Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train in Jefferson, Texas. The unforgettable ride on an antique narrow-gauge train runs each evening, December 26th through 29th and New Year’s Eve, December 31st. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the tale of New Year’s traditions and customs. This event is pet-friendly so be sure to contact a depot agent to reserve a seat for your well-behaved, friendly pet.
The patrons will receive New Year’s hats and noisemakers. Each train will include a simulation of the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping in Times Square followed by a fantastic fireworks show.
Hear about the unique New Year’s customs around the world, including stories of the Good Luck Dragon in Oriental, North Carolina; Christmas Markets in Austria; Kip’s Toyland in Los Angeles, and “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown.”
Children and adults alike will be awed by the historic railroad depot decked out with holiday lights complete with a gingerbread village. The wonderful narrated tour will also give our patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite New Year’s songs as they discover the joy of New Year’s along the river.
The antique train is a restored gas-powered Plymouth Locomotive built in 1964. The beautiful enclosed first class coach offers a warmer 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.
Plan to stay the weekend in the Diamond Don RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, and watch all of the fireworks as the train comes through the park.
Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.
New Year’s is a holiday celebrated around the World. You’ll want to make Jefferson and the New Year’s Train a part of your annual holiday festivities.
Ticket Prices: First Class $18; Coach Class/General Seating: Adults $15; Lap children under 4 are free. First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, enclosed warm 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. Seats are limited, so purchase your tickets early. Trains run at 7:00 p.m. on December 26, 27, 28 and 29; and 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on December 31st.
Tickets are available by phone, on-line at www.jeffersonrailway.com and in person during business hours at the Historic Jefferson Railway Depot at 400 E. Austin, Jefferson Texas. Call 866-398-2038 or visit our website for ticket information.