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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat - 2018 Events

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Santa Special
 November 30, 2018 - December 23, 2018

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All aboard the Santa Special for a one-of-a-kind, daytime holiday experience!  Enjoy the spirit of the season as you relax with family and friends aboard festive railway cars adorned with vintage decorations.  Make sure you’re camera-ready for that “special moment” when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit each child. You are cordially invited to “enroll in” The 2018 Santa Special, Elf Academy!


Do you like eating cookies, playing with toys, singing silly songs, making funny sounds, the color green, the color red, building snowmen, licking candy canes, feeding reindeer, and drinking cocoa? It sounds like you have EXACTLY what it takes to be one of Santa’s Elves! Elves have very specific qualifications when working for the Claus Family, and we are ready to groom the next batch of silly, sparkly, giggly, fidgety, lovey, happy-go-lucky ambassadors of joy!


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You don’t need to live at the North Pole to be one of Santa’s elves, you know! He needs them all year-round, all over the world, helping him to keep the Christmas Spirit alive while he is working hard at the North Pole. Ol’ Kris Kringle asked us to start an Elf Academy to help him train as many new elves as we can this year, to help spread kindness everywhere they go – and we accepted!



We can’t wait to meet the newest batch of elves in training, and help guide them to becoming Santa’s favorite helpers, so be sure to join us for this daytime holiday adventure for the whole family! This is going to be so much fun!!!
•Reindeer, Pablo the Penguin, and other characters will be on-board to spread holiday cheer.
•Each child will receive a small holiday gift from Santa’s Elves!

Before or after your excursion, stop by River Valley Junction; whether you’re naughty or nice, this is where you’ll find an assortment of activities for every age!

•Take your family pictures in Santa’s sleigh
•Enjoy musical performances by Sunny Train!
•Indulge yourself with freshly baked cookies & other goodies from the Kringle Café.

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The Santa Train is not handicap accessible as there are stairs to enter, but if the child is accompanied by someone who can help them on and off the train, the event grounds are handicap friendly.


Owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is a unique historic attraction in the Connecticut River Valley. The Valley Railroad Company has operated today’s well-known steam train and riverboat for over 40 years on a line that was originally laid in 1871. The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat transports people on exciting excursions through the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley, a place designated as “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Essex, Deep River and Chester, and the Becky Thatcher riverboat takes passengers on a 1¼-hour cruise on the Connecticut River past serene coves, marshes and historic sights including Gillette Castle, the East Haddam Swing Bridge, and the Goodspeed Opera House. The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat offers various excursions and family themed events throughout the year.


From I-95 S, take Route 9 N toward Essex/Hartford, Take exit 3 for CT-154 toward CT-153/Essex/Centerbrook, Turn left onto CT-154 N/Middlesex Turnpike/Saybrook Road, Railroad Ave will be on your left.


Essex Steam Train and Riverboat
1 Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT, 06426
Website: http://essexsteamtrain.com/the-train-boat/sunset-cruises/
Phone: 860.767.0103
Email: Valley.Railroad@snet.net
Twitter: @essexsteamtrain
Instagram: @essexsteamtrain
Official hashtag: #essexsteamtrain




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