The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina is hosting the 38th Annual Santa Train this December.
This unique holiday event offers families an opportunity to visit Santa and a enjoy a host of other activities from Sunday, Dec. 9 to Dec. 13 and from Dec. 16 to Dec. 20 with multiple departure times offered each evening.
Santa Train Activities
Kids of all ages will enjoy the thousands of glimmering holiday lights shining throughout the Museum campus pointing the way to the open-air kiddie train for a moonlit ride to the North Pole.
Guests can savor complimentary hot chocolate, have their faces painted at no charge, visit the crafts tent to make special treats to take home, or check out the exciting “ice” skating rink for some skate-in-socks fun.
Santa and His Elves
Of course the highlight of the train ride is the chance to learn about the science of Santa and then to visit him and his elves at the North Pole where they greet guests and wish them a Merry Christmas.
Guests don’t have to disembark at the North Pole as Santa stops by each seat to ask the kids about one thing they want for Christmas while elves give each kid a Rudolph nose before heading back to the station.
Tickets can be purchased online and run $15 for Wednesday and Thursday evening runs and cost $20 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children 2 and younger are free.
Ticketholders enter near the butterfly house and are directed by the Christmas lights to the museum’s Ellerbe Creek Railway depot.
This event is the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser and a holiday tradition that the whole family will enjoy. The entire adventure lasts about one hour.
Proceeds support the Museum’s mission to create a place of lifelong learning for people of all ages as they embrace science as a way of knowing about their world, community, and even themselves.
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