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All Aboard The Snow Clipper for the First Gift Express – Ride a Vintage Train to Visit Santa Claus

This event has already taken place.Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 7 pm, through Dec. 23, 2023;
$25; free for ages 24 months and younger
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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. Reservations are required for this very popular event as it sold out last year. Due to the unique nature of this event 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!