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New Year’s Eve Train in Historic Jefferson Texas

December 22nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

Robert E Lee

 Rail of Lights New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas

Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train in Jefferson, Texas. The unforgettable ride on an old-fashioned steam train departs December 30th at 7 and 8 and on December 31st, New Year’s Eve, at 8:30, 9:30 and 11:30. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the tale of New Year’s traditions, customs and superstitions.

The patrons will receive New Year’s hats and noisemakers. Each train will include a simulation of the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping in Times Square followed by a fantastic fire works show.

Hear about the unique New Year’s customs across the United States, including stories of the Good Luck Dragon in Oriental, North Carolina; Christkindl Market in Akron, Ohio; the Live Toy Soldier drum and light show in Bellevue, Washington; and Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Children and adults alike will be awed by the historic railroad depot decked out with gingerbread house theme. The wonderful narrated tour will also give our patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite New Year’s songs as they discover the joy of New Years along the river.

Plan to stay the weekend in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, and watch all of the fireworks as the train comes through the park. Ask about our holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.

Ticket Prices: First Class $21; Coach Class: Adults $16.50; Lap children under 4 are free. First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, 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. Seats are limited, so purchase your tickets early.

Tickets are available by phone, on-line at and in person during business hours at the Historic Jefferson Railway Depot at 400 E. Austin, Jefferson Texas. Call 866-398-2038 or visit our website for ticket information.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.

New Year’s is a holiday celebrated around the World. You’ll want to make Jefferson and the New Year’s Train a part of your annual holiday festivities.

Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year’s Train Day Trips in Jefferson, Texas

November 25th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Christmas Rail of Lights

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

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.

Christmas in Jefferson, Texas

November 26th, 2010 by carriagehouse

Victorian Santa

A Victorian Santa

It  is hard for me to believe this but it is already Christmas.  Today is Black Friday and the malls and stores are jam packed with people.  Cars are circling over-filled parking lots and there are long lines at the cash register.  It hardly feels like Christmas, more like an over-hyped department store sale.  The non stop commercials and advertisements will make even the most cheerful person say Bah Humbug.

If you need a break from all of this craziness, come on down to Jefferson for an old fashioned Victorian Christmas.

There is no place more magical than Jefferson at Christmas.  The beautiful historic homes twinkle with brightly colored Christmas lights and the town is festively adorned with Christmas trimming.  The churches are filled with Christmas carolers and the parks transform into enchanted forests of decorated Christmas trees.  The very air you breathe will fill you with the Christmas Spirit.

December 2nd – 4th and December 9th – 11th, the Candlelight Tour of Homes will offer visitors to the picturesque little town the chance to walk through four of the most beautiful homes in Jefferson. Each one of these homes will be dressed in live greenery, glowing candles, and unique Christmas decorations.  Docents dressed in Victorian period dress will guide visitors through these houses by candlelight and share the storied histories of these amazing homes.

The famous Christmas Rail of Lights will be steaming its way through Jefferson during the Christmas Season.  The narrow gauge locomotive will take you through scenes from the “History of the Christmas Tree” as it chugs along the banks of the Big Cypress Bayou. Have your heart warmed by 25 different Christmas scenes built into the forest landscape.

The First Methodist Church will be sponsoring this year’s Christmas Music Concert Series each night of the Candlelight Tour of Homes.  Sounds of the season resonate throughout Jefferson as these musical concerts perform.  Choral groups, hand bells, and chimes delight all ages. The concerts are free to the public.

Lions Park will be transformed from a traditional city park to an Enchanted Forest of Christmas Trees. Each Christmas Tree will be decorated by a local business, church, school class or civic group. Be enchanted as you walk through a sparkling, wonderland of Christmas trees.

There are special festivities at the Carriage House as well.

This historic home is beautifully decorated for the season. Sit in our parlor and enjoy the fireplace while sitting by the Christmas Tree.  Join us each afternoon as we share a traditional Norwegian Christmas treat of Glogg and Peppercaker.

Candlelight in Jefferson is so special that all lodging fills and available rooms become impossible to find. We only have a few rooms left, so please call us at 903-665-9511 to make your reservation today.

Cheers to a New Year!

December 14th, 2009 by

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We only have a few more days left to 2009. It is hard to believe that the year is almost gone. Is it just me or does tt seem that the year has just flown by. Have you started to make your New Year’s Resolutions, yet? One of mine is to do a better job of keeping up with this blog. Oh and to lose all of the weight that I put on by eating christmas cookies : (
It is that time of year where we all begin to make our New Year’s Eve plans. Of course, it will be jumping in Jefferson on New Years Eve.
The New Years Train will be rolling on December 31st. The Historic Jefferson Railway will be providing noisemakers and beverages for all of the New Years party goers. There will be fireworks off of the top of the train and just like in Times Square, they will be dropping the ball. Tickets can be purchased at The Christmas train tickets went fast and I am sure that the New Year’s train tickets will as well.
Have you ever thought of ringing in the New Year on a steamboat on Caddo Lake? The Graceful Ghost will be THE place for the swamp party on New Years Eve! The steaboat will depart at 5pm, 8pm and 11pm and will be serving heavy Hors d’œuvres and drink set ups. I am taking the 5pm tour so that I can watch the Uncertain firework display. Space is very limited for these boat rides so please call 1-877-89-Ghost (1-877-894-4678)to reserve your spot.
If you just want a place to hang out and party, then Auntie Skinners is the place for you. Auntie Skinners will be celebrating New Years Eve in a typical Auntie Skinners style. The band Ambush will be rocking all night and everyone will be able to enjoy a Champagne Toast at midnight. Cover charge is $15 and will include party favors and a champagne toast.
So if you are looking for something unique and fun for New Year’s Eve. Consider staying a couple of nights at your favorite bed and breakfast and party like it’s 2010 in Jefferson.
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