Light Up Your Christmas At Silver Dollar City
The tradition of displaying lights at Christmas began long before the wide-spread use of electricity and invention of the incandescent bulb. When the practice of bringing Christmas trees indoors was first adopted in 18th century Germany, candles were affixed to the evergreen branches with wax to symbolize Christ, the light of the world. The tradition has come a long way since then, and now brilliant lights of every conceivable size and color illuminate entire cities during the holiday season. These shining beacons still symbolize Christ’s hope and they also serve to brighten the darkening winter evenings as they cast a warm glow on all of our Christmas memories.
For two decades, Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas® has been wowing guests and garnering accolades from dozens of national news outlets. The festival is the four-time winner and reigning title-holder of a USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice poll for The Nation's Best Theme Park Holiday Event! The Travel Channel has called Silver Dollar City, “The Most Illuminated Park On Earth,” and once you witness the dazzling effect of millions upon millions of meticulously placed Christmas lights on every structure and tree within the park, you’ll understand why.
Featuring over 6.5 million lights, the magic of The City at Christmas begins the moment you arrive at the park’s entrance where you’re welcomed with the ultimate Christmas photo op, a nearly 25-foot tall lit wreath framing Silver Dollar City’s iconic log and ax. Be sure to stop and snap this Christmas card-worthy shot with your family.
Once inside the park you’ll encounter one jaw dropping spectacle after another beginning with Joy On Town Square. A custom-designed 8-story tree featuring hundreds of thousands of dancing high-resolution lights with infinite ability to combine color, music, light and animated imagery is the centerpiece of this multi-sensory holiday experience. The buildings, trees and landscapes of The City’s Square are also illuminated making Joy On Town Square uniquely immersive.
Just a few steps off of The Square you’ll find yourself among the Christmas In Midtown® Light Spectacular, encompassing 70,000 square feet packed with 145 miles of lights towering up to 9 stories high. Color and movement draw the eye upwards toward themed displays which feature iconic Christmas motifs including flying angels, reindeer, stars and snowflakes. In addition, twinkling Christmas trees soar majestically above the area while a giant globe emblazoned with the message “Glory to God,” turns high in the night sky.
You’ll want to explore every area of the park as you stroll along The City’s streets surrounded by sparkling beauty on every side. Twice each evening, you can find your spot for another unmissable feature of An Old Time Christmas – Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade. Grand Marshal, Rudolph™ leads the parade of nine musical, lighted floats, illuminated with 200,000 ultra-bright LED* lights. Each float was designed exclusively for Silver Dollar City, with animated features including huge drumming bears and cymbal-penguins. Colorful costumed characters accompany the floats including Rudolph’s friend Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster™, 14-foot moose characters, 12-foot tall elves and 10-foot candy canes, plus penguins, elves, snow globes and a troupe of marching wooden soldiers.
An Old Time Christmas also features festive family entertainment including two Broadway-style shows, meet-and-greets with Santa, hearty holiday buffets, demonstrating craftsmen, unique shops and thrilling rides & attractions (weather permitting).
Plan your Christmas visit to Silver Dollar City and make this your family’s brightest holiday season ever!