While time is running out on planning a winter vacation, it is not too late to put together a last-minute itinerary that is sure to bring cheer to your family this winter. From faith-based productions in Lancaster, PA to the charm of the Ozarks and Smoky Mountains regions, we've highlighted a variety of areas that offer wholesome, family fun centered on the holidays!
Branson, MO is well-noted for its Ozark Mountain Christmas and provides an enchanting setting. Throughout the city, businesses and locals join showcase festive decorations, streets are adorned with lights and cheer, and many of the top attractions in the area take on decidedly seasonal themes. At Silver Dollar City, An Old Time Christmas features numerous special performances and decorations. Additionally, many of the popular theaters in Branson present special performances to fit in with the theme of an Ozark Mountain Christmas, such as Miracle of Christmas and Broadway's Spirit of Christmas.
Nashville, TN, The Country Music Capital of the World, lights up for the holidays with a variety of displays and special performances as well. In particular, the Gaylord Opryland will be hosting A Country Christmas, presenting limited engagement shows and activities including the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, Louise Mandrell's "Joy to the World" Christmas Dinner and Show, and ICE!
Headed east, the Gatlinburg — Pigeon Forge area can offer a more natural look at a Tennessee Christmas while maintaining much of the same culture that Nashville is noted for. The Smoky Mountains certainly offer a one-of-a-kind view when capped with snow, though many of the area attractions come alive with the spirit of the season as well. For instance, Dollywood embraces the holidays with its Smoky Mountain Christmas as four million lights blanket the park and a variety of themed activities and shows are presented for an up-beat celebration of the season.
If you'd like your winter vacation to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, Lancaster, PA offers a variety of shows from faith-based Sight & Sound Theatre. Held at the Millennium Theatre, the Miracle of Christmas presents the Nativity story in larger-than-life fashion with live animals, special effects, and a thirty-foot Christmas tree, while Living Waters Theatre's Voices of Christmas presents a variety of scenes and carols as the importance and true meaning of Christmas are explored.