Holiday Express

Last updated Nov. 14, 2018 - 4:55 pm
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About Holiday Express

Holiday Express 2018 has SOLD OUT!

Refunds for purchased tickets may be requested through Nov. 30. All refunded tickets will immediately become available for purchase on a first come, first served basis through the Eventbrite site.

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 have sold out for 2018. Any refunded tickets will become immediately available on Eventbrite. There is not a waitlist for Holiday Express tickets.

A ticket is required for all guests ages two and up for entrance to Holiday Express. All tickets will be sold through Eventbrite. Once purchased, tickets will be emailed to the email address used to purchase the tickets and will also be available through the Eventbrite App. Please download the Eventbrite App to access your e-tickets, or print the paper tickets. Tickets will be required for entrance to the event. For questions regarding ticketing or issues with accessing your Eventbrite account, please email There is not a waitlist for Holiday Express tickets. Please check for ticket availability. Please note that your event ticket will also be used as your boarding pass for the train. Please make sure to hold onto your tickets for the duration of the event.

Limited Edition Ornament: Purchase limited edition Pullen Park carousel themed ornaments on the Eventbrite website (service fee may apply). Ornaments will be available for pick up starting on Dec. 3 Limited quantities will be available for purchase directly at the park starting on 12/3/18. $12.50 per ornament.


Event Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m

This is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly.

Ticketed guests are welcome to enter the event any time after 4 p.m. on the date of their purchased tickets.




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 (from hot dogs, nachos and pizzas to specialty sandwiches and house made soup & chili) that are made from scratch featuring local ingredients. The Cafe offers a variety of options for those with dietary restrictions and/or allergies so everyone in the family can enjoy something. Additionally, Santa's Snacks tent will be centrally located in the Plaza and offer hot chocolate, popcorn, baked goods, and other holiday treats. Additionally, Santa's Snacks tent will be centrally located in the Plaza and offer hot chocolate, popcorn, baked goods, and other holiday treats. For more information about Pullen Place or to see this year's Holiday Express menu, visit or call the Cafe team at 919-829-7180.

Santa's Snacks Heated Seating: Enjoy your delicious snacks in a heated tent next to Santa's Workshop.


Parking will be available on the Pullen Park Campus with overflow parking at Governor Morehead School. 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 event ticket. Children under two 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.

Visit with Santa/North Pole: The line to see Santa will take place in a virtual queue. If you plan to see Santa, we suggest checking in with event staff immediately upon your arrival at the event, as wait times may be long. While you’re waiting, please enjoy the rest of Holiday Express.

Kris Kringle Carnival: Play classic carnival games and giant board games with a holiday twist!

Ornament Station: Design an ornament to remember Holiday Express.

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

North Pole Treasures Gift Shop: Stop by for fun themed merchandise, ornaments and light up toys!

Reindeer Food Station: Make reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve! Remember reindeer need energy too!

Sledding Hill: Take an awesome and super-fast sled ride down a real snow covered slide!

RFD S'more Station: Enjoy a delicious treat and learn about fire safety from the Raleigh FireDepartment.

Rotary's Snowglobe Experience: Step inside a giant snowglobe for a spectacular photo opportunity!

Candy Cane Hunt: Grab a map and seek out the hidden candy canes to win a cool prize!

Santa's Snacks Heated Seating: Enjoy your delicious snacks in a heated tent next to Santa's Workshop. 

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 1:00pm 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 a designated rain date or request a refund.

2018 RAIN DATES: December 10 and December 17

All refund requests received in writing 7 days or more in advance of the start date of the event are entitled to a 100% refund.

  • Refund/credit/transfer requests received less than 7 days prior to the start date of the event will not be granted.
  • Refund requests due to an event cancellation must be emailed to prior to the designated raindate.
  • 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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