That portly gent from the North Pole will once again pay a visit to the Danbury Railway Museum and you can take a short ride in a vintage train through the historic railyard to visit him. This is a major fund-raising event for the museum and will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 23. The museum will be open each day from noon to 7:00 PM. Reservations are required for this very popular event as it sold out last year. Due to the unique nature of this event (see the web site at http://ctsantatrain.org), walk-in sales will not be available.
When guests arrive and check-in at the restored 1903 train station, kids and parents will be able to enjoy the festively decorated museum interior. This includes a Letters to Santa coloring station (be sure to include your mailing address, as Santa does write back!), operating model railroads, and many interesting exhibits and artifact displays.
After a very short train ride in a restored 1953 Budd Rail Diesel Car through the historic Danbury railyard, you'll be escorted back to the station for a no-rush meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, where the big man himself will give out the first gifts of Christmas. Returning due to its popularity: parents will bring a pre-wrapped present (or select one from our online menu (includes FREE gift wrapping & batteries) -- see Web site for details), and Old St. Nick will give your little ones their unique present!
Trains will depart at 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, and 6:30. The 5:00 and 6:30 trains will run in darkness which will be ideal for enjoying the lighted railyard.
Afterwards, you are free to enjoy a walk through the railyard with a free cup of hot chocolate – don't forget the marshmallows – and fresh-baked cookie! Tickets are $25 for ages 2 and up. Make your reservations at https://www.danburyrail.org/santa.