The Piedmont and Northern Railway Announces Return of Train to Christmas Town


The Train to Christmas Town event is based on the children's book by Peggy Ellis.

The Piedmont & Northern Railway in Gastonia will begin service onboard The Train to Christmas Town beginning Nov. 26. Following a successful first year, the holiday tale will again come to life when the train departs Belmont for a one-hour round trip journey to Christmas Town.

Guests are welcomed by the conductor and invited to board train cars, where they sip hot cocoa and enjoy cookies while listening as “The Train to Christmas Town” is read aloud by the voice of author Peggy Ellis. Accompanied on the journey to Christmas Town by Janet and her furry friends including Bumblebee the Polar Bear and Wabash the Squirrel, guests join in for Christmas carols and nonstop surprises. A 30-minute journey brings the train to Christmas Town, where Santa climbs onboard and greets every child with holiday cheer, presenting each with a special Christmas gift. The return trip is filled with carols, photo opportunities with Santa, dancing elves and more.

The journey departs select dates Nov. 25-Dec. 23 with departure times at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on select days (please check the website). Ticket prices begin at $29/child and $39/adult.

To make reservations or for more information, please visit or call 877-421-0008.

Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride. Holiday travel packages pairing train tickets with local overnight accommodations in will be announced soon.

About the Train to Christmas Town

The Train to Christmas Town is a custom holiday event developed by Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC based upon the book authored by Peggy Ellis, an experienced public school educator, mother and writer. The book centers on Janet, a girl searching for new meaning in friendship, family and the meaning of Christmas. She relies on her brother and their woodland friends as they make their yearly journey to Christmas Town. The journey has a custom produced soundtrack by Grammy Award winners, Trout Fishing in America. The album features the theme song named for the event, “The Train to Christmas Town." Guests can download the theme song for free just by sharing the link through their social channels.

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