Christmas at Silver Dollar City, 2016

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is taking an annual trip to Silver Dollar City. This was year number 4 to load up the car and head down there. It was probably one of the fastest trips we’ve ever made, Russ and I both had colds, and the park was way busier than it has been the previous years. But, we still had fun. That’s the important part, right?! 



This was our first trip to Silver Dollar City that our kids didn’t need us anymore. I’m not going to lie, my heart almost broke into 1,000 tiny pieces. Emily must’ve had a growth spurt since summer. She is now well over the 48″ mark meaning she can ride by herself. No more needing mom or dad to escort her. Watching my girls take off and giggle their way through the rides together was so sweet, but goodness it made me realize just how big they are getting too.


Marissa insisted that Russ and I had a smooch. It was the longest, most awkward kiss ever as we stood there with locked lips waiting on our 8-year-old photographer to use the camera.

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The girls had a meet and greet with Rudolph and Clarice. They just adore Clarice and left Rudolph standing in the cold when it was time to say goodbye. 

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We watched a Christmas show or two. Marissa was even given a small part in one of them. I found it so funny that the shy sister was chosen and even funnier that she was so willing to help. Maybe she isn’t so shy after all?

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One of the best parts of going is getting to see Santa Claus (the real one πŸ˜‰ ). The girls have been convinced for years now that he must actually be THE Santa.


I was taking a photo of Russ and the girls when a man offered to take a family photo for us. I was SO thankful to have a picture of the 4 of us to remember the day with. I really need to get better about using a timer and taking those. 

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We ate some wood fire pizza, looked at the lights, drank some wassail, attended the tree lighting, and enjoyed the parade. By this time I was really beginning to feel my cold setting in and my toes were starting to go numb. I think it is safe to say we were ready to head home at this point.


I took one more photo before we walked to the car for what felt like miles. Marissa kept making comments about how funny her frozen toes felt. We finally found the care and started the 2 hour drive home with two very giggly girls. Sometimes I miss the days when they would fall asleep, other times I don’t mind their company at all. They talked about Santa, elves, rides, and all things Christmas.

We had another great visit even if Russ and I were a little under the weather.
Check out our previous Christmas visits: 2014 / 2015

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  • Jessica

    Wow! What a beautiful town and so decked out for Christmas! Looks like an absolute blast. I love the girl’s photos with Santa. So sweet and special. Such a great memory to treasure.

    • It is SO much fun. I’d love to continue this tradition for years.

  • Amy Smith

    How fun! I look forward to the days that the boys can run off & go on rides together because how special for the two of them, but at the same time, it is already going too fast. I agree with the girls, that really does look like the REAL Santa!

    • It is really special and I kind of love not having to ride the rides anymore. I used to like them, but not in my old age :P.

  • How much fun! I love all the lights, it is so pretty. πŸ™‚

  • Heather Bramlett

    Looks like y’all had a great time!!!
    The girls are precious.

    • We really did, thank you so much Heather.

  • This looks like an awesome time, I love all the twinkly lights on those trees

    • It is magical. Such a pretty place to visit.

  • So much fun! Poor Rudolph, lol!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    This looks like so much fun! I love that you can do so many things in 1 day! Brayden is also convinced that out of all the Santas we see, our mall Santa is the real one, and I kinda think so too! πŸ™‚

    • We really can. We can do KC, Springfield, NorthWest AR and Tulsa all in one day. St. Louis is about 4 hours from us…. so yeah, that’s not as practical. So sweet!

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Bummer about the colds, but it sounds like you still had the best time.
    I can’t even imagine the day when both kids can ride rides without a guardian. Talk about bittersweet.
    I literally laughed at the mistletoe moment! But, I’m super impressed with your photographers skills. πŸ˜‰

    • It is so bittersweet and probably happening a bit early for us since we have blonde babies with legs for days. Marissa who isn’t quite 8.5 is almost to the 5 foot mark. How in the heck?! Well I know how, but still…

  • What an awesome place! So much to see and do all in one place! I can’t believe the girls are big enough to ride by themselves. Ohhhh I know that broke your momma heart. You guys got some great pictures. I’m glad that you were able to enjoy it despite the colds. I hope y’all are all better now!

    • My girls are crazy tall like their mama. I was just telling Desiree that Marissa who isn’t quite 8.5 is already getting super close to the 5 foot mark! WHAT?!?! We are so close to better, but not quite there.

  • Gotta love the kindness of strangers, that family picture is perfect! And so is the last picture of the girls. Seriously, Marissa looks just like a little blonde you. Ive actually been to Silver Dollar City!! When we visited Brian’s family back in 2008 πŸ™‚

    • Yes you do! Also you made my day. People never say the girls look a bit like me so that made me smile. It is a pretty fun place.

  • Whitney Jordan

    What a fun tradition! I can’t believe how big the girls are getting. I’m sure it’s bittersweet to see them becoming such good buddies and becoming more independent. So many cute pictures. Poor Rudolph – I’m sure Clarice was thrilled to have some extra love πŸ™‚ Hope you and Russ are feeling better.

    • Oh my goodness Whitney not only are they aging, they are just flat out growing. Marissa is really close to 5′ tall and isn’t even 8.5!! We are getting close to being over it, but we aren’t quite there. I hope y’all are feeling better too.

  • So much fun!! AND THE LIGHTS…so beautiful

    • It is such a fun, magical, beautiful place.

  • I wish we had a place here like this! So fun! That sure looks like the real Santa to me! How do we get our kids to stop getting bigger….

    • Well if you figure it out let me know pronto. It is breaking my heart lady. I wish this place was just a smidge closer, but I am so glad it is doable to drive there and back in one day.

  • chall1018

    What a fun holiday tradition for your sweet family! I felt the same way at our last trip to Six Flags when Mason was tall enough for the big roller coasters. Eeek! All of these pictures are so adorable, but I especially love the family photo! Getting to see the real Santa takes the cake! SO awesome. I never knew what wassail was until last week at church! The ladies were talking about it and apparently making it for this Wednesday! I can’t wait to try it. Sorry you guys were under the weather, but glad you were able to make the best of it.

    • We totally made the best of it. I hope you LOVE the Wassail! I bought a package of the mix to take home and enjoy, had my first cup from it last night. This place is so much fun I know y’all would love it there.

  • Oh my word I have got to get to this place. I love visiting attractions that take the holiday serious. It makes for a great way to create traditions with a family.

    • If you get to me, I’ll take you there. How is that for motivation :P. This place is AMAZING and super fun, especially at Christmas.

  • Ahh….I would love to go back this time of year! Looks like such a fun time

    • It is SO much fun Shelly. Especially when it isn’t crowded or freezing :P.