Lackawanna Heritage Valley brings Santa to town on Steamtown train

A holiday tradition, the Santa Train will arrive in six communities in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley on Saturday, Dec. 2. Here, Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to the crowd at a past celebration. - Submitted photo
Santa arrives at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton during a previous year’s Santa Train event. This year’s celebration will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 in six communities in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. - Submitted photo
The Steamtown excursion pulls in to the Archbald station during a previous year’s Santa Train event. A holiday tradition, the train will again arrive in six communities in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley this year on Saturday, Dec. 2. - Submitted photo

SCRANTON — Santa Claus will leave his sleigh at the North Pole and come to town early on a train on Saturday, Dec. 2. 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 21st 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 families to restored train stations throughout the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.

The Santa Train will arrive at local train stations at the following times:

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 invited 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 and hear 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. Train rides for the public are not available at this event.

For more information, contact LHV Educational Coordinator Tom McHugh at 570-793-3692 or edventures@epix.net.

A holiday tradition, the Santa Train will arrive in six communities in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley on Saturday, Dec. 2. Here, Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to the crowd at a past celebration.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Santa-Train-1.jpgA holiday tradition, the Santa Train will arrive in six communities in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley on Saturday, Dec. 2. Here, Santa and Mrs. Claus wave to the crowd at a past celebration. Submitted photo

Santa arrives at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton during a previous year’s Santa Train event. This year’s celebration will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 in six communities in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Santa-Train-2.jpgSanta arrives at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton during a previous year’s Santa Train event. This year’s celebration will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 in six communities in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. Submitted photo

The Steamtown excursion pulls in to the Archbald station during a previous year’s Santa Train event. A holiday tradition, the train will again arrive in six communities in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley this year on Saturday, Dec. 2.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-Santa-Train-3.jpgThe Steamtown excursion pulls in to the Archbald station during a previous year’s Santa Train event. A holiday tradition, the train will again arrive in six communities in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley this year on Saturday, Dec. 2. Submitted photo