Thanks to the efforts of the Downtown Branson Betterment Association (DBBA) and many others who contributed time and resources, Downtown Branson is home to 70 fresh cut evergreen trees spreading holiday cheer and a delightful pine scent
throughout the Historic District. The trees are in recognition of the 70th annual Adoration Parade and in support of the larger movement for Branson to become “America’s Christmas Tree City.”
Downtown businesses and organizations were invited to “adopt” a tree by helping to keep the evergreens watered and adding festive décor to their branches. Several merchants participated, adding to the warm and welcoming atmosphere in the District. The Branson Christmas Coalition sponsored a Downtown tree decorating contest to encourage and recognize these efforts, and today announced the winners.
Third Place has been awarded to Cadwell’s Downtown Flea Market. Blend Salon and Lock Smith Salon were selected as equal winners for the second place award. The top honor was also a tie, recognizing both Plum Bazaar and Aromatique for the creative and colorful way they decorated the trees near their storefronts. A total of $600 will be awarded to the five winners of this year’s contest.
“We are grateful to the DBBA and everyone who made this new Christmas tree display possible,” said Ann McDowell, Executive Director of the Branson Christmas Coalition. “This is the third year of our effort to grow the Christmas season, and the whole community has supported the concept like never before. Area wide we have more than 700 Christmas trees on display and 25 different trees that are 25’ or taller this year.”
The year-round effort to develop and enhance the holiday season by becoming famous as “America’s Christmas Tree City” is sponsored by area businesses who are dedicated to making November and December bigger and brighter than ever in Ozark Mountain Country. To learn more about this work and how to get involved, go to the Branson Christmas Coalition website, http://www.BransonChristmas.org. For an interactive map with all of this year’s Christmas tree display locations, go to http://www.BransonChristmas.info and “Tree Tour.”