Author: Angie Harris

Attacking adventures, searching for amazing food, and finding new friends.  Home in Branson, MO, or exploring Disney, I am searching for deals, finding new experiences, and sharing stories along the way.

The Haygoods Christmas Rocks!

The Haygoods Christmas Show, Branson, MO.

The Haygoods Christmas Show rocks around more than the Christmas tree.  If you’ve seen this show, I know you will agree with me, the Haygoods are rocking’ Branson, Missouri.  This family of 5 brothers and one sister performs live on stage three times a week to a sold-out crowd.

Whenever you see a talented group like this, it is common to think, oh, I know what they should do.  I thought of several songs they should add to their repertoire.  Let’s talk about why they should add a few numbers.

The Haygoods Christmas Show in Branson, MO.

Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees

Holy toledo.  This two-hour explosion of talent is one show-stopper after another.  There’s a reason why Timothy Haygood says the first half of the show is the Haygood weight loss plan.  They run up and down the stage while singing, dancing, and of course… playing instruments.  Sometimes each individual person plays multiple instruments in one song.  This is a very physical performance and as Robin Gibbs tells us,  “I’m a dancin’ man and I just can’t lose.” 

Give Them Something To Talk About by Bonnie Raitt

As I said before, The Haygoods Christmas Show is one show-stopper after another.  There is not one aspect of the show that they have not drilled home.  Their vocals are beautiful, their talent with instruments is off the charts, and just for giggles, they throw in showmanship like…sure, let’s do that too!  

There’s fire, laser lights, curtain drops, and just because they can, Michael flies in upside down playing the guitar because of course… he’s “Dancing on the Ceiling”.    

My group was sitting in the balcony for this show which provided a bird’s-eye view of the audience.  At any point in the show, there were HUNDREDS of cellphones trying to capture the moment.  Ya, they were on social media and they had ‘something to talk about’!

Lights, lasers, music, costumes, Christmas!
When you’ve got toys, you might as well play with them.

Crocodile Rock by Elton John

The Haygoods do a phenomenal job of sharing who they are and where they came from.  They are Ozark Mountain homegrown and proud of it.  Their father loved music and vinyl records and passed that down to all of the children.  They have now been playing together in a Branson show for over 30 years.  

Each year they refresh, make huge changes to their show and push themselves to be the best at what they do. (and it shows)

I loved the expression on the faces of the guests as The Haygoods went down memory lane.  There were a ton of people that appeared to be identifying with them as they bobbed their heads up and down. 

But, my favorite was a comment I heard from a lady nearby.  “How do people raise kids like that?  I would’ve loved to have had that life!”  It’s obvious this family has clung to each other through thick and thin.  I have a lot of respect for that.

Of course, this trip down memory lane is only punctuated with incredible music and dancing.  Elton John described this moment when he sang, “When your feet just can’t keep still.  I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will.”

Banjo Boy dong what he does best, on top of a homemade scooter, in boots!

Truth Be Told

Truth be told, this family doesn’t need our help with song choices. They have 30 years in entertainment and they have it figured out. During the regular season they take a variety of genres, add The Haygood factor, and then sell out nearly every single show. During the Christmas season, they take the best of that show, add in the holidays, and again, sell out nearly every single show. Here are a few of my favorite song choices they made for the 2022 holiday season.

Mary Did You Know

Holy Toledo!  This slower-paced, calm holiday favorite took the show from rockin’ to a place of peaceful reverie.  You could’ve heard a pin drop, except of course the vocals were unbelievable!!!  I think this was my favorite moment.  Partly because it was so heartfelt.  They had spent over an hour showing us what they could do with all their bells and whistles.  Then, it was like the world stopped for a moment and we all got real as we thought about the question… Mary, did you know?  I think the answer is yes! 

There were similar moments throughout the night with “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Oh Night Divine”.  

There are so many things that this group does right.  The costumes, the lighting, the music choice, the timing, the comedy, the props, and the most amazing part, the energy level of the talent.  

Wrapping It Up With The Haygoods!

I’ll just say it.  The Haygoods Christmas Show is a roller coaster.  It takes you to the top, drops you off the edge, then pulls you back up again.  I’ve seen their show many times over the year and this is by far the best they have ever done.  I can promise you, The Haygoods is one Branson Show you do NOT want to miss.  Hold your breath for the underwater part.  Because they will take your breath away! 

