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WEB EXCLUSIVE We know the last thing you want to think about in August is the holidays—but hear us out. If you want to spook up some Halloween fun and jolly merrymaking with Santa, get your tickets now for these hot holiday happenings.
It’s still hot out there, but it’s never too early to make a plan for the most wonderful time of the year. Start figuring out your Halloween costume now, dig out those ugly Christmas sweaters and purchase your tickets for two of New Hope Valley Railway’s most popular train ride events, Track or Treat: Halloween Express and Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express.
Have a boo-tiful time during spooky season (Oct. 16, 23 and 30) on the Halloween Express, featuring family-friendly spooks like Count Dracula and scenes of flying witches, smoking cauldrons and large jack-o’-lanterns. While waiting to board the train, listen to songs by singing pumpkins and take advantage of all the photo ops; then, once the train gets moving, play Mummy Mayhem, a game where riders search for 13 mummies hidden along the train tracks. Costumes, of course, are highly encouraged.
Come Christmastime (Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12 and 18), the Triangle Train is transformed into a winter wonderland. Kiddos and adults alike will get to hop aboard Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express to help jolly Old Saint Nick find his nine missing reindeer. After you’ve successfully rounded up the reindeer, pay a visit to the big guy back at the rail yard. Santa will be in his sleigh ready to take pics with all of the train riders—perfect for the family Christmas card.
“Many families return each year to our railway to enjoy both our Halloween and Santa trains,” says NHVR marketing representative Tom Hutchinson. “Both ride events offer a fun and unique way for friends and loved ones to spend time together and celebrate the spooky and holiday seasons.”
And if you’re really in the holiday spirit, purchase a ticket for the 2021 Railway Raffle, which supports both NHVR and the North Carolina Railway Museum. The winner will receive four tickets to Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express, a personal cab tour of a diesel locomotive, a $25 gift card to the Museum Gift Shop and one 2022 Operate-a-Loco experience. ’Tis the season! triangletrain.com
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