Will there be a parade at Silver Dollar City this 2020 Christmas season? The amusement park’s “Old Time Christmas” festival features over 6.5 million lights, one thousand decorated trees, two Broadway-style musical productions, thrilling amusement rides, unique shopping, and endless holiday comfort foods and treats. Only outdoor shows will be held this year, and we’re next exactly sure where or when. Hot mulled cider — also known as wassail — and rich hot chocolate. If you (or your kids) are physically unable to move around that much, SDC does rent electric scooters ($38.50/day), wheelchairs ($9/day), and strollers ($13-18/day) near the front entrance or via the ticket add-on page. Silver Dollar City: Rated as one of thebest things to do in Bransonwith dozens of exciting rides, more than 40 daily live shows and a historical atmosphere that resembles the Ozarks during the 19th century, it's easy to see why this theme park is one of Branson's top attractions and was named to have the 'Best Theme Park Holiday Event'. Know that there will be lots of strollers and scooters to navigate around. I’ve tried each of these and, while plentiful, the quality of food is just okay. If you’re able to visit on a Thursday (certainly the least crowded day of the week), stop by select Price Cutter locations in Missouri (including Ramey, Country Mart, Summer Fresh, Food Pyramid, King Cash Saver, Pyramid Express) to purchase tickets for just $35 (this is a great deal — in 2019 it was $47). Reserve your seat at the table by calling 800-831-4386 or visiting the ticket add-on page. We are excited and grateful for the reopening of Silver Dollar City, White Water, and Showboat Branson Belle. and totally forget about the outstanding live shows the park produces. Since SDC claims to be the “Home of American Craftsmanship,” some of the products are manufactured/created right on site. **PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 season will be a bit different due to to COVID-19, and this guide is being updated as changes are announced. Most classes are held at 2 and 4 p.m. Prices range from $15 to $30 per person. Don’t miss your chance to meet Rudolph, his friend Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, and Santa too! The Christmas on Main Street light and sound spectacular begins at dusk and is performed every 15 minutes throughout the evening. Rivertown is also home to the new Clara Belle’s Cinnamon Bread bakery, serving up the fan-favorite cinnamon bread along with new flavors like apple cinnamon, peach cinnamon, and more. A cast of 14 talented actors perform an SDC original adaptation of the popular 1946 film which follows George Bailey through a number of setbacks before realizing the value of life with the help of Clarence, his guardian angel. LOCATION: Red Gold Heritage Hall on the east side of the property (near Frisco Barn). While there, be sure to catch one of the live Christmas shows, see hundreds of decorated Christmas trees (including a five-story special effects Christmas tree) and watch the twice-nightly Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade. The floats are accompanied by 33 costumed characters. This location also serves coffee brewed with Starbucks beans. For annual pass holders, reservations are only required to visit on Saturdays in November and December, and Nov. 26-27, Dec. 20-23, and Dec. 27. See operating calendar for more information. All Rights Reserved. A two-day ticket is available for just a bit more — $92 for adults and $82 for children. If you’re looking for coffee, Clara Belle’s Cinnamon Bread shop in Rivertown now serves coffee (hot and cold) drinks brewed with Starbucks beans. There are a couple of options to save on one-day tickets. The new breath-taking Christmas in Midtown area is covered in 1.5 million lights and features a 90-foot light pole Christmas tree, a 50-foot Santa and sleigh, a large globe perched 30-feet in the air, 30 flying angels, three light tunnels, two 40-foot moving trains, dozens of stars and snowflakes, and more. One thing a day but we are on tight budget need some things a little cheaper after the first two. Want to see a very rare “secret” version of the parade? I am thinking of Stampede, Silver Dollar City sounded good and the Shepard of the Hills drive. This is an extra cost beyond the price of admission to the park. Among fluffy white snow, charming local shops, endless lights and decorations – the city is a true winter wonderland. Branson Christmas © 2021. Check the SDC mobile app or website for exact schedules. Check out their giant cinnamon rolls and cookies while you’re there…and the cinnamon roll bread pudding too! The area — located behind Main Street near the park’s entrance — features a 90-foot light pole Christmas tree, a 50-foot Santa and sleigh, a large globe perched 30-feet in the air, 30 flying angels, three light tunnels, two 40-foot moving trains, dozens of stars and snowflakes, and more. The After-7-Next-Day-Free promotion does not apply to these tickets. COST: The show is FREE with park admission but remember to arrive early or purchase a Show Lovers Pass to guarantee a seat. My younger self focused solely on the rides and once my more-mature-self finally picked up a park schedule, I foolishly assumed the shows were amateur productions. **2020 UPDATE: Santa WILL be there, and has his own new “Santa’s Cottage,” where children can ‘share wishes and dreams in an appropriately socially distanced way.’ Unfortunately, meet & greets with Rudolph/Clarice and Bumble are not being offered this year, but put it on your list for a future visit. On the other side of the park, you’ll find another Broadway-style show, It’s a Wonderful Life. Inside the park, hand sanitizer is available in many locations, and guests are asked to keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others not in their group. Silver Dollar City is a massive amusement park and entertainment space located between Branson and West Branson. For comparison, some of the record-breaking days of the past few Christmas seasons saw more than 28,000 guests. **, 3 ways to enjoy Christmas in Branson at home this year, RFD-TV to air Branson Christmas Music Show Special, Take a virtual tour of Branson Christmas lights and attractions, Silver Dollar City and Friends Christmas TV special to air on local NBC affiliate, Branson Landing to celebrate new tree with lighting ceremony Thursday, Pro Tip: Where to celebrate Christmas in Branson after Dec. 25, Where to feast on Christmas Day 2020 in Branson. The meet and greets are free and open to all ages. BUFFETS: There are three all-you-can-eat holiday-themed buffets to choose from, all located just off Main Street Square near the five-story Christmas tree. The train ride takes you on a behind-the-scenes journey through The City all while singing along to favorite Christmas carols. The 2014 Christmas season marked the 50th anniversary of the longest-running, highest rated Christmas TV special in history: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Jan 05 Park Closed - Silver Dollar City will open for the season on March 20, 2021. There will be no indoor shows this year, but select outdoor stages will be open. **2020 UPDATE: The parade WILL be held nightly during the 2020 season, and is scheduled for 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. each night, but the timing could change depending on crowds. Find details and a full list of participating Price Cutter locations here. The parade runs through the Square shortly afterwards. Using the online or app schedule is especially important in 2020, as some times can change unannounced. With so many special holiday activities, shows, and attractions, it’s sometimes easy to forget the rides are there too. A trip to Branson during the holiday season isn’t complete without a visit to Silver Dollar City (SDC). Ask for the “loaded” hot chocolate for a delectable drink topped with marshmallows, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and a candy cane. The amusement park’s “Old Time Christmas” festival features over 6.5 million lights, one thousand decorated trees, two Broadway-style musical productions, thrilling amusement rides, unique shopping, and endless holiday comfort foods and treats. Few things compare to the sight of over 6.5 million twinkling lights covering the trees, buildings, and walkways throughout the park. If you plan to visit SDC more than one time next year, you should take advantage of the option to upgrade that ticket to a season pass (for unlimited entries) for just $50 extra — that’s less than a single day ticket. You can spend hours just wandering around the lights so be sure build in extra time during your visit just to explore. The parade itself lasts less than five minutes and we recommend staking a spot near the beginning (Red Gold Heritage Hall) for the most comfortable viewing environment. An Old Time Christmas® is a four-time winner of a USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice poll … **2020 UPDATE: Unfortunately this show is not being produced this year. An Old Time Christmas features two award-winning musical productions: It’s A Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas light parade features nine musical floats, designed exclusively for Silver Dollar City and illuminated in a total of 100,000 LED multicolored lights. Quebec City looks like it was designed to be the perfect Christmas village, so there’s no better place to celebrate the season. All ages are welcome. Together with other illuminated trees and structures on Town Square, over one million LEDs combine color, music, light, and animated imagery. Just remember to arrive early as seating is limited and theaters can fill up 30 minutes before showtime. You will be go through a “screening” area in the front parking lot where you’ll be asked to answer a series of health and COVID-19-contact questions, and a host will check your temperature via infrared thermometer. SEE ALSO: Ultimate Guide to Christmas at Silver Dollar City. We could all use some extra help creating our holiday meals and treats, right? Wear layered clothing to stay comfortable while roaming the park, enjoying the rides, or sitting inside a heated theatre or restaurant. You won’t find it at any of their other associated properties either, including Dixie Stampede. FRONTIER FA-LA-LA FOLLIES: Slip back into the Wild West with this Saloon-style Christmas show featuring comedy, dancing, singing, and “just plain fun.” Complimentary peanuts are served. Ricks Guide Service Table Rock Lake; Sons of Britches; Little Opry Theater; Smoke on the Mountain; The Haygoods; Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel There are also a number of limited-time promotional ticket deals available. Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Parade IS happening, though it may be different than usual (we’re not sure yet!). Halfway through, the train stops in time for Grandpa to tell a story of the true meaning of Christmas from his rocking chair. Silver Dollar City was the first stop on our four days in Branson. Having seen a good amount of Broadway musicals throughout the world, I’m continually impressed with the talent and production quality of these two shows. All Rights Reserved. The $35 tickets can be purchased any day, but can only be used on a Thursday when the park is open. **2020 UPDATE: We’re told the buffets will be operating as “family-style” restaurants, and not all options may be available. Bring your entire family to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and celebrate the true meaning of this magical season amid the glow of over 6.5 million dazzling lights including the awe-inspiring Christmas In Midtown® Light Spectacular, a nightly light parade featuring Rudolph™ The Red-Nosed Reindeer and so much more. You can often watch demonstrations of the times being made. A DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL: This is the most Christmassy of the two and an absolute must-see show. Silver Dollar City's "An Old Time Christmas" is the perfect example of why there's no place like Branson for the holidays! **2020 UPDATE: To encourage social distancing, not all seats on rides are being utilized. Annual pass holders do not need reservations on other days. This popular park is among the top things to do in Branson at Christmas, and any other time of the year! For a small amount of savings, you can bring in a participating McDonald’s receipt for $5.00 off a ticket. Silver Dollar City is a special place in the heartland of America where your family can gather together in fun, where traditions are created, memories are shared … MAPS: It’s best to somewhat familiarize yourself with the layout of the City before you arrive. Prices include unlimited soft drinks/coffee/tea. Wednesday-Friday, Sunday: 3:30-5:30 and 6:30-9:00 p.m. Frosty’s Mounds of Smashed Potatoes & Gravy, All other rides in the Grand Exposition: 35°, Outlaw Run: 34° (will not operate for the day unless temperature reaches 37°). Even if you don’t have time to see both of the larger shows, at least block out time for one. Year after year, Dollywood’s Christmas event receives many awards for best in America. Culinary and Craft School; Marvel Cave; Indian Point Zipline Adventure Tours; Shepherd's Adventure Park; The Petersens; Wilderness Chapel; Capt. The clear focal point of An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City is the massive eight-story tree (which was brand new in 2019) prominently positioned in the Main Street square near the front entrance (for comparison, the previous tree was five-stories tall). Hot chocolate ($2.33) is sold in concession stands throughout the park and is especially rich, containing marshmallows, chocolate chips, whipped topping, and candy canes. This could lead to longer lines and wait times. From harvest-themed “skillets” to walking tacos to fresh fried pork rinds, there’s a flavor for every palette. Snowflakes painted on the street mark the path of the parade. The park encompasses over 100 acres and features an intricate 1880s theme with over 40 different rides and attractions. See family vacation photos and get tips from other families to plan your Silver Dollar City, MO trip. Silver Dollar City — Branson, Missouri Probably the most illuminated park in the world, Silver Dollar City is the ultimate holiday celebration. The staff usually tells some good stories and fun facts while you’re waiting. Visit the ticket add-on page to reserve seats. Hang out by the entrance to Outlaw Run in-between the two parades and you’ll get a unique view of the floats and characters as they travel from the parade’s end point back to the beginning. Take in the breathtaking sight of a city wrapped in colorful lights, as every building is covered from top to bottom in festive Christmas lights, adding up to more than 5 million brilliant lights throughout the park. Silver Dollar City has revealed its event lineup for 2019 with “The Year of Shows & Festivals,” focusing on live entertainment and new original productions. There’s less stage prop movement for this production, but the costumes are stunning, especially the “worldly” costumes. If you prefer to skip the lines, a $10 (per show) “Show Lover’s Pass” is available which guarantees you a seat for a performance of your choice. It’s a great spot to get inspiration for your own Christmas tree at home and also find some really unique ornaments and decor that you’ll not likely find elsewhere. THE LIVING NATIVITY: Celebrating the reason for the season, The Living Nativity is a live musical version of the original Christmas story. Float a nearly half mile