An Old Time Christmas, the holiday festival at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, returns November 5 through December 30 with a Light Parade, a 5-story Christmas tree with a light and sound show, two Broadway-style musical productions, holiday foods, and five million lights.
This year’s holiday festival features Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, led by the most famous reindeer of all. As Grand Marshal, Rudolph leads the evening parade of nine musical, lighted floats, illuminated with 200,000 LED lights. The floats are accompanied by 33 colorful costumed characters, including Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, 14-foot moose characters, 12-foot tall elves and 10-foot candy canes, plus penguins, elves and a troupe of marching wooden soldiers.
The parade follows the lighting of over 350,000 colorful LED lights on the 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree on the Square, centerpiece of the Christmas on Main Street light and sound shows which begin at dusk each evening. The tree blazes to the movements of Christmas songs — up to 100 light changes per second — while lights around the Square flash along, accompanied by surround-sound.
The festival also features two musical productions, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol. It’s a Wonderful Life presents a musical interpretation of the classic film and features special effects and a cast of 14 singers/actors. A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, also an original musical adaptation of a famous classic story, includes elaborate sets, flying spirits, pyrotechnic special effects and a cast of 15, accompanied by a live band.
New this year, the show Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop stars a 12-foot tall talking Christmas tree that talks, sings and interacts with kids, accompanied by huge toy characters.
During An Old Time Christmas, Silver Dollar City is open Thursdays through Sundays, November 5-27, plus Wednesday, November 23; open Wednesdays through Sundays in December, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and open daily December 26-30. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m. most days, with extended hours on Saturdays and Thanksgiving weekend.
Visit silverdollarcity.com for more information, and watch this POV video for a virtual ride on Silver Dollar City’s Outlaw Run roller coaster: