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Holiday Magic at Essex Station

Holiday Magic at Essex Station

Nothing is more magical than celebrating the season at Essex Station! Spend a day at Essex Station for a magical and memorable holiday experience the entire family will enjoy!

Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their friends for one of two-holiday train adventures on the daytime Santa Special, or the twilight and nighttime North Pole Express. The spirit of the season will surround you as you travel in vintage railway cars filled with holiday magic.

 

North Pole Express

Board our locomotive-powered sleigh…for a magical nighttime journey to the North Pole. Every coach becomes a stage for a LIVE, musical performance of The Night Before Christmas. Celebrate the spirit of the season with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate and sugar cookies.

 

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Santa Special

Santa Special

All aboard the Santa Special for a one-of-a-kind, daytime holiday experience. Make sure you’re camera-ready for that “special moment” when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit each child! Enjoy the spirit of the season as you relax with family and friends aboard festive railway cars adorned with vintage decorations. Rudolph and Pablo the Penguin will be on board to spread holiday cheer. Plus, each child will receive a small holiday gift from Santa’s Elves!

 

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Reindeer Breakfast

Reindeer Breakfast

Relax and enjoy a festive family meal in River Valley Junction before your 10:30 am Santa Special departure, prepared by the team that brings you the Essex Clipper Dinner Train and caters our Events and Functions.

 

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Gift Shop

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at our Holiday Gift Shop – packed with toys, books, jewelry, trinkets, sweets and more!

 

 

Holiday Photos

Grab a cup of cocoa and a freshly baked treat in the Kringle Kafe while you listen to carols, or take family photos in Santa’s sleigh. There are specialty, festive drinks for the grown-ups as well – guaranteed to warm your tummy on a cold day!

 

 

Letters to Santa

Holiday Magic

Mail a letter to Santa while you are here and if mom and dad are clever – you might just get one back!

 

 

Holiday Performances

Little ones are sure to enjoy a special performance by Sunny Train on November 24, 25, 26 and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23, 2017. Shows are at 9:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:15 pm and 1 pm.  We encourage all children (young and young at heart) to sing, dance and be merry!

Love to sing?? Join us for Caroling for a Cause!  Created as an opportunity for local non-profits, school groups, families, church choirs and other organizations to raise funds for their favorite charity, this program will also bring additional cheer and holiday spirit to the railroad’s Reindeer Breakfast and Santa Special events.

 

 

Design-A-Card

Stop by the Create-A-Card Station and bring home a hand-crafted, personal holiday souvenir from your adventure at The Essex Steam Train.

Visions of the Holidays! Design the front of a holiday greeting card and be eligible to have your original artwork displayed on the walls of River Valley Junction for the holidays. The contest will be judged for three age groups- adult, young adult (ages 12-18), and youth (ages 7-11).

 

Have more questions about our holiday offerings? Please visit our FAQ page!