Festival Details - "Candy Cane Train"...
The N.C. Transportation Museum offers the Candy Cane Train, a fun and festive holiday-themed day time train ride and activities, weekends Nov. 21 through Dec. 20. The train ride will be decorated for the season and each rider will receive a candy cane.
This safe family event will allow for social distancing and train rides are limited to 30% capacity, with one-way movement through passenger cars.
The train will take visitors on a from-the-rails tour of the historic site’s 60 acres, featuring structures dating back to 1896, from the days when the property was Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility in the southeast.
Following the train ride, visitors can enjoy hot chocolate and prepackaged cookies in the 1905 Back Shop. This area will be decorated for the season with music, a touchless model train operated by waving your hand and more.
In the Gift Station, you can get your picture made with Santa, in a socially distanced fashion. Cloth face masks will be required and Santa will wear one. Kids and parents can stand beside Santa for photos. Photo packages range from $15 to $40.
A special Christmas edition of our I SPY kids map will be available. Guests can also enjoy a great model train layout from the Central Carolina N-Scalers and Christmas movie viewing in Storehouse No. 3. Kids can bring their letter to Santa to drop off in our North Pole mailbox. Postcards will also be available for kids to mail from home.
A candy cane, hot chocolate, prepackaged cookie and all activities are included with your admission ticket on Candy Cane Train event days, with or without the train ride. The Candy Cane Train is offered Nov. 21-22, 27-29 and Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Seating is very limited on the train, so pre-purchased tickets are highly recommended.
Admission + Train ride tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Senior/Military and $10 for children 3-12. Ages 2 and under who will ride on the lap of a parent or guardian are free.
Admission only tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for Senior/Military and $5 for children 3-12. Ages 2 and under are free.
Photos with Santa pricing is as follows: #1 Digital File $40, #2 (4) 4×6 Prints $35, #3 (3) 4×6 Prints $25, #4 (1) 4×6 $15
In accordance with COVID-19 considerations and health orders, cloth face masks are required on the train, in exhibit buildings, in the Gift Station, and anywhere social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Enhanced cleaning protocols have been implemented on the train and throughout the site. Museum capacity is limited to 50% of full occupancy.
In accordance with CDC and other guidelines, access to some areas and exhibits will be limited or restricted. The museum is walking intensive and involves entering and exiting several buildings and outside areas. Visitors with mobility issues are encouraged to bring their own wheelchairs, walkers, etc., as required.
Please enter via the main entrance at 1 Samuel Spencer Drive, Spencer, NC, and follow the signs to the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center, where you will redeem your tickets and where you will be assigned a train car. The train ride departs from the Barber Junction Visitor’s Center. We encourage arrival at least 15 minutes before train time to allow time for boarding.
And don’t forget your 3 W’s! Wear. Wait. Wash: Wear a cloth face covering. Wait at least six feet away from others. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
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