James Carlton: The Sights and Sounds of Christmas at Silver Dollar City
The Best of Branson crew hit the streets of Branson and Silver Dollar City on a two-day Christmas writing adventure. James Carlton, a correspondent for the site, shared some of his thoughts.
With a 5-story Christmas tree and a mind-blowing 6.5 million lights, it’s no wonder Silver Dollar City is a highlight of the Best of Christmas in Branson. Walking through the extravagantly lit streets of The City after dark, I can still smell the sweet aroma of candied nuts and funnel cakes floating through the air. It really feels like Christmas. I can hear the sounds of holiday cheer and magical music dancing across the faces of the old-time buildings adorned with millions of glowing and twinkling Christmas lights. It’s an awe-inspiring stroll through the park that effortlessly brings families together.
If you bought souvenirs and candies when Silver Dollar City first opened, back in the 1960s, the vendors would return your change in real silver dollars! This genuine theme park has worked hard to maintain the feeling of being in the mid-1800s. There is a real steam-engine train you can ride through the park; you can watch over a hundred authentic craftsmen demonstrate their skills, from glass-blowers to candy-makers; all of whom are crafting priceless gifts with a personal touch.
There are over a dozen award-winning eateries where you can get your feast on. From a hearty bread-bowl chili to hot apple dumplings with cinnamon ice cream, there are many handcrafted specialty food and dessert places. They even have several Christmas buffets to attend during the holidays, and there are always plenty of food carts with sweets and treats on the streets.