That portly gent from the North Pole will once again pay a visit to the Danbury Railway Museum and you can take a ride in a vintage train through the historic railyard to visit him. The event will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, December 2, 8-9, and 15-16. Trains will depart every half-hour. Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. Based on the popularity of this event the past couple of years, reservations are suggested. Due to its popularity last year, on both Saturday evenings, special night-time rides at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. are being scheduled. Take an evening ride through the lighted railyard!
The short train ride in a fully-restored 1953 New Haven Railroad Rail Diesel Car (RDC) will take you through the railyard, past the only powered turntable in Connecticut -- listed on the National Historic Register and currently undergoing a substantial restoration -- and over 70 vintage railroad cars, locomotives and many unique pieces of railroad history. The train ride will terminate at Santa's own private railcar where you'll be greeted by Mrs. Claus and Santa's helpers in Toyland in Santa's private rail car.
Of course, the exhibits and multiple operating model train layouts inside the restored 1903 Danbury station will also be open as will the be the well-stocked gift shop. Also inside the station, you'll find free hot chocolate, a coloring station, temporary tattoos and other activities for the little ones.