Dates Set for the 2019 Holiday Express at Pullen Park

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 30, at 5:30 a.m.
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Update: The 2019 Pullen Park Holiday Express sold out within minutes of going on sale at 5:30 a.m. on July 30, 2019. Didn't get tickets? Here are 13 other holiday and Santa train options.


For many Triangle families, the Holiday Express train at Pullen Park is must-do experience. So when tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 30 at 5:30 a.m., they are expected to sell out quickly. 

This year's Holiday Express rolls into Raleigh Dec. 4-8 and Dec. 11-15, 4-9 p.m.

During this popular event — hosted by Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, and the Crabtree Rotary Club — Pullen Park is festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a holiday wonderland, and participants also enjoy an ice covered sledding hill, unlimited carousel rides, crafts, a visit with Santa and more. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales support Crabtree Rotary Club charities. Learn more here.

Holiday Express Quick Facts

  • Holiday Express runs 4-9 p.m. on event nights. A ticket purchase grants you access to the event starting at 4 p.m. on the date selected.
  • Enjoy holiday lights and displays, a train ride, sledding down a snow covered hill, unlimited carousel rides, crafts and an opportunity to visit with Santa.
  • Tickets are $12 per person and are required for all guests ages 2 and older. There is an 8 ticket limit per household over the course of the event. 
  • You will select a designated train ride time with each ticket purchase.
  • Wait times for a visit with Santa take place in a virtual queue and can exceed 2 hours of virtual time and 30 minutes of time in line. If you would like to visit Santa, please check in with staff immediately upon entry to the event.
  • All activities are included in the ticket price.
  • Pullen Place Cafe will be open for food purchases, including hot chocolate.

Limited edition Pullen Park ornaments are available for pre-purchase at the time of your ticket order. This year's ornament will be announced in July.

Tickets will only be sold through There will be no walk-in or phone ticket sales.


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