The Magic of the Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas Festival
When I said the best time to go to Silver Dollar City was during their National Harvest Festival in my last blog post, clearly I lied. Ok, I didn’t intentionally lie, but The Old Time Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City is definitely hard to top. Branson is all about Christmas from November 1st to December 31st. We have literally hundreds of attractions to choose from, so I‘ve selected my top reasons why Silver Dollar City is the attraction you don’t want to miss at Christmastime.
First of all, the food. Need I say more? The “loaded hot chocolate” takes center stage with its incredibly rich, creamy chocolate topped with chocolate chips, peppermint, whipped cream, and marshmallows. The loaf of hot cinnamon bread you can purchase for $5.99 doesn’t seem like a splurge once you’ve taken your first divine bite and they offer more icing for icing enthusiasts around the world (like me). Below they let me take a snapshot of them preparing my scrumptious loaf of bread.
Silver Dollar City’s Christmas tree is incredible! There’s no other tree like it in the world; if I had seen more of the world I could almost guarantee it. This tree is over 5 stories tall and sparkles with over 350,000 LED lights. This is the biggest light show in the park! The tree and its surrounding lights illuminate the night. You can catch the unbeatable tree lighting ceremony all night long at the park every 15 minutes. But of course, if you fail to make it this year, there are pictures below.
Next we are met by the park’s very own “Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade.” Rudolph of course leads the way in this parade that lasts about 10 – 15 minutes. With 33 characters and a multitude of floats, you will want to make time to catch this attraction during your visit. The Parade conveniently marches through the middle of the park and the road is blocked off so you are almost forced to catch it anyway.
The Christmas spirit literally makes its first stop in Branson, MO and conveniently showers Silver Dollar City in all of its festive glory. From the moment you step foot in the park, you are met with holiday cheer and more festive décor than you’ll encounter on your visit to the area.
Of course, the reason for the season is alive and well in our Branson treasure town. If you have any Scrooges present, take them over for an attitude adjustment. If SDC doesn’t cure it, nothing will. Whatever your family celebrates, this park’s love for the season radiates through every attraction, employee, and decoration alike. My family is Christian and visiting the park is a way to keep us all grounded and thankful for the season.
For all of the adrenaline junkies, the rides stay open year round unless the temperatures drop too low. The uniqueness of Silver Dollar City’s rides carry through the season. Last time, I blogged about the train. The train switches acts this time of year. It showcases the spirit of Christmas instead of the infamous robber act.
Santa is present all night long on Santa Clause Lane. Filled with activities all along the way for the kids, Santa Clause Lane is by far the best place to meet Santa this year. We were able to get a photo op with Rudolph and friend before running into Mr. Kringle himself.
An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City is happening now through December 30th. We hope you can hurry and visit for the season. For more information about the City and all of its latest happenings see here: Silver Dollar City “An Old Time Christmas”. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s everyone!