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Lackawanna Heritage Valley Set to Conduct 22nd Annual Santa Train, Delivers Holiday Cheer to Six Local, Historic Train Stations

Community leaders gather with U.S. Marines at the Steamtown National Historic Site to finalize plans for the Dec. 1 Santa Train event.

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Association will conduct their 22nd annual ‘Christmas in a Small Town’ Santa Train event on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Santa Train is a unique Northeastern Pennsylvania Christmas celebration that brings Santa to each community along the historic D&H railroad line. The train also brings musicians, entertainers and U.S. Marines to each station.

Santa will arrive at the Carbondale Train Station at 10:30 a.m. and continue with stops at the Archbald Train Station, at 11:35 a.m.; Jessup Train Station, at 12:20 p.m.; Olyphant’s Queen City Train Station, at 1:00 p.m. and the Dickson City Train Station at 1:45 p.m., before Santa arrives at his final stop – the Steamtown National Historic Site, in Downtown Scranton, at 3:00 p.m.

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 and his friends 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.

All activities are free, but children are encouraged to share in the gift of giving by bringing along an unwrapped, new toy as part of a collection for Toys for Tots. This new element of the event aims to teach children the values of compassion and helping others. These toys will be gifted to other children within the community whose family may be facing a disadvantage.

In 2017, more than 2,000 local residents came out to see Santa and to join in the holiday festivities in each community, with more than 3,000 at the final stop at Steamtown National Historic Site. Over the years, the Santa Train has become a beloved part of the holidays in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Joseph Corcoran, executive director of LHVA, finds the event is a unique opportunity for families to embrace the holiday spirit while enjoying the rich history surrounding our local railroad system.

“The Santa Train has been rolling since 1996 and has become a local holiday tradition,” Corcoran said. “It allows a piece of our region’s history to live on and be celebrated while encapsulating the magic of the holiday season.”

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 and the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority, along with a number of local businesses, organizations and communities.

For more information leading up to the Dec. 1 event, families are encouraged to call the Lackawanna Heritage Valley office, via (570) 963-6730, or to follow the event via the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area Facebook page.