Silver Dollar City Christmas Parade Schedule, Lights Show, Winter Events

Another summer has come and gone and what a great year it was at Silver Dollar City in 2016.  Between all of the SDC festivals, new rides, and great new musical talent featured at one of the best family amusement parks / tourist attractions in America, time just seemed to slip by too quickly.  Now, autumn is knocking on the door and the leaves have begun to show a glimmer of the golden autumn colors that create such a beautiful Ozark’s landscape.  The Silver Dollar City Christmas lights have been hung, the schedule prepared and all of the Winter events at SDC are springing into motion.  So, what can you expect to see at SDC this X-Mas?  When will the Christmas lights be shining bright?  When will the nightly parades begin?

When Does The 2016 Silver Dollar City Christmas Parade Begin?

The official opening for the Christmas season begins on November 7th and will continue through Christmas until December 30th.  The typical daily schedule is Thursday – Sunday from 1PM – 9PM, but you should double check the calendar above and make sure that they will be open for when you plan on coming to see the lights and festivities at SDC.

Silver Dollar City Tickets – Check out to see what the SDC Ticket Prices are going to be during your visit.

Tip : If you go after 7PM you can return the next day for FREE.  This is great if part of your family just wants to see the Christmas lights and the next day all of the family that wants to visit Silver Dollar City for the rides and musical events can have fun from when the park opens till it closes (or when they are ready to drop)..

When Is SDC Have The Least Amount of Visitors – If  you don’t like big crowds, the best day to go is on a Thursday.

Purchase 2017 Silver Dollar City Tickets in Advance to save BIG! You can upgrade your ticket at the park for just $50 extra to receive a 2017 season pass (unlimited park entries).  Season pass holders also receive the extra perk of getting 10% discounts on food and drinks.  Be sure to read our article on how to get Cheap Silver Dollar City Tickets and see about things you can do to get a cheaper ticket!

Parking Is Free – Yes, you heard that right.  Most amusement parks, sporting events, concerts, etc… make you pay for parking.  At Silver Dollar City parking is free.  They also have shuttles that are constantly picking up visitors at the shuttle stations that are in every parking lot.

Tip : Remember what parking lot you have parked in  (A, B, C, D, etc…)

There Are Over 5 MILLION Christmas Lights Twinkling Every Night

You will really get into the Spirit of Christmas when you make your visit.  Over 1000 trees are decorated from top to bottom, including a five story (man made) tree located at the front entrance.  This is a must see Christmas tree, but don’t worry…. you can’t miss it!


Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Parade

Try to be around the 5 story Christmas tree on Main Street at around 5:30 PM for the lighting ceremony.  They will also be singing Christmas songs.  After the lighting ceremony the Christmas Parade will begin.

What Is The Christmas Parade Like at Silver Dollar City

They go above and beyond when it comes to their Christmas parade.  They spend over 1 MILLION dollars to develop the parade.  It consists of 100,000 LED multicolored lights that illuminate beautiful floats.  You will see drumming bears, twirling ballerinas, cymbal playing penguins, elves, rudolph, wooden soldiers and more.  Yes, of course you will see Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!


What Time Does the Parade Begin?

You will get two opportunities to see the Silver Dollar City Christmas Parade each night.  So don’t panic if  you miss the first one.  The first parade will come by at 6PM and the parade comes through again at 8PM.

Where does the parade begin?  The parade begins (locate a map that are visible all throughout the park) anear the Red Gold Heritage Hall.  This is where they have their live production of It’s a Wonderful Life…  The parade passes through Main St. square and finishes  near the Powder Keg roller coaster.

There are many wonderful travel attractions all throughout the United States.  You will be hard pressed to find an amusement park that is both family oriented and with activities for all ages like you can at SDC, the “jewel” park of the Ozarks.

