13 Spectacular Events You Can’t Miss This Fourth of July

Celebrate this Independence Day in the Ozarks with a variety of traditional festivities including professional firework displays, music festivals, carnivals, and more!

Fire in the Sky


JULY 3rd

Tickets are on sale now for 2nd annual “Fire In The SKY”. View the Branson Landing Fireworks show from the Sky Deck on Mount Branson, across from the Branson Landing.

Guests of the “Fire in the SKY” zip over Lake Taneycomo via Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline located at Branson Landing.and arrive on the SKY Deck, where they will enjoy delicious food, a cash bar, party to live entertainment by the Steve Moeller Band and the have best view of the Branson Landing fireworks show.

“Fire In The SKY” events require an advance ticket for VIP seating.

Purchase tickets online at ParakeetPetes.com

Branson Landing’s 10th Annual Liberty Light Up Concert & Fireworks


JULY 3rd

Be a part of Branson Landing’s 10th Annual Liberty Light Up – and celebrate Independence Day – in a BIG way, a day early!

The Liberty Light Up Concert will be followed by an amazing choreographed Fireworks Display that will fill the skies over Lake Taneycomo and highlight a spectacular celebration of America’s Independence that will leave you in awe.

Starting at 10 p.m.

Independence Day Fireworks at Top of the Rock


JULY 4th

Enjoy an unforgettable night at one of our remarkable restaurants overlooking Table Rock Lake while honoring our nation’s independence with an awe-inspiring fireworks show at dusk!

Image Courtesy of Big Cedar Lodge

Chateau on the Lake 4th of July Celebration


JULY 4th

Summer is in full swing on the lake, in the mountains. After our outdoor BBQ event, complete with live music, we will light up the evening sky with fireworks to celebrate Independence Day and you won’t want to miss it. Make your room reservations early and enjoy a holiday full of activities.

31st Annual Fireworks Extravaganza


JULY 1st

Celebrate America’s independence at one of the largest fireworks displays in Arkansas over spectacular Greers Ferry Lake.

Join us by car or by boat for music, food, and fun for the family. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

4th of July Fireworks Displays & Celebrations


JUNE 30th – JULY 4th

Celebrate this Independence day with professional firework displays, festivals, live music, and more!

Multiple venues will be hosting a variety of events in the Lake of the Ozarks region.

Visit http://www.funlake.com/independence-day-fireworks-full-list to see all locations.



JULY 4th

The Annual Fireburst fireworks show returns this year, Saturday, July 1st on Table Rock Lake! The Fireburst can be viewed by car, boat, or on foot! Fireworks begin at dusk.

Highberry Music Festival


JUNE 30th – JULY 2nd

The 8th annual Highberry Music Festival will be held at The Farm Campground & Events in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We hope you will join us in continuing on our family tradition in a beautiful slice of the Ozark Mountains as we celebrate our freedom and independence. This event is brought to you by Deadhead Productions. The venue boasts beautiful 360 degree panoramic views. It sits on 160 acres and backs up to Mark Twain national forestBeaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, and the White River are all within 5 miles of the venue. Vending, RV and camping spots available for purchase.

See website for details. This event is rain or shine. No refunds.

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

16th Annual Ventris Trail’s End Resort’s Fireworks Display


JULY 1st

We welcome you to the 16th Annual Ventris Trail’s End Resort’s Fireworks Display in honor of our nation’s independence.

Watch thousands of fireworks light up the night sky while listening to patriotic music.

Show is to be seen by boat only.

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

27th Annual 4th of July Celebration-Hats Off to America


JULY 4th

Celebrate Independence Day at Springfield’s 27th Annual Old­ Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration sponsored by Midtown Neighborhood Association.

This year’s theme will be “Hats off to America”.

Parade slots are still available at $10 per entry and $50 for political entries. Deadline for entries is June 30.

Children are invited to march or ride their bicycles in the parade at no charge!

