Didn't Get Tickets to the Pullen Park Holiday Express? Here are 13 Other Options

Pullen Park's Holiday Express isn't the only train in town


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PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW HOPE VALLEY RAILWAY

Every year, tickets for the Pullen Park Holiday Express sell out quickly. This year all tickets sold out within minutes of going on sale at 5:30 a.m., July 31, 2018. Matthew Wright, operations manager of historic attractions for the City of Raleigh, says the park sold 15,000 tickets for the Holiday Express the morning of July 31 in under half an hour.

"If people did not get tickets this morning, they can keep an eye out online this fall," he says. "It is very common for people to have gotten tickets expecting extended family to come, and then find out closer to December that they can’t make it."

And remember, there's more than one holiday train in town — and plenty of other holiday activities to be found. Carolina Parent's popular holiday roundup lists more than 50 events for the 2018 holiday season alone — including the holiday train rides listed below:

 

Santa Train

Photo from Museum of Life and Science


Museum of Life and Science, Durham
Dec. 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-22 | $15-$22, under 2 free

Thousands of twinkling lights will shine throughout the museum campus, guiding the way to all the fun! Hop on board the train for a moonlit ride to the North Pole, where Santa and his elves will greet guests. You can also check out the "ice" skating rink for skate-in-your-socks excitement, sip complimentary hot chocolate, have your face painted, explore the crafts and activities tent where you can make-and-take special treats, and learn about the science of Santa. The Santa Train goes sensory-friendly on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the train times of 5:20 p.m., 5:40 p.m. and 6 p.m. for guests with autism spectrum disorder and other similar needs. 


Santa’s Reindeer Roundup Express

Photo By Jimmy Sumerell 


New Hope Valley Railway, New Hill
Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15 | $12-$15, under 2 free

Hop aboard an open train car with all the trimmings. Help Santa find Rudolph and his other lost reindeer, and take pictures with him during the hour-long ride. Frosty the Snowman greets families in the rail yard. Trains depart at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 


Trackless Train Rides

Photo from the North Hills Facebook page


North Hills Commons, Raleigh
Nov. 17 | Free

Hop aboard a trackless train ride at North Hill's annual Christmas tree lighting celebration. This year's event will also feature snow slopes, kids crafts and activities, a bounce house, and a vendor village. As Santa Claus arrives at 6 p.m., the 41-foot Christmas tree will be lit amidst a joyous chorus of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”


Twelve Days of Christmas Holiday Express

Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill
Dec. 23 | $30

As part of Carolina Inn’s annual Twelve Days of Christmas event series, get on board and join holiday elves for a special reading of "The Polar Express." There will be cookie decorating, ornament making, an afternoon snack and of course a train ride around the Inn. Five percent of all proceeds from this event will be donated to Toys for Tots.


Morrisville’s Lighting of the Tree

Photo from the Town of Morrisville, NC Facebook page


Indian Creek Greenway Trailhead, Morrisville
Nov. 30 | Free

Enjoy a tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m., followed by musical entertainment, trackless train rides, crafts and visits with Santa until 9 p.m.


Polar Express

Photo from the Northgate Mall Facebook page


Northgate Mall, Durham
Dec. 1-24 | $3

Trains leave the Center Court Station Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, noon-7 p.m.; Sundays Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 23, noon-5 p.m.; and Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Get $1 off the train ticket price when you purchase a Trosa Tree from the lot at Sears.


Festival of Lights Train Rides

Photo from the Hill Ridge Farms Facebook page


Hill Ridge Farms, Youngsville
Nov. 22-Dec. 29 | $10-12; train rides are $3 extra per person

Enjoy a train ride around holiday light displays. After your ride, take a covered wagon hayride through the holiday lights, enjoy all of the play areas, including the giant slide, corn house, jumping pillow, pipe swings and more.


Raleigh Santa Train

Photo from NC By Train


Departs from Raleigh, Cary, Durham or Burlington
Dec. 8

Update: The 2018 event is sold out. For one day only, make holiday memories on this fun-filled NC By Train trip featuring Mrs. Claus, carolers, refreshments and Santa Claus. Tickets are limited and sell out quickly, so book early to reserve your seats. Passengers can board the Santa Train at any of the stops listed: Raleigh (station code RGH), Cary (CYN), Durham (DNC) or Burlington (BNC). Book your round-trip ticket on Train #75 to Greensboro (GRO), returning on Train #74.

 

Further Afield

Tweetsie Christmas

Photo from the Tweetsie Railroad


Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock
Nov. 23-Dec. 29, Friday and Saturday nights | $38 per person, under 2 free 

Take a night-time train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains on a crisp winter’s night as you enjoy Christmas carols and the tracks dazzlingly lit for the holidays during Tweetsie Railroad's seasonal Christmas celebration. Remember to dress warmly; the cars have open windows. You can also select your Christmas tree, sing with carolers and take in the dazzling light displays and holiday decorations throughout the park. A limited number of tickets are available. Buying tickets for this event in advance is highly recommended.


