Landyn and Gavin McDonal, both of Centralia, Ill., think Branson is a very “Christmasy” place and the Travel Channel agrees.
Last week, the Travel Channel featured Branson on a show called “The Most Christmasy Places in America.”
The hour-long show asks the question, “Are you looking to jazz up the most wonderful time of the year?”
It then recommends visiting “seven American locales that take the Christmas spirit to new levels.”
“What a great honor it is to be included on this list,” said Lynn Berry, director of public relations for the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “The kind of publicity Branson will get from this is awesome.”
Berry said the show was first aired on Thanksgiving Day and is scheduled to run eight more times between Thursday and Dec. 20.
Branson is the first city featured and gets seven minutes of airtime during the show, according to Berry.
The Travel Channel’s Web site reports that it was launched in 1987 and is available to 90 million households.
“To purchase seven minutes on the Travel Channel would be something we would not be able to afford,” Berry said. “It would be even more expensive to have it run nine times.”
Chrissy McDonal, mother of Landyn, 3, and Gavin, 6, said she thinks Branson is “very Christmasy.”
“I would definitely agree that Branson is a ‘Christmasy’ place,” she said. “We have been to some shows in town and they really focused on the holidays. This whole area is also decked out in Christmas lights. Our family really likes it.”
During Branson’s seven minutes in the spotlight, the show featured Ozark Mountain Christmas, the 60th annual Adoration Parade and the millions of Christmas lights that cover the area.
The Travel Channel is the only television network devoted exclusively to travel entertainment.
Berry said having Branson featured on the Travel Channel brings an added bonus.
“This show is focused on a certain group of people,” she said. “The people who watch the Travel Channel are wanting to travel and they may decide to come to Branson for the holidays.”
Along with Branson, the show also features six other “Christmasy” places, including the National Christmas Center in Paradise, Pa.; Las Vegas; the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minn.; Leavenworth, Wash.; FAO Schwartz in New York City; and Santa Claus, Ind.