Four Missouri Christmas Towns to Visit this Month

Christmas Lights In Missouri

There is no denying that some places do Christmas better than others. These places go all out with decorations, festivities, and have an all-around jolly time all month long. Here are four of the best Missouri Christmas towns you should visit.

1. Springfield

Located less than an hour away from Aurora is Springfield. Each year in early December, you can celebrate the season with the Springfield Winterfest, held in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall. There is also an annual parade, Festival of Lights, and more.

2. Branson

Branson is fun all year round, but at Christmastime you can enjoy An Old Time Christmas with more than five million lights, 1,000 Christmas trees, a parade, and more.

3. Lake of the Ozarks.

Towns all around the lake pull out all the stops. Visit the Enchanted Village of Lights in Laurie, or The Shrine of St. Patrick’s Festival of Lights, or the drive-through display in Osage Beach.

4. Nevada.

Catch a glimpse of the twinkling lights at the Radio Springs Lake in Nevada, Missouri. The Lights on the Lake display runs through New Year’s Day.

Which of these Missouri Christmas towns do you plan on visiting this year? Here at Gary Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep®, we hope everyone has a very merry Christmas.

Don’t Miss These Family-Fun Missouri Fall Festivals

There’s still time to check out all of Missouri’s fall festivals, so pack the family in your trusty Jeep SUV or Dodge Grand Caravan and get ready for caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and malty brews!

These are just a few Missouri fall festivals and, we promise, you don’t want to miss a single one.

National Crafts & Cowboy Festival

Every Wednesday-Sunday, September 13-October 28

At Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, visitors can be delighted by over a month of Wild West shows, authentic cowboy memorabilia and wagons, real wild mustangs, barn dances, and more.


Pumpkin Palooza

October 28, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Visit lovely Washington, Missouri for their annual Pumpkin Palooza. With free admission, all-day activities for kids, plus a bountiful farmers food and craft market, this event is a guaranteed happy afternoon.


Scarecrow Festival

October 1-31

Every October, the town of Eureka is invaded by the most creative, sometimes-scary, always-delightful scarecrows this side of the Mississippi. The townsfolk go a little overboard inventing the most off-the-wall scarecrows you’ll ever see, and since each year brings something wacky and new to the scene, you won’t want to miss your chance to see what’s out there in 2017. Check out their website for a detailed calendar of events.


You need a reliable car, truck, or SUV to deliver those pumpkins from the patch to your front stoop, so pay us a visit at Gary Wood CDJ and we’ll get you into the best vehicle to meet your family’s fall-fun needs.

Our Favorite Fishing Spots in Missouri

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There’s nothing quite like an afternoon spent fishing. Whether you’re catching some trout for dinner or taking the kids to hunt crawdads with a bucket, our home state of Missouri is chock-full of lakes and rivers that make for the perfect place to spend a few hours in nature.

It’s hard to pick out the very best, but here are just a few of our favorite fishing spots in Missouri:

  1. Stockton Lake is an enormous body of water about 50 miles from Springfield with dozens of great spots to toss a line. Stockton also boasts an impressive variety of fish, including Bluegill, Catfish, Walleye, and White Bass.
  2. Maramec Spring Park is a great place for old and new anglers alike. Stocked regularly for guaranteed good sport, Maramec Spring is also the fifth largest natural spring in all of Missouri.
  3. This list would not be complete without mentioning the Lake of the Ozarks. This lovely, scenic lake is one of the best places to fish for Bass in the entire Midwest, not to mention the views that will take your breath away.
  4. Finally, Bull Shoals Lake at the Arkansas border is an enormous manmade lake full of deep, clear water and swarming with a myriad of fish types. Whether you’re looking for Black Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, or any kind of Bass, really, Bull Shoals is the spot for you.

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5 Best Missouri Hiking Spots for Jeep Drivers

There’s nothing in the world that says “the great outdoors” quite like venturing into the wilderness in your brand-new Jeep Wrangler. If you or one of your loved ones has a Jeep but hasn’t had the chance to go off on a fun hiking trip yet, then why not plan one soon? Here’s some recommendations for the best Missouri hiking spots.

Ozark Trail

When it’s finished, this trail will be over 500 miles long and stretch the length of the Ozark Mountains. Check out the 35-mile-long Taum Sauk section.

Natural Tunnel Trail

Head to this scenic trail in the Bennet Spring State Park to see the Bennet Spring Natural Tunnel, a 296-foot long passage. It also features diverse terrain.

Ha Ha Tonka state Park

Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Photo by Jason Runyon.

Lewis and Clark Trail

How could you pass up a trail named after the most famous adventurers of the pioneer era? View stunning limestone cliffs and the Missouri River.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

14 trails await you in this state park, including the otherworldly Devil’s Kitchen, Turkey Pen Hollow, and Colloseum Trail.

Mark Twain National Forest

This nationally-recognized forest is too huge to be explored all in one day, but some highlights include the 12,000-acre Hercules Glade Wilderness, the Rutherford Bridge, and Cedar Creek Trail.

Mark Twain National Forest

Mark Twain National Forest. Photo by Bhanu Tadlnada.

Need a Jeep to help you get to these scenic Missouri hiking spots? Just stop by our dealership here at Gary Wood today.