Every year, our family closes our beach house in Bay Head after the annual Halloween parade at the end of October, and our favorite summer time activities -- riding the waves, painting seashells, eating clams on our porch -- now seem so far away. As we approach the New Year 2009 and two or three months of cold winter weather, I think about hibernating indoors, playing family board games like Scrabble and Monopoly and staying warm by the fire. London and Maddie, on the other hand, are all in favor of celebrating winter with outdoor activities like sledding and building snowmen.
Branson, Missouri seems to be one of those places where people celebrate winter instead of hiding indoors. If you think you'd enjoy scenic views of the Missouri Ozark Mountains, an ice sculpture competition, the excitement and whimsy of the holidays will come together for you with a family vacation in Branson, Missouri. This season, celebrate winter in the entertainment capital of the Mid West and choose from exclusive holiday packages with themes like the It's A Wonderful Life Package or the New Year's Eve Package at the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing or the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. Spa treatments and family style dinners are just the tip of the iceberg (forgive the winter pun) of what these two hotels have to offer. During the day, you'll capture the spirit of the winter holidays with light displays, parades and shows, with the old time charm of Branson surrounding you. Night time brings the luxury and elegance of either the Hilton Promenade or the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel.
If you love the nightlife, the hotels are conveniently located in and around the new Branson Landing retail and entertainment district situated on Lake Taneycomo. If you're more interested in cultural activities for the whole family, tt looks like there are two First Night celebrations going on nearby -- one in Springfield and one in Fayetteville -- where everyone can enjoy family-oriented activities on New Year's Eve. Instead of hibernating this year, why not celebrate winter in a town like Branson, Missouri? Brought to you by Hilton – the first name in hospitality.