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Silver Dollar City Makes Season Bright with 5 Million Lights

BRANSON, MO. -- Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas began putting guests in the holiday spirit on Saturday with five million lights to make the season bright.
BRANSON, MO. -- Silver Dollar City's "An Old Time Christmas" began putting guests in the holiday spirit on Saturday with five million lights to make the season bright.

"It's cool because of all of the lights," guest Blaze Thomas said.

This holiday season is extra special for 9-year-old Thomas and his family, after tragedy struck earlier this year.

"April 10, my house got destroyed by a tornado. It pulled the roof off and the sides of the house ... we're going to start rebuilding soon," Thomas said.

Christmas on Main Street looks brighter than ever -- with a five-story-tall tree sporting 350,000 energy-saving LED lights that twinkle along to classic holiday tunes. Thousands more lights illuminate the square.

"The tree definitely is my favorite part," guest Tammy Volner said. "We all sit here and visit and wait for the music to start."

An Old Time Christmas offers holiday "Tastes of the Season" feasts, shows that bring traditional Christmas tales to life, live music, a light parade and of course -- all the Silver Dollar rides that fans love year-round.

"We start planning 'An Old Time Christmas' a year ahead -- the theming, the decor, it all starts that far ahead. Then in August, we start putting up the lights," Silver Dollar City spokeswoman Martha Bohner said. 

Parkgoers can see the lights, along with the other holiday events, through Dec. 30.
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