From theater shows to outdoor light spectacles, Christmas cheer brightens up group trips to Missouri in November and December.

Large cities and small towns across Missouri ring in the Christmas season with special festivities, from outdoor light displays and glittering stage shows to historic houses decked out for the holidays. Here is a look at some neatly wrapped Missouri celebrations that will get your group in the mood for this splendid season:

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In Branson, known for its year-round array of attractions and theater shows, Ozark Mountain Christmas is perhaps “the most wonderful time of the year,” to use the lyrics of the classic song popularized by late crooner Andy Williams, a Branson favorite for many years. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, the entertainment mecca transforms into a yuletide wonderland.

Silver Dollar City theme park, aglow with 5 million lights, presents An Old Time Christmas (Nov. 7-Dec. 30), highlighted by musical floats and 33 costumed characters in Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade. The “Christmas on Main Street” light & sound show features a five-story, special-effects Christmas tree in Town Square. Jingle Bell Junction, housed in Frisco Barn, has 80 themed trees and lots of shops. Two musical productions—It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol—round out the offerings. Weather permitting, the park’s rides are open.

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