Christmas is coming to Veterans Memorial Park in Bristol!!. The “Polar Bear Express” trains are scheduled to depart the Tom Keenan Depot each weekend in December commencing at 7:00 – 10:00 P.M. EST. Specific dates are: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, For those who have family coming in the week after Christmas, we have also scheduled two nights, December 28 and 29 for this memorable family experience.
Christmas in the Park 2022 featuring Liberty County’s “Polar Bear Express” is an exciting and magical train ride around one mile of two-foot gauge track in the Park. Passengers on the trains will view life-size scenes, including Santa’s Village, Polar Bear Mountain, Toyland, Snow Queen and chariot, Elsa’s Castle, travel through the Polar Express Tunnel to see Candyland, Western Town, Statue of Liberty, a beautiful Nativity scene, and other exciting scenes on your trip around the Park. Thousands of lights will greet you as you listen to Christmas music depicting the various scenes.
Tickets may be purchased on line at: veteransmemorialrailroad.org. The on-line system or “fast track” alleviates wait time for boarding the trains. Tickets per ride: $10.0 per person. The steam train is unavailable this event. Children two and under ride FREE. If the on-line tickets indicate they are sold out, tickets may also be purchased at the gate upon arrival. For those on Central Time, please remember you will gain your hour back when returning home if you make later reservations, if early reservations are sold out or if you plan to come and buy tickets at the gate.
A little history about the Railroad: 2022 marks the 20th Anniversary of Veterans Memorial Railroad, organized in 2002 by a group of train enthusiasts for the sole purpose of providing a unique, educational and entertaining experience for children and their families. The depot is named after the founder who had the vision for this community service, which has grown from a one train, ½ mile track with minor events to today’s phenomenal Christmas event. A FREE public run day is scheduled during the months of February — October. Private reservations are also available for special family events.
All funds received are allocated for maintenance of the track, trains and accessories required for the VMRR events. Veterans Memorial Railroad, Inc., is a Not for Profit 501c (3) organization, utilizing teams of volunteers (decorating, admissions, train crews of engineers and conductors, etc.) to put on this unique event in Liberty County. For additional information call 850-643-6646.
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