Christmas & Trains, Train Rides in NC

Holiday Express at Pullen Park in Raleigh!

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All aboard!  Come join the Crabtree Rotary and Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department as Pullen Park will be festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a winter wonderland!

 

 

December 10-13, 2009
Pullen Park 520 Ashe Avenue Raleigh
4:00 -9:00 pm

( Due to Santa’s busy schedule, Santa will only be onsite until 9:00 pm, however rides will continue through 9:30 pm) 

Children and adults alike will enjoy this holiday experience as they take the ride of a life time aboard the Santa Express Train! Experience an unforgettable adventure through acres of pure holiday magic where thousands of lights dazzle your senses and then stop off at Santa’s Village where you’ll meet Santa himself!  The evening will also feature concessions, carousel rides, holiday entertainment and more!  

Puchase Tickets in Advance for just $7 per person!  To purchase tickets:

Holiday Express Parking and Shuttle Information:
All Event parking is located off Western Boulevard at the Dorthea Dix Soccer fields on Hunt Drive. Both parking and shuttle services are free to the public and will be available daily from 4:00 pm-9:30 pm. Shuttles will also be able to accommodate ADA and stroller needs.

For more info on the event or for information on becoming a sponsor of the Holiday Express, CLICK HERE or contact the Pullen Park Ticket Office at 919-831-6468.

 
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NC Transportation Museum’s Santa Train!

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Tickets only available on the day of the event. Meet Santa Claus as he trades his sleigh for a locomotive! Take a 25-minute train ride with Santa and his elves, as Santa hands out oranges and candy canes, a Southern Railway tradition.

Children will hear classic Christmas tales and have fun making holiday ornaments in the Roundhouse.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO WATCH SANTA TRAIN VIDEO!SantaAndElfOnTrainFeather

$7 per person
Children who are 2 and under and will sit on a guardian’s lap for the
length of the train ride are free, and do not need a ticket to ride the train.
$5 for Firemen Level Members
$3.50 for Conductor Level Members

Free for Engineer Level Members

CLICK HERE to find our how to have cookies and cocoa with Santa!

Santa In The Roundhouse
 
 
 
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Make Your Plans To Ride The Polar Express At GSMR!

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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s Seasonal Service to the North Pole!

Bryson City, NC – In 1985, Chris Van Allsburg wrote The Polar Express, a story of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The train takes a young boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. “The Polar Express,” published by Houghton Mifflin Company, has become a contemporary holiday classic, with over 6 million copies sold worldwide. In 2004 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. reunited the Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis in an inspiring animated version. That same year GSMR began operating The Polar Express based on the storybook version. Over 40,000 passengers rode The Polar Express with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2008.
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The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the “North Pole” to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot. 

The Polar Express 2009 schedule is November 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, & 19 departs at 6:30pm. November 7, 14, 22, 24, 25, & 29 departs at 5:00pm & 6:30pm. November 20, 21, 27, & 28 departs at 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm. December 2, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17 departs at 5:00pm & 6:30pm. December 3, 4, 10, & 11 departs at 11:00am, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm. December 5, 12, & 19 departs at 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm. December 18, 20, 21, 22, & 23 departs 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm.

Ticket prices are $38.00 for adults and $26.00 for children ages 2-12. Children under two years old ride complimentary. For more information and reservations please call 800-872-4681 or visit us online at www.GSMR.com.

First Class seating upgrades are available. Each guest will receive a deluxe serving of hot cocoa in a souvenir Polar Express mug, and enjoy short breads and other treats in addition to the standard offerings. Ticket prices for First Class are $53.00 for adults and $36.00 for children. Children under two years old are $10.00.

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum admission is included with all train excursion tickets. Without train excursion admission is $9.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children.

About the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad:
With 53 miles of track, 2 tunnels and 25 bridges, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers a variety of excursions that explore the amazing landscape of western North Carolina. With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on-board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys and through river gorges in a spectacular region near The Great Smoky Mountains. Proud member of the American Heritage Railways family. Visit our sister railroads in southwest Colorado at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and in east Texas at the Texas State Railroad.

 

 
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Countdown to The Polar Express

Santa is bringing The Polar Express in less than 4 days. Not sure who is more excited, Santa or my son.

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The question now is…what scale are we officially collecting? We have a ton of HO and a little bit of N scale. But now, with this investment, we’re going to need to purchase more O-guage track.

Christmas and trains in North Carolina. Doesn’t get more magical than this.

Click HERE for The Polar Express on Lionel.com.

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Ride The Polar Express on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad!

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To Learn More CLICK HERE!

VISIT THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD WEBSITE!

Upgrade your ride:
We are offering a new upgrade during Polar Express.  In addition to riding in exclusive seating, your trip to our North Pole will include a 16 ounce Polar Express cocoa mug with a larger serving of cocoa topped with whip cream and sprinkles.  You will also be served a basket of short bread snacks in addition to the traditional chocolate marshmallow santa.  Remember, all seating is in our most luxurious cars. 

Available by phone only–Call for details!!!

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Christmas Train Cards

There’s something special about Christmas, snow and steam locomotives & trains. Every year when I was a child I absolutely had to set up my trains to go around the Christmas tree. Many times they would go around the tree, through the living room, under the sofa, back around the dining room and end up back at the tree. Now, my son is the same way. So, when I see pictures of trains in the snow I think of Christmas. A company called Holiday Card Center apparently does too. They seem to have the most incredible paintings of trains in the snow at Christmas-time.

  

Visit The Holiday Card Center website to view all of their awesome Christmas Train Cards and place your order!

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