Bret Michaels Branson Ticket, Welk Theater, 2016 Rock Shows

Brett Michaels was the front man for the rock band Poison for many years and continues to perform all around the country singing all of his famous hits as well as  some songs from his new album that was released in June.  Brett Michaels will be performing a concert in Branson, Mo at the Welk Theater on August 7, 2016.  If you love the type of Rock and Roll music from “Glam Era” of the 80’s that gets you dancing and singing along to all of the hits, this show will be sure to please.

I  have had the pleasure of watching Brett Michaels perform in Springfield, Mo last year and he continues to put on a great show.  He plays classic hits like “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”, “Give Me Something To Believe In”, “Talk Dirty to Me”, “Look What The Cat Dragged In”, “Fallen Angel”, and many more.

Brett Michaels has the talent of engaging the crowd like very few other artists.. Past or present.  Brett still gets the crowd in a frenzy and makes you leave the show energized and “party” like it’s 1987 all over again.

When I went to the Bret Michael show in Springfield, Mo last year I looked through the crowd and was amazed at how he can still draw the younger generation.  Maybe his MTV reality show, “Rock of Love” reconnected him with a generation who otherwise may not be familiar with many of his songs.  Regardless of the age group, everyone seemed to know all the words to most of his songs and it was a night that reminded me how a concert should be.. FUN!

If you live in the Ozarks area and want to see a good old fashioned 80’s style Rock Show, come see Bret Michaels perform at the Welk Theater on August 7, 2016.  I have seen other shows at the Welk Theater.  The seating capacity of the theater is 2,300 people so it’s large enough for a “rock concert” type of feel, but small enough to where there really isn’t a bad seat in the house!  So, if you are ready to step into a time machine before cell phones and social media ruled our lives, consider coming out to see Bret Michaels perform Poison classics and some great new tunes from Bret Michaels new album that was released in June.

2016 Silver Dollar City Schedule Date, Festivals, Ride Opening

2016 Silver Dollar City Schedule, Upcoming Festivals and Ride Openings

With each passing years SDC (Silver Dollar City) seems to keep getting better and better.  2016 keeps the tradition alive with new rides, events and festivals for tourists of all ages.  Yes, the park does keep getting bigger, but they always seem to keep the family oriented theme fully intact.

2016 Silver Dollar City Schedule Dates

Silver Dollar City is open approximately 220 days a year (can vary due to extreme weather).  Silver Dollar City used to open after all the kids got out of school.  In recent years they have been opening the park earlier and earlier due to more fun, games, festivals and activities for a wider variety of tourists.  Check out the 2016 Schedule Dates along with Tickets Information.  Simply click on the show date on the 2016 schedule to find out detailed pricing information along with details about upcoming festivals and show information.

2016 SDC Vacation Packages

We always suggest getting a value package if you will be purchasing tickets to Silver Dollar City.  In 2016 they will offer packages for those who are wanting to come to the park more than once, season ticket travel deals for those who will be coming frequently, and family value packages for those who have big families.  The costs can add up quickly, but so can the savings if you purchase an OFFICIAL travel package that has  NO hidden fees, or payouts to other various ticket vendors that  you will find on the web.  Check out the SDC Vacation Packages for 2016.

Silver Dollar City Festivals

Every year SDC has unbelievable festivals that brings together families and cultures from all over the world.  If you haven’t been to a Worlds Fest, Spring Ride Days, Bluegrass and BBQ, Founders Weekend, Season Pass Appreciation, Mothers Day, or any of their other festivals or special events, you really should check out the 2016 Silver Dollar City Show Festivals and the latest attractions that can be seen at the park.

Silver Dollar City Schedule, 2 for 1 Ticket Pass, Cheap Coupon

Silver Dollar City Entertainment and Activity Schedule

Looking for the best time to come and enjoy Silver Dollar City?  Here is their 2015 schedule as well as information to enjoy 2 for 1 ticket passes, and cheap coupon ticket passes that are offered during certain times of the season.

Silver Dollar City Season Schedule for 2015

Silver Dollar City is great fun for the entire family..  It’s even extra special if you visit SDC during one of their World Famous festivals.. Here is their 2015 season schedule of events.

