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Pullen's Holiday Express sold out! Tips if you have tickets, tips if you don't

Posted December 4, 2012

Holiday Express sign at Pullen Park

Pullen Park's Holiday Express runs Wednesday to Sunday and is completely sold out.

The park's Richard Costello tells me that all 8,500 tickets have sold - that's 2,500 more tickets than last year when the event featuring holiday lights, train and carousel rides, a visits with Santa was one night shorter.

"Unbelievable," said Costello of the ticket sales. Costello said city officials will consider adding even more nights next year. Lights set to music at a fountain at Pullen Park

"It's something we're going to continue to look at ... expanding the evening even more," he said.

If you don't have tickets, here are some important things to know.

Pullen will be open for normal operations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The general public is welcome to ride the rides and play on the playground during this time. (The park's grounds and playground actually are open from dawn to dusk most days).

The park will be closed at 2 p.m. each day of the event so crews can prepare. If you do not have a Holiday Express wristband, you will not be allowed in the park during the event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., each night.

If you do have tickets, here are some tips: Christmas tree at Pullen Park for its Holiday Express

To avoid any lines as you enter the event, you can get your wristbands now before you head out there for the event. UPDATE: Thank you to saralang who shared the actual times you can pick up your wristbands. They are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. I checked in with Costello on this, who confirmed that it is correct. He said he didn't realize they were keeping will call open for so long when I spoke to him earlier today.

You also can get your wristbands just before you enter Pullen for the event too.

Parking for the event will be at the Dorothea Dix Soccer Complex on Hunt Drive. The city will have a free shuttle to take people from the parking lot to Pullen Park. Parking at Pullen will be for the handicapped. Carolers at Pullen Park for its Holiday Express

Costello tells me that 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. usually is the high peak traffic times. Get there early or plan to stay later if you want to avoid lines. The lines are really short during the last hour or so.

Pullen Place will be open with a smaller menu during the event. The menu includes seasonal soup, chili, toasted cheese sandwich, pita pizza, hot dogs and beef and cheddar nachos, all for between $2.25 and $4. They'll have lots of warm drinks, treats and some combination deals, including a hot dog, chips and juice box for $5 and soup and corn or carrot muffin for $4.

In addition to serving food during the event, the cafe also will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.


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  • shall6 Dec 5, 2012

    Holding them in your lap is fine on the bus megan ...


  • CrazyLucky Dec 5, 2012

    Does the shuttle bus have carseats? What are the rules for small children on a shuttle bus? Is holding them in your lap ok?

  • sgeddes Dec 4, 2012

    We went last year and spent more time waiting in line than anything else. We didn't even try to see Santa because everything else took so long. We decided not to get tickets this year.

  • shall6 Dec 4, 2012

    Just checked Sara .... The info you got from the city is correct. Sorry about the confusion!


  • shall6 Dec 4, 2012

    Sara .... I'm headed over there now. Will get your answer.


  • Goodone2 Dec 4, 2012

    I just noticed the forecast for Sunday....74! LOL! So much for feeling like Christmas.

  • saralang Dec 4, 2012

    City's website and info sent after buying tickets said will call would be open at these times.
    *Will Call Hours-
    Will call opens Monday, December 3, 2012 December 3-4 11am-6pm
    December 5-9 11am-8:30pm

    Any clarification before I head that way?

  • dorisr034 Dec 4, 2012

    My first time going. I think I'm more excited than my grandson.