Outside Florida: Silver Dollar City Celebrates An Old Time Christmas

Silver Dollar City is celebrating An Old Time Christmas by bringing the streets to full color & sound with more shows than ever before, brilliant lights, and many traditional favorites of the reigning, 4-time winner of USA Today’s ‘Best Theme Park Holiday Event’ in America.

Silver Dollar City, located in Branson, Missouri, and internationally acclaimed for creativity and presentation, shines its brightest during this extravagant festival running November 7-December 30, 2020. Silver Dollar City’s New Year’s Celebration runs December 31-January 2, 2021.

Highlights include 30 shows each day & night on outdoor stages; an elaborate 8-story, animated Christmas tree; over 6.5 million lights; Christmas in Midtown; holiday foods; Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade; The Frisco Sing-Along Steam Train plus award-winning rides coasting through the night skies.

Along the walkways, famed performers known from the City’s production shows (historically found indoors, pre-2020 challenges) make up the caroling troupes who raise their voices throughout the streets. Multiple outdoor venues present other fan favorites such as The Living Nativity, the Saloon Frontier Fa-La-La Follies, a new Cool Yule show made up of performers and a live band, Gospel groups, and more.

Bright lights line every inch of streets, buildings, walkways, and trees, greeting guests with Joy on Town Square’s custom-designed, video-motion, towering tree. Just steps beyond, guests find Christmas in Midtown’s jaw-dropping display of light tunnels, wreath portals, flying angels, running reindeer, a moving train, stars, snowflakes, and a giant turning globe, all created at Silver Dollar City.

Park revelers can watch demonstrating artisans creating heirloom works of art, often passed on from generation to generation. Guests can visit family-style restaurants serving holiday foods along with treats of the season created in on-site kitchens & bakeries. Foods include Holiday Dinner with smoked turkey, ham, prime rib and trimmings, specialty soups like potato leek, Silver Dollar City’s Miner’s Beef Stew plus a variety of desserts from apple dumplings with homemade ice cream to fried pies and holiday funnel cakes (note: Red Velvet alert, a flavor with great popularity in America)

The new for 2020 area of Rivertown adds to the feeling of celebration with thousands of LED lights outlining Clara Belle’s Cinnamon Bread bakery and the new Rivertown Smokehouse, featuring fresh-smoked meats and specialty desserts. The Rivertown Smokehouse offers covered decks with heaters, allowing for outdoor dining along the banks of the Mystic River.

And, not to be left out, the North Pole sends in Santa, who has his own new “Santa’s Cottage” – a picturesque setting where children can share wishes & dreams in an appropriately socially distanced way.

The two-month-long holiday event boasts some impressive statistics such as over 6.5 million lights (that’s 680 miles of brilliance!), 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, 600 wreaths, and over 3 miles of garland and ribbon. Christmas In Midtown bursts with the colors of 1.5 million LED lighted tunnels and displays up 9 stories.

Visit https://www.silverdollarcity.com for more information, tickets, multi-day getaways, and schedules. For 2020 COVID-19 guidelines, go to https://www.silverdollarcity.com/PlaySafe.

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