Ellerbe Creek Railway Santa Train @ The NC Museum of Life and Science!

It’s all aboard at the NC Museum of Life and Science in Durham. 

December 4th – 8th, 11th-15th, 18th– 22nd Families ride the train through a spectacle of lights to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and all the elves. Families can also explore other holiday themed events at the museum including hot chocolate, crafts, a synthetic ice rink and more. 

Where: Museum of Life + Science
433 W. Murray Avenue
Durham, NC 27704
919-220-5429

Tickets were on sale in November for this annual and highly coveted Holiday event but you can still snag an off the cuff ticket! 

Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the North Pole. Enjoy a ride through thousands of twinkling lights, an inflatable forest and even a rainbow light tunnel, as you make our way to meet Santa and his elves.

Additional Holiday Activities Include:

  • Face painting by Paint Savvy
  • “Science of Santa” activities
  • Take-home crafts
  • Holiday music and light displays
  • “Skate in your socks” synthetic ice rink
  • Complimentary hot chocolate
  • Pop-up Museum gift shop
  • Magic Wings Butterfly House and Insectarium will be open for wonder and enjoyment
  • Sprout Cafe will be open for light snacks and coffee

Event Dates, Prices & Times

* Early Trains: 5:20 pm – 7:20 pm 
* Late Trains: 7:40 pm – 8:20 pm 

December 4-8 | Early Trains: $18 | Late Trains: $15
December 11-15 | Early Trains: $22 | Late Trains: $19
December 18-22 | Early Trains: $25 | Late Trains: $22

Children 2 and under ride free, in the lap of a paid adult.

*All ticket changes will result in a $10.00 processing fee per transaction and the difference in ticket price, if any.

$10.00 of each $15.00 ticket, $13.00 of each $18.00, $14.00 of each $19.00 ticket, $17.00 of each $22.00, and $20.00 of each $25.00 ticket is tax-deductible.


 Train Times: 5:20 pm, 5:40 pm, 6 pm, 6:20 pm, 6:40 pm, 7 pm, 7:20 pm, 7:40 pm, 8 pm, 8:20 pm 

Gates open at 5:00 pm and close at 9:00 pm every night.

Trains leave the station every twenty minutes from 5:20 pm through 8:20 pm.

In the spirit of the season, this year the museum is offering a Sensory Friendly Santa Train for little friends on the autism spectrum or with similar sensory issues. Cool down kits, noise-cancelling headphones, and social narratives available upon request.

Wednesday, December 4
Train times: 5:20 pm, 5:40 pm, 6 pm

Get your tickets NOW: https://www.lifeandscience.org/santatrain

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