We start with a prediction.

The readers of USA Today will soon confirm what we in the Midwest already know - that Branson's Silver Dollar City's "Old Time Christmas" is the Best Theme Park Holiday Event in America.

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Silver Dollar City is one of 20 nominees from around the country, ranging from Dollywood to Busch Gardens to LEGOLAND to Walt Disney World.

If you'd like to cast your vote, click here. You can vote once per day through December 6, with the top ten to be announced December 16.

I have been to Silver Dollar City dozens of times over the years, at different times of the year, but there is nothing like this theme park at Christmas time.

From early November through the end of December, SDC is transformed into a holiday wonderland. When you go, make sure you go after dark so you can fully appreciate the 6.5 million lights that have been strung everywhere.

The highlights of the holiday season at Silver Dollar City include the 8-story tall special effects Christmas tree in the town square, Rudolph's Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, a Broadway-style production of the classic Dickens story, A Christmas Carol, shops and lots of food.

To find out more about Silver Dollar City, click here.

Silver Dollar City Nominated for Best Holiday Event

Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson's "Old Time Christmas" has been nominated for the 2021 Best Theme Park Holiday Event by USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards.

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