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Train museum expands Christmas offerings

Special decorations and holiday lights bring a festive air to the holidays at the Southeastern Railway Museum. (Southeastern Railway Museum)

Special decorations and holiday lights bring a festive air to the holidays at the Southeastern Railway Museum. (Southeastern Railway Museum)

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A special guest greets guests at the Southeastern Railway Museum’s Polar Express Experience aboard an antique passenger car. (Southeastern Railway Museum)

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Holiday wreathes and garland evoke the flavor of the holidays at the 1871 Duluth passenger depot at the Southeastern Railway Museum. (Photo credit: Southeastern Railway Museum)

Gwinnett’s own “Polar Express” will open soon, with holiday activities beginning at the Southeastern Railway Museum.

Officials announced some additions to the annual holiday treats, which inlcude the established “Breakfast (or Lunch) with Santa and Mrs. Claus” and the “Polar Express Experience.”

With some families already buying tickets for the Santa program, officials have added a festive seasonal display in the Duluth museum’s 1871 passenger depot, thanks to a partnership with the Duluth Historical Society.

According to a press release, the new display is coupled with the society’s “Enchanted Christmas Idea House,” which will be presented at the Strickland House in December. Displays at both locations will feature model trains and a raffle to benefit both locations.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome our friends at the Duluth Historical Society to the Museum as part of our holiday observances,” said Museum Administrator Randy Pirkle. “The two organizations have complementary missions, and we have been exploring ways we can work together to enhance our respective visitors’ experiences. I look forward to more cooperative programs like this in the future.”

Reservations are required for the Day with Santa activities, which are offered Saturdays from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Available for purchase at SoutheasternRailwayMuseum.org, tickets for the breakfast or lunch programs are $16 and the Polar Express Experience tickets are $20. Children under 2 are free, but reservations are still required.

Tickets to both programs also include entry to the museum, located at 3595 Buford Highway, just north of Pleasant Hill Road and south of downtown Duluth.