When it comes to our love for Christmas, we don’t beat around the bush. We love it. Every year, you can find us unabashedly gorging on all things Christmas starting as soon as we can. Whether picking out the perfect Christmas tree, driving around to see the neighborhood lights, or binging on our favorite Hallmark movies, we’re squeezing every bit of holiday cheer out of the season to hold us over until next year. We believe no venture could be more festive than visiting a Christmas-crazed destination that feels like it came straight out of our holiday-loving dreams. And we’ve found the ultimate holiday hot spot in Branson, Missouri. Taking notes from the cheerful holiday celebrations of Walt Disney World and the old-fashioned Christmas charms of our beloved small towns, Branson gives a holiday experience like no other. You can go all out at An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City, with its over 6.5 million lights and family-fun activities; or you can venture around town for impressive light and tree displays, holiday boat rides, and an authentic five and dime. No matter what, you’re bound to run into the man of the season—Santa—and have the most amazing Christmas trip ever. Here are 18 reasons why you need to head to Branson, Missouri, this Christmas.