This weekend marked the very beginning of Santa’s Paradise Express at the Strasburg Railroad! Running every weekend up until Christmas, we couldn’t wait to make a return trip!
Santa’s Paradise Express runs December 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16, 2012. This holiday tradition provides a fun, relaxing atmosphere for families as they travel on a 45-minute ride in an authentic vintage steam train. Santa, his helper and musicians stroll from car-to-car, greeting and entertaining children of all ages. After the train ride, children are treated to storybook readings of holiday classics. Children ages 3 to 11 also receive a gift from Santa and his helper.
New to the Strasburg Railroad this year is the Night Before Christmas Train Ride. This train runs on three Friday evenings during the holiday season, November 30, December 7 and 14. This very unique train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk as the train rolls along. After the train ride, children are also treated to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard our Caboose (stationary) and visitors of all ages can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motor car.
Close to the Strasburg Railroad is the Choo Choo Barn. Choo Choo Barn is celebrating the season with an enhanced holiday display from November 23 through December 31, 2012. Look for 51 hidden Santas and watch as Santa’s sleigh flies above the gigantic model train display. Enjoy the holiday decorations throughout the display including holiday lights and the snow-covered landscape. Plus, take a close look at the zoo animals in Traintown to see how they’re getting into the holiday spirit! Choo Choo Barn is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Closed Christmas Day). Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-11.
You might also want to visit the Choo Choo Barn on Fridays – help the community by participating in Canned Food Fridays. The 24th annual food drive returns to the Choo Choo Barn in Strasburg, PA, on December 7, 14 and 21, 2012 from 10am – 8pm. Admission to the Choo Choo Barn’s 1,700 square foot model train layout is free if you donate at least one non-perishable food item per person.
What a wonderful time! We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon riding the rails. The weather could not have been more perfect (though the train is fully enclosed, so inclement weather would not have been a problem).
Now for a giveaway! We are excited to give ONE FAMILY a ticket package that includes admission for FOUR to BOTH the Strasburg Railroad AND the Choo Choo Barn!
Giveaway package includes:One family 4-pack of tickets for Choo Choo Barn’s Holiday Display. http://www.
choochoobarn.com/holiday/Valid through December 31, 2012. Value = $28One family 4-pack of Coach tickets for Santa’s Paradise Express at Strasburg Rail Road valid on Saturday, December 8 at 3:00p.m. http:// strasburgrailroad.com/santas- paradise-express.phpValue = $68
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Ends tonight, 9/2/12, at midnight est.
Day Out With Thomas: Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012 is chugging into Strasburg Rail Road September 15-23, 2012.
Head to Strasburg Rail Road to ride on a train pulled by Thomas, meet Sir Tophamm Hat and enjoy a whole bunch of other kid-friendly, Thomas-themed activities!
In fact, on the Strasburg Rail Road Facebook page right now you can enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets.
And guess what? We have one (1) 4-pack of tickets to give away as well!
The prize: Win a family 4-pack of Day Out With Thomas tickets valid at Strasburg Rail Road on Monday, September 17, 2012 for the 11:15 a.m. Thomas train ride.
The value of this prize is $76. Tickets will be held at the Will Call Tent for the winner. Winner must present valid I.D. when picking up the tickets. The tickets have an assigned train time: 11:15a.m. but the winner can enjoy the Day Out With Thomas activities from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on September 17th.
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To the winner: you have been emailed. Please reply to my email within 48 hours accepting your prize. After 48 hours I will choose a new winner if I have not heard from you. Thanks!
This weekend marked the very beginning of Santa’s Paradise Express at the Strasburg Railroad! Running every weekend up until Christmas, we had a chance to check out this holiday tradition TODAY.
What a wonderful time! The weather could not have been more perfect (though the train is fully enclosed, so inclement weather would not have been a problem).
Santa actually visited each and every train car en route and paused for pictures with each family. He also gave every child a small toy!
Strasburg Railroad provided us with tickets so that we could check out Santa’s Paradise Express and report back to you about what we thought! All opinions are 100% ours.
We had SUCH a blast when we visited the Strasburg Railroad (Lancaster, PA) in August. Lily Bean was just starting to love trains and that trip definitely gave her passion a jumpstart. We heard “Choo Choo!” from the backseat the entire way home- a true train aficionado had been born!
In August we heard about a seasonal event held each year by the Strasburg Railroad - the Santa’s Paradise Express.
The Santa’s Paradise Express kicks off on Thanksgiving weekend and invites believers of all ages to ride the rails with the jolly guy from up North! During the 45 minute train ride through the beautiful rolling farmland of Lancaster County, PA, passengers will be greeted by carolers, musicians and of course, Santa himself.
There is even more fun back at the station, including storytime, a ride on the Tinsel Trolley (included in admission) and each child ages 3-11 will receive a special gift from Santa.
Dates for the Santa Express:
November 26, 27 and 28, 2010
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19, 2010
Rides start each day at 11 a.m.
Under 3: $3
The Mama Cheaps Fam is getting super excited to check out Santa’s Paradise Express. Even more exciting- the Strasburg Railroad is going to give one lucky Mama Cheaps reader a family 4 pack of tickets for a Santa’s Paradise Express ride on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 3 p.m.
*Note: These tickets are for a specific time and date. Please only enter this giveaway if you will be able to travel to the Strasburg Railroad on 12/19/10 for the 3 p.m. ride.
There are several ways to earn entries to this giveaway (if you are already an FB fan and/or Email Subscriber you DO earn those entries!):
:: Who would you bring on Santa’s Paradise Express with you? Leave a comment below with your answer.
:: Suggest Mama Cheaps on Facebook to your Facebook friends. Head to our Facebook page. Right underneath our profile picture click “Suggest to Friends.” Give yourself 1 entry for EVERY friend you suggest our page to. Leave a separate comment for EACH friend suggestion!
:: Subscribe to our daily email digest. Enter your email address here and CONFIRM the email sent to your email inbox. You must confirm this subscription for the entry to count. Leave a comment below telling me that you signed up.
This giveaway is open to anyone who has the ability to travel to the Lancaster County, PA area on 12/19/10 who is 18 years or older. Transportation, lodging, etc to and/or from Lancaster are NOT included. This giveaway will run today, 11/14/10, until Sunday, 11/28/10 at 8 PM EST. One winner will be chosen via random number generator on random.org. Tickets will be mailed to the winner at the address they specify at time of prize acceptance.
Strasburg Railroad is providing the tickets for this giveaway. They are also providing us with passes to check out the train ride for ourselves. All opinions are 100% ours.
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