After the parade please join us at historic Washington Park. We will have live music, children’s games & prizes, a pie baking contest, ice cream from Hiland Dairy, food trucks, and a parade awards ceremony. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

10:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Washington Park

Free Admission

Marshfield Independence Day Parade


JULY 4th

Monday, July 4 137th Marshfield Independence Day Parade. Begins at 10:00 a.m. This parade remains the oldest, continuous parade west of the Mississippi River.

Vendors, games, activities from 10am to 3pm, Marshfield town square.

 16th Annual Fireworks Display


JULY 1st

Enjoy a Show & Shine Car Show, music by Cory Jackson, fireworks, concession stand, vendors, and bounce houses. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!

5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Honor America Celebration


JULY 4th

College of the Ozarks will host its 28th annual Honor America Celebration on campus Sunday, June 25, 2017. The public is invited to attend this free event, and guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

5:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Festivities begin with an old-fashioned, barbecue picnic. Guests may purchase barbecue sandwich meals or items al a carte. Food service closes promptly at 7:45 p.m. for patriotic program.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Children’s activities will include face painting, balloons, and a craft area where guests can make a thank-you card for Veterans.

6 p.m.

Musical acts take the stage and feature some of the area’s best acts. Featured entertainment includes touring and recording group, The Hunt Family Band; songs from throughout the decades performed by Red, Hot… & Blue!; and the unique harmonies of AYO Voices of Glory. Alcohol, tobacco products, fireworks and pets are strictly prohibited.

8:30 p.m.

The patriotic program is a well-loved tradition and includes the Presentation of ColorsConcert Band will perform a patriotic program and provide the musical backdrop for the fireworks display that concludes the event.

8 Ways to Celebrate Easter in the Ozarks this Spring

Celebrate Easter in a big way this year with an assortment of family-friendly events in the Ozarks.


3rd Annual Osage Beach Easter Egg Hunt


A fun filled family event including egg hunts for 4 different age groups, local 4-H animal displays, face painters, and bounce houses.

April 15, 2017

11:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Osage Beach City Park
950 Hatchery Road
Osage Beach Missouri 65065

Phone: 573-302-2000

Website:  http://www.osagebeach-mo.gov/index.aspx?nid=950


Hollister Easter Egg Hunt


Join us Saturday, April 15, at noon for an Easter Egg Hunt in Hollister!

Bring the children and Easter baskets and buckets! There will be face painting, inflatables, a duck pond, and much more. Festivities can be moved inside in case of rain.

April 15, 2017

Phone: 417-334-3050

Hollister High School Football Field
2112 State Hwy BB Hollister, MO 65672

Website:  http://www.explorebranson.com/family-friendly/hollister-easter-egg-hunt


Easter at Orchards Park


Join Bentonville Parks & Recreation along with Arvest Bank for a fun filled afternoon at Orchards Park! Activities begin at 2:00pm with fun inflatables for the kids as well as several food vendors. At 3:00pm, our egg hunt will begin with over 40,000 eggs. There will be 3 separate egg hunts broken up into age groups for children 12 and under.

April 15, 2017

Begins at 2:00pm

Downtown Activity Center: 215 SW A Street Community Center: 1101 SW Citizens Circle

Website:  http://www.bentonvillear.com/departments/parks-and-recreation/upcoming-events/easter-at-orchards-park/


1:00pm-Children with Special Needs Egg Hunt

2:00pm-Inflatable & Food Vendors

2:30pm-Egg Hunt (Ages 7-12)

3:00pm-Egg Hunt (Ages 4-6)

3:30pm-Egg hunt (Ages 0-3)

Easter Egg Hunt


An exciting annual Easter Egg hunt featuring activities for all ages!

Civic Center

April 14, 2017

10:00 a.m.

