-known for his acclaimed show “Happily Ever Laughter.” His humor combines mockery of life under communism as well as word play on American phrases. You’ll find yourself laughing at his philosophy on life, love, family and country.

The Presley’s Country Jubilee was Branson’s original show on the strip. That was back in 1967 when they built Branson’s first music theatre on what was then a lonesome stretch of Hwy 76. Today the show features four generations of the talented Presley family and it is still one of the most popular shows in town.

The Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies show combines traditional Irish music with contemporary songs. You’ll hear everything from “Danny Boy” to “Hey Jude” to “Rolling in the Deep.” The ladies will entertain with beautiful harmonies and the guys will show their vocal talents as well as dance moves in this entertaining performance.

The Fun Club will also see George Dyer whose voice is often described as “magnificent.” Dyer includes an array of hits from Broadway to Disney in his amazing performance. And, of course, we can expect some of the best Christmas tunes from this outstanding tenor.

Call the Fun Club at 402-745-6477 to request a brochure and registration form for this popular November tour.

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