Exporail will be offering families a unique Christmas experience starting on November 19 with its holiday programming. At a Railway Christmas, visitors can expect the festive season to be in full swing with decorated vehicles, hidden Christmas stockings and visits with Santa. Families will also be able participate in several holiday activities, all against the backdrop of historic locomotives.
Train rides a treat
Visitors can ride the Exporail Christmas Train on Saturday, Nov. 27, Sunday, Nov. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 4, departing at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 for children and $3 for adults. Seats will be limited.
The Miniature Railway will also be picking up passengers every day with departures at 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 1 p.m. to 1:30 pm and 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Tickets are $1 for kids and $2 for adults.
Families will be able to take part in activities such as creating Christmas tree decorations in the craft workshop. Two slots will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. And if arts and crafts isn’t your thing, there will also be Christmas cookie decorating during the same time slots.
On Saturdays and Sundays between Dec. 5 and 19, visitors can meet Santa in the Grand Gallery from 10:30 am to noon or from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
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Learn About Locomotives
Though the holiday spirit will be on full display, it’s not all Christmas at the Exporail. After all, it is a train museum. Visitors can learn about the world of locomotives and have immersive experiences like visiting the Saskatchewan car that was built in 1883 and decorated to reflect the Victorian era. Visitors 8 and over will also have a chance to try the locomotive simulator and experience what it’s like to to drive a train. This activity needs to be reserved on-site and has an additional $5 fee.
For more locomotive history, The Trolley, a documentary about rail transport around the world, will be showing in English at 2 p.m. and in French at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.
Guided tours will be available in English on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 3 p.m. Some activities will require a vaccination passport for visitors 13 and older.
Railway Christmas will take place from Nov. 19 to Jan. 3. For more information, click here.