(Bonsal, NC, Oct. 31, 2013) — The New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR), will offer its annual Holiday Santa Trains the first two weekends of December on Saturdays Dec. 7 and 14 and Sundays Dec. 8 and 15, 2013. Trains will depart from the rail yard located in Bonsal, N.C., just 10 minutes south of Apex off of U.S. Highway 1, Exit 89.
|A number of holiday characters will interact with kids of all ages during their visit. Frosty the Snowman will greet children in the rail yard, while an elf from the North Pole hands out candy canes or coal depending on who’s been naughty or nice.
Santa Clause will be on board the train joining visitors for a ride in the open-air passenger cars pulled by either a diesel or steam locomotive. Santa will go car-to-car, talk to each child and pose for photos during the hour-long ride.
“The holidays are such a special time of year at the New Hope Valley Railway, and the annual rides with Santa are a favorite among both visitors and volunteers who put the event together,” says long-time NHVR volunteer Dave Chasco. “We see many families return year after year who’ve made the Triangle Train part of their holiday tradition.”
Chasco says there can be a chill in the air in December and advises visitors to check the weather and dress accordingly. “Trains will operate in snow, sleet or rain, so come prepared,” he adds. Hot chocolate, hot dogs and other concessions are available from a food vendor set-up in the rail yard.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.TriangleTrain.comor at the train yard the day of the ride.
Holiday Santa Trains will operate two weekends in December 2013:
Diesel train rides depart at:
Steam train rides depart at:
Diesel train ride tickets are:
Steam train ride tickets are:
NHVR recommends buying tickets online and arriving at the train yard 30 minutes before the listed departure time.
Over 42,000 passengers rode The Polar Express™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2011 and we hope to see you this year! 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.
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, 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 begins November 9th and operates through December 30th. View the 2012 departure schedule here!
For more information, visit: http://www.gsmr.com/create-content/event/polar-express/polar-express-0
Nov. 24: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2; Dec. 7 – 9; 13 – 16; 20 – 23; 27 – 29, 2012
Park Opens: 5:00 pm
Train Rides begin at 5:30pm with the last train leaving at 9:00
Caroleers are a vibrant acapella group based at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in Thomasville. Authentic costumes dating from the 1880’s allow listeners to be transported back in time as they listen to familiar carols like Silent Night, children’s songs like Rudolph, and seasonal favorites like White Christmas. Since 1994, the group has logged over thirty performances at Biltmore House in Asheville, sung at Chinqua Penn Plantation in Reidsville and has performed for numerous functions from banquets to nursing homes.
We have added 2 new passenger cars, therefore, we can ride an additional 100 people per train ride. We are putting a new exhibit in the service station with antique toys and Coke memorabilia. We are planning on having a horse drawn wagon ride to the Reid Plantation and having the blacksmith, slave kitchen and main house open.
DENTON FARM PARK
Park Opens: 5:30-9:00 pm
Train Rides begin at 6:00pm
Welcome to The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad where you can see the Smokies in Style! We are located in the heart of Bryson City, North Carolina. Your journey begins in Bryson City! Our scenic rail excursions takes you from our historic depot through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. Our variety of train excursions and special event trains makes us perfect for making memories with your friends and families! Dine in our First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an open air gondola! Step on board for your next rail adventure!
Reservations Line: 800-872-4681
Group Sales: 800-872-4681 x3
Experience the Magic this season…. http://www.gsmr.com/
Book Your Golden Ticket to Ride The Polar Express™
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will delight passengers who take the memorable one-hour journey to an imaginary North Pole. The event is inspired by the Warner Bros. motion picture and the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg. Bring the whole family and experience the magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS and read along with the story as the train makes its round trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa & a treat. And, for those who BELIEVE, a special momento from Santa for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas!
Dates & Times:
November 5, 11, 12, 14, & 18 departs at 6:30pm
November 6, 13, 21, 23, 24, & 28 departs at 5:00pm & 6:30pm
November 19, 20, 26, & 27 departs at 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm
December 1, & 8 departs 6:30pm
December 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, & 24 departs at 5:00pm & 6:30pm
Dec 2 & 9 (Homes School Day) 11am departure
December 3, & 10 departs at 11:00am, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm
December 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23 departs at 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm
December 4, 11, & 18 departs at 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, & 8:00pm
Polar Express Tickets
Family First Class Seating – Guests will receive a deluxe serving of hot chocolate in a souvenir Polar Express mug, and enjoy short breads and other treats in addition to the standard offerings and a special momento from Santa. Adults $59, Children ages 2-12 $41. Children under 2 $10 (no mug).
Crown Class Seating – Guests will receive a deluxe serving of hot chocolate in a souvenir Polar Express tumbler and a special momento from Santa. Adults $49, Children ages 2-12 $36. Children under 2 $10 (no tumbler).
Coach Class Seating – Guests will receive a serving of hot chocolate and a special momento from Santa. Adults $39, Children ages 2-12 $26. Children under 2 ride complimentary, but must be seated in an adult’s lap. Premium rates may apply to select dates. For more information and reservations please call (800)872.4681 or visit us online at http://www.GSMR.com.
Christmas Eve “Limited” Polar Express Train
All Christmas Eve Limited passengers will receive an exclusive souvenir Golden Ticket necklace lanyard and a special momento from Santa.
Family First Class Seating – Guests will receive an exclusive souvenir Golden Ticket Necklace Lanyard, a deluxe serving of hot chocolate in a souvenir Polar Express mug, and enjoy short breads and other treats in addition to the standard offerings and a special momento from Santa.
Standard Seating – Guests will receive an exclusive souvenir Golden Ticket Necklace Lanyard, a serving of hot chocolate and a special momento from Santa. Adults $50, Children $37. Children under 2 ride complimentary, but must be seated in an adult’s lap. Premium rates may apply to select dates.
Visitors who ride aboard The Polar Express™ Train Ride will also receive FREE admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum. Without train excursion admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children. For more information and reservations please call (800)872.4681.
For tickets, more information and directions contact the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad at (800) 872-4681
By Hugh Fisher – email@example.com
SPENCER — He’s making a list, and checking it twice, but not on a sleigh with snow and ice.
Santa Claus is taking the train to town.
With festive decorations aboard, the Santa Train’s been running at the N.C. Transportation Museum for the last two weekends.
Santa and his elves board to pass out treats and talk to each child and family.
“You kids stay sweet and smart,” Santa Claus said to Chloe and Cameron Mullinax of Mount Pleasant.
“Santa’s going to visit you real soon!”
Their mom, Christy Mullinax, has been bringing her daughters to Spencer for the Santa Train for years.
Chloe, who’s 3 years old this Christmas, smiled while one of the volunteers took her picture with Santa, her sister and her mom.
Cameron, who’s 7, had a long wish list ready for Santa:
“A DVD player that sits on your lap and a (Nintendo) DSi,” she said, among other things.
“You think he’s got enough time to get all that together?” Christy asked with a smile.
Cameron smiled and nodded. “He got my letter!”
Families from as far off as Shelby and Winston-Salem were among the riders sharing wishes with Santa yesterday afternoon.
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.