The Museum and Railroad Historical Center of Greenwood invite all ages to get into the holiday spirit with two different events this December — North Pole Express and Christmas at the Train.
The Railroad Historical Center is at 908 South Main Street in Greenwood, next to South Main Baptist Church.
North Pole Express evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, bring to life the beloved Chris Van Allsburg story about a train full of children headed to the North Pole and the first gift of Christmas.
Tickets are limited and on sale now, $25 per child and $10 per adult. Call 864-229-7093.
On the railroad center’s patio, Greenwood High School’s drama program is doing a theatrical performance centered on the Caldecott Medal-winning “The North Pole Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, copyright 1985.
And, Susie’s Academy of Dance is also performing.
During North Pole Express, children may also visit with Santa Claus, make keepsake holiday ornaments, ring the bell on the railroad center’s 1906 Baldwin steam engine and enjoy games and activities and snacks on the dining car. Snacks will be available for adults, too.
Children who attend will also receive special keepsake bells.
“The bell still rings for those who believe,” said Nickie Murphy, The Museum and Railroad Historical Center program director.
New this year is a one-time chance to win an authentic movie poster from the hit 2004 fantasy/adventure film, “The Polar Express.”
Raffle tickets are on sale at The Museum, 106 Main St. and they will also be available for purchase during the North Pole Express evenings. Raffle tickets are $5 for one ticket or $10 for three tickets. A drawing for the winning ticket will be Dec. 20 during Christmas at the Train at the Railroad Historical Center. You do not have to be present to win.
Christmas at the Train is from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20, at 908 South Main St. in Greenwood. Admission is $5 at the gate, per person or a maximum of $20 per family.
See Christmas lights and decorations, walk through the restored train cars and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.
“Every year, our volunteers add more and more to the decorations,” Murphy said. “This year, the engine will just glow with lights and I cannot to see everything done for that and our gingerbread house. It’s a great thing to add to your holiday light sight-seeing.”