Pre-Christmas Holiday Weekend Branson Missouri

Yes, I know it isn't even Thanksgiving yet, but the RV season is short in Missouri and we wanted to take the RV down to Wilderness campground as we have done the last three years to see the Christmas light displays at Silver Dollar City. Once the temperatures get below 28 degrees for a few nights the RV needs to be winterized. We can still use it, but without water for showers and toilet and cooking/cleaning it is not quite the same.

We got out of town on Friday night after Vicky got off work. It was a beautiful night to drive down to Branson. the sky was clear and there was just a sliver of a moon.

The drive is about 3.5 hours from our house. We arrived late and had a quick salad and some meat and cheese with crackers as dinner- by candle light

The dawn was excellent and Saturday was suppose to be the weather highlight of the weekend.

 Lately I have seen lots of posts wanting to know the privy with best view- well we have a good one this weekend.

It was off to explore the area again and see some sights. the first stop was Shepard of the Hills. It is a big observatory Tower that you can zip line from. Vicky thought about it, but decided not to this time. They were actually finishing up the decorations around the park, so we couldn't get it to look around. 

 One of the old buildings on the Shepard of the Hills property. 

We decided to head over to Table Rock State Park for a hike. I got a couple of unusual panorama views of Table Rock lake
 Much of the trail system at Table Rock State Park was closed due to the start of deer season hunting. 
But we did manage a 3 mile loop hike along one of the open sections. 

After the hike it was back to the RV for a BIG lunch- some steak, salad and some wine. We figured if we were going over to the park at 3 pm to spend all the rest of the evening we might just snack later in the park.- can't resist ice cream, funnel cakes and cinnamon rolls!

 A little wine before hand to fortify myself to the big crowds
We took the shuttle bus over to the park as it drops you off and picks you up right at the entrance and makes a really easy way to avoid some of the parking issues. 

And it was packed! 

The main Christmas tree in the center of the park. It comes "to life" after dark- see video below

Vicky and I are never too old to ride the train. It gives you a good view of the entire park and its just fun.
The view from the train shows you the backside of the large roller coasters in the park "Fire in the Hole" is suppose to be the #1 or #2 best roller coaster in America.

 Half way through the train ride (in the winter) the train stops for a story of the Nativity. In the summer you are "held up" by a couple of incompetent country boys
 As the light fades from the day the lights start to show around the park and in the trees

 The big tree performs every 15 minutes after sunset

 Twice every evening 7 pm and 9 pm is the Rudolf parade down main street.

After the parade we did some shopping for Christmas presents, let the crowd die down a little and then headed back to the RV park.
Sunday dawned colder and cloudy I made a fire in our sites fire pit, We relaxed while it rained lightly, had a big breakfast and cleaned up the RV and headed home around 1 pm so we could get home just before dark.
It was a nice late season RV trip and a good relaxing weekend.


  1. Someday Dad and I are going to go with you all and see all the Christmas lights and the parade!!! The big Xmas tree is really something with all the changing lights. Sounds like you had a relaxing time, and isn't that the point after all? Will miss you for turkey day, but I know you will have plenty to eat! Love you both Mom

    1. Thanks Mom- I will try and carry on the tradition

  2. Fun tradition! Yeah for good weather in November!


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