Place:Noel, McDonald, Missouri, United States

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NameNoel
TypeCity
Coordinates36.543°N 94.486°W
Located inMcDonald, Missouri, United States
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Noel is a city in McDonald County, Missouri, United States, along the Elk River. The population was 1,832 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers Metropolitan Area.

Noel is one of a few "Christmas Cities" in America, along with North Pole, Alaska, Christmas, Michigan, Santa Claus, Indiana and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Each year, tens of thousands of Christmas cards and letters are sent to the USPS Noel Post Office during the holiday season to be stamped with a postmark reading, "Noel, Mo. - 'The Christmas City in the Ozark Vacation Land.'" This practice became popular by the late 1940s when Kate Smith, a radio and television singer, began telling the "Noel Story" during her broadcasts.

In 1925 Marx Cheney bought a club house and changed the name to Shadow Lake. He brought in bands and the place blossomed with business. Shadow Lake established a national reputation in 1938 when the movie Jesse James was filmed in McDonald County. Shadow Lake was the headquarters for stars Henry Fonda, Tyrone Power, Nancy Kelly and Randolph Scott. The Shreveport, Louisiana, publisher Sarah Hudson-Pierce lived in the woods near Noel, Missouri in 1961-62 before she went to Turley Children's Home near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The area is also known for beautiful Ozarks geography, and cliffs that overhang sections of Missouri Highways 59 & 90.

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