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Raleigh parks plans changes for 2014 Holiday Express

Posted March 18, 2014

Holiday Express at Pullen Park

Raleigh is making some big changes to its popular Holiday Express at Pullen Park to reduce wait times and better plan for bad weather.

The Christmas event has sold out for the last few years since Pullen reopened after a major renovation. In December, inclement weather forced park staff to cancel some nights and allow ticket holders to attend on other nights. That meant more people were packed into the park for the already popular event.

City park officials say the changes are based on feedback shared by those who attended the 2013 event.

Here are the changes: 

  • The city will decrease the number of tickets sold for each night to reduce wait times for activities.
  • The city will add two additional nights to offer families more flexibility. The event will now run Thursday to Sunday instead of Friday to Sunday.
  • When you purchase tickets to Holiday Express, you will select a specific train ride time. While you may enjoy other activities throughout the duration of the event, having a specific train ride time will reduce wait time for this popular activity.
  • The city will plan for additional inclement weather days.

The 2014 Holiday Express is scheduled for Dec. 4 to Dec. 7 and Dec. 11 to Dec. 14. Tickets go on sale July 29.



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  • Obamacare rises again Mar 19, 2014

    Is this place safe or should I apply for a Concealed Carry Permit ?

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 19, 2014

    LOVE this event every year. We don't have kids but it just brings out the holiday spirits to see all the lights and the kids laughing and running around. Other than bad weather on a couple of days last year, was a great event. They should just do it for 2 weeks solid.

  • Sarah Hall Mar 19, 2014
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    Agree 100 percent @LinLin161.


  • linlin161 Mar 18, 2014

    After going the last 2 years, with last year being a complete nightmare, I'm glad that the City of Raleigh asked people what they would change and then implemented the changes. This sounds like it will be a much more pleasant event. Inclement weather days and set train ride times will improve the experience drastically!