Trip Ideas: Holiday Getaway - Southwest Missouri
Every region of Missouri offers great places to visit during the holiday season. One of the most popular stops is Silver Dollar City, which hosts An Old Time Christmas celebration each year.
Morning
This candy-maker specializes in fancy chocolates, chocolate truffles, fudge, caramels, creams and jellies. A trip here certainly will satisfy your sweet tooth - or that of the chocolate lover on your holiday list.
510 S. Kentucky Ave., Joplin MO 64801, 877-623-7171
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Explore the world's only Precious Moment's Chapel during your holiday outing in Missouri. If you need any last-minute gifts, the world's largest Precious Moments gift shop and year-round Christmas Shop offer options aplenty.
4321 Chapel Road, Carthage MO 64836, 800-543-7975
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Afternoon
OOVVDA (Overboe's Own Viking Vintners Distinctive Alcohols) offers you a great opportunity to find a uniquely Missouri gift for the wine enthusiast in your family (or circle of friends). The tasting room is open daily; there's also a gift shop and tours are available.
5448 N. Berry Lane, Springfield MO 65803, 417-833-4896
Hours: Daily, noon-dusk.
If you plan to shop in Southwest Missouri, Battlefield Mall is for you. It's home to more than 120 specialty stores including Abercrombie and Fitch, Aeropostale, Apricot Lane, Ann Taylor Loft, The Buckle, Coach, Dillard's, New York and Co., Macy's and White House Black Market.
2825 S. Glenstone, Springfield MO 65804, 417-883-7777
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Evening
Celebrate the magic and meaning of the holidays at An Old Time Christmas. More than 4 million lights, a holiday light parade, a five-story special effects Christmas tree, fun family shows, and festive food await in the winter wonderland. Good Morning America calls this festival: "One of the top five holiday events in the U.S." The festival runs early November through December.
399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson MO 65616, 800-831-4386
Hours: Hours: Thur.-Fri., 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., noon-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-9 p.m.