Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Santa Train

12/01/2018, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM


15 December 1-2 | $20 December 5-9 | $22 December 12-16 | $22 December 19-22 map


All Aboard the Santa Train!

The Museum of Life and Science is pleased to host the 41st 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.


Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the North Pole. Enjoy a ride through thousands of twinkling lights as you make your way to meet Santa and his elves. Back at the station explore festive activities 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 30, 9:00am 
Explorer Members: November 1, 9:00am
Business Members: November 5, 9:00am
General Public: November 6, 9:00am

Event Dates, Prices & Times

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

December 1-2 | Tickets are $15
December 5-9 | Tickets are $20
December 12-16 | Tickets are $22
December 19-22 | Tickets are $22

Buy Your Ticket Today

Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Durham Coca-Cola, Party Reflections, Paint Savvy, and Amish Barns!

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.

Read the Santa Train FAQ Here!

Members receive UNLIMITED admission all year long!