  • March 14, 15, 18-22, 26, 27 and 29 – Spring Ride Days.  Have fun visiting the all new Fireman’s Landing.  Christian, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music will also be playing throughout the amusement park.  Don’t miss out on the comedy juggler who is a sight to see!
  • March 27-29 – Young Christians Weekend…  During this weekend, young Christians will be out enjoying the park… Come and enjoy the spirited atmosphere. Great fun to be had by all.
  • April 9 – May 3 World Fest – This festival features activities, food, music, entertainers and artists from cultures all around the world.. World Fest is always one of the most popular festivals of the year.
  • May 7 – 25 – Bluegrass and Barbecue Festival… Do you enjoy barbecue and bluegrass music?  If so, this is the time to make a visit to Silver Dollar City!  Ronda Vincent, the New Queen of Bluegrass will be entertaining along with all of the BBQ cuisine that will be all throughout the park.
  • June 6 – July 19 – Star Spangled Banner Summer..  Celebrate America all summer long..  Silver Dollar City welcomes the Harlem Globetrotters to perform at the park.  Also Olympic Athletes will be there as well!
  • July 18 – August 2 – Moonlight Madness.. During this time of the season Silver Dollar City stays open until 10PM.  Echo Hollow, street dances and all of SDC amusement park rides keep the park lively until 10PM!
  • August 27 – September 7 – A Southern Gospel Picnic.  SDC will be performing Southern Gospel music at the church, grand stage and all throughout the park.
  • September 16-31 – National Harvest and Cowboy Festivel..  Silver Dollar City brings the Wild Wild West back to live.  Relive the pioneer days with the Wild West Show.  They will also have craftsmen and women teaching the visitors how to make everyday items like they did during the Wild West days.. Soap, blankets and more.  Be sure to get in on the dancing, music and food and take a step back in time!
  • November 7 – December 30 – An Old Time Christmas.  Millions of lights makes Christmas at Silver Dollar city a sight to see.  Check out the famous SDC Christmas Parade performed each evening.  View the enormous 5 story Christmas tree, visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa, enjoy Christmas cookies, holiday treats, and share in the “Reason for the Season”..

Silver Dollar City 2 for 1 passes, cheap 1 day discount coupon pass, and group packages are available to help save you some money.  Check out what is available by clicking on the season schedule below.

Branson Landing Princess Dinner Cruise, Schedule, Tickets, Menu

The Landing Princess – Dinner Cruise Ship in Branson – Schedule and Food Menu

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Branson Landing Princess Dinner and Sightseeing Cruise

Branson Missouri is packed with things to do.. From the outdoorsman, to those who love to go to shows, outlet shopping, amusement parks and yes even Dinner Cruises on Lake Taneycomo on the Branson Landing.  The “Landing Princess” is a 100 foot luxury cruise ship at a reasonable price.

The Landing Princess has climate controlled decks that keep you cool (or warm) while offering beautiful scenic views as you cruise Lake Taneycomo.. You depart right from the Landing so it’s convenient and very accessible for all ages.. It is handicap accessible so everyone can enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise while vacationing in Branson.

You can fee safe to know that the Captain and all of the crew aboard the boat are Coast Guard certified.

Landing Princess Dinner Cruise Schedule and Dinner Menu

Note : Call ahead to be sure that the departure time has not changed.

The cruise departs at 5:45 so be sure to be on time and be sure to be hungry.. If you schedule a 5:45 cruise be sure to reserve your tickets by 2:00 PM so you can have a meal reserved.  They menu consists of a Pizza Buffet and you get all you can eat salad, soft drinks and pizza.

How Long Does The Cruise Last?

The cruise lasts 1 1/2 hours..  You will see beautiful scenery as you enjoy your dinner..  Natural bluffs and wildlife can be viewed throughout the entire cruise…  Mother Nature has been hard at work for many years bringing the natural Ozarks beauty to life.

