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Shiny Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City
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The four-time winner of Best Theme Park Holiday Event is back, with a brand new, 80-foot-tall Christmas tree and lights, lights, and more lights.

Silver Dollar City’s event, An Old Time Christmas, is unlike any old-time celebration with its millions of LED lights and eight story, state of the art tree. It’s all part of a two-month long holiday celebration that takes place in Branson, Missouri.

The park’s press release calls the height of the tree and the denseness of its lights “the first of its kind on Earth.” Definitely towering and impressive, the glittering tree will serve as the focal point for the park’s all new Joy on Town Square event.

This event is a $1.5-million project that creates a strong added glow to the illumination of Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas.

The tree is custom-designed, and features hundreds of thousands of dancing high-resolution lights that have the capability to combine color, music, light, and animated images with high-tech lighting. Besides the tree, the rest of the town square is further illuminated, trees, buildings, and general landscape combined with the tree itself creates an end-result that includes a grand total of millions of LED lights.

The tree and the town square together offer the brightest and most advanced lights ever used at An Old Time Christmas, in what is sure to be a dazzling display for guests, and one that is being “brightly” promoted by the park.

Silver Dollar City president of attractions Brad Thomas states “We engaged a team of the world’s most-celebrated lighting geniuses to create this just for Silver Dollar City guests.” He adds “Joy on Town Square, with our new Christmas tree as the centerpiece, will include illumination of the Square’s buildings, trees and landscape, immersing our guests in an even greater Christmas adventure.”

The designers, experts in lighting and leaders in ‘architainment’ technology for the global amusement and Christmas industry, call the newly amped up Silver Dollar City holiday event immersive. “Joy on Town Square will take guests on a physical and emotional journey of mind and soul,” Jared Everline of S4 Lights in Atlanta, Ga. relates.

 Thomas asserts that “Town Square is the entry portal where guests step into a holiday wonderland. With this stunning icon, the traditions and legacy of Silver Dollar City will meet state-of-the-art technology.” In short, Thomas describes the event as “another must-see attraction, and describes it as “marking an even bigger and brighter nationally-acclaimed event.”

This holiday season, the park’s annual event at the 1880s-style theme park includes a total of close to 7 million lights or 680 miles of lights, as well as 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, 600 wreaths, over 3 miles of garland, and 15,000 yards of ribbon. All of this décor is simply the setting for holiday entertainment, food, shopping and attractions in this Ozark-ian Christmas celebration.

Located next to “Joy on Town Square,” Christmas In Midtown bursts with colorful radiance as 1.5 million LED lights glitter through this cityscape with colorful, twinkling light tunnels and light displays that soar a towering 9-stories high. They include flying angels, reindeer, stars, snowflakes, and more in this 70,000 square-foot district.

Strolling through the City-area streets is Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, led by reindeer Rudolph himself. This area of the park includes nine musical lighted floats designed exclusively for Silver Dollar City with animated features that include large-scale drumming bears and cymbal-playing penguins, and yes, more lights – here some 200,000 ultra-bright LED lights. There are also 45 costumed characters to enjoy.

Adding to the glittering fun are Broadway-style production shows from Silver Dollar City’s award-winning producers. These productions are created exclusively for An Old Time Christmas, and include original adaptations of A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life.  Other family-driven entertainment includes Santa Claus Lane, The Sing-Along Steam Train ride through the Ozarks, Rudolph’s Christmas Town with crafts and activities, a talking Christmas tree at Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop, and a holiday-themed Saloon show. There’s a living nativity scene as well.

The park’s 40 plus rides and attractions are also all set for seasonal fun, including the park’s spinning rollercoaster, the Time Traveler, billed as the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning coaster. Outlaw Run, the park’s wooden coaster, will also be offering holiday thrills as the 2013 Guinness Book Record-holder for steepest drop on a wooden coaster. The Frisco Sing Along Steam Train should create another seasonal pleasure trip. More holiday adventures abound in other areas of the park, including Grand Exposition, Fireman’s Landing and the park’s national Natural Landmark attraction that started the park itself, Marvel Cave, which is located hundreds of feet below the theme park.   

Christmas shoppers will enjoy a bevy of 60 shops with gifts for the whole family during the experience, from artisan crafts to apple butter, candy, sports-themed clothing, and even hand-crafted dulcimers for unique presents to match everyone on the holiday shopping list.

After enjoying exciting rides, fun holiday performances, and taking in the joyous lights, park guests may be hungry. Appropriately holiday-themed foods abound throughout the park, along with three different festive buffets. The buffet offerings include holiday-centric foods such as prime rib, root beer-glazed ham, and a traditional turkey with dressing. Sweet holiday treats have hardly been forgotten, with a bevy of Christmassy favorites such as make-your-own s’mores, apple dumplings, hot chocolate, wassail, fresh-baked fruitcakes and the park’s award-winning ginger cookies. On Saturdays, children will enjoy a lunch with Santa, that includes special gifts and sing-alongs with a full meal.

Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas runs Nov. 2 to Dec. 30, 2019. It’s closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and select Wednesdays, including Christmas day.
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