Take to the Rails during the Daylight
Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas
In addition to the traditional evening trains, Historic Jefferson Railway has added a few day runs so that patrons can experience the beautiful ride along the Cypress Bayou River.
Day runs will be available on December 9, 12, 13 and 14 at 1:30 p.m. No reservations necessary – there will be plenty of room available.
Tickets are now on sale for the evening trains. As seating is limited, get your tickets early. Make this a holiday to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train in Jefferson, Texas. The unforgettable ride aboard an old-fashioned steam train departs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 24. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear about “Christmas Traditions Around the Globe”.
Also, ring in the New Year with the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train running on December 30 and 31st. This ride will feature the dropping of the ball in Times Square, complete with beverages, noisemakers and a fantastic fire works show on every train ride.
Spend the weekend in Jefferson and stay in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson. You can see lights on the river during the Christmas Trains and watch the New Year’s fireworks as the train comes through the park. Ask about our special holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.
The excursions will take you by a life-size nativity scene, the German Markets, Jerusalem and the Angel Tree. Glimpse Christmas trees simply decorated reminiscent of the bare-limbed sourwood of the Appalachian Christmas Tree. View scenes representing Toyland, Alaska, San Francisco, China, Australia, New Orleans, and the Arizona Hopi Indian nation.
Enjoy an authentic life-sized 90-year old Christmas card as well as the Support Our Troops display featuring a post card sent by soldiers during World War II, and other favorites: the aluminum tree, reminiscent of the 1960’s; a whimsical Teddy Bear tree; and Charlie Brown’s forlorn little Christmas tree.
The decorated historic railroad depot captures the holiday spirit. The narrated tour on the day train will be a combination of Jefferson history and description of our Christmas scenes.
During the evening, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before boarding the train for the wonderful narrated tour, accompanied by a local vocalist, who will give patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite Christmas Carols as they create unique Christmas memories riding along the river.
Ticket Prices: Day train First Class $16.50; Coach Class $13.00. Evening Trains: First Class $21; Coach Class: $14.75 – $16.50. Lap children under 4 are free.
First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, heated, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket, as you will be riding in open cars. Seating is limited on the evening trains so purchase your tickets early. The easiest way to get tickets is to order online at www.RailofLights.com.
Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. It seems frozen in time and is an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. You will want to make Jefferson and the Christmas Train a tradition for your whole family.