“Santa’s Starlight Express” and “Santa By Daylight”
Santa is taking some time out of his busy schedule to make special daytime and nighttime appearances at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park this holiday season. Special train rides with Santa will operate over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend (November 25, 26 & 27) and again the weekend before Christmas (December 17 & 18). Advance tickets to ride with Santa are still available but seating is limited so don’t delay!
For two nights only — Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26 — visitors are encouraged to join Santa and his musical friends for lighted Christmas train rides departing at 5:30 and 7 p.m.
The special train rides — lighted and filled with the music and magic of Christmas — will get visitors in the holiday spirit with live holiday music and caroling on and off the train. Live musical entertainment will be provided by local favorite Ron Delacy, the popular vintage jazz band The Starlight Serenaders, and strolling cowboy guitarist Keith Keenom. Greeted by carolers at the dock, Santa will arrive at the station aboard the Sierra No. 3, then join riders on a train of festively lit cars pulled by a shiny and powerful diesel locomotive. Every child will have plenty of time to whisper their wishes to Santa as he and his elves make their way through the train, accompanied by live music on board. Also, hot cocoa will be served on board during the evening trains.
Popular “Santa By Daylight” train rides also continue this year during daylight hours, on November 25, 26 & 27, and again on December 17 & 18. Trains run hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa will be on board to greet visitors and will be accompanied by Railtown’s “Roving Fiddler” Dave Rainwater. Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $6 for youths, and free for children 5 and under.
Advanced tickets are strongly recommended and are available by calling the depot store at 209-984-3953.