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Silver Dollar City's nationally "An Old Time Christmas" starts Nov. 4

by Special Release to Branson Courier
published: Oct 23, 2006
Holiday Light Parade
It’s Christmastime throughout the City when Silver Dollar City presents one of the nation’s most spectacular holiday festivals, profiled as one of the top Christmas celebrations in the country by USA Today and People Magazine, spotlighted in the Wall Street Journal, and named the “USA’s Best Holiday Light Show” two years in a row by America’s Best Online. An Old Time Christmas, November 4 – December 30, features a dazzling Holiday Light Parade, a dramatic five-story Special Effects Christmas Tree, and one of the park’s biggest production shows ever, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol.

During An Old Time Christmas, the theme park is transformed into an evening wonderland with over four million lights and 1,000 decorated Christmas trees. The colorful Holiday Light Parade, with musical floats covered in bright lights, winds through the streets of the City each evening. Lighting up the Square is the five-story Special Effects Christmas Tree, with over 250,000 lights blazing with the musical movements of Christmas songs.

Silver Dollar City’s acclaimed production, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, presents an all-new scene set inside a snow globe. This original musical adaptation of the famous classic by Charles Dickens features elaborate sets and stunning visual effects, with flying spirits, vanishing ghosts, revolving scenery and pyrotechnic special effects. The production showcases a talented cast of 14 actors, accompanied by a live band.

Silver Dollar City aglow with millions of lights
A returning favorite feature of the festival is a dramatic presentation of the
Living Nativity, presenting an inspiring look at the story of the birth of Christ.

The traditional lighting of the five-story Special Effects Christmas Tree takes place each evening at 5:30 p.m. on the Square. Silver Dollar City’s unique creation, the Special Effects Christmas Tree presents classics such as “Carol of the Bells” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” in a spectacular light and sound show. Performances begin with the tree-lighting ceremony and continue every 15 minutes until park closing.

 
The tastes of the season are in abundance throughout the park, from a Prime Rib Buffet at the Mill Restaurant to traditional favorites such as Turkey and Gravy with Cran-Apple Raisin Dressing. Festive holiday treats include old-fashioned Chocolate and Marshmallow S’Mores, Gingerbread Cookies, Apple Dumplings, Hot Wassail, Cappucino and creamy Hot Chocolate.

Holiday shows include Cedric Benoit and the Cajun Connection performing in a Cajun-style holiday show, and the rollicking Christmas comedy “Frontier Fa-la-la- Follies” in the Silver Dollar Saloon. The Cumberland Quartet with Tracy Heaston returns in “A Christmas Homecoming.”

Especially for kids, Tinker, the 17-foot Talking Christmas Tree talks, sings and interacts with kids. Santa himself is available to hear requests, and kids can make ornaments, create Christmas cards and decorate Christmas cookies. Guests are invited to join in the singing of Christmas carols at the historic Wilderness Church and ride the Silver Dollar Sing-Along Steam Train.

During An Old Time Christmas, Silver Dollar City is open Wednesdays through Sundays through December 3, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 10:00 p.m. The park is also open on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on November 24, noon to 10:00 p.m. The park is open Thursdays through Sundays December 7 – 23, closed December 24-25 and open December 26-30, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 10:00 p.m. For ticket information and schedules, call 1-800-831-4FUN. Information and tickets are also available through the web site at www.silverdollarcity.com

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