by Linda Burlingame
Everything you love about Christmas you‘ll find at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Christmas melodies, wonderful gifts to be discovered with craftsmen and in shops all around the park, photo opportunities galore, delicious food, and of course, Christmas trees and lights. To be exact: 6.5 million lights! That’s 680 miles of lights. “Christmas in Midtown” alone has 145 miles of lights covering that one and a half acre area. If the facts are astounding, the results are absolutely enchanting. Walking through Midtown is enthralling; running reindeer, flying angels, light tunnels, a giant turning globe — it’s almost as bright as daytime, all over the park. Lights everywhere, delicious holiday scents wafting through the air — it’s truly magical. “Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile!”
Two of the extraordinary delights during Silver Dollar City’s “Old Time Christmas” are two Broadway-style productions. A Dickens’ Christmas Carol is amazing, with revolving sets, flying spirits, pyrotechnic special effects, and a talented 15-member cast, beautifully costumed and accompanied by a live band. I love watching the faces around me as they watch this classic story unfold. Silver Dollar City’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life is a lovely musical interpretation of America’s favorite Christmas film. Both shows are skillfully produced and are an outstanding holiday experience.
“Kids of all ages” will be excited that Time Traveler Roller Coaster and other select rides are open at night, weather permitting — just think about experiencing your favorite ride after dark, with all those lights! At the new Time Traveler coaster there are 30 miles of new lights in the launch area. Time Traveler opened at Silver Dollar City in March of this year and is the newest of the City’s coasters. It’s the fastest, steepest, and tallest complete-circuit spinning roller coaster in the world!
Rudolph leads the Christmas Light Parade twice each evening. You’ll love him and his friend Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, 14 ft. moose characters, 12 ft. tall elves, and penguins and marching soldiers, 45 colorful characters, oh my! The five-story special effects tree on the Square is astonishing. There’s a 12 ft. talking tree in “Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop,” an interactive show for kids. And it’s a rousing good time with the “Frontier Fa-La-La Follies” at the Silver Dollar Saloon. I love “Christmas on the Bayou” with Cedric Benoit and the Cajun Connection. (Tell him and Kelli Roberts hello for me!) “Santa Claus Lane,” “Rudolph’s Christmas Town” … and food, oh the choices are myriad. Three different buffets, apple dumplings, hot chocolate, wassail — Silver Dollar City serves 90,000 cups of chocolate and wassail each year! Don’t forget about the Culinary & Craft School. Learn to create some Christmas treats of your own.
I could write forever about all there is to see and feel and experience during An Old Time Christmas. See for yourself why CNN Travel, USA Today, The Travel Channel, Good Morning America, Southern Living and many more national sources have named Silver Dollar City one of our nation’s top holiday destinations. You’ll want to make Silver Dollar City a Christmas tradition! The City is open Wednesday – Sundays through December 30, 2018. And stay tuned — you won’t believe what they’ve got planned for 2019! Enjoy!