West Plains Civic Center
110 St. Louis St.
West Plains, MO

Website:  http://wpchamber.com/event/easter-egg-hunt/?instance_id=12019

Easter Egg Hunt in the Park


On Easter Sunday the Laurie Easter egg hunt attracts children from tots to teens to find 14,000 eggs “hidden” throughout the fair grounds.

The Easter Bunny always makes an appearance to the delight of everyone.

April 16, 2017

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Laurie Fairgrounds
134 N Fairgrounds Road
Laurie MO 65037

Phone: 573-374-8776

Website:  http://www.funlake.com/10th-annual-easter-egg-hunt-in-the-park


Easter 2017

Top of the Rock Easter Brunch Buffet


Join us at Osage Restaurant to experience an unforgettable Easter Brunch. Our Culinary Team will prepare plenty of traditional favorites along with a few surprises. Adults: $46.95; Children (4-12 years): $18.95. Children three and under are complimentary. Offered on Sunday, April 16th from 9:30am-2:00pm.

Reservations required.

April 16, 2017

150 Top of the Rock Rd Ridgedale, MO 65739

Phone: 417-335-2777

Website:  http://www.bigcedar.com/dining-en.html


Easter Brunch at Chateau on the Lake


At Chateau on the Lake, we love Easter time and have dining specials that will make your festivities extra delightful! Enjoy a leisurely brunch at Chateau Grille from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm to include breakfast items, carved meats, salads, fruits, dessert and much more!

April 15, 2017

415 N State HWY 265 Branson, MO 65616

Phone: 417-334-1161

Website:  http://www.explorebranson.com/food-drink/easter-brunch-chateau-lake

Easter Cruise on the Landing Princess


Main Street Lake Cruises

Enjoy lunch with a view of Lake Taneycomo! Your Easter meal will include: tossed mandarin orange salad, roasted turkey and baked ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, seasonal vegetables, dinner rolls, and dessert. Tea, coffee, soda and water will also be included.

Price is $57.00 + tax (adult or child)

Historic Downtown Branson

April 16, 2017

11:00 pm – 2:00 pm

9 South Boardwalk Branson, MO 65616

Phone: 417-239-3980

Website: http://www.explorebranson.com/general-events/easter-cruise-landing-princess-0


Don’t Miss These Beautiful Experiences in 2017

Whether it’s Stargazing in the mountains, ziplining over oak forests, or exploring ancient caverns, the Ozarks presents a plethora of experiences to introduce more excitement into your life.

Every New Year brings a sense of newness into our lives, introducing us to unique elements of life that we have never experienced before. Start 2017 with a fresh start, create precious memories and accomplish personalized goals that encourage compassion, happiness, and peace.

Discover Ancient Caverns

Several million of years ago, shallow seas that covered much of the Ozarks deposited layers of sediments, forming the limestone and dolomite bedrock that dominates the region today. Over time, the dissolving action of water eroded away the sedimentary rock, creating hundreds of cave systems throughout the Ozarks.


Onondaga Cave State Park

7556 Hwy. H
Leasburg, MO 65535-9136

(573) 245-6576

Onondaga Cave is one of America’s most spectacular caves because of the great abundance and quality of its speleothems or deposits. Stalactites, stalagmites, rimstone dams, flowstones, draperies, soda straws and cave coral extensively decorate the cave. Because of this, Onondaga Cave was designated as a National Natural Landmark.

The Vilander Bluff Natural Area located 7 miles northeast of the main body of the park harbors unique natural communities, most notably a dry dolomite cliff with over 200 ancient red cedar trees that range in age from 200 to 500 years.

Old Spanish Treasure Cave

14290 AR-59, Sulphur Springs, AR 72768

(479) 787-6508

Somewhere in the depths of the cave, lies a hidden treasure that, to this day, no one has been able to find.

Legend has it that treasure was buried in the cave by Spanish Conquistadors before they were killed by Native Americans over 350 years ago.

 Neither these maps nor the treasure—estimated today at 40 million dollars—have ever been found.

