My family and I are huge Lancaster, PA fans. After spending a weekend there last spring visiting the Strasburg Railroad, The Amish Village and The Choo Choo Barn we were all taken in by the slower paced beauty of Lancaster County. Open year-round the Strasburg Railroad and Choo Choo Barn will begin their Holiday Displays and events in the coming weeks. Strasburg Railroad passenger will meet Santa Claus. Kicking off on Thanksgiving weekend Santa’s Paradise Express will chug along the tracks November 29-30, December 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, 2013.
Children enjoy a 45-minute train ride as Santa, carolers and musicians stroll from car-to-car on the journey to Paradise, PA, and back. Santa greets each child aboard the train and gives them a train-themed gift (for children ages 3 to 11). The holiday festivities continue on the platform of the East Strasburg Station as the air is filled with sounds of the season and holiday decorations adorn the station.
After the train ride, children are treated to old time holiday storybook readings in the caboose at the station. Families can also enjoy the Tinsel Trolley ride (a self-propelled motor car), a warm, fun trip down the tracks, all included in the ticket price. For families who enjoy an evening train, Strasburg Rail Road offers the Night Before Christmas Train on December 6,13 and 20 at 7 p.m. This nighttime train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve and the spirit of giving.
The Choo Choo Barn transforms Traintown USA® to bring the magic of Christmas to its gigantic model train display. From November 29 to January 5, 2014.
As 22 moving trains travel the massive, 1,700 sq. ft. model train extravaganza, visitors can search for the 52 hidden Santas and watch as Santa’s sleigh flies above the 150 hand-built animations that delight spectators. Enjoy the holiday decorations throughout the display including holiday lights and the snow-covered landscape. Plus, take a close look at the zoo animals in Traintown to see how they’re celebrating the season.
My family and I plan on visiting during opening weekend I promise to share lots of pictures!!
One lucky ready will win
4 tickets on the Santa’s Paradise Express for Saturday December 14th aboard the 1:30pm train
Admission for 4 to the Choo Choo Barn!
Here is how to enter…..
1. Leave a comment below by November 27th 2013.
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Disclosure: I was given free tickets to visit Strasburg Railroad and The Choo Choo Barn