Tweetsie Railroad Announces Event Schedule for 60th Anniversary Season

Tweetsierailroadengine No. 190 On Trestle
Photo courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad

On April 7, 2017, the Blue Ridge Mountains will echo the familiar 'tweet, tweet!' of Tweetsie Railroad's historic steam engines when the theme park opens for its 60th Anniversary season. Guests will experience a Wild West adventure complete with family-friendly entertainment, rides and special events all season long. Guests visiting the park on Saturday, April 15, will als get to spend time with a special guest: the Easter Bunny.

The 2017 season will feature a variety of events that will provide many opportunities for exciting and memorable trips to Tweetsie Railroad:

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts in Concert | Saturday, May 27
Four-time Grammy recipient David Holt comes to Tweetsie Railroad to give visitors an old-time music experience with a new twist. Come enjoy all-American music and humorous stories at the noon and 3 p.m. shows.

Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017 | June 9-18
Thomas the Tank Engine has come all the way from the Island of Sodor to Tweetsie Railroad. To make sure Thomas is right on time and available to take photos with guests, Sir Topham Hatt will be managing the station during the event. A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets for this event in advance is highly recommended.

Fireworks Extravaganza | July 4
It's no secret that Tweetsie Railroad has always presented the biggest July 4 fireworks display in Western North Carolina, and this year's extravaganza will be the park's most spectacular show ever. Join Tweetsie Railroad in celebrating its 60th anniversary and America's birthday with an evening of park rides and entertainment; the park is open until 9 p.m., and the big fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. Guests can make the night even more special with an optional dinner and a V.I.P. viewing area.

Cool Summer Nights | July 8, 15, 22 and 29
Cool off in the mountains this summer at Tweetsie Railroad's Cool Summer Nights. The Wild West entertainment and park rides will be open until 9 p.m.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | July 7-9
Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are making their first visit to Tweetsie Railroad this summer to enjoy the park and meet their fans. Be sure to catch appearances from the world¹s most famous mutant turtles at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs | July 22-29
These aren't your average canines! You¹ll be blown away by incredible performances by this team of talented dogs performing acrobatic routines. There will be three shows daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., plus a special evening show at 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Backyardigans | Aug.4-6
Explore the park and meet your favorite costumed characters from the hit Nickelodeon show, "The Backyardigans." Pose, hug and take pictures with Pablo, Uniqua and Tyrone during their appearances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Riders in the Sky | Aug. 12-13
Riders in the Sky, America's Favorite Cowboys, will perform their famous Western music and comedy blend at noon and 3 p.m. each day. The quartet has been together for more than 30 years and has received Grammy Awards for Best Musical Album for Children with the production of "Woody's Round Up" from "Toy Story 2" and the companion album for "Monsters Inc."

Railroad Heritage Weekend | Aug. 26-27
What do steam locomotives and the Blue Ridge Mountains have in common? A history that goes back to the 1800s. Come celebrate Railroad Heritage Weekend at Tweetsie Railroad with special train rides, performances by the Cherokee dancers, crafts from the Tsa-La-Gi Touring Program, and tours of the Steam Locomotive Repair Shop. This year's Railroad Heritage Weekend will also celebrate the 100th birthday of the famous Tweetsie locomotive, Engine No. 12.

Ghost Train | Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 22-Oct. 28
Tweetsie Railroad will host a Halloween celebration the whole family can enjoy. Ghost Train includes trick-or-treating, the Freaky Forest, the Haunted House and more. The Ghost Train has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Tweetsie Christmas | Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov. 24­-Dec.30
A new holiday tradition has begun! Celebrate all of the joys of the holiday season when the park transforms into a winter wonderland for Tweetsie Christmas. Enjoy a train ride through an enchanted land of twinkling lights, visit with Santa, see Christmas shows and more. Your family can even pick out the perfect Christmas tree while you're here! A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets for this event in advance is highly recommended.

If You Go

Daytime admission is $45 for adults, $30 for children (ages 3 to 12) and free for children 2 and under. Admission prices for Ghost Train and Tweetsie Christmas are $38 for adults and children. Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2017 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit or call 877.TWEETSIE (877-898-3874).

Source: Tweetsie Railroad


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