Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas
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Celebrate an Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City

Join the festive cheer and yuletide merriment of An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City. The Branson Christmas event is rated one of the “Top Five Holiday Events in the Country” by Good Morning America. During a Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas, held November 3rd through December 30, 2018, you can experience sensational sights and shows creating a magical place to celebrate the holidays.

Things to Do During a Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas

Christmas never feels quite like Christmas until you spend a day at Silver Dollar City Branson. Five million twinkling lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas Trees, Broadway-style productions and a 5-story special effects Christmas Tree whisk you away to another place and time.

Main Street in Silver Dollar City glowing with Christmas lights and a giant tree
Christmas on Main Street

Christmas on Main Street

When I visit, Christmas on Main Street is always a highlight. The five-story Christmas Tree, located in The Square, sparkles, and dances in unison to special effects set to music like “Carol of the Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Sleigh Ride.”

In addition, there are ten storefronts, 20 street festoons and over 250 cut trees join in the dazzling display for a sight and sound spectacular like no other. You can even get a professional photo taken in front of the tree by a Silver Dollar City photographer if you’d like.

A Christmas parade filled with neon themed floats, and a lit up massive Christmas tree
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Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade

Returning for 2017, this parade stars Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Sam the Snowman and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster. Nine musical floats, 200,000+ LED lights, and 45 colorful characters bring the parade to life as it winds its way through the City.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer meets a little boy and his mom during An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City
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Rudolph’s Christmas Town

Over at Rudolph’s Christmas Town, you can meet the red-nosed reindeer. Snap your photo with him and his friends. Clarice and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster will be there too. In addition, there are games, cookie decorating, Rudolph souvenirs and letters to Santa. Meet and greet times are also available throughout the Christmas festival.

A man and a woman sit on a park bench during a production of It's a Wonderful Life
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Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas Shows

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” which debuted at Silver Dollar City a few years ago, quickly won me over. The original musical adaptation of the 1946 film brings to life the small town charm of George Bailey and how he discovers the value of life, family and friends – along with a little help from his guardian angel Clarence, of course. You truly do feel transported to a different place and time during the performance, and the singing performances delivered make the message hit home. At the end of the show, I always smile and feel grateful for how wonderful life can be. It may sound surreal, but that’s the effect of Silver Dollar City.

Actors in A Dickens' Christmas Carol act out a scene on stage
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If you can, make time for two more shows – A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and The Living Nativity. The unique adaptation of A Dickens’ Christmas Carol is marked by a talented cast who bring the personalities of these famous characters to life while also bestowing a true sense of the transformation of change, belief, and hope. Best of all, the show is only 60-minutes long—leaving plenty of time to explore the other holiday festivities and attractions.

I recommend The Living Nativity for its simple, yet breathtaking beauty. The performance transports you to an ancient Bethlehem to a Christmas night many years ago.  Marvel as the angel Gabriel retells the most famous story ever told. It will, no doubt, leave an impression.

Of course, Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop is sure to be a family favorite. Starring the beloved 12-foot tall talking Christmas tree, Tinker Junior, otherwise known as TJ, and his side-kick Raggedy Ann, this show combines story time with sing-a-longs. With special appearances by Buddy the Elf and Jack in the Box too, kids think a toy box came to life right before their eyes.

Christmas in Midtown

Returning for the 2018 season, Silver Dollar City’s Christmas in Midtown Light Spectacular surrounds guests in jaw-dropping scenery and holiday light displays featuring 1.5 million lights! Lights can be found on buildings, on the tops of park landmarks, and even high in the sky! This addition to the Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas is the largest lighting expansion in the past 2 decades of this classic festival. It’s hard not to be in awe as you walk around this remarkable area.

Silver Dollar City buildings lit up with Christmas lights for an Old Time Christmas celebration
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Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas Shopping

Picking up a one-of-a-kind holiday gift at Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas is also a tradition of mine. From pictures to jewelry to knives, you can outfit each member of your to-do list at the park. Even better, you can purchase then choose to pick up your items once you leave the park. Simply request parcel pickup upon purchase you can shop, and experience attractions, in a breeze.

Rides Open during Old Time Christmas

As long as it doesn’t get too cold, Silver Dollar City attractions are also open during Old Time Christmas. Go for a whirl on The Giant Swing or experience the rush of Outlaw Run. The wind might be brisk, but the thrill is worth it!

Reserve your discount Silver Dollar City tickets today to enjoy this festive event. When you purchase with Reserve Branson, you get two days for the price of one doubling the amount of time you can celebrate an Old Time Christmas.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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