Friday, November 18, 2016

Holiday Happenings at The Lake of the Ozarks

With the unseasonably warm weather we've been experiencing at the Lake of the Ozarks, it's hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. The 2016 rental season for BomBay Boat Rental Company was exceptional, and we couldn't have asked for a better season, but we're ready to get into the holiday spirit. Now that you're not spending as much time on the water and have more free time, check out a few fun upcoming Lake area events and celebrations.

Nov. 17-19:  Gala of Trees

Wobbly Boots Roadhouse is the new host for this annual event the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Trees that have been decorated by local businesses and organizations will be on display and up for bid through a silent auction. While participation in the silent auction throughout the gala is free.   All of the proceeds raised from the auction benefit Candyland and the Idiot's Club to purchase toys for local children.  

Nov. 18 - Jan. 1:  Enchanted Village of Lights

The Laurie Fairgrounds is host to one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in Mid-Missouri.  It is open nightly at 5:00 pm, and runs until 9:00 pm weekdays and until 10:00 pm on the weekends.  There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcomed.      

Nov. 24 - Jan. 1:  St Patrick's Festival of Lights

Claiming to have the oldest light park in the area, having been around since 1981, is the Shrine of St. Patrick, also known as the Mothers Shrine.  It displays 4,000 strings of lights daily from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  Guests will enjoy hot chocolate and hot cider Thursday - Sunday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm and this is free and open to the public.  

Nov. 25 - Dec. 25:  Christmas Village & Ice Skating At Old Kinderhook

Every weekend from Thanksgiving until Christmas you can enjoy the holidays at Old Kinderhook. They offer s'mores around the fire pit, carolers, Santa, gingerbread house making, horse drawn carriage rides, elf storytelling, and more.  All of this, plus their incredible outdoor ice skating rink.  

Nov. 25 - Dec. 30:  Deck the Docks Holiday Light Cruise

Proceeds from this wonderful boat cruise benefit the Dogwood Animal Shelter. For $25, the Celebration's dinner cruise will pass by many beautifully decorated waterfront homes and docks.  All cruises leave at 5:30 pm.  Reservations are required. 

Nov. 26 - Dec. 31:  Osage Beach Holiday Lights

The Osage Beach City Park and various locations along Osage Beach Parkway will be lit up for the holidays.  Take a leisurely drive through the park, then venture up and down the parkway for some holiday cheer.  

Nov. 26-27:  The Nutcracker Ballet

Steps dance studio will be performing their 16th year of the Nutcracker ballet at the School of the Osage in Cummings Auditorium.  Reserved tickets are $12-$15, and general admission tickets are $10.  Performances are Saturday at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.    

Nov. 27:  Lake Area Community Orchestra

Talented local musicians get together to perform concerts all around the Lake area throughout the holiday season.  The first one for the season will be at the Community Christian Church in Camdenton, MO at 7:00 pm.  If you cannot make it to this performance, they will be performing five more concerts throughout December.  The full schedule is at   

There are lots and lots of fun activities in the area to keep you and your family and friends entertained around Thanksgiving.  We are still renting boats at the Lake of the Ozarks by reservation.  Give us a call if you would like to cruise the Lake on one of these sunny November days.  BomBay Boat Rental Company would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.    


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