The celebrations begin July 6th, 2016 as the Santas arrive in Branson. At noon, they will attempt a worlds record, of the “Most Kringles on a Ferris Wheel,” when 240 board “The Branson Ferris Wheel,” the city’s newest attraction located at the Track Family Fun Park on Highway 76. Towering at over 150 feet, the Santas will have one of the finest views of the City and the beauty of the Ozarks.
From there, everyone heads down the street to The Grand Village Shops for the first, “Kringle Family Reunion” presented by Coca-Cola and hosted by The Grand Village Shops, Kringles Christmas Store and Mel’s Hard Luck Diner. There will be refreshments, live entertainment and lots of prizes and surprises. The Grand Village shops were the site of the first “Parade of Red Suits.”
The following morning, Thursday, July 7th, 2016 will be the big event of the week, “THE PARADE OF RED SUITS!” It has been ten years and the site is now the Beautiful Branson Landing, which is also celebrating its tenth anniversary. In full Holiday attire, the Parade of Santas and Mrs. Claus will kick off with a U.S. Marine Corps color guard, recognizing the conventions official Charity. Parade spectators will also enjoy floats, vehicles, local officials and celebrities including the famous, “Harlem Globetrotters!” from “Silver Dollar City's Star Spangled Summer"
The following morning, Friday, July 8th, 2016, the Santas will engage in competitions during, “SNO-lympics presented by Toys R Us.’ Santas and Mrs. Claus will compete in fun games, relays, challenges to assemble Schwinn Bicycles and races on Razor Drift Trikes and Razor Scooters. And what would a family outing be without the traditional “Santa Tug-0-War!”
Saturday Evening, July 9th, 2016, will see a special Fashion show, “Meet the Kringles,” Followed by The Red Suit Gala a special Dinner and show, where “Red is the New Black!” The evening is sponsored by WorldWide Photography.
The Special finish to the convention is a celebration, as the Santas honor their own at the induction ceremonies of The International Santa Claus Hall of Fame. This year they are honoring their newest inductees: Professor Tribini of Dresbakken, Denmark; renown actor and motion picture Santa Claus, Ed Asner; Pat Koch of Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana, and Santa Tom Hartsfield of Des Moines, IA, originator of the modern day Santa Associations.
Santas and Mrs. Claus will close the convention with the Mrs. Claus Pledge, the Knights of St. Nicholas Ceremonies and the reciting of the Santa Claus Oath.
Arriving from all 50 States, plus Europe, Asia and Australia, everyone is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the original Discover Santa Convention. (Originally held in Branson Missouri in July of 2006). Added to these activities will be dinner shows at the Dixie Stampede and the Showboat Branson Belle.
The Convention is produced by Santa Tim Connaghan of the Kringle Group who is the National Santa for Toys for Tots, Official Santa for the Hollywood Christmas Parade and operator of the nation’s largest Santa School., “There has never been a group of Santas, this large, meeting anywhere in the world," according to Santa Tim.
The main portions of the convention will take place at the Chateau on the Lake, in Branson. Additional lodging will be hosted at the Radisson Branson, Lodge of the Ozarks and the Stone Castle Hotel, all in Branson. Full details and agenda can be found on the convention web site at DiscoverSanta2016.com.