During the early morning storm that occurred Saturday, December 1, the 80-foot Christmas tree of lights and the supporting pole at the roundabout, near downtown Branson, were damaged beyond repair. The tree is formed from 84 strands of LED lights attached to a flagpole and is located near the Cox Medical Center Branson campus. City officials are currently working to get a formal damage assessment and cost estimate for repairs, and will clean up what’s left. It is unlikely the Christmas tree will be put back up this year. The City first purchased and installed the tree in 2016.