A very festive holiday lineup!
Next stop: Christmas Town
The Train to Christmas Town, Hyannis – Select dates in November & December
For the third year, Cape residents and visitors can experience the magic of the holidays with Bumblebee the polar bear, Wabash the squirrel and Zephyr the depot cat while being whisked away aboard the train to “Christmas Town.”
This one-hour train ride, which begins and ends in downtown Hyannis, is based on Peggy Ellis’s 2012 children’s book, The Train To Christmas Town. In the story, the main character, Janice, makes the annual train journey with her brother and grandmother, but unfortunately the grandmother cannot go this year due to health reasons. Nothing to fear, woodland animals, elves and Santa Claus join the siblings for the ride.
Operated by the Cape Cod Central Railroad, the train rides kick off on Thanksgiving weekend (Friday to Sunday, November 27-29), and run on the following dates in December: 4-6, 10-13, 17-23, and 26. The train departs from the depot at 252 Main Street in Hyannis for three nightly round-trips, beginning at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. In keeping with the spirit of the book, the location of “Christmas Town” on Cape Cod is kept secret, though passengers can view the colorful village as the train passes by.
“The Train to Christmas Town enables residents of Cape Cod to create a special holiday tradition for their families,” says Kaylene Jablecki, the railroad’s passenger services manager. “It’s a great way to share the magic of the season with neighbors, friends and family.”
The holiday-themed ride was originally based out of the Buzzards Bay railroad station, but the location was changed to make the attraction accessible to more Cape Codders.
Tickets range from $20 to $35 for children, ages 2-12, and from $25 to $50 for adults. The costlier tickets include commemorative mugs and seating on the train’s upper level which features better sightlines. For more information, visit traintochristmastown.com, or call 877-726-7245.
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