The holiday season is finally here and there are so many wonderful things to explore during Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas festival! Surrounded by over 5 million lights, you’re sure to have a magical visit no matter what, but planning with so many choices can be overwhelming.
Spreading your visit over 2 days is the best way to take in all of things there are to do at Silver Dollar City during the Christmas festival. Here are some suggestions for an unforgettable 2-day Christmas festival itinerary.
Holiday Buffets: You’ve got a busy evening ahead, so consider starting out with a hearty lunch at one of three mouthwatering buffets located on the City’s Square. Choose from a smoked prime rib buffet at the Reunion Hall, traditional turkey at Molly’s Mill, or try the Lucky Silver Mine for smoky barbecue flavors. They’re all delicious so take your pick! Check out our Dining Guides for more delicious options.
Broadway-Style Entertainment: We suggest taking the time during the daylight hours to see some shows. Silver Dollar City’s grand production of A Dickens’ Christmas Carol in the Opera House is one of two Broadway-style productions. This heartwarming hour-long musical is beginning its 14th season and it's become a yearly tradition for many families.
Great Rides & Attractions: Weather permitting, most rides and attractions are in operation during An Old Time Christmas. The thrill seekers among you can enjoy some of the coasters near the Opera House, including WildFire® and PowderKeg®. A Silver Dollar City classic is also nearby, Fire-In-The-Hole. This mild, indoor coaster is fun for just about the whole family.
Shops & Craftsmen: Be sure to take some time to explore the shops and demonstrating craftsmen that line the Hill Street and Midtown areas. Pick up some of Sullivan's Mill's famous cinnamon bread on your way back up to the Square. This ooey, gooey confection and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate will fuel you up for the rest of your evening.
Nightly Parade: Then, find your spot for Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade featuring America’s favorite reindeer. The parade starts at the bottom of Valley Road, then makes its way across Main Street and concludes at the bottom of Hill Street.
Just make sure to stake out your spot early so you have a great vantage point at parade time, especially if you have little ones with you.
Demonstrating Craftsmen: We recommend starting your second day by heading down Valley Road. This street is lined with unique shops and craft demonstrations that you definitely won’t want to miss. Step into one of the sweetest places on Earth – Brown’s Candy Factory. See their famous peanut brittle being made and pick up some stocking stuffers for anyone on your list with a sweet tooth.
Delicious Skillet Cooking: At this point you may be noticing a delicious, smoky aroma beckoning you down the road. That would be fresh ingredients sizzling in giant skillets at Annie’s Grill Shack and Hatfield’s Tater Patch. You can’t go wrong with steaming hot succotash or tender calico fried potatoes. Yum!
Christmas Shopping: If you go back up the hill just a bit, you’ll see jolly old St. Nick inviting you into a holiday wonderland, Christmas Hollow. When you’re done browsing the impressive selection of Christmas décor, head to your right and down the hill, proceed to what folks at Silver Dollar City call the “corkscrew.” This winding shortcut will bring you out into the Riverfront area of the park.
Meet Santa Claus: If you have younger adventurers with you then you’ll definitely want to head across the Riverfront to meet some real Christmas superstars. Have your wish list at the ready, because the big man himself is in residence at his home away from home, Santa Claus Lane.
Meet Rudolph & Friends: Next door at Rudolph’s Christmas Town, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ and his friends, Clarice™ and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster™ are in the house for hugs, high-fives and sweet holiday photos. Plus, find games, cookie decorating and other festive activities for kids of all ages.
More Christmas Entertainment: Next, make sure to catch The Living Nativity in Riverfront Playhouse as the Christ Child’s birth is brought to life in this musical retelling of the real reason for the Christmas celebration.
New Family Show: Just up the hill in Boatworks Theater, you’ll find a brand-new friend this Christmas – Tinker Junior the Talking Christmas Tree. Join him and his friends for a new interactive show sure to delight the youngest members of your family.
Next, head across the train tracks and back down Valley Road to Red Gold Heritage Hall as one of America’s favorite Christmas stories, It’s A Wonderful Life, is told in grand Silver Dollar City style. This musical extravaganza is a must-see that your whole family will love.
Cooking Classes: After the show, check out the Midwest Living Culinary & Craft School. In addition to great classes, this welcoming timber-frame house also features comfy chairs, a warm fireplace and a showcase of some of the finest work from the park’s craftsmen.
Then hop aboard the Frisco Sing-Along Steam Train for another beloved Christmas tradition. This festive ride along the rails includes a special stop with an inspirational Christmas story from Grandpa.
Christmas On Main Street: After the train, continue back up Valley Road toward the Square to see the magnificent 5-story special effects Christmas tree in action. Now would a great time to grab a funnel cake and a cup of wassail to enjoy when you find your spot for the show.
Holiday Sweets: Don’t forget the take-home treats! Phoebe Snapp Taffy located on the Square has a mind-boggling number of flavors to choose from. If you need something sweet for breakfast (or possibly a midnight snack), you can’t beat a box of Eva & Delilah’s gourmet cinnamon rolls.
We hope that regardless of the paths you take, and the activities you choose, that your Christmas visit is filled with joyful memories and holiday cheer!
Important note: As you plan your day, remember to verify schedules for shows, classes and demonstrations on the Silver Dollar City app, the website or in the Pathfinder newspaper available at the Front Gate. Weather guidelines for the rides can be viewed here.