The cave has never been fully explored, and new territories are charted every year.

Bridal Cave

14290 AR-59, Sulphur Springs, AR 72768

(479) 787-6508

Rated as one of the most scenic caves in America.

Centuries ago, the Osage Native Americans discovered the pristine beauty that lies beneath Thunder Mountain. Local folklore tells of a legendary Native American wedding ceremony held in the cave in the early 1800’s. Today this magnificent natural wonderland is called Bridal Cave. In keeping with the tradition of the Native American legend, the cave can be reserved for a romantic wedding chapel.

Explore Castle Ruins

Imposing architecture and breathtaking scenery combine to make Ha Ha Tonka State Park one of Missouri’s most treasured spots.

Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, the park features the stone ruins of a castle.


The ruins of a man’s manor appear to belong to a bygone fairytale kingdom, but are really the remains of grief and despair.

Wealthy Kansas City businessman Robert Snyder had a dream to construct a European-styled castle right in his beloved Missouri. To this end Snyder purchased 5,000 acres of land, including his very own lake, and began work on the evocative mansion in 1905. The businessman even imported stone masons from Europe to achieve the correct style, but unfortunately Snyder would not live to see his dream house to completion.

In 1906, Snyder was killed in one of Missouri’s first car accidents; however, Snyder’s dream castle would not die with him. After his death, Snyder’s sons continued work on the building and were able to complete the castle. After completing construction, one of his sons took up residence in the huge castle until the family’s money ran out due to land rights lawsuits surrounding the castle’s property.

In 1942, the entire building was utterly destroyed by a fire.

The state purchased the property in the 1970’s and has worked to preserve the crumbled walls of Snyder’s dream home as a feature in their state park.

Beautiful young woman standing in the meadow of violet flowers a

Wander Through Fields of Wildflowers

Immerse yourself in a dreamy landscape blanketed in wildflowers in the Ozarks. As the sun shines between bare winter tree branches, wildflowers resurrect from their slumber. Trek a variety of trails and discover activities including guided wildflower walks, children’s programs, lake and river cruises.


Whispering Pines Trail at Hawn State Park

12096 Park Dr, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

(573) 883-3603

Whispering Pines Loop Trail is a 9.2 mile loop trail consisting of two loops: the north loop is approximately six miles long and the south loop is approximately 3.75 miles. It meanders through a beautiful mixed hardwood and pine forest, crossing through streams and over scenic ridges.

This trail is arguably the best, most scenic trail in the state. It has a little bit of everything, unusual rock formations, beautiful creeks, old forests, panoramic views, and wildlife.

“There’s no other park where you’ll see a large population of wild azaleas like you can at Hawn, last year, they bloomed around the second and third week of April. The azaleas are found in the uplands along the Whispering Pines Trail.” – Allison Vaughn

Swimming Deer and Missouri trails at St. Francois State Park

8920 US Highway 67 North
Bonne Terre, MO 63628-3598

(573) 358-2173

Just as outlaws sought refuge from the law during the Civil War, visitors today can seek refuge from everyday life in the beauty of the Pike Run Hills at St. Francois State Park. The forested ridges and hollows of these hills offer visitors a chance for unconfined solitude in a wilderness setting.

Mid-April brings an explosion of phlox and bluebells to the park. “These trails have one of the best bluebells shows in the state, they literally carpet the woodland floor. People come from all over the state to see them.” – Jamie Hubert

Coakley Hollow Trail at Lake of the Ozarks State Park

12096 Park Dr, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

(573) 883-3603

Coakley Hollow Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Linn Creek, MO that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.

This self-guiding interpretive trail meanders through one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Six different types of natural communities, including dolomite glades, fens, spring-fed streams and several types of woodlands, can be seen.

Go Parasailing

Soar above the emerald blue water of the Lake of the Ozarks!

