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North Pole Express!

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On Saturdays, November 29, December 13 & 20, the Boothbay Railway Village will be running the “North Pole Express!" Departures will be at 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15 and 2:00 each day. We highly recommend ordering tickets online to avoid disappointment or long waits.

Start your trip inside historic 1912 Freeport Station (the main train station here at the Museum) by writing your letter to Santa by warmth of the wood stove.

Train conductors will call “All Aboard” and everyone, young and old, will board the train to the North Pole. Settle into a comfortable seat in the steam-heated passenger car as you enjoy the winter wonderland of forest frosted with white snow (weather permitting, of course.)

A new option for this season is to upgrade your ticket to First Class and enjoy the Victorian splendor of the newly restored Franklin & Megantic Coach No. 2. The coach was originally built in 1903 and it embodies the typical travel of the era with its plush walkover seats and mahogany interior.

The train will carry you through the Village and arrive at the North Pole (Thorndike Station) where a special guest wearing a red suit with a jolly belly will jump aboard to greet you! Yes, Santa himself will attend!

After meeting the "big guy" in person the train will whisk you back to the station where you will be invited to join us in the 1847 Boothbay Town Hall for more festivities. Inside guests will be treated to a special story book reading while hot chocolate and homemade cookies are served. New this year will be a G-scale model of the Museum's own locomotive and a holiday themed layout under the Village's Christmas tree. Children will also be invited to make a vintage-inspired holiday ornament to take home.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Standard tickets are $15, First Class $20 for attendees three years and older. Museum members receive a $4 discount per ticket only on Standard tickets, sorry no discounts on First Class..

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There is limited seating available.

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