Steamtown NHS Announces 2008 Holiday Events
October 2, 2008
SCRANTON, PA –Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, PA is pleased to announce its upcoming 2008 Holiday events, beginning with Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11! All veterans, members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families will be treated as guests of the Park, with Entrance Fees waived for the day. It’s another way to express the gratitude of our nation to the men and women who’ve given their all to protect our country.
For the 7th consecutive year, the Canadian Pacific Railway will begin its Holiday Train event from Steamtown NHS on Friday, November 28, between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. The Park proudly partners with the Canadian Pacific Railway to promote awareness of the need to help stock food banks in local communities year-round, and especially at this most wonderful time of the year! Bring along non-perishable food items – better yet, cash donations increase the buying-power of the food banks – and enjoy the free entertainment and holiday festivities!
Steamtown NHS will also offer the "Holiday Express" steam-powered excursions to Moscow! Write your "Dear Santa" letter, bring it with you to drop into a special "North Pole" mailbox or simply give it to Santa, and then join in the merriment and festivities at Moscow’s restored passenger station and freight house! Members of the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter, NRHS, will provide a variety of fun activities at Moscow. This year, "Holiday Express" excursions will depart the Steamtown NHS boarding platform in downtown Scranton at 11:00 a.m. on November 28 and 29, and December 6. This popular, family-friendly event costs only $16.00 for ages 17 and older and $10 for children ages 1-16. Children 12 months and younger require a "no-charge" ticket. Reservations are required. This traditional event quickly sells-out, so reserve early to avoid disappointment!
The "Scranton Limited" short train rides will continue operating Wednesdays through Sundays through Saturday, December 6. These 30-minute train rides depart from the Roundhouse boarding area at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m., operating with a historic diesel locomotive on Wednesdays. There is a $3.00 additional charge for this ride. Admission to the National Park grounds at Steamtown is $6.00 per adult, daily, ages 17 and older. Children under age 16, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the Park at no charge. The Entrance Fee includes parking and access to the outdoor grounds, the museum complex, walking tours, and the Park movie, "Steel and Steam."
Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. "Holiday Express" reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. AdditionalPark information may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391 during business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS web site anytime at www.nps.gov/stea.