Step back in time as the Historic Jefferson Railway, an antique live steam narrow-gauge train, embraces an old-fashioned Christmas in the country. Enjoy the lighted vignettes and hear the Joyous Christmas Celebrations aboard the train that circles the Piney Woods along the Big Cypress Bayou. The decorated historic railroad depot captures the holiday spirit.
The Christmas Train opens on November 24, 2016 and runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 24, 2016. (Closed November 29 and December 25).
Also, ring in the New Year with the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train running December 29th, 30th and 31st. This ride will feature the dropping of the ball in Times Square, complete with beverages, noisemakers and a fantastic fireworks show, complete with a cannon firing dramatic "dragon's breath" on every train ride.
The live steam train was built in 1964 and is one of the few operational steam trains in the United States. First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, warm, enclosed coach while the open-canopied observation cars provide an excellent view of the ride along the river. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket.
The excursions will take you by a life-size nativity scene, the German Markets, Jerusalem and the Angel Tree. View scenes representing Alaska, Russia, China and Australia. Enjoy an authentic life-sized 90-year old Christmas card as well as the 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.
Spend the weekend in Jefferson and also enjoy the Candlelight Tour of HomesTM, sponsored by the Historic Jefferson Foundation, during the first two weekends in December. www.jeffersoncandlelight.com.
Celebrate antebellum Jefferson’s 34th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. This year three traditional tour homes will be decked-out with all natural greenery lit by candlelight, representing 19th Century Christmas finery. With a surprising fourth attraction, you will step into The Atalanta, Jay Gould’s Private Railroad Car, built of wood in 1886 with solid brass fittings.
Stay, play, dine, shop and explore Jefferson – a small historic town nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Jefferson 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 an annual tradition for your whole family.
NEW YEAR'S TRAIN
Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train in Jefferson, Texas. The unforgettable ride on an antique LIVE STEAM narrow-gauge train will run December 29th, 30 and 31st. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the tale of New Year’s traditions and customs. This event is pet-friendly so be sure to contact a depot agent to reserve a seat for your well-behaved, friendly pet.
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 fireworks show, complete with a cannon firing dramatic "dragon's breath."
Hear about the unique New Year’s customs around the world, including stories of the Good Luck Dragon in Oriental, North Carolina; Christmas Markets in Austria; Kip’s Toyland in Los Angeles, and “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown.”
Children and adults alike will be awed by the historic railroad depot decked out with holiday lights complete with a gingerbread village. 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 Year’s along the river.
Plan to stay the weekend in the Diamond Don RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, and watch all of the fireworks as the train comes through the park.
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.