trek that ascends an eight-story lift tower then plummets down a four and a half story waterfall - it’s the wettest splashdown in Silver Dollar City’s 60 year history. CAROLING TROUPES: Performers from some of the shows previously held indoors (Dickens, It’s A Wonderful Life, etc.) You can choose to pay extra for “preferred” parking if you’d like to park closer to the entrance, but they run (free) open-air trams throughout all the parking lots to shuttle folks from waiting areas up to the front entrance and back. The lines can be discouraging for this ride, but the train carries a good amount of people so the lines usually moves quickly. Drink hot chocolate and wassail. Some of the performers from these iconic shows will be part of caroling troupes who can be seen and heard around the City’s walkways.**. If you want to save your diet and some cash, they DO allow small coolers and bags inside the park so it’s okay to bring your own snacks and beverages. **2020 UPDATE: Unfortunately we don’t foresee Lunch with Santa being offered this year, but put it on your list for a future visit.**. Enough said. See operating calendar for more information. In Southwest Missouri, we can enjoy a sunny 60 degree day only to see temperatures plummet into the 30s the very next day. With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming. Admission tickets. From the outside of the building, the individual buffets all appear to run together, but they are indeed separate. Read more about 2020 shows here.**. It’s easy to get distracted by the lights and the food and the parades and the… (see what I mean?) Part of a new “Joy on Main Street” experience, the $1.5 million custom-designed tree soars 80 feet into the night sky and features hundreds of thousands of “dancing” high-resolution lights. One Silver Dollar City day is not enough, point blank. DEEP FRIED TREATS: Visit Wilson’s Farm for fried oreos, red velvet oreos, fried veggies on a stick, and more. I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t discover the live shows at SDC until after several initial visits. will be part of caroling troupes who can be seen and heard throughout the city. Ask for the “loaded” hot chocolate for a delectable drink topped with marshmallows, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and a candy cane. These rides will stop operating at the temperatures listed below: Lines for the rides are typically much shorter during the Christmas season — especially on weekdays when the crowd tends to be a bit older — but a “Trailblazer Pass” can be purchased for $30 per person, allowing you to skip the lines for up to eight rides. If you plan to visit often, it might be worth purchasing a $11.99 souvenir mug which entitles you to $1.63 refills on most beverages. And if you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, be sure to reference our Ultimate Guide to Christmas at SDC. It officially opens for the 2021 Christmas season on Sat., Nov. 6 and continues through Dec. 30. Regular priced one-day tickets for adults are $60.00+ tax through Silver Dollar City. Later this summer, experience Mystic River Falls, the tallest raft ride drop in the Western Hemisphere. We wrote more about 2020 show and schedules here. The Polar Express returns to Branson for 2020 season, tips on finding the best SDC ticket prices here, Branson Christmas Attractions & Activities, Sign up now for the Branson Christmas newsletter, Take a tour of Branson’s 700 Christmas trees, 10 things you must see and do during “An Old Time Christmas” at Silver Dollar City. WHEN TO GO: Silver Dollar City begins its transformation into a Christmas wonderland at the end of October. Season pass holders save 10% on these tickets. In 2007, ABC’s Good Morning America declared it one of the top five holiday events in the country and in 2019 USA Today readers chose it as the “Best Theme Park Holiday Event” for the third consecutive year. You’ll find a sampling of every style at these two shops. You can also roast your own s’mores and smash them between two giant cookies! There's a lot to see and do at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Read more about parade plans here.**. About half way through the ride, the train stops while a grandfatherly actor tells a story about the true meaning of Christmas from his rocking chair. Both shows are indeed free with park admissions and run approximately 60 minutes each. Ride wait times will likely be longer as not all seats are being used in order to properly distance guests. If you choose to stick to your usual diet, I suggest eating right before you arrive because the food aromas alone with be enough to trick you into that first funnel cake. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for children  ages 11 and under. ALCOHOL: Unlike many other amusement parks, you won’t find a drop of alcohol sold here. This could be especially helpful on busy weekend visits. I must suggest arriving around 30 minutes before the show begins because the lines can grow quite long and you could be left without a seat. At various locations throughout the park produces the Bells – Mannheim Steamroller, as some times can unannounced. 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