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Road tripping: A visit to Branson at Christmas is good for the soul.

The Husband and I in front of the theater of Queen Esther.

If you’re looking for a quick getaway this Christmas, consider a trip to Branson.

Branson was never on our bucket list, but when the in-laws suggested a long weekend there just before Thanksgiving, we jumped right in.

And I’m so glad we did.

Whatever negative thoughts you have about the touristy little spot in Missouri (like chuckwagons and cringy shows in rundown theaters), banish them from your mind.

Branson is not just for old people and this quaint town nestled in the Ozarks is extra festive this time of year.

With putt-putt golf, go-karts, a mountainside roller coaster (that should be experienced at night), Silver Dollar City, and of course, tons and tons of shows, Branson has something for everyone.

For us, catching a few good shows was at the top of our agenda, but plan ahead and book early because the most popular ones sell out.

We saw three fantastic productions: SIX, Queen Esther and The Haygoods Christmas Show.

They were all very different and spectacular; held in modern venues with talented performers and cool special effects.

It wasn’t Vegas-style, but it was close.

Here’s something else about the shows: They are wholesome.

There wasn’t a single inappropriate joke or curse word uttered in any that we attended, and I suspect that’s the case with most.

If you go, make sure to have brunch at the College of the Ozarks.

The student-run restaurant is absolutely amazing.

Branson is about an eight-hour drive from Stephenville, so load up on snacks.

Once you’re there, you’ll be greeted with a town decked out for Christmas and lots of festive things to do.

A trip to Branson is the perfect family vacation and it's good for the soul.


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