Saratoga railway to host ‘The Train to Christmas Town’

STONY CREEK (AP) — Saratoga & North Creek Railway introduces The Train to Christmas Town departing from Stony Creek for 2017.

The on-board theatrical event is based on the children’s book, The Train to Christmas Town, which follows the story of a young girl named Janice and her adventures with an engaging cast of storybook characters on her trip to Christmas Town.

A new partnership with The Stony Creek Ranch Resort offers fun winter activities on-site, food, beverage and lodging with exclusive packages available to train passengers.

“We are very excited to be able to immerse guests into a brand new holiday experience. I believe, that with our combined efforts, we have a product that passengers and guests will find to be both unique and fun,” said Justin Gonyo, General Manager of Saratoga & North Creek Railway.

The enchanting story comes to life when the train departs Stony Creek Ranch for a one-hour roundtrip journey to “Christmas Town” during which Santa’s elves will serve delicious hot chocolate and cookies.

Sing along to original holiday music on-board from the Grammy-nominated band “Trout Fishing in America” and listen to The Train to Christmas Town read aloud on the train. Each girl and boy on board will receive a visit from Santa himself with a special holiday gift.

The Stony Creek Ranch Resort, embedded in the beautiful snow-covered Adirondacks near Lake George, is the region’s premiere Christmas dude ranch.

Each room and cabin has its own Christmas tree and is decorated in the holiday spirit. Guests can board hay wagon rides around the property and meet Blitzen, the on-site reindeer. They can also visit the petting zoo to hug bunnies, miniature goats and mini-pigs.

Adults and kids will love the Christmas lights, arts and crafts activities, the assorted booths and delicious food in Jingle Bell Junction. Every resort guest is guaranteed a seat on the Train to Christmas Town, plus much, much more. For room reservations call the resort at (518) 696-2444 or visit http://www.stonycreekranchresort.com.

The Train to Christmas Town begins Nov. 17, and runs through Dec. 28. Families can now look forward to more flexibility in planning their holiday trip with added departures and more Diamond Class and First class seating available than ever before.

Exact dates, fares and excursion times are available by visiting www.sncrr.com/train-to-christmas-town or by calling (877) 726-7245.

Ticket prices range from $49 to $89 depending on class of service and date of travel.

Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride.

The Train to Christmas Town book is written by lifelong educator, Peggy Ellis, and illustrated by graphic artist, Jeffrey Ley, best known for designing the 1980’s arcade game Q*bert.

The Saratoga & North Creek Railway journeys through the heart of the Adirondacks along a 56.5 mile stretch of the Hudson River between Saratoga Springs and North Creek.

The railroad offers a variety of tour options, from scenic train excursions to the new family holiday favorite, The Train to Christmas Town.

For more information, please visit www.sncrr.com or call (877) 726-7245.

Comprised of uniquely individual passenger railroads, Premier Rail Collection invites modern travelers to experience the revival of the golden age of rail travel. Owned and operated by Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC, Premier Rail Collection is the nation’s largest operator of specially-themed and holiday rail events.

For more information, please visit www.premierrails.com.


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