Silver Dollar City (SDC) has again gained national accolades for its extravagant lights, decorations, and shows during the annual An Old Time Christmas festival. The park’s Outlaw Run roller coaster has also broken a world record.
CNN Travel today ranked SDC in the top eight “Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the US.” Others on the list include the Denver Botanical Garden, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
SDC is now ranked seventh in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Public Lights Display. The Festival of Lights in Riverside, Calif., Georgia’s Callaway Gardens, and Ohio’s Clifton Mill were among others named to the list.
Last month, USA Today‘s editorial arm named SDC one of ten “Top Spots to See Bright Holiday Lights.”
Fodor’s Travel, a recognized publisher of travel information, also tips its hat to SDC, naming Branson as a “Top 10 U.S. Town with Huge Christmas Celebrations.” Historic Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and Christmas Town USA in McAdenville, N.C. also made the list.
For the first time ever, the Guinness Book of World Records 2015 will list SDC’s Outlaw Run ride as the record holder for “Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster” with a 81° maximum vertical angle. Outlaw Run is also among the fastest in the world, moving at a top speed of 68 miles per hour while it travels a 2,937-foot-long track that includes three inversions. The ride opened to the public at the start of the 2013 season and will only enjoy this ranking for one year as the Goliath coaster at Chicago’s Six Flags Great America has since opened and now surpasses Outlaw Run in both steepness and speed.
Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas celebration continues now through Dec. 30 and features 5 million lights and 1,000 decorated trees throughout the park, two Broadway-style shows, a five-story tree with lights choreographed to music, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas light parade, and a host of other entertainment, shopping, and holiday foods.
Admission tickets are available for purchase here, priced at $59 for adults and $49 for children age 4-11 years old.
The park concludes its year on Dec. 30 and will remain closed for the Winter, reopening for the Spring on March 14.Sign up now for the Branson Christmas newsletter to get these stories delivered straight to your inbox. Also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.