Christmas in Midtown takes holiday lighting to a new level, filling over an acre with 1.5 million LED lights -- 145 miles of lights covering 70,000 square feet -- in the Midtown area alone. Huge light tunnels and wreath portals lead into the area, which includes light displays 9 stories high, flying angels, running reindeer, moving trains, a 90-foot tree, musical trees with moving lights, dozens of stars and snowflakes, and a giant turning globe, all created at Silver Dollar City.
Thirty miles of new lights lead up to the new $26 million Time Traveler, the World’s Fastest, Steepest and Tallest Complete-Circuit Spinning Roller Coaster. Bright lights enhance the views from above for night rides on Time Traveler and all of the select rides open, as weather permits.
The light experience begins on the Square with the 5-Story Special Effects Christmas tree, a massive tree with over 350,000 colorful LED lights. The tree blazes to the movements of Christmas songs, with up to 100 light changes per second, while lights around the Square flash along.
A parade of lights, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, winds through the streets of the City twice each evening. As Grand Marshal, Rudolph leads the evening parade of nine musical, lighted floats, illuminated with 200,000 LED lights. The parade is accompanied by 45 colorful costumed characters, including Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, 14-foot moose characters, 12-foot tall elves, 10-foot candy canes, penguins, elves and marching wooden soldiers.
The festival also features two original musical productions, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and the final year of It’s a Wonderful Life. A Dickens’ Christmas Carol is an adaptation of the Dickens classic, with revolving sets, flying spirits, pyrotechnic special effects and a cast of 15, accompanied by a live band. It’s a Wonderful Life presents a musical interpretation of the classic film, with unique special effects and a cast of 14 singers/actors.
Popular festival features include shows such as Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop, with a 12-foot talking Christmas tree; a dramatic musical Living Nativity; strolling carolers; and holiday foods from a prime rib buffet to fresh-made fruitcakes, ginger cookies and hot wassail. Fine craftsmanship is also showcased as the park’s 100 craftsmen create one-of-a-kind holiday items.
Since its debut more than two decades ago, Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas has become one of the country’s most recognized events for spectacular lighting and entertainment, and has been profiled as one of the top holiday celebrations by USA Today, CNN Travel, The Travel Channel and Good Morning America.
During An Old Time Christmas, Silver Dollar City is open Thursdays - Sundays Nov. 3 – 18, then Wednesdays – Sundays Nov. 21 - Dec. 30. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m. most days, with extended hours on select days, including some Fridays, Saturdays and Thanksgiving weekend.
Silver Dollar City is also open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for a “New Year’s Celebration.” The 6.5 million holiday lights are still on and special entertainment is presented.