What a theme park! Silver Dollar City is a beautiful theme park, located in the hills of Branson Missouri. I was invited here as part of the Blogging Branson group, where I and 15 other writers were invited to experience Branson during their Christmas festivities. Silver Dollar City is full of the Christmas spirit and you’ll want to add this to your bucket lists of places to visit while in town.
About Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City is an 1880s style theme park. This means there are attractions. There are rides. There is lots of walking involved. And there is a variety of different food to be enjoyed all over the park.
There is a story that needs to be shared. I found this fascinating and wanted to make you aware. When you step into a shop and see a craftsman who blow glass, make pottery, and make candy. Or maybe they are making furniture and items from leather, soap, candles and knives (and some I may be missing). It is not just an employee, they are craftsman. When the Herschend family (who owns Silver Dollar City) were building the theme park, they searched the Ozark area for these craftsman to come into their park to demonstrate their crafts to guest. Craftsman who work at the park are carrying on their families legacy with second and third generations. The Herschend family wanted to share the Ozark family heritage with their guests. I couldn’t find a way more complimentary than here in Silver Dollar City.
Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas
On top of the craftsman you’ll see, Silver Dollar City goes all out for Christmas with their Old Time Christmas festivities. They are 6.5 MILLION lights are throughout the park. They close down the park for 2 weeks to decorate and get everything into place so they can open up early November for their guests. There are beautiful Christmas tree, carolers to listen too. You can enjoy wassell as you walk around the park as well.
Top 5+ Must see things during Christmas Time in Silver Dollar City
1. At the Square you will find a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas tree. There are over 350,000 LED lights. Watch as the tree moves to the sound of Christmas songs. And if you watch you may see the lights around the Square flash along.
2. Visit midtown when it’s dark. You will want to see the spectacular lights! With 6.5 million lights covering over an acre, it is beautifully decorated and light up. There are light displays 9 stories high, flying angels, running reindeer, a 90 foot tree, snowflakes and more to see!
Tip: Walk through the tunnel of lights. It is astonishing and breathtaking to walk through the tunnel and see all the lights glowing. Look for the big weath to get you there.
3. Stay for Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas light Parade. The parade is not long, maybe 20 minutes or so. You will see the parade wind through the city twice each evening. Rudolph leads the parade (the Grand Marshall of course!) See 9 musical floats, 45 characters dressed in colorful costumes that will delight the kids (and adults) and more!
4. Catch a musical production – A MUST SEE! There are 2 broadway quality shows you can catch while visiting here, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. I have seen many broadway plays and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol ranks up there with the sets changing, costumes and performances (I did not see the other, but I’m going to say it’s got to be just as impressive). The casts are small with just 14-15 members (not including the orchestra), but you would not notice.
5. Take a ride on the Time Traveler. It’s the World’s fastest, steepest and tallest complete-circuit spinning roller coaster.
6. If you haven’t gotten hungry by now, you will want to check out the food vendors and the craftsman. There is something for everyone. And wassell! Be sure you enjoy a cup of wassell while you are there, it warms you from the inside out.
An Old Time Christmas is something you will want to take your family to enjoy and see all the festivities. Be sure to get season passes though. There is so much to see, you will need to spend a few days during the holidays and then come back to experience it in the Spring.
What is your favorite thing to do during an Old Time Christmas in Branson?