Enjoy breathtaking bird’s eye views of the Bagnell Dam and Osage River, with Paradise Parasail, Inc. Experienced USCG captains will give you the safest and most adventurous flight on vessels that speed along miles of shoreline.


During the adventure, professional photographers will accompany you on board, capturing every moment which will include 40 to 60 adventure pictures and a Go Pro video from your point of view!

Website: http://www.paradiseparasail.com/1100

Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark MO 65049


9:00 am – 5 pm

7 days a week


Attend a Festival

Enjoy summer events, street fairs, music festivals, and fireworks by attending a local festival this year!


Artsfest on Walnut Street

Artsfest is the largest fine arts festival in southwest Missouri featuring 130 artists from 16 states, over 80 performances, food from some of Springfield’s favorite restaurants, and a kids hands-on area with activities including Chalk-It-Up and the Claymobile, a mobile ceramic arts workshop.

Recurring daily – May 6, 2017 through May 7, 2017

Historic Walnute Street

Amission: $5 (Free for children 5 and under)

81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair

Join in on the fun with all the great food and fun, carnivals rides, games, concerts and more. For 81 years, the Ozark Empire Fair has been a time for community celebration and 2017 promises to carry on the tradition.

Recurring daily – July 27, 2017 through August 5, 2017

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

3001 N. Grant Ave. – Springfield, MO 65803

Admission: $8 for adults $4 children

Japanese Fall Festival

Celebrate Springfield’s Sister City – Isesaki, Japan – with artists, performers, martial art demonstrations, special guests, vendors and more!

Recurring daily – September 8, 2017 through September 10, 2017

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park

2400 S. Scenic Ave. – Springfield, MO 65807

(417) 891-1515

milky way at dawn and silhouette of a telescope

Go Stargazing

Since time immemorial, the glittering river of stars called the Milky Way has dominated the night sky, influencing humanity and inspiring the imaginations of thousands.
Now, it has become a faded memory to one-third of humanity and 80% of Americans, according to a new global atlas of light pollution produced by Italian and American scientists.

Many people around the world go their entire lifetime without witnessing a clear night sky. Light pollution–caused by artificial light sources–is one of the most pervasive forms of environmental alteration. It creates a luminous haze that swamps the constellations and stars.
In the Ozarks, the sky has minimal light pollution, creating exceptional conditions for viewing the Milky Way.


Perseids Meteor Shower

July 17 and August 24 (Peaking on August 9-13)

While the skies are lit up several times a year by other meteor showers, the Perseids are widely sought after by astronomers and stargazers. This is because, at its peak, one can see 60 to 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place.

Draconid Meteor Shower

The 2017 Draconid meteor shower is expected to reach its peak on October 8.

Draconids are also known as Giacobinids.

The best time to see the shooting stars from this meteor shower is right before nightfall.

Geminid Meteor Shower

The Geminids are known to be quite prolific, with rates as high as 60 to 120 shooting stars an hour at peak times. This year’s event will be special because sky-watchers will only have to contend with the waning crescent moon until about local midnight. Once the moon sets, the best viewing will be in the predawn hours of December 14—exactly when the shower is predicted to reach its peak performance.

Witness a Solar Eclipse

 On Aug. 21, 2017, people from all over the world will travel to the United States to see the rare and spectacular celestial show — the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades.

For those of us who already live here, but have never seen an eclipse, this is the opportunity of a lifetime – to see the one of the most beautiful occurrences on the planet, and maybe not even have to get on an airplane to experience it!

“Though the rest of the continental U.S. will have at least a 55 percent partial eclipse, it won’t ever get dark there, and eye-protection filters would have to be used at all times even to know that the eclipse is happening. The dramatic effects occur only for those in the path of totality.” – Jay Pasachoff


If you do plan to observe the August 2017 eclipse, remember: never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, serious and permanent eye damage can result.

“Proper eye protection” includes specially made solar filters, eclipse glasses, or No. 14 welder’s glass.

