Letter #574: Magical Christmas

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Dear magical,

I don’t use you much, but there is only one way to describe Silver Dollar City at Christmas: MAGICAL. Last weekend, I finally got into the holiday spirit after visiting ‘the city’ in Branson! Four million lights. The highest level performances in Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. Christmas parade. Roller coasters in the dark with the best view of the lights. Delicious food options. Seriously, I’m convinced it’s the most ‘magical’ Christmas destination in the U.S.!

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Every street is lined with lights like this if not even more!
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A Dickins’ Christmas Carol…seriously, Broadway level performances/some of the best shows I’ve seen in all of Branson!
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My SDC exploration friends, Jennifer (check out her DIY blog here) and Susan!

Again, I don’t use you in my vocabulary, well ever, but you are the only proper description of the SDC experience. I also don’t highly recommend many things in life, but Silver Dollar City during the holidays is a MUST. Everybody needs to visit in their lifetime and celebrate the holidays in Branson! Plus, as long as I live there, you can come visit me too!!

Amazed at their boldness to elevate the true Christmas story of Christ in their park,

Advocate of Silver Dollar City

Letter #200: Silver Dollar City

Dear Silver Dollar City,

You are fun! I remember going to you once as a kid, but I have had the opportunity to visit you five or six times in the last two years. Living in Branson is an interesting¬† anomaly, but one of the perks is getting local discounts! You have phenomenal deals for your community members and for that I’m thankful.

I don’t know the history of you and I really don’t need to, but I do know your marketing scheme is genius. You attract every age to come be part of the excitement in the city. It’s honestly brilliant. The old people love the shows, shops and food you provide. Rides, play areas and food entertain the young ones. People my age love you, and parents love that they can enjoy things right alongside their kids and their parents. You have done a wise job of developing over the years.

Mack and Dru Dolloff measuring for the kiddie roller coaster...fun for all ages!
Leadership Weekend adventures at SDC!
Silver City Saloon girl turned out to be an elementary school friend!

You also create different experiences for your customers based on time of year. You just finished “Worldfest’ where you bring people from all over the world to perform in the shows…the Russian circus, Trinidad fire and limbo dancers, Austrian yodelers. Buildings transform into “Tastes of the World,’ and you can choose what ethnicity of food you want to eat. The entire park is decorated in flags, and everywhere you look a various culture is highlighted. This was my first “Worldfest’ experience, and I can’t wait to visit again!

SDC with a hint of Worldfest!
Trinidad people limboing under fire...impressive!

My favorite time to visit you is probably Christmas. You shower the entire park with four million lights, completely transform shows into the holiday spirit and Christmas cheer abounds. This is a must-see during the holidays…get your rears to Branson people!

Picture with the saloon girls after the show...duh!
Riding the swings in the children's area waiting for the nighttime train ride through the lights!

I’m a huge fan of you. You epitomize the Branson experience, and I honestly appreciate you’re part of my town. How many people get to go to an amusement park whenever they want?! As neat as you are, you seem to do things right as well. Your employees are kind. Your park is clean. Your material is appropriate for any age. Thanks for being a great part of the Branson community!

Love the experience you provide,

Advocate of the SDC