6 Christmas events to consider (if you didn't get those Holiday Express tickets)
Posted July 26
Didn't get tickets for Pullen Park's Holiday Express? You're not alone. Though more than 15,400 tickets sold out within less than two hours on Tuesday, many parents are left looking for holiday activities.
Luckily, we have a ton around here and you have plenty of time. Really, we're just getting started.
Museum of Life and Science's Santa Train, Durham
Tickets for this popular event - which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year - will go on sale in the fall. It features a ride aboard the museum's Ellerbe Creek Railway, a visit with Santa, crafts and other activities.
New Hope Valley Railway's Santa Train, New Hill
Tickets are on sale now for this popular event, which runs Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 and Dec. 9 and Dec. 10. Take an hour-long open air ride through rural southwestern Wake County and meet Santa. Tickets cost between $12 and $14 per person and can be purchased online.
Hill Ridge Farms' Festival of Lights, Youngsville
My extended family had a blast at Hill Ridge's Festival of Lights last year, taking in the hundreds of thousands of lights on a hay ride, meeting Santa and playing, after dark, on the farms' outdoor playground. It opens Thanksgiving weekend and runs until New Year's Eve. Tickets are typically between $9 and $12. An annual pass for $65 includes unlimited visits, including to the fall pumpkin patch and Festival of Lights.
Santa's Trolley, Mordecai Historic Park, Raleigh
Here's the description: Santa is lost in Raleigh and Holly the Elf needs your help to find him in time for Christmas! Have you seen him lately? Do you know where he might be? Jump aboard the Raleigh Trolley and help Holly track down Santa in time for Christmas! Advance registration is recommended. Tickets, which are $10 per person, are nonrefundable and typically sell out. They are on sale now. Call 919-996-4364 for tickets and information. It's scheduled for Dec. 15 to Dec. 17.
Swim with Santa, Buffaloe Road Aquatics Center, Raleigh
Here's the description: Santa will make a special trip to Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center on Dec. 9 to hear the children's wishes. Children will be allowed to enjoy the attractions at Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center, including a giant water slide and lazy river, and have an opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and swim with his holiday elves. Crafts, activities and pictures with Santa also planned (be sure to bring your camera). All guests, both kids and adults, will pay gate admission to visit the facility. There is no additional fee for the program. The cost ranges between $3 and $14 per person, depending on the participant's age and whether they live in Raleigh. Check Raleigh's RecLink for details about this and other holiday programs.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Raleigh
The show, designed for young audiences, is incredibly faithful to the TV classic. It's at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Tickets are on sale now and start at $22.
My past posts about other Santa Trains, holiday light shows and Christmas productions offer more details about other Christmas events coming up. (Just note that those posts include dates for previous years, not the 2017 season).