An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City named Best Theme Park Holiday Event

This is the third straight win for Branson theme park

These 10 American theme parks pull out all the stops as they deck their halls–and attractions–for the holidays. Winter visitors enjoy parades, seasonal live entertainment, visits with Santa and plenty of holiday cheer. 

  • An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City
    Branson, Mo.

    Branson's Silver Dollar City gets decked in 6.5 million colorful, twinkling lights during its annual holiday celebration, An Old Time Christmas. Festivities center around a 5-story-tall special effects Christmas tree, with 1,000 other decorated trees around the park, two Broadway-style holiday productions and an illuminated parade featuring Rudolph and his reindeer friends.
    Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City

  • WinterFest at Kings Island
    Mason, Ohio

    Kings Island seeks to recreate the feeling of an old fashioned winter during their annual WinterFest celebration. The event kicks off Thanksgiving Weekend and includes ice skating, a holiday market filled with trinkets and toys, holiday treats, millions of lights and a 314-foot-tall Christmas tree, built around the park’s Eiffel Tower.
    Photo courtesy of Kings Island

  • Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood
    Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    Celebrate the season Dolly Parton-style at a Smoky Mountain Christmas in Dollywood. In addition to the Smokies' most spectacular lights display, festivities include a live stage performance, nightly lights parade, It's a Wonderful Life stage show and meet-and-greets with Rudolph and his friends.
    Photo courtesy of Dollywood

  • Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    Williamsburg, Va.

    When Christmas Town takes over Busch Gardens Williamsburg, park guests are in for a holiday treat! More than 10 million twinkling lights comprise one of America's largest Christmas light displays, while guests enjoy festive food and drink (like the park's signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate), holiday shows and visits with Santa at the North Pole.
    Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg

  • SeaWorld Orlando's Christmas Celebration
    Orlando

    The colorful lights of decorated trees reflect in the lake during SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration in Orlando. Visitors are invited to watch world-famous skaters twirl across the ice, visit with Santa, shop a lakeside Christmas market, sample holiday treats, snap a photo with Rudolph or Countdown to Christmas with sea lion celebrities Clyde and Seamore. 
    Photo courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando

  • Christmastime at Santa's Village
    Jefferson, N.H.

    While it's Christmastime year-round at Santa's Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire, the park pulls out all the stops for its annual Christmastime celebration each winter. Park goers can ride more than a dozen different rides during the event, while the park is illuminated in holiday lights.
    Photo courtesy of Santa's Village

  • Holiday Lights at Kennywood
    West Mifflin, Penn.

    Kennywood is illuminated with some 2 million lights during the Holiday Lights celebration. Local choirs perform holiday favorites while guests take pictures with Santa, ride the Gingerbread Express, watch The Polar Express 4-D Experience or gape at a choreographed spectacle of lights over the lagoon.
    Photo courtesy of Kennywood

  • Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
    Tampa

    Nine dazzling shows pair with lights, rides and of course, Santa, at Busch Gardens Tampa's beloved annual event. Carol of the Bells is one such dazzler, coordinating tens of thousands of Christmas lights to holiday music while the Three Kings Journey show pulls together talented singers who harmonize the tale of that famous road trip to Bethlehem. The Christmas Town band, meanwhile, injects jazz into the classics.
    Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa

  • Dutch Winter Wonderland at Dutch Wonderland
    Lancaster, Penn.

    Winter Wonderland at Dutch Wonderland is a hit with families thanks to thousands of lights choreographed to music, 20 themed rides and attractions and a chance to meet Santa. Park goers are encouraged to bring toys for a Toys for Tots drive to benefit Lancaster area children.
    Photo courtesy of Dutch Wonderland / Facebook

  • Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida
    Winter Haven, Fla.

    LEGOLAND Florida celebrates the holiday season with their Christmas Bricktacular festival. Highlights include a 30-foot LEGO Christmas tree, a live holiday stage show, life-size LEGO snowmen and reindeer and the chance to meet LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier.
    Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND Florida

The top 10 winners in the Best Theme Park Holiday Event category are as follows:

  1. An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City - Branson, Mo.
  2. WinterFest at Kings Island - Mason, Ohio
  3. Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  4. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg - Williamsburg, Va.
  5. SeaWorld Orlando's Christmas Celebration - Orlando
  6. Christmastime at Santa's Village - Jefferson, N.H.
  7. Holiday Lights at Kennywood - West Mifflin, Penn.
  8. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Tampa
  9. Dutch Winter Wonderland at Dutch Wonderland - Lancaster, Penn.
  10. Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida - Winter Haven, Fla.

Congratulations to all our theme park winners!

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