Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train
Step back in time as the Historic Jefferson Railway, an antique narrow-gauge train, embraces an old-fashioned Christmas in the country. Enjoy the lighted vignettes and hear the story of “Celebrations Around the World” aboard the train that circles the Piney Woods along the Big Cypress Bayou. The decorated historic railroad depot captures the holiday spirit complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The Christmas Train opens on November 28, 2013 and runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 22, 2013. (Closed December 1st).
Also, ring in the New Year with the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train running December 26-29 and the 31st. This ride will feature the dropping of the ball in Times Square, complete with beverages, noisemakers and a fantastic fireworks show on every train ride.
Tickets are now on sale at www.RailofLights.com. Ticket Prices: First Class $18; Coach Class: $15. Applicable sales tax applies. Lap children under 4 are free. First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, warm, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket, as you will be riding in open-canopied observation cars.
The antique train is a restored gas-powered Plymouth Locomotive built in 1964. The beautiful First Class enclosed coach offers a warm experience while the open-canopied observation cars provide an excellent view of the ride along the river. The 50-year old steam train used in years past is out-of-service undergoing extensive boiler repairs.
The excursions will take you by a life-size nativity scene, the German Markets, Jerusalem and the Angel Tree. Glimpse Christmas trees simply decorated reminiscent of the bare-limbed sourwood of the Appalachian Christmas Tree. View scenes representing Alaska, Russia, China and Australia.
Enjoy an authentic life-sized 90-year old Christmas card as well as the post card sent by soldiers during World War II and other favorites: the aluminum tree, reminiscent of the 1960’s; a whimsical Teddy Bear tree; and Charlie Brown’s forlorn little Christmas tree.
Spend the weekend in Jefferson and also enjoy the Candlelight Tour of HomesTM, sponsored by the Historic Jefferson Foundation, during the first two weekends in December. For groups of 15 or more, special pricing is available for a combo-ticket that includes the Rail of Lights First Class Coach and the Candlelight Tour. The price is $29 per person and must be booked by November 15. www.jeffersontexascandlelighttourofhomes.com
Celebrate antebellum Jefferson’s 31st Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. This year three traditional tour homes will be decked-out with all natural greenery lit by candlelight, representing 19th Century Christmas finery. With a surprising fourth home, you will step into the 1950’s Baby Boomer Retro Home where the decorating standards are foregone for a modern look of the mid-20th Century.
Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. It seems frozen in time and is an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. You will want to make Jefferson and the Christmas Train an annual tradition for your whole family.
Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year’s Train
$18, First Class Enclosed Coach, plus applicable sales tax
$15, Open Coach, plus applicable sales tax
Lap Children under 4 are free
Group discounts available for 15+
Depot opens at noon each day of the Event
Thursday, November 28, December 5, 12, 19 @ 7:00
Friday, November 29, December 6, 13, 20 @ 7:00, 8:00
Saturday, November 30, December 7, 14, 21 @ 7:00, 8:00, 9:00
Sunday, December 8, 15, 22 @ 6:00
New Year’s Trains
December 26, 27, 28, 29 @ 7:00
December 31 @ 7:00, 8:00
Depending on demand, additional trains may be added.
Trains may be cancelled due to weather.
Watch the website for details. www.JeffersonRailway.com