Christmas in a Small Town: The Santa Train Celebrates 20th Anniversary


Committee members and performers recently gathered to make plans for the 20th Annual Christmas in a Small Town: The Santa Train on Saturday, December 3. From left; The Amazing Franko; Thom Welby, Board Member, LHV; Julie Imel, Public Relations & Programs Manager, LHV; Dawn Mach, Supervisory Support Specialist, Steamtown NHS; Genie Lupini, Jessup Committee Member; Owen Worozbyt, Trail & Environmental Projects Manager, LHV; Jennifer Muchal Macknosky, Dickson City Committee Member; Debbie Conway, Superintendent, Steamtown NHS; Tom McHugh, Project Coordinator, LHV; Dominic Keating, Board Member, LHV; Gerard Hetman, Community Relations Coordinator, Lackawanna County; and Doug Smith, local musician. Photo: Michael Straub Photography.

On Saturday, December 3, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh at the North Pole and come to town early on a train! Six local communities will celebrate Christmas in a Small Town when Santa arrives aboard a special train provided by Steamtown National Historic Site.
Now in its twentieth year, the Christmas in a Small Town celebration, also known as the Santa Train, is a project of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area. The event draws large crowds of excited families to restored train stations throughout the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. It has become a tradition and a day to celebrate the heritage of Northeastern Pennsylvania! The Santa Train will arrive at local train stations at the following times:santa-train-poster-2016

  • 10:30 a.m. – Carbondale Train Station, River Street, Carbondale
  • 11:35 a.m. – Archbald Train Station, Pike Street, Archbald
  • 12:20 p.m. –  Jessup Train Station, Church Street, Jessup
  • 1 p.m. – Queen City Train Station, Lackawanna Avenue, Olyphant
  • 1:45 p.m. – Dickson City Train Station, Boulevard Avenue, Dickson City
  • 3 p.m. – Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton

Families are encouraged to assemble at the train station in each community to welcome Santa as the train pulls into town. At each stop, Santa will greet all of the children, hearing their lists for special Christmas wishes. After visiting with Santa, families can enjoy refreshments, live entertainment and special activities. The Valley View Marching Band will perform at the Archbald and Jessup train stations, greeting Santa with holiday music and entertaining the crowd. The Santa Train and its crew will be available for photo opportunities at each station. All activities are free. Please note:  train rides for the public are not available at this event.
Christmas in a Small Town is sponsored by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area in partnership with Steamtown National Historic Site, the Delaware Lackawanna Railroad, Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority, with special thanks to the City of Carbondale, the Carbondale Business Association, Archbald Borough, Jessup Borough, Jessup 21st Century, Olyphant Borough, Dickson City Borough, the City of Scranton, the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Anthracite Heritage Museum, the Lackawanna County Council on Arts and Culture, Propst Transportation, Community Bank NA, and Peoples Security Bank and Trust.
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