Tis the season to frantically search for the perfect gifts for everyone on your list! The lake area has lots of wonderful places for you to do just that. You'll find name brand stores that you are familiar with at the Outlet Mall and the other shopping centers. There are also lots of smaller, local shops with unique and amazing items you won't find anyplace else. Our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses are centrally located in Osage Beach, so you're never very far away from great shopping, no matter which direction you travel.
Holiday Lights & Activities
If you'd like to take in a few sights and sounds of this festive season, there are lots of options available to you throughout the month of December. For holiday lights, parades, cruises on the lake, and entertaining shows, this is the place to be! A few that you may enjoy are:
- Osage Beach Holiday Lights in the Park
Osage Beach City Park is filled with a free drive-through light display through December 31, and there are also many displays up for you to enjoy along Osage Beach Parkway.
- St. Patrick's Festival of Lights
This is the oldest light park in the lake area at the Shrine of St. Patrick/ Mother's Shrine in Laurie. It's free and open to the public from 5-10 pm until December 31.
- Enchanted Village of Lights
Through January 1, you can enjoy this drive-through light park at the Laurie Fairgrounds for free from 5- 9 pm, but donations are greatly appreciated.
- Deck the Docks Holiday Cruises & Frosty Float
Celebration Cruises host 2 different types of holiday fun on the lake. Deck the Docks goes out from 5:30-8 pm to view the many holiday displays on the water every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through December 30. Their Frosty Float is fun for the entire family on December 3 & 10 with daytime cruises at 10 am, 1:30 pm, and 5 pm. These include children's activities, Christmas carols, and a visit from Santa.
- Christmas on Main Street
The Main Street Music Hall in the Landing in Osage Beach will be putting on their holiday show through December 17. It's filled with music, laughter, and incredible entertainment for all ages.
A Quiet Retreat From the Holiday Hustle
Of course, if you simply want to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, our Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental houses can offer you that relaxing seclusion that you are longing for. Both houses are tucked away just past Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina, and each features the same breathtaking lake view that you enjoy from our restaurant every summer. (Just with fewer leaves on the trees!)
The Glass House can hold up to 8 guests, which is perfect for a family getaway or a weekend away with a few friends. It's 1,500 square feet of living space has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, a washer & dryer, and a full kitchen with everything you might need during your stay except the food. There are also some lovely decks to sit outside on if the weather allows.
The Red House boasts 3,400 square feet of living space, which easily houses up to 16 people. This is a wonderful place to stay if you are organizing a family reunion or maybe a shopping trip with all of your pals. There is a large deck off of the upstairs and a covered deck downstairs. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and 1 half bath. It also contains its own washer and dryer plus a kitchen with all the necessities.
Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina may be closed for the season, but our vacation rental houses at the Lake of the Ozarks are available year-round. There are plenty of open dates right now, and hey, no one has claimed New Year's Eve yet! Lots of fun parties take place in the area to ring in the new year, or you can host your own small gathering in the Glass House or the Red House and let Shorty Pants cater it for you! Get out your calendars, pick some dates, and reserve your stay with us.
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