Adoration Parade returns to Downtown Branson for 72nd Year

Parade time: December 6th at 5:30pm

Every year in the Ozarks, there is a time-honored tradition that goes back nearly 3/4 of a century to the post-war days of the late 1940s: Branson’s Adoration Parade and the lighting of the Adoration Scene.

Each year the Branson community gathers for the Adoration Celebration and Parade to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season with the family. For one special night, locals and visitors alike can come together and honor the Christmas story. Make this heartwarming celebration a part of your holiday season this year and create some old-fashioned Christmas memories with those you love.

The Parade will feature performances by local high school marching bands, floats created by a multitude of area churches and organizations, as well as an appearance by Santa Claus. Beginning at the Branson Convention Center’s south parking lot, the parade will wind its way through Historic Downtown Branson and can be best viewed along Commercial Street.

Safety Information: Attendees are asked to keep at least 6-feet of distance from others and to wear face coverings as are appropriate.

The Adoration Scene and the Branson Star

Branson’s giant star has already been lit every night for most of 2020 as a sign of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the rest of the Adoration Scene will now join the display for the rest of the Christmas season.

Seen up in the hills, just across the bank of Lake Taneycomo, giant wooden figures, animals, and a manger display the reason for the season.

Originally built in 1949 by businessman Joe Todd and designed by local artist Steve Miller, it depicts the Christmas nativity scene in the style of a classic Christmas card. The scene has remained largely unchanged for seven decades, though many pieces had to be rebuilt or restored after the site took a direct hit from a tornado in 2012.

Temporary Changes to Trolley Routes

Because of road closures related to the parade, the following changes will be made on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020:

  • Commercial Street will be closed all day, so trolleys will bypass Liberty Plaza (Stop #13)
  • The trolley will end service for the day at 3:30 p.m.