Not only will you see beautiful wildlife you will come across the “Kanakuk Kamps” for kids, which is the largest Christian sports camp in the country.  You will also see “Boston Gold Mine” a fire, a light show on the water, and the Branson Landing from a different perspective.  There are restrooms for men and women aboard the ship.

2016 Landing Princess Cruise Schedule

Listed below is the schedule for the upcoming cruise season.. Simply click on the date that your interested for detailed ticket prices, schedule and dinner menu information.  The ticket outlet below is centrally located in Branson on the prices quoted are without an hidden fees or taxes.. They are exactly what you would pay if you pulled up to the Branson Tourism Center if you arrived into town and where you can usually find the cheapest tickets.  Purchasing them online saves you the hassles of lines and someone trying to talk you in to going to a time consuming and laborious timeshare presentation.

Branson Zoo Faq – Kinds of Animals? Ticket Prices? Schedule

Branson Promised Land Zoo Questions Answered – Ticket Prices, Schedule, Kinds of Animals on Exhibit

Zoo’s are always a special treat for families of all ages..  They are even extra special for kids as they get to see animals that they may have only seen in books or their favorite cartoon.. Parent’s love zoo’s for much of the same reason’s but they also love to go to a nice zoo that has animals that are well cared for in habitats that imitate their natural surroundings..  Branson’s Promised Land Zoo is that type of magical place that brings all that is good about nature to life and even at your fingertips!

Hundreds of endangered animals can be seen all throughout the zoo..  Take the “Foot Safari” and see animals in their habitat, engage in live interactive animal shows or even head to the petting zoo and get the change to pet and feed some of your favorite animals.  You can even bottle feed animals and feed birds in “Parakeet Paradise.”

What’s New in 2015 at The Branson Promised Land Zoo?

Have you been to the Branson Zoo before?

There are plenty of all new encounters and experiences that can be had at the Promised Land Zoo..  New in 2015 are :

  • All new Lion and Tiger Exhibit
  • Reptile Encounters
  • Kangaroo Encounters
  • New Bird Exhibits
  • Trained show animals
  • New activities always being added

ALL DAY wrist bands are available..  Group rates are also available so you can get in a little cheaper rather than individual rates.

How Long Does It Take To Tour The Promised Land Zoo?

That all depend on how much time that you would like to visit each exhibit at the zoo.. You can go at your own pace and enjoy your time there at your own leisure.  If you have a schedule that you have to meet, you can get a taste of the entire zoo in two hours.

Live Animal Show Schedule

At the time of this posting Live Animal Shows are on Saturdays at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3PM.  On Sundays the Live Animal Shows are at 11:00 AM and 3PM

Bottle Feeding Schedule :

  • 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM everyday

When is the latest that you can get into the zoo?

The last guests will be admitted at 5:00 PM

Can You Bottle Feed Animals With Your Price of Admission?

YES!   You are allowed (at select times.. 10AM, 2PM and 6PM) to bottle feed baby camels, zebras, watusi, goats, deer and more.

What kinds of animals will you see while walking on the “Foot Safari”?

While subject to change throughout the season you can view exotic animals like baboons, spider monkeys, lemurs, big cats, small cats, etc..  You will also encounter animals like porcupines, capybaras, and deer.  Examples of animals you will see in the petting zoos are goats and alpacas.

Can you feed the animals?

It depends.. You are allowed to feed certain animals throughout the zoo..  The food that you can feed them is limited to the food purchased from the Zoo.

In Parakeet Paradise you will be given one parakeet stick for feeding of the birds.  The parakeet feeding stick is included in your price of admission.  You can buy 2 extra feeding sticks for only one dollar!

Exclusive Animal Encounters

Want to make your visit to Promised Land Zoo even more of a “one of a kind” experience?  While it is an additional fee, an Exclusive Encounter will give you up to 20 minutes of special one on one time with a group of animals along with a trained zookeepers that will train you on safety protocols.  Exclusive Encounters have a limited availability..

What kinds of animals can you have an Exclusive Encounter with?

