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40th Annual Santa Train

12/22/2017, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

December 1-3, $15 | December 7-10, $20 | December 13-17, $22 | December 20-22, $22 map

Description:

All Aboard the Santa Train!

The Museum of Life and Science is pleased to host the 40th Annual Santa Train, the Museum's largest annual fundraising event and holiday tradition for the whole family.

Thousands of twinkling lights will shine throughout the Museum campus, guiding the way to all the fun! Check out the "ice" skating rink for skate-in-your-socks excitement. Sip complimentary hot chocolate, have your face painted, and explore our crafts and activities tent where you can make and take special treats and learn about the science of Santa. Then hop on board the train for a moonlit ride to the North Pole, where Santa and his elves will greet all of our guests. On your way out, be sure to visit our pop-up Museum gift shop to take home something special!

Your ticket purchase does so much more than help you make memories with your family. Proceeds from this event support the Museum's mission to create a place of lifelong learning where people from young child to senior citizen embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.

ACTIVITIES

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. Back at the station explore festive activites including:

  • NEW! Butterflyhouse and Insectarium will be open during Santa Train
  • Face painting by Paint Savvy
  • Holiday crafts
  • "Science of Santa" activities including hands-on snow polymer, simple circuits, and more
  • Holiday music and light displays
  • "Skate in your socks" synthetic ice rink
  • Complimentary hot chocolate
  • Pop-up Museum gift shop
  • Sprout Cafe will be open for light snacks and coffee

Pre-registration required. Children 2 and under free.


Sensory Friendly Santa Train

Friday, December 1st Train times: 5:20pm and 5:40pm

We're excited to offer sensory-friendly Santa Train rides for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder and similar needs. Train rides will include no yelling in the tunnel and no whistle sound; additional sounds and some lights will be lowered. Additional staff and volunteers from UNC TEACCH Autism Program will be on-hand to assist guests. Cool down kits, noise-cancelling headphones, and social narratives available upon request. 

Santa Train Activity System | Santa Train Social Narrative

Please reserve these train times for our ASD community. Train rides after 6pm will return to full light and sound.

If you are unable to ride at this date and times, cool down kits, noise-cancelling headphones, and social narratives will be available for all Santa Trains.

ACTIVITIES

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. Back at the station explore festive activites including:

  • Face painting by Paint Savvy
  • Holiday crafts
  • "Science of Santa" activities including hands-on snow polymer, simple circuits, and more
  • Holiday music and light displays
  • "Skate in your socks" synthetic ice rink
  • Complimentary hot chocolate
  • Pop-up Museum gift shop
  • Sprout Cafe will be open for light snacks and coffee

Pre-registration required. Children 2 and under free.


Event Sales Information

Supporting Members: October 31, 9:00am 
Explorer Members: November 2, 9:00am
Business Members: November 6, 9:00am
General Public: November 7, 9:00am

EVENT DATES & Prices

December 1-3 | Tickets are $15
December 7-10 | Tickets are $20
December 13-17 | Tickets are $22
December 20-22 | Tickets are $22

Buy Tickets Now!

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

*For questions about your order, call 919-220-5429 x 313 or click here for our FAQ.
*All ticket changes will result in a $10.00 processing fee per transaction and the difference in ticket price, if any.

Thanks to Our Sponsors:


The Fine Print

*Santa Train is an after hours event. General admission to the Museum is not included in your ticket cost.

*Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the Admission Desk or event check-in location.

*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, $15.00 of each $20.00 ticket, and $17.00 of each $22.00 ticket is tax-deductible.

*I understand that the Museum may photograph my family during the event. Registration grants permission to use photographs in Museum publications and approved media sources unless I request otherwise in writing via email. 

SANTA TRAIN FAQ

Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!