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Branson Holiday Getaways

Big Cedar Lodge just south of Branson.

If there’s a town that knows how to bring the holidays alive, it’s Branson, Missouri, with its Ozark Mountain Christmas and other local festivities that make Branson a world-wide Christmas destination for families and groups year after year. Celebrate the joy of the season with your family at one (or more) of our fun holiday events. Big Cedar Lodge: Holiday ... Read More »

Saint Louis Zoo: Wild Lights

Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Zoo.

The St. Louis Zoo is fun in the summer, but it shines in the winter with its Wild Lights display. During this holiday showcase, the zoo exhibits thousands of colorful lights, animated light displays and seasonal sounds. Wild Lights is open to the public for a small fee on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 28-Dec. 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 ... Read More »

Show Off the Show-Me Wine Country This Holiday Season

Little Hills Restaurant & Winery, St. Charles

The holiday season is upon us. In addition to shopping for gifts and planning for feasts, are you wondering how to entertain your loved ones when they visit? Missouri wine country is the answer. There are more than 125 wineries in the Show-Me State, each offering a unique and exciting experience. Wine country is the perfect place to take your ... Read More »

Route 66 in Missouri: Rolla and Cuba

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Route 66 has been celebrated in film, story and song. Many tales have been told about the bootleggers, bandits, movie stars, hobos, writers and singers who have traveled on this famous route. More importantly, though, are the visitors on Historic Route 66. It’s the everyday visitor who keeps Historic Route 66 thriving. Route 66 is the longest designated scenic Byway ... Read More »

The Magic Tree: Enjoy a Little Holiday Sparkle in Columbia

Magic Tree 2010

The Magic Tree has been a part of Columbia’s holiday tradition for 19 years. It was started by a man named Randy Fletcher, aka Will Treelighter, who continues to light the tree every year. Last year he spent about 50 hours putting approximately 50,000 lights on an ordinary tree to make it extraordinary. This year he hopes to outdo himself. ... Read More »

Kansas City Theaters: What to Watch this Winter

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Make a list (and check it twice) … here are the hottest tickets of the season. FOR YOU AND YOURS | Now arriving at the Kauffman Center for the Preforming Arts … the no. 1 Christmas music artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, and its 30th anniversary tour. NOV 23 REINDEER GAMES | TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars ... Read More »

Enjoy a ‘Christmas Castle’ in Independence

The holiday kitchen inside the Vaile Mansion.

Maybe you don’t have the time or money to travel to Disneyworld to see the famous Sleeping Beauty castle or even King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein fantasy palace in Germany, the inspiration for the famous Orlando symbol of Mickey’s kingdom. Happily, I’ve been lucky enough to do both in my lifetime. But the next best thing to be found in Missouri is, ... Read More »

Kansas City: An Affordable Destination

Kansas City Zoo

The results are in and Travel + Leisure has selected Kansas City as America’s Most Affordable Getaway. This is Travel + Leisure’s 8th annual America’s Favorite Cities survey. Respondents to the survey rated their choice of 1,209 destinations in up to 67 categories, using a scale of one to five (with five being the highest score). At the closing of ... Read More »

Romantic Winter Getaway in Cape Girardeau

Downtown Clock decorated for Christmas holiday cropped

Take some time for yourself this holiday season in Cape Girardeau, on a couples-only getaway or a fun girls weekend. Stay: In a furnished apartment or a cozy bed and breakfast in historic Cape Girardeau, or in one of our many hotels with amenities galore. Looking to “glamp” it up? We have very nice campgrounds. Eat: Dine at Cape Girardeau’s ... Read More »

5 Perfect Holiday Events in St. Joseph


Celebrate the holiday season in St. Joseph this year. With a variety of one-of-a-kind shops, such as the Glass Eye Art Gallery at Tobiason Stained Glass Studio, Mod Podge, The Lucky Tiger vintage store, St. Joseph Avenue Antiques, and Jamie’s Secret Garden, St. Joseph is brimming with unique shopping opportunities. Couple this with our local accommodations decorated for the holidays, ... Read More »