I recently took a weekend trip to Silver Dollar City to see their Old Time Christmas display. Being from Missouri, I felt it was a shame that I’d never been there before to check it out. When I found out they have an 80 foot tall Christmas tree, I had to go!
To be honest, I’ve never been to Silver Dollar City that I can remember. I believe I may have gone when I was a child, but if I did, I don’t remember anything about it. I’ve been to Branson at other times, but somehow never managed to get to Silver Dollar City. Shame on me!
Arriving at Silver Dollar City
I wasn’t sure what to expect. It seemed like the park wasn’t very large from the map I looked at, but maps can be deceiving. By the time we got there, it was already dark. The lights shined bright from a distance as we headed to the parking lot. Parking was free, which was a great benefit. Cars filled the lot, packed together like Vienna sausages. Finding a parking spot at the closest lot was difficult, but I did manage to pull it off. Lucky for me, I drive a small car that can turn on a dime, and it’s always fun to put that to the test.
Close parking didn’t even matter, though. A shuttle picked you up from each lot and took you to the entrance. Another bonus! We only had to walk a short distance uphill to get to the shuttle stop. The wait at the shuttle stop was short, and before we knew it, we were already on our way into the park.
Inside the Park
It didn’t take long to get inside the park, either. So far, we were doing great! Once inside, the “streets” were crowded. An employee stood and directed people to the right. The crowd was too thick to head toward the left, which is where the large Christmas tree stood. You could see it from down the hill.
I didn’t realize that the park was basically on a large hillside. Split between half uphill and half downhill, the entrance situated us directly in the middle. Walking downhill, the crowds did seem to be less than when we started out.
I had my camera out, taking a lot of pictures as we meandered through the streets. String lights trimmed every inch of the park. We stopped to browse through the shop of Christmas ornaments. There was so much to see and do, we didn’t know which way to go.
Things to do
For those interested in taking in a show, there were several to choose from. If you want a classic Christmas tale, be sure to grab a seat for the showing of “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol” or “It’s a Wonderful Life”. If you are looking for more of a humorous show, you can check out the “Frontier Fa-La-La Follies”. Or, if you don’t feel like going inside, you can listen for the “Joyful Voices” of the carolers who sing throughout the day around Main Street.
Several times a night, people line the streets waiting for “Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade”. It’s the highlight of the night for many.
But, the highlight of the display is the amazing Christmas tree. Hundreds of thousands of lights shine from the 8 story tree, putting on a display like no other.
I know my videos aren’t the best, but at least you can get an idea about the show. This video is from a distance. For a better view of just how tall the tree is, the picture below shows a person standing in front of it.
Silver Dollar City knows Christmas and how to entertain people who love it. Be sure to check it out for yourself. For tickets, visit here.
If you enjoy visiting theme parks, be sure to check out our post about Disney Springs.
Have you been to see the Silver Dollar City Christmas display? I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment below and let me know.