Mt. Hood Railroad to Christmas townThousands of tickets were sold during the first week of sales for the Mount Hood Railroad’s Train to Christmas Town. Some trips close to Christmas are nearly sold out, and bookings continue at an exceptional pace.

Magical Family Adventure

“Our guests recognize that Mount Hood Railroad puts on a fantastic show and train ride for families, and many are excited about this year’s theme,” said Ed Ellis, President of Mount Hood Railroad. “And people will enjoy Oak St. in Hood River, which is just like a Christmas village year round.” The on-board theatrical event is based on the children’s book, Train to Christmas Town, which follows the story of a young girl named Janice and her friends.

Train to Christmas Town

Train to Christmas Town includes many of the popular features from previous years, including cocoa and cookies, a reading of the book, a visit from Santa with a gift for each child, and Christmas carols on the way back. And, the train ride features an engaging cast of storybook characters including Wabash the squirrel, Zephyr the cat, and Bumblebee the bear, all going to Christmas Town on the train.

Music and Festivities

The festive atmosphere at the station and on the train includes original holiday music from the Grammy-nominated band “Trout Fishing in America.” The book was written by Peggy Ellis, a lifelong educator, and was illustrated by Jeffrey Lee, who is best known as the graphic artist behind the 1980’s arcade game Q*bert.

The Train to Christmas Town train ride and performance is also available at five other locations in the US and UK. Tickets are available online at www.mthoodrr.com or by phone at (877) 872-4661.

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