For more information go direct to The Haygoods for their schedule and tickets.

If you would like to see more videos I grabbed a ton of 10 -: 20-second videos while at the show. You can see them on the Going Out The Door YouTube Channel.

If you are interested in other Branson Show information, you may enjoy the blog about the Presleys’ Country Jubilee.

The Presleys’ Country Jubilee, what a hoot!

The Entertainment Formula

Oh my goodness, the Presleys’ Country Jubilee, what a hoot!   It’s been over 50 years since the Presley family began their musical journey on the strip in Branson, MO.  Although I have seen this show several times, their entertainment formula keeps me coming back for more.  

The Main Ingredient is Comedy

Gary Presley sets the stage as Herkimer.   He has held this role for over 50 years and perfected it—but the funny sets in tight when his son takes the stage (Eric Presley) as Cecil.  The two feed off each other, and frankly, it’s comedy genius.  There are so many times that you do not know for sure, is that scripted, or are they just ad-libbing?  Either way, I am so invested I fell for it.  Seeing these two in action would be worth the total ticket price.  But, if you are lucky, you will see the third generation.  (Ben Presley, son of Eric) as Little Cecil.  When Little Cecil rolls onto the scene, it is… game, set match!  Obviously, they are family, love each other, and have committed to picking on each other for a lifetime. It works!  The cast all chime in as the comedy choir to push this dynamic trio into hysterics.

This generational gift varies from eyebrow popping and soda spewing to mouth dropping.  Most of the time, you never see it coming.  Sometimes it makes you ask, “did they just say that?”. 

They are hands down the funniest and most entertaining team in all comedy. 

They Bring Out The Music In You

The Presleys are committed to their tradition and stay right on the mark with their music choices.  They are country, gospel, patriotic, and mostly, songs we all know the lyrics to and want to sing.  The family has surrounded themselves with true musicians who can play many instruments and sing.  It’s such a mixed feeling for me.  The cast is over the top professional, but when they sing, it’s like you are sitting in your home surrounded by friends who blow you out of the water.  When you look around, everyone is singing with the cast, and you can see the nostalgia in their eyes.  It’s like the entertainers draw you into their world.  

The Costumes

Ok ladies, as they say, I bet that dress makes a heck of a noise in the dryer!   Wow, this cast is blinged up!  They have the traditional suit/ performer costumes they all wear (with a ton of bling attached) that are traditional.  When they feature the individual performers, they get to shine in their own choices, and everyone in the building notices!  I catch myself waiting for the next dress, shoes, boots, earrings, or jacket.  The costumes are on the mark with their tradition… and over the mark with wow! 

Things You Won’t Find At the Presleys’ Country Jubilee

This show is not over-produced; very few dance moves, no low spots, and no stress.  It’s obvious they all get along and love what they do.  The focus of Presleys’ Country Jubilee is the music, the comedy, and the cast.  When all these elements are in play, it makes sense that they connect to the audience.  

If I had to play favorites and say what I loved the most, it would be for sure, the comedy team. But, a close second would be the voice of Ambrus Presley and Greg Presley on the harmonica. It truly is a winning formula.

I highly recommend purchasing a season pass and seeing the Presley family every time you are in Branson.  Then you can be a part of the Presley family entertainment tradition.

Haunted Silver Dollar City

Have you heard about the haunted Silver Dollar City?

Every year when there are pumpkins in the city, the fall colors show in all their glory, and the air grows crisp, the ghosts of Silver Dollar City are allowed to roam the hills.

Each morning there are three grand ghosts who have the privilege of welcoming the guests and opening the park.  Granted not ALL guests can see them but those who have, share quite the tale.

Silver Dollar City Pumpkin Tree

The Scoundrel Clarence

These three lovely ladies, Mamaw Mabel, Grandma Minnie, and Aunt Emma have spent seven generations watching over the crafters and all of the citizens of the city.  They of course have a vested interest. Their great grands are all citizens.  But, in 2020 there’s a new ghost in town.  One especially irritating haint, Uncle Clarence who does nothing but causes everyone grief!

