A train ride is just the beginning of holiday traditions in Palestine.
Santa’s Magical Workshop & Wonderland Depot opens at 4 p.m. today with a reception to kick-off the holiday season. This year, the Texas State Railroad Society has teamed up with the Main Street program to create a magical and educational experience.
Enjoy an indoor winter wonderland filled with gingerbread, snowy trees and holiday delights. Write your letter to Santa and personally deliver it after traveling past the holiday train displays and candy cane lane before joining Mr. Claus in his parlor at the North Pole. Don’t miss the wooden model train display that is 42-feet long.
The Texas State Railroad Society will offer an interpretive center filled with educational artifacts and historic displays from the Texas State Railroad. A pictorial display, also known as “Life on the Neches,” will feature the route of the Polar Express Train ride. Visitors also will get an in-depth look at the forest industry in East Texas. One of the main features offered by the Texas State Railroad Society will be an interactive train display.
An interpretive display, highlighting the City of Palestine Police and Fire Department, also will be featured this season at the workshop.
Santa’s Magical Workshop & Wonderland Depot will be open the following days:
• Today — 4 to 6 p.m.
• Saturday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sunday — noon to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 30 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sunday, Dec. 1 — noon to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 7 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sunday, Dec. 8 — noon to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 14 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sunday, Dec. 15 — noon to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 21 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sunday, Dec. 22 — noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is $1 and professional photos with Santa are available for $5 each. The holiday workshop and interpretive center is located at 201 W. Oak St. in downtown Palestine.
For more information, call 903-723-3014 and find a full schedule of holiday events at: www.visitpalestine.com. Follow Palestine Main Street at facebook.com/palestinemainstreet