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All Aboard: It's time to buy Santa Train tickets

Tickets go on sale for the Museum of Life and Science's very popular Santa Train. And learn about other Santa Trains in the region.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Santa Train 2010 will leave the station at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham next month. And if you want to climb aboard, you better get ready to get your tickets.

This very popular Christmas event features a night-time train ride, visit with Santa and his elves, hot chocolate, music, crafts and lots of other activities. This is a holiday tradition for many families around here. And tickets sell out fast ... really fast.

The Santa Train runs Dec. 1 through Dec. 5, Dec. 8 through Dec. 12 and Dec. 15 through Dec. 20. Departure times start at 5:20 p.m. and run to 8:20 p.m.

So mark your calendars:

Tickets are on sale for general museum members on Monday and Tuesday starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are $15 each. Kids under 3 are free. Click here for more information about the train and how to buy tickets.
The museum also is running a Santa Train ticket giveaway. Click here for details.

And there are other Santa trains in the state:

  • Tickets to the also popular N.C. Amtrak Raleigh Santa Train, which runs from Raleigh to Greensboro and back, are sold out. (Congratulations to all you parents who were on top of that one!) But if you have reason to be in the Charlotte area, there are still some tickets available for the Charlotte Santa Train. Click here for details. It's Dec. 4.
  • New Hope Valley Railway's Santa Trains are Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 and Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 at the railway in southwestern Wake County. Click here for details and to buy tickets (which is highly recommended).
  • The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, about two hours from Raleigh, has a slew of Christmas-related rides. Click here for details and tickets.
  • And if you're up for a weekend trip, the Great Smoky Mountains Railway in Bryson City has a Polar Express, which started Nov. 5 and runs through Dec. 18. It's pricey ... tickets can run as high as $59. But it sounds like quite an experience. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Bryson City is about 5 hours from Raleigh. Click here for details.
And for many other holiday events, check the Go Ask Mom Holiday Guide.

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