Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Santa Train


Early Trains: $18 | Late Trains: $15 map


All Aboard the Santa Train!

Join us for the Museum’s largest annual fundraising event and holiday tradition, Santa Train! Dash and dance your way through an inflatable forest and an enchanting rainbow light tunnel. Sip complimentary hot chocolate under thousands of captivating lights or grab a light snack at Sprout Café. Get crafty with take-home activities, have your face painted by makeup artists, and indulge in the “Science of Santa!” Skate in your socks on our synthetic “ice rink” or warm up in the Magic Wings Butterfly House. Then, climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a memorable night-time train ride to the North Pole where you’ll be greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves. Don’t forget to score that special gift from our holiday pop-up museum gift shop before heading home with precious memories!


Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the North Pole. Enjoy a ride through thousands of twinkling lights as we make our way to meet Santa and his elves. When you arrive back at the station, explore festive activities including:

  • Face painting by Paint Savvy
  • “Science of Santa” activities
  • Take-home crafts
  • Holiday music and light displays
  • "Skate in your socks" synthetic ice rink
  • Complimentary hot chocolate
  • Pop-up Museum gift shop
  • Magic Wings Butterfly House and Insectarium
  • Sprout Cafe will be open for light snacks and coffee

Pre-registration required. Children 2 and under free.

Event Dates, Prices & Times

* Early Trains: 5:20 pm - 7:20 pm 
* Late Trains: 7:40 pm - 8:20 pm 

December 4-8 | Early Trains: $18 | Late Trains: $15
December 11-15 | Early Trains: $22 | Late Trains: $19
December 18-22 | Early Trains: $25 | Late Trains: $22

Children 2 and under ride free, in the lap of a paid adult.

*All ticket changes will result in a $10.00 processing fee per transaction and the difference in ticket price, if any.

$10.00 of each $15.00 ticket, $13.00 of each $18.00, $14.00 of each $19.00 ticket, $17.00 of each $22.00, and $20.00 of each $25.00 ticket is tax-deductible.

Train Times

5:20 pm, 5:40 pm, 6 pm, 6:20 pm, 6:40 pm, 7 pm, 7:20 pm, 7:40 pm, 8 pm, 8:20 pm

Gates open at 5:00 pm and close at 9:00 pm every night.
Trains leave the station every twenty minutes from 5:20 pm through 8:20 pm.

Purchase Tickets

Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!