Carolina Santa Train

Loading Map....

Saturday, Dec. 2 | 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Museum of Life and Science
433 W. Murray Ave., Durham

Registration for this event is closed. If you are still interested in registering for this event, please email Rachaele Andrews at

Price: $25; GAA members pay only $15
Children (ages 3-17): $15; Children 2 and under ride free

Ho ho ho! Bring the whole family to ride the rails. Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the North Pole. Enjoy a ride through thousands of twinkling lights as we make our way to meet Santa and his elves. Back at the station, explore festive activities including:


  • Face painting by Paint Savvy
  • Holiday crafts
  • “Science of Santa” activities including hands-on snow polymer, simple circuits and more
  • Holiday music and light displays
  • “Skate in your socks” synthetic ice rink
  • Complimentary hot chocolate
  • Pop-up museum gift shop
  • Sprout Cafe open for coffee and light snacks (food requiring the grill or fryers is not available)
  • Carolina Santa photo booth set up for family photos in the Butterfly Room

Important information to note:

  • The gates open starting at 5 p.m. and close at 9 p.m.
  • The trains leave every twenty minutes from 5:20 p.m. through 8:20 p.m.
  • Please note there will be a North Pole Santa at this event and a Tar Heel Santa at this event (located in the Butterfly Room).
  • Your tickets for the train can be picked up at will call on Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at 5 p.m.
  • All tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available for purchase at Check-In or Will Call.
  • The deadline to request refunds is 5 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 30. 

Please note that if you miss your scheduled time slot we will NOT be able to accommodate you on a different train time. If we are unable to verify your GAA membership, you must pay the balance due within five days, or the GAA reserves the right to cancel your reservation.

We look forward to riding the rails and celebrating the holidays in Carolina style with you.