Submitted Article / Photos by Laura Yale & Angie Setters
The Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association, the Reading and Northern Railroad and the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway are hosting Santa Train Rides on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25, departing from Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on board each train ride to visit with riders, especially children. Train rides are at 10:30 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm each day.
“We are thrilled to be working with the railroad again for this event,” relates Day Gay, TBPA president. “Each year, the Christmas rides sell out quickly and have become a great part of our Christmas celebration. We urge people to get their tickets soon so they won’t be disappointed.”
Train tickets for November 24th and 25th are $14 for individuals 13 and older; $9 for children ages 3 to 12 and children age 2 and under are free, but need a ticket. For further ticket information call 570-665-2342. Advance ticket sales are strongly encouraged and available at Greenwood’s Furniture, 61 E. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. Tickets are being sold on a first come, first serve basis; there will be no holds, mail orders, or refunds. Tickets can be purchased with cash or checks payable to TPBA. Trips will run rain or shine. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Train riders will be encouraged to arrive in town 45 minutes early and to not plan on parking at Riverside Park; parking there will be limited to Handicapped parking and patients for the chiropractor’s office. When riders purchase their tickets, they will receive a map of available parking areas throughout town. The map will also designate the pick-up location for continuous shuttles from town to Riverside Park. Shuttles will leave from Tioga Street near the First National Bank Gazebo.
These train rides have become a great tradition in Tunkhannock and TBPA suggests that those interested get their tickets early to available missing the opportunity.