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Museum of Life and Science replaces Santa Train for new holiday experience

Posted November 12, 2020 7:20 p.m. EST

The Museum of Life and Science is holding its 40th annual Santa Train in 2017.
Credit: Kissick Photography

— The Museum of Life and Science's Santa Train won't roll along Ellerbe Creek Railway this year because of the ongoing pandemic, but museum leaders are pulling together a new holiday event for families who want to continue the tradition of celebrating the season at the Durham museum.

Holidays in the Park will replace the Santa Train for 2020, Matt Pusateri, the museum's senior director of marketing, tells me.

Spacing and safety guidelines won't allow the museum to do the traditional face-to-face Santa experience, which was a big part of the Santa Train. The museum has held the event for more than four decades.

Plans were still being finalized for Holidays in the Park, but the event will include strolls through the indoor and outdoor spaces of the museum where there will be lots of holiday lights along the pathways and in the trees and different exhibits. Visitors also will be able to take a train ride, enjoy a snack from Sprout Cafe and warm up inside the Magic Wings Butterfly House. The event will take place on evenings in December and is designed to ensure there is safe physical distancing between groups.

Stay tuned for more details. Tickets are scheduled to start going on sale next week.