Holiday Trains in Strasburg, PA

Celebrate the holiday season as the Choo Choo Barn transforms Traintown USA to bring the magic of Christmas to its gigantic model train display. Homes, businesses and attractions along the tracks have decked their halls to share the holiday spirit with the public from November 29 to January 5, 2014.

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As 22 moving trains travel the massive, 1,700 sq. ft. model train extravaganza, visitors can search for the 52 hidden Santas and watch as Santa’s sleigh flies above the 150 hand-built animations that delight spectators. Enjoy the holiday decorations throughout the display including holiday lights and the snow-covered landscape. Plus, take a close look at the zoo animals in Traintown to see how they’re celebrating the season.

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The Choo Choo Barn is located along Route 741 East in Strasburg, PA. The display is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., now through January 5, 2014. (Display closed November 27, 28, December 25 and Jan. 1) Admission price is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-11. For more information and to learn about group rates, please call (717) 687-7911 or visit www.choochoobarn.com. For more details and updates on the 2013 season, check out Choo Choo Barn on Facebook: www.facebook.com/choochoobarn.

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The Night Before Christmas Train returns to Strasburg Rail Road this holiday season, giving families a one-of-a-kind Christmas celebration. This nighttime train ride recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve and the spirit of giving. Departing Friday evenings in December at 7 p.m.

Dressed in PJs or holiday best, children snuggle onboard with their families enjoying milk and cookies and the warmth of the potbelly stoves. As the train travels, readers dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap delight the children with the holiday classic, The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.

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At the station, the fun continues with more old time holiday storybook readings in the quaint, heated Caboose (stationary). Families can also enjoy the Tinsel Trolley ride (a self-propelled motor car), a warm, fun trip down the tracks, all included in the ticket price. The Night Before Christmas Train runs December 6, 13 and 20 at 7 p.m. (For families wanting to meet Santa aboard the train, Santa’s Paradise Express will chug along the tracks November 29-30, December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21 and 22, 2013.)
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Have Sippy, I’m Traveling! In Lancaster, PA #VisitLancaster

Hey all, I am out and about. I know, you are totally shocked. This weekend we will be in Lancaster, PA, at some of our favorite, local-ish haunts (and checking out some new ones as well).

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Here is an idea of some of the places we will visit-