The Total Solar Eclipse will only be visible in the North Eastern region of the Ozarks, only a partial solar eclipse will be seen throughout the rest of Missouri.

Maps courtesy of geology.com / Xavier Jubier / Google Maps / Eclipse2017.org

10 Things to Experience in the Ozarks This Winter

Experience the winter season in the Ozarks, with traditional and delightful holiday events that fill the air with anticipation and excitement. Whether you’re home for the holidays or are traveling, the Ozarks invites you to join the seasonal festivities and spread holiday cheer.

An Old Time Christmas

Silver Dollar City

December 14, 2016-December 30, 2016

399 Silver Dollar City Parkway Branson, MO 65616

Website:  http://www.explorebranson.com/festivals-fairs/old-time-christmas


Silver Dollar City presents one of the nation’s most acclaimed Christmas festivals hosting a variety of festivities including:

•Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, led by the most famous reindeer of all, with musical lighted floats with 200,000 lights accompanied by 33 costumed characters

•Two original musical productions: It’s a Wonderful Life, adapted from the Frank Capra classic, and the acclaimed production A Dickens’ Christmas Carol

•The Christmas on Main Street light & sound show featuring the 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree

•5 million lights, holiday shows, a musical Living Nativity, rides, shopping, and dining

Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village

Branson-Springfield Area

December 14, 2016-December 30, 2016

558 Buena Vista Branson, MO 65616


Website:  http://www.ozarkmountainchristmaslights.com/


Immerse yourself in thousands of glittering light displays by horse-drawn carriage with your family and friends to celebrate the holiday season. Afterwards, explore the Christmas Village (Thursday – Sunday nights) and experience the beautifully-decorated 6,000 square foot Christmas marquee filled with sweet holiday aromas; sounds of Christmas; The North Pole Express Train ride; “Selfies with Santa”; crafts; Holiday Treats and flavors and so much more!

Over 12 ways to create a memory of a lifetime at the Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village!

Tour includes tuning into a Christmas music station to feel the sounds of Christmas while driving by the displays.

The 12 Memories of Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village

1. New Location: Magical Mile of amazing light displays with music by North Pole Productions

2. Light tour in a Clydesdale horse-drawn carriage or wagon

3. Light tour in a two-seater scooter

4. Photos with the Clydesdale horses

5. North Pole Express: Kids & adults Christmas train ride

6. Animated Life-Size Nativity Scene (Free)

7. Christmas story-telling at a campfire (Free)

8.Family Photos by professional photographer

9. Selfies With Santa (Free)

10. Gourmet Hot Chocolate and Cider

11. Fresh made Kettle corn / Bavarian nuts / Food choices available

12. Hilarious Cacklin’ animated chickens sing Christmas songs (Free)

Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Landers Theatre

311 E. Walnut Street – Springfield, MO 65807

Admission: $18-$65

(417) 862-1343

Website: http://springfieldballet.org/Tickets


 Springfield Ballet is celebrating its 40th anniversary by introducing a brand new design, directed by Roger LaVoie. Immerse yourself in the magic and the excitement as this year’s production features a new set–unveiled for the first time! You and your family will be awed and inspired by the breathtaking new details that will heighten the beloved story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Follow along as they dash from an extravagant Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse Queen, then on a magical journey through the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets. Celebrate this holiday tradition with Springfield Ballet and the ones you love!

Hughes Brothers Christmas Show

Hughes Brothers Theatre

December 19, 2016-December 31, 2016

3425 West 76 Country Blvd Branson, MO 65616

Website: http://www.hughesbrotherschristmasshow.com/


Awarded Best Christmas Show 8 years in a row by BransonShowAwards.com

USA Today says, “The Hughes Brothers Show owns the title of World’s Largest Performing Family!”

