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Tom Uhlenbrock/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS

This underrated hub for family-friendly attractions in the Ozarks goes big when it comes to the holiday season. November and December are great times to visit. Places like Branson Landing are dripping in light displays, and there are multiple drive-thru light displays to get you in the holiday spirit. Silver Dollar City has a holiday parade, live Christmas shows and 1,000 decorated Christmas trees. Branson Scenic Railway transforms into the Polar Express and offers magical rides. Besides holiday festivities, visitors can tour wineries and distilleries, shop and explore the area's amazing underground caves.