It seems like a thing of the past, riding in a paddle boat and cruising up and down a river while watching show. But in Branson, you can book your dinner and a show on an 1800s style showboat and get your taste of the holidays while you’re there. A trip on the Belle is a trip through a bit of local history, beautiful views and an experience you are going to remember.
The Showboat Branson Belle was first launched in 1994, and instead of greasing the bottom of the boat which could harm the environment, they actually used two tons of bananas as a natural lubricant to get the boat launched. The Belle is designed after an 1800’s style showboat and offers visitors a meal, a couple hour show, shopping and views of the surrounding area.
We boarded the Showboat Branson Belle to experience the Christmas show this year and were introduced to comedy show of Mike Bliss. Using audience members as part of the prop, Mike will get you laughing and keep the audience engaged through out the evening and between the musical acts.
Experience a touch of the holidays and the music from the Showboat Branson Belle:
Your dinner cruise will take you down Table Rock Lake, a man made lake in the Ozarks. Table Rock Lake was constructed from 1954 to 1958, and there actually is a whole community that was covered by the making of reservoir. The boat tour on the lake takes you down the lake and you can see the beautiful views of the surrounding area. One major perk of the dinner cruise this time of year is you can catch some beautiful sunsets as you cruise along. If the weather is too cold to go outside, enjoy the views from the windows, the upper balcony areas and the hall ways.
The Christmas show on the Showboat Branson Belle was more in the variety show format, including comedy, music from of course the holiday classics as well. Since it’s more of a dinner show, we did find ourselves at times focusing more on the three course meal instead of the music – it just was a nice highlight in during the meal. However, the transition into the Christmas music and their adaptation of the 12 Days of Christmas was a highlight of the evening.
Unlike many of the other shows in Branson, an evening on the Showboat Branson Belle seems like a bit more relaxed experience that allows you a bit more of a freedom to explore and enjoy at the same time. We loved the flexibility of the show and choosing which part of the experience you can enjoy on each visit. With this type of variety your family can have a completely different each and every time you board the Showboat Branson Belle.
Watch as the singers do 28 songs in 9 minutes!
Make your season merry with the Showboat Branson Belle’s new Christmas show!
Heading to the Branson area for the holiday season? The Showboat Branson Belle offers a fun holiday option called Santa’s Pancakes & PJ Cruise! Find out more below:
It’s fun for the whole family when Santa & His Helpers, The North Pole Toy Soldier and Holiday Sugar Plum Fairies take over the Showboat Branson Belle with magical activities and an unforgettable show you’ll be talking about until bedtime! Best of all, little ones are encouraged to experience the fun in their favorite Christmas Jammies!
Prior to cruising, follow your map throughout the Showboat as you search for the Sugar Plum Fairy Sweet Stops, visit the Captain in the Wheelhouse and receive a special gift, stop by and see Santa’s Helpers for face painting and complete your Christmas Wish List and place it in the Toy Soldiers Mail Box for immediate delivery to the big man himself. Next, set sail on Table Rock Lake and enjoy a great breakfast that includes Story Time, a Sing-A-Long and a festive stage show featuring music, dance, comedy and more!
Santa will be available for a photo on the Dock following the cruise.
About the Showboat Branson Belle
Hear music from the 1960s to today, with Christmas favorites sprinkled throughout the show, performed by five-star entertainers with powerhouse vocals and tight harmonies backed by a four-piece band. Plus, relive great soundtrack movie moments and experience the must-see spectacle of rhythm and footwork from the toe-tapping Showboat Dancers.
Your experience also includes a delicious three-course meal prepared fresh in the ship’s galley and time on beautiful Table Rock Lake. Cruise, dine and be entertained this Christmas aboard America’s Most Entertaining Lake Adventure!
Showboat Branson Belle
4800 Highway 165
Branson, MO 65616
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