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unnamedRide the Rails with Santa Claus this Holiday Season
New Hope Valley Railway Hosts Annual Santa Train Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15

(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:
• Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8
• Saturday and Sunday, December 14 & 15

Diesel train rides depart at:
• 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm

Steam train rides depart at:
• 12:15 pm and 2:45 pm

Diesel train ride tickets are:
• $10 for adults and $7 for children, ages 2-12.

Steam train ride tickets are:
• $12 for adults and $8 for children.

NHVR recommends buying tickets online and arriving at the train yard 30 minutes before the listed departure time.

Learn more by visiting www.TriangleTrain.com orwww.facebook.com/TriangleTrain.

polar expressOver 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

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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.

Book now:
For tickets, more information and directions contact the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad at (800) 872-4681

Visit: http://gsmr.com/events/Polar_Express.php

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 The Polar Express at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Departs Bryson City

“All Aboard” says the conductor, as your train ride begins. Families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with cocoa and cookies served on board the train, followed by a reading of The Polar Express™ by Chris Van Allsburg.

Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own jingle bell, just like in the story. There will be caroling on board the train as your trip returns to the depot. This is a holiday ride the entire family will enjoy.

Ticket prices start at $38.00 for adults and $26.00 for children ages 2-12.

Children under two years old 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 www.GSMR.com.
 
First Class seating upgrades are available. Each first class guest 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. First Class fares are $57.00 for adults and $40.00 for children ages 2-12. Children under two years old are $10.00.

Call for reservations and details:
1-800-872-4681
www.gsmr.com
www.polarexpressride.com

 
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SantaTrainFeatherDecember 5-6, 12-13, 19-20

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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