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Silver Dollar City Celebrates 50 Years of Television’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at An Old Time Christmas

Branson, MO, USA (November 3, 2014) /PRNewswire/ — The Christmas season comes early in America’s heartland, andSilver Dollar City lights up with a new $1 million light parade featuring the beloved Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for An Old Time Christmas. One of the nation’s most acclaimed holiday festivals, An Old Time Christmas also features a 5-story Christmas tree with a light and sound show, Broadway-style musical productions, holiday foods and five million lights. The festival opened November 1 and runs through December 30 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.

Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, led by the most famous reindeer of all, debuts on the 50th anniversary of the television special. As Grand Marshal, Rudolph leads the new evening parade of nine musical, lighted floats – one featuring Sam the Snowman — as it winds through the streets of the City.

The floats, illuminated with 200,000 ultra-bright LED lights, have animated features including huge drumming bears and cymbal-playing penguins. Accompanying the parade are 33 colorful costumed characters, including Rudolph’s friend Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, 14-foot moose characters, 12-foot tall elves and 10-foot candy canes, plus penguins, elves and a troupe of marching wooden soldiers.

The parade follows the lighting of the 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree on the Square, with over 350,000 colorful LED lights that blaze in synchronization to the musical movements of Christmas songs. The festival also features two popular musical productions, It’s a Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol.

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 world-class entertainment. Profiled as one of the nation’s top holiday celebrations by USA Today, CNN Travel, The Travel Channel, Good Morning America, AOL Travel, Yahoo Travel and, the festival transforms the entire 1880s-style park into a spectacular display with 1,000 decorated trees and five million lights.

An Old Time Christmas runs through December 30.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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