Country Christmas Train

Photo from Denton FarmPark


Denton FarmPark, Denton
Nov. 23-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, Dec. 13-16, Dec. 19-23, Dec. 26-27 | $5-$15

Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad and see the lights and a brief nativity movie along the way. Visit the church to hear a Christmas story and to sing carols. Explore the service station, Gingerbread House, General Store, Doll Museum and Arts & Crafts exhibits. Take the tram down to visit the Reid Plantation or ride on a horse-drawn wagon. Be sure to stop by Santa’s cabin for a visit.


Great Smoky Mountain Railway's Polar Express

Photo from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Facebook Page


Bryson City Depot, Bryson City
Nov. 9-Dec. 31 | Ticket prices vary by class of service

The 1¼-hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of "The Polar Express" soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS train, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift of their own silver sleigh bell, like in the story. Christmas carols will be sung as guests return back to the Bryson City Depot.


The Hubb’s Express and Santa Too!

Photo from the Hubb's Farm NC Facebook Page


Hubb's Farm, Clinton
Nov. 25 | $20 per person for ages 2 to adult, under 2 free

Ticket includes time with Santa, a movie screening, hot chocolate, Hubb's Express train ride and a jingle bell for all attendees. Campfires are available for making s’mores. S’mores kits (one kit makes four s’mores) are available for order at the time of ticket purchase. Limited tickets are available to preserve the intimate, small-theater atmosphere and must be purchased online in advance.


The Polar Express Train Ride

Photo from the North Carolina Transportation Museum


North Carolina Transportation Museum, Spencer
Nov. 16-Dec. 22 | $32-$48, under 2 free

The Polar Express Train Ride offers the unique experience of a live theater performance and train ride in one. The performance begins with the train's arrival in the station at the Barber Junction Visitor Center. After watching a short production, guests are invited aboard to enjoy hot chocolate and a sweet treat; delight in lively songs; dance; and hear a reading of "The Polar Express." Upon arrival at the North Pole, passengers deboard to watch Santa present the first gift of Christmas. Santa then joins passengers on the train and provides each believer with a silver sleigh bell before exiting the train at Candy Cane Lane. The entire event lasts about 70 minutes and will take place entirely on the 60-acre grounds of the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The whole family is encouraged to dress in their warmest pajamas and to bring their "The Polar Express" book to read along, if they wish. Dress warmly enough to walk comfortably to and from your car, to wait for boarding and to watch the two outdoor performances. 

 

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Learn how to use unique materials to create wind chimes with glue and paint. Wear clothes that can get messy. Aprons and crafting materials provided. Register online. 

Cost: $10/child

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham , NC  27707
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Sponsor: The Scrap Exchange
Telephone: 919-213-1278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
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Identify birds by species and record the number of birds you see. Enjoy refreshments as results are tallied. All ages and abilities welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Marla Dorrel Park, Kids Together Playground Shelter
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Preschoolers learn how foxes and coyotes are similar to and different from dogs. Children ages 3-5 with adult meet Red the Fox and Carrie the Coyote, then go outside to look for real tracks and...

Cost: $3; no fee for accompanying adult

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Puppet Show Incorporated presents "Goldi and #3 Bear Cottage," a fractured fairy tale inspired by the popular children’s book "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by...

Cost: Free

Where:
GiGi's Playhouse Raleigh
Swift Creek Shopping Center
2887 Jones Franklin Road
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: GiGi's Playhouse Raleigh
Telephone: 191-930-73952
Contact Name: Caroline Tate
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Ages 4-12 with caregiver enjoy arts and crafts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Take your favorite Valentine to the farm and join all the animals for some Valentines fun. Meet Peppa Pig and Annie the Donkey, and feed the horses and other animals. Take...

Cost: $13.50/person

Where:
Spring Haven Farm
5306 Homer Ruffin Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Spring Haven Farm
Telephone: 919-407-1806
Contact Name: Andrew
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Join us for a celebration of African culture with stories, crafts, prizes and more!

Cost: 0

Where:
Orange County Public Library
137 W Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 191-924-52539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one—man bubble extravaganza! It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, and...

Cost: Adults: $27, Seniors (55+): $25, Family & Friends 4-pack: $92

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave
Cary, NC  27511
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Join a park naturalist on a one-mile hike around Crowder Pond and help to identify and count the birds that we see along the way. Learn how to identify backyard birds by sight, sound, and other...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Discover what's happening as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #121590.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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