At the time of this posting Exclusive Animal Encounters can be had with :

  • Ring-tailed Lemur
  • Two-toed Sloth
  • Caracal Kitten
  • Big Cat encounter (behind the scenes tour)
  • Kangaroo encounter (behind the scenes tour)

Branson Promised Land Zoo Ticket Prices

Ready to score some tickets to the Zoo?  The schedule and ticket price information shown below is subject to change.. Simply click on the date that you are wanting to go for detailed information.. The information shown below is from “The Branson Tourism Center” and can literally be located on highway 65 as your entering Branson.. So, these are the ticket prices that you would get as if you were in person and not inflated prices that online ticket agencies may give you.. The ticket prices shown also have tax included with no hidden fees.. THE PRICES YOU IS THE ACTUAL PRICE!  Buy Branson Promised Land Zoo Tickets

  • Adult – $20.21
  • Child age 2-12 $11.20
  • Additional age 2-12 children – $5.63
  • Senior adult – $16.83
  • Lap child (age 0-1) FREE

How To Buy Cheap Silver Dollar City Tickets, SDC Branson, Mo

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How To Get Cheap Discounted Silver Dollar City Tickets

How To Buy Cheap Silver Dollar City Tickets…. Can It Be Done?

Silver Dollar City amusement park in Branson, Missouri is without a doubt one of the most “all inclusive” family oriented parks in all of the United States of America.  From toddlers to seasoned seniors, SDC is a place where memories are made that will last a lifetime.  However, there is one drawback and that is the prices that they charge.  SDC like all other popular amusement parks have gotten pricey over the years and it can be expensive when you are bringing your family. Does it have to be?  The good news is that it is possible to buy cheap Silver Dollar City tickets if you know where to look for discounts and even FREE passes are possible the extreme frugal shopper.

How Do You Get Cheap Discounted Silver Dollar City Tickets?

I have lived in Branson since 1995 and have worked within the entertainment industry for many of those years.  After some time being a local you become familiar with the cost saving measures that you can utilize to greatly reduce the amount of money that you will pay for SDC tickets.  Here are a few ways in which to buy discount Silver Dollar City tix :

It’s Who You Know

If you are fortunate enough to have friends who work for one of the Silver Dollar City properties, you can ask them if they can get you some FREE tickets..  Some Silver Dollar City properties in Branson include White Water, Showboat Branson Belle, Stone Mountain, Dixie Stampede (joint venture with Dolly Parton) and of course the amusement park itself..  Each employee gets two free ticket passes with each of their pay checks as part of their compensation package.. Truth be told, the employees are vastly underpaid in my opinion with many shop attendants making less than 9 dollars per hour and many ride operators not making too much more.  So each employee gets 4 free tickets each month throughout the year.. At the beginning of the season they get even more depending on how long they have been with the company.  So, if you know somebody who works there, be sure to ask them nicely.. They just may have some to spare!

Vacation Bundles – Silver Dollar City Value Packages

The Branson Tourism Center is the main ticket place in Branson that will give you the best deals.  The actual store is located right in the heart of Branson and can give you a better discount than Online ticket agencies..  You can bundle all sorts of packages together.. They off Silver Dollar City summer, late summer, fall and Christmas value discount packages.  You can bundle SDC with area shows and lodging.. It is much cheaper when you bundle a whole family package together..  Not only is it cheaper, it’s just plain easier..  You can pick out what you want to do on your vacation and bundle it all together from one location.  Here you can view ALL of the Branson entertainment packages that are available.  Here is a SDC Vacation Package for 2 Adults and here is a Family Value Silver Dollar City Vacation Package (includes hotel accomodations and everything).

Go To A Timeshare Presentation

For some this may not seem like an option you may want to consider.. For others, who don’t mind someone giving you a sales pitch for an hour and touring a timeshare resort they will offer you free show tickets and some places include Silver Dollar City tickets.  It depends on what timeshare resort you are going to..  Each one has agreements premade with various Branson Shows.

Silver Dollar City 2015 Schedule From June up Through Christmas and the New Year

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