Holiday Express

Last updated May 14, 2018 - 2:57 pm
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About Holiday Express

Holiday Express will roll into Raleigh Dec. 6 through Dec. 9 and Dec. 11 through Dec. 16 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Children and adults alike will enjoy this Triangle tradition as Pullen Park is festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a holiday wonderland. The event is presented by Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources and the Crabtree Rotary Club, with a portion of proceeds supporting Rotary charities.

Enjoy holiday lights and displays, a train ride, an ice covered sledding hill, unlimited carousel rides, crafts, a visit with Santa, and more.


Holiday Express tickets are sold through Eventbrite. Once purchased, tickets can be printed out or your e-ticket can be downloaded through the Eventbrite App and your confirmation email. Tickets for the event are based on a designated train boarding time, allowing less time in line and more time for fun! Please be prepared to select your train time during registration.

Tickets are $11.29 each (including the Eventbrite service fee). Your Eventbrite ticket will allow access to the event starting at 4PM and will also serve as your boarding pass for the train.  All guests age 2 and up require a ticket to the event.


Event Hours: 4-9 p.m

Guests may enjoy activities throughout the evening.  Ticket holders with a late train boarding time are encouraged to come early and enjoy activities before your train ride!
This is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly.


Pullen Place is a locally owned cafe committed to providing fresh, delicious food in the heart of Raleigh's Pullen Park. Each night of Holiday Express, Pullen Place will offer a variety of seasonally inspired comfort foods to help keep your family warm and in the holiday spirit. The Holiday Express menu will feature hot drinks, snacks and hearty meals made from scratch using local ingredients. Additionally, a satellite station will offer hot chocolate, baked goods, popcorn and more. For more information or to see this year's Holiday Express menu, visit


Parking will be available on the Pullen Park Campus with overflow parking at Governor Morehead School and Cates Avenue Parking Deck. Parking Attendants will direct you to available spaces. Parking is a short walking distance to the event.

Shuttles will not be provided.


Train Ride - Enjoy the holiday lights as you hop aboard the Holiday Express train! Your designated ride time is located on your ticket. Children un der 2 years without a paid admission must be held or sit in the lap of an accompanying adult during the duration of the train ride. They cannot occupy a seat. Arrive at the train station 15 minutes prior to departure.

Carousel - Choose your favorite animal and enjoy unlimited rides on the historic carousel.

Santa - Visit with Santa under a heated tent with activities while you wait. Children can write a letter to Santa, play games, color fun pictures, and enjoy the warmth and decorations!

Ornament - Design an ornament to remember 2018 Holiday Express.

Holiday Craft Station – Create a holiday craft to enjoy all season long.

Blizzard Boogie - Enjoy nightly dance parties with some classic holiday characters!

Inclement Weather and Refund Policy

In the case of severe weather (rain with extreme wet conditions, high winds and/or lightning, extreme cold conditions with ice and/or snow), Holiday Express may be cancelled. Weather conditions are evaluated on a daily basis. Event cancellations will be made by 12 pm on the day of the event. Registered guests will be notified by email (must have provided a valid email address during registration) and information will be posted on the website,

In the case of an event cancellation, guests may either attend the designated rain date or request a refund.

2018 Rain dates are December 10 and December 17.

  • All refund requests received 7 days or more in advance of the start date of the event are entitled to 100% refund.
  • Refund requests received less than 7 days prior to the start of the event will not be granted.
  • Refunds for medical reasons requested prior to the start date of a program will be granted at 100%, subject to verification.

Non-attendance/non-participation in a program does not entitle a patron to a refund.

Refund requests may be emailed to:


Holiday Express Sponsors

For 2018 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tim Tinnesz at 919-397-4445.

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