Pumpkins at Silver Dollar City

Mamaw Mabel

Mamaw Mabel is a good ghost who spent most of her life throwing parties. She is the socialite of the group.  One day she was flying around the candy store while Miss June Ward her granddaughter was making candy and telling stories to the guests.   That scoundrel haint Clarence snuck right in and put out the fire under the copper kettle.  Mamaw Mabel jumped in lickity split and lit the fire back up.  She then proceeded to chase that good for nothing, miscreant, Clarence all the way past the pumpkins into Echo Hollow.  It caused quite the stir for those who could see the entire incident. 

Pumpkin decorations at Silver Dollar City

Grandma Minnie

Grandma Minnie is a hard-working ghost.  She can knit, crochet, or doing anything with fibers.  By the time Minnie was 15, she was making aprons, bonnets, and trousers for people all over the county.  

Every year when she returns to Silver Dollar City she’s assigned to watch over the craftsmen… and one special grand, Frisco Jack.  

After that rascal, Clarence had been chased into Echo Hollow he needed something else to disturb.  Frisco Jack was down in the Frisco Barn Makers‘ Market.  He was singing a story to the guests when that ne’er-do-well Clarence snuck into the barn.  He quickly eyed a beautiful light fixture above the head of Jack and immediately laughed at the thought.  He’d give that boy a story to sing about!

Frisco Barn Maker's Market at Silver Dollar City

Thank goodness Grandma Minnie was listening to her grand whilst doing some knitting.  She immediately threw one of her knitting needles just like a firey arrow!  Whew, with seconds to spare that needle flew through the barn and plunged straight through the hand of Clarence.  It surprised him enough to stop what he was doing, make eye contact with Grandma Minnie, and thwart his plan.  He knew he was in for trouble as she began to chase him out of the barn and pass the pumpkin carver.  He was plumb into the Exposition area before he got far enough away from her that he could catch his breath.

Pumpkin Cat at Silver Dollar City

Aunt Emma

Aunt Emma is everyone’s favorite ghost.  She loves to cook and she loves to feed everyone.  Back in 1880, she was the head cook for the miners.  Men would come from all around to have breakfast with the beautiful Emma.  They would beg her to run off with them and be their wife.  But, Aunt Emma had been in love with a young miner who lost his life before they were able to wed.  Her heart was never free again.  

As a young girl, she would wake early so she’d have time to bake big o’ yeast rolls layered with cinnamon and sugar and topped with powder sugar icing.  “Ever’ mornin’ should feel like Christmas mornin’ before you head into the mines.”  Aunt Emma would always say to the boys.  

Fall treats were her favorite and on the same day that cranky o’ Clarence was messing with the other ghosts, he showed up at the bakery.  Sitting back he quietly watched as Aunt Emma stood over the whoopee pies, the cinnamon rolls, and the hot apple cider.  

Love in the Hainted Hills

For the first time that day, Clarence was completely peaceful and quiet.  The familiar smell had drawn him to that part of the park but when she spun around he turned white as a ghost!  Was it really her?  His Emma?  He floated closer and she must’ve seen him out the corner of her eye.  She froze still as he moved closer.  



He gathered her in his arms and the two began to cry.  After 140 years they had finally found each other again.  Clarence had gone into the mine with a piece of Christmas in his hand and the thought that ‘come payday, he was gonna buy that girl a ring’.  Only, he never made it out.  

Aunt Emma and Clarence reminisced as they went to the entrance of the Marvel Cave.  Emma smiled as she pointed to her brother’s grand boy Gene.  He was the official greeter to the city and she had come year after year to watch over him.  

Then the question came to her mind.  “Clarence, why did you get to come to Silver Dollar City this year?”  Laughing he said, “My sister Sarah use to pick on me something awful.  So, I thought I’d keep up the family tradition.  That man over there is always just walking around and talking to people.  Doesn’t seem to be doing much so I thought I’d keep him on his toes.  He’s my sisters grand, Brad Thomas.”

Pumpkin Owl at Silver Dollar city

Ghosts for Christmas?

It was time for the ghosts to meet up at the Time Traveler and make their way back to the other side when something went terribly wrong.  The portal was closed!  Now our three friendly ghosts and the incorrigible Clarence are stuck in 2020 with the rest of the world.  This year there will be a new meaning to An Old Time Christmas!

Silver Dollar City's 60th Anniversary