I don’t know about you, but every time Christmas rolls around, I get the urge to meander through an 1880s Ozarkian town, sipping wassail, marveling at the glittering trees, and jumping on roller coasters. No? You don’t feel the same? Well believe me, after you experience Christmas at Silver Dollar City, you’ll wonder why you don’t take a step back in time every Christmas season.
Nestled into the hills of Branson, Missouri, Silver Dollar City is an 1880s-set theme park. Although you can enjoy the park’s roller coasters, craftsman demonstrations, and delicious food nearly year-round, one of the best times to go is during their Old Time Christmas celebration, which kicks off in early November and can be enjoyed until December 30. With wild rides for the thrill seekers, hand-crafted gifts for the shoppers, and lively shows for the theatre-goers, your entire family is sure to enjoy this Branson treasure. Still not convinced? Read on to discover how much you can do and see during Christmas at Silver Dollar City.
Christmas at Silver Dollar City
If you want to feel the wind in your hair and butterflies in your stomach, head on over to Outlaw Run or Powder Keg, two of the biggest and fastest roller coasters around. In fact, Outlaw Run, built just last year, is the second fastest wooden roller coaster in the country! If you’d prefer something milder, check out the Flooded Mine, Grandfather’s Mansion, or Marvel Cave. The cave first entertained visitors in the late 1880s, but it’s just as interesting and awe-inspiring today. And if you have little ones in tow, check out the Grand Exposition, an area of the park with plenty of small rides for children. There are over 30 rides and attractions at Silver Dollar City—some fast and exciting, others pleasant and mild—so you’re sure to find something for everyone. However, be aware that some of the larger rides do close down for inclement weather, which is more common in the colder months.
There are numerous food vendors at Silver Dollar City with cuisine ranging from traditional 1880s Ozarkian fare to pizzerias and sandwich shops. If you want a hearty sit-down meal, try the prime rib buffet or pick up a bowl of hot chili or a potato skillet. If you’d rather explore the park as you eat, grab a pretzel or a cup of hot wassail. There are also plenty of options to satisfy your sweet tooth: s’mores, hot apple dumplings, peanut brittle, saltwater taffy, or even a warm cinnamon roll from the bakery.
Christmas at Silver Dollar City is an all-out holiday celebration. There are over five million lights setting the park aglow and you can take your kids to visit Santa at his home in Kringles Krossing. You can also go see several different shows within the park (family classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol) or stop by one of the stages where performers sing and dance to holiday songs. Twice each night, a glowing holiday parade weaves its way through the central streets, and a 5-story Christmas tree sparkles in a grand light show.
With over two dozen unique shops, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list at Silver Dollar City. Many of the shops include craftsmen who are happy to demonstrate their art, whether that’s carving wood, sculpting clay, or blowing glass. There are also more modern stores selling women’s fashions, kitchen supplies, and toys, amongst other things. The largest of the shops is Jingle Bell Junction, which features 80 decorated Christmas trees and beautiful holiday decor available for purchase including snow globes, ornaments, tableware, and wreathes.
You and your family will forever cherish a Christmas at Silver Dollar City. The lights, the thrills, the food, the festivities: it’s Branson’s Winter Wonderland!