During Nov. and Dec. step back in time as the Hughes Brothers -Marty, Jason, Ryan, Adam & Andy- and their families create a Christmas wonderland filled with the season’s best vocal harmonies, exciting dances, inspiring instrumentals, and of course, the charm that everyone loves about these five multi-talented brothers. The show is filled with festive surprises, extraordinary performances, and treasured family traditions. You’ll see Santa in a new light when he explains the symbols of Christmas in the most moving Christmas presentation you’ve ever witnessed.

It’s a triumph of everything you want to feel at Christmas time!

C-Street Lights Up the Holidays!

C-Street Historic District

Commercial St. between Washington Ave. and Grant Ave. – Springfield, MO 65803

Free Admission

Recurring daily now through Dec 25, 2016.

5:00pm – 9:00pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/HistoricCStreet


Explore a winter wonderland of over 10,000 twinkling lights and displays this holiday at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park!

Festival of Lights

Downtown Springfield

Occurring at various downtown locations

Recurring daily now through Dec 31, 2016.

(417) 864-1105

Website: http://www.itsalldowntown.com/


Join this ongoing celebration of the winter holidays featuring fireworks, free ice skating, light displays, and more!

New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

Springfield-Branson Area (Savoy Ballroom)

December 31, 2016

8:00pm – 1:00am

Address: 224 E. Commercial Street – Springfield, MO

(417) 869-6789

Website: http://www.cstreetsavoy.com/events.html


Combination of Live and DJ’ed entertainment featuring the Bel Airs! Midnight revelry, complimentary champagne, countdown to midnight ends with our signature ballroom drop, where the balloons hold over $1,000 in cash and prizes!

Winter Solstice Tour

Smallin Civil War Cave

Recurring daily beginning Dec 14, 2016 through Dec 28, 2016.

Admission: $16.95 Adult ticket, $8.95 Children (4-12 years old)

(417) 551-4545

Website: http://www.smallincave.com


Winter Solstice Mystery: The Sun’s Alignment With An Ancient Petroglyph Inside Smallin Civil War Cave 300 feet inside of the shadowy 10-story wide arched entrance of Smallin Civil War Cave, lies a mystery. Carved on the side of a huge flowstone formation named “The Indian Ladder”, a strange petroglyph could be a silent legacy left by ancient Native American astronomers.

During the shortest days of the year (December 14th through December 28th), a remarkable phenomenon occurs at the entrance of Smallin Cave. Due to the winter tilt of the Earth and the south-facing position of the massive entrance of the cave, the rays of winter sunshine stream far back into Smallin’s depths. Reflecting on the floor and the walls of the cave, the morning rays of sunlight shine across the sun-shaped petroglyph (sometimes known as a “sun-glyph”), and cause the cave to take on a remarkable glow at around 10:00 A.M.

On sunny mornings during this Solstice period, between December 14th & December 28th (with the exceptions of Dec. 18th & Dec. 25th) the Solstice effect is on full display….come for the “Solstice Tour” at 10:00 A.M. and be amazed!

Lights of the Ozarks

Fayettville, Arkansas

November 18, 2016 – December 31, 2016

21 S. Block Ave.

Fayetteville, AR 72701

Website: www.thelightsoftheozarks.com


Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate, and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. The romantic and breathtaking display of a half-million twinkling lights is cherished by the locals and visitors alike that stroll or drive through the Lights of the Ozarks each year.

Viewing Of The Trumpeter Swans

North-Central Arkansas

November 26, 2016 – February 1, 2017

Heber Springs, AR 72543

Website: www.heber-springs.com


A wintering population of trumpeter swans descends on Magness Lake every November. It is a scientific mystery why more than 100 of these birds flock to Heber Springs from their mid-western homes, but their arrival makes for an exciting birding experience. To view the swans, drive east on Hwy 110 from its intersection with Hwy 5 and Hwy 25 just east of Heber Springs. Go 3.9 miles from the intersection, turn left on paved Hays Road; the road sign is very small. Magness Lake is about a half-mile down Hays Road.