Ride the Rails with Santa

Ride the Triangle’s Train with Santa during the first two weekends of December on Saturdays Dec. 7 and 14 and Sundays Dec. 8 and 15, 2013. Trains will depart from the New Hope Valley Railway’s 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.com or 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.

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