The holiday season shines brighter than ever at Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas, 5-time winner of USA TODAY’s “Best Theme Park Holiday Event,” with over 6.5 million LED lights lining nearly every board of every building, holiday-inspired flavors and tastes around every corner, two Broadway-style productions decking the halls each day and 40 rides and attractions taking flight through the sky with Santa’s sleigh from Nov. 4 through Dec. 30.  


Spanning the streets of The City, millions of LED Christmas lights offer a new display of color throughout the 1880s theme park, including a new hanging red and gold bell display, lined from the top of Valley Road down to the record-breaking Time Traveler roller coaster, complete with flowing green garland and pops of tinsel. At the top of the park, an 8-story Christmas tree is the centerpiece of Joy On Town Square, a light-filled production equipped with LED-mapping technology synced with music and a shining display of angels, shepherds, ornaments, snow and other winter-time images 360 degrees around the tree.  


Just steps beyond Joy On Town Square is Christmas in Midtown, The City’s most concentrated light display, filling 70,000 square feet with 145 miles of bright lights, running from Sullivan’s Mill to the American Plunge — that’s 1.5 million lights in total! And, new for 2023, the sky canopy in Valley Road is filled with a towering bell display, gleaming bright red and gold. 


Broadway-style productions include the long-standing fan-favorite A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, performed each day with an original musical adaptation of the famous classic by Charles Dickens. The performances use elaborate sets and visual effects, vanishing ghosts, revolving scenery and pyrotechnic special effects. Across the park, Coming Home for Christmas features a live band with a talented cast of singers and dancers celebrating the season’s traditions.  


The most famous reindeer of all leads Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade with numerous 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 all winding through The City. 


Additional festive entertainment includes a 50-year anniversary celebration of Frontier Fa-La-La Follies in the Silver Dollar Saloon, the kid’s show Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop with a 12-foot talking tree, the musical Living Nativity and a chance to meet Kris Kringle himself in Santa Claus Lane! 


The park’s restaurants and eateries change their offerings, too, with wassail, hot chocolate and warm apple cider served in various locations, along with holiday buffet options to choose from, including Prime Rib and a traditional turkey with dressing dinner.


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