Christmas in Midtown — occupying 70,000-square-feet in the area directly behind Hannah’s Ice Cream Parlor towards the front of the park — will add another 1.5 million LED lights to the park, increasing the total to 6.5 million lights.
“We’ve been proclaimed by the Travel Channel as the most illuminated park on Earth and I hope we can continue that acclamation as we keep going,” said SDC President Brad Thomas while promoting their 2017 Christmas season at this week’s announcement of their massive Time Traveler coaster project.
Christmas in Midtown will feature:
- A 90-foot light pole Christmas tree
- A 30-foot “Merry Christmas” lighted marquee hanging over the street
- A 50-foot Santa and sleigh fixture over the street with animated reindeer
- A large globe perched 30-feet in the air wrapped in an illuminated “Glory to God” banner
- 30 angels
- Three light tunnels
- Two 40-foot moving trains
- Dozens of stars and snowflakes
While many of the graphic renderings resemble that of Disney’s now retired “Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights,” park officials say the new additions are SDC original creations but admit they take inspiration from a variety of sources.
SDC’s An Old Time Christmas festival opens on Sat., Nov. 4 (with a special “white glove” charity preview event on Nov. 3). The celebration runs well past Christmas Day this year, remaining open for the first time until New Year’s Day.
Returning festival features include Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, fan-favorite musical productions of It’s A Wonderful Life and A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, the five-story special effect Christmas Tree on the Square, a variety of holiday foods, and more.