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Pullen's Holiday Express tickets on sale this week

Posted July 28, 2014

Holiday Express at Pullen Park

I know it's July, but that doesn't mean it's too early to get ready for Christmas, I suppose.

Tickets for Pullen Park's Holiday Express will go on sale Tuesday for the event, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., nightly, from Dec. 4 to Dec. 7 and Dec. 11 to Dec. 14.

The evening includes a ride on the train and carousel, along with arts, crafts, holiday music and a visit with Santa. Thousands of lights will decorate the park and train track. Raleigh parks and the Crabtree Rotary Club present the event. Part of the event's proceeds support Rotary charities.

This is a very popular event. Tickets will sell out. And Raleigh parks officials have been making changes each year to make the event less about waiting for things and more about fun.

New for this year: Guests will purchase tickets for a designated train boarding time, which means you won't have to wait as long in line if you don't get there as soon as the event opens. Great change.

And the event was extended to four days each week - Thursday to Sunday, instead of Friday to Sunday - to better accommodate all of the people who want to come.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, July 29. They are $8 per person. Armband and boarding passes are required for all guests 24 months and older. Children under 24 months without a paid admission must be held or sit in the lap of an accompanying adult during the train ride. They cannot occupy a seat, according to the city.

Tickets can be purchased online at Reclink or at any staffed parks, recreation and cultural resources facility. Again, these will sell out and I suspect the more popular train departure times - between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., if I had to guess - will go first.


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  • diveyrround Jul 30, 2014

    I bought our tix at the Barwell Rd Community Center yesterday. While that location had no clue that they were on sale, she was able to work thru her computer to get the sale done. The print out receipt does clearly say, that wristbands and actual tickets won't be available for p/u @ Pullen Park until Nov something. We're not in the City of Raleigh database, so she did have to register us in there, but the entire transaction only took about 15 min. Just be patient, it appears as it wasn't communicated to the community centers that they can begin selling them.

  • Crescent32084 Jul 29, 2014

    I'm trying to get them online, but didn't have an account, and it was glitching when I tried to create an account. Finally finished and it said it would email me a PIN number within 2 days. 2 days?!?

  • TheMunn Jul 29, 2014

    Today has been quite the adventure buying these tickets. The online system isn't working correctly according the Parks and Recs main office. Try going to the community center closest to work and the employee there refuses to sell the tickets despite it saying on the website you can buy them at any staffed community center. Call Parks and Rec again and they confirm you can buy at the community center but you cannot buy on the phone (despite other people telling me they did order tickets over the phone). Community center still refuses to sell the tickets because "I can only give you a receipt not the tickets." Isn't that the point of will call? Now driving over to Pullen Park to buy tickets. Had I known this was going to waste so much of my time I wouldn't have even bothered!