Press Release – NAPA, Calif. (September 26, 2017) – The Napa Valley Wine Train, an engaging and memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, is pleased to announce the return of its Santa Trains, an interactive musical adventure in an elegant, nostalgic setting. Transforming the Napa Valley Wine Train into an enchanting holiday journey of delight for both children and adults, the Santa Trains will run from November 18 to December 29. Guests of the Santa Trains will experience games, sing-alongs, and a fun cast of holiday-inspired characters, all while savoring hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies.
In addition, the Napa Valley Wine Train has partnered with the Ticket to Dream Foundation to invite hundreds of foster children aboard the Santa Trains free of charge. The Wine Train will also be hosting a Secret Santa Toy Drive at the train station and will have receptacles to collect new and unwrapped donated toys from generous riders from November 1 to December 17.
“The Santa Train is a special experience that allows children and families to enjoy the holiday season together in a unique way,” said Scott Goldie, co-CEO and partner of the Napa Valley Wine Train. “We’re thrilled to add more interactive features to this iconic journey and invite local foster children to join us through our partnership with Ticket to Dream Foundation.”
Guests of the Santa Trains will embark on an interactive and musical journey from the train station to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole with the conductor, Santa and some of his holiday friends, with magical wristbands and a smartphone app available to enhance the trip. Rumor has it Jolly the Bear was accidentally left behind at the train station and needs the children’s help to make it back to Santa’s workshop to be finished in time for Christmas Day and achieve his lifelong dream – to become an official Santa Train Conductor Bear. Once the children reach the North Pole, they will be given a toy Jolly Bear ornament as a special thank you for their help. The holiday magic continues on the return trip with more songs and games, hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies, Santa and Jolly the Bear handing out toy bears and fairy friends collecting letters to Santa. Additional beverages and snack boxes are available for purchase including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, goldfish crackers, apple sauce and fruit for kids and hummus, chips, cheese, crackers and a delicious treat for adults. A photo booth and social media station is available at the train station for passengers to capture and share their memories.
The Napa Valley Wine Train’s partnership with the Ticket to Dream Foundation will involve hundreds of local foster children experiencing the thrill of meeting Santa aboard the Santa Train as well as a Secret Santa Toy Drive from November 1 – December 17. All passengers are welcome to bring new and unwrapped toys, books, games, movies and gift cards to the Napa Wine Valley Train on their departure day to add joy and excitement to the holidays for foster children in Napa.
The Santa Trains will run from November 18 to December 29 and will be closed on December 24 and 25. Beginning with one daily show at 5 p.m. from November 18 to December 17, a second show at 6:45 p.m. will be added from December 18 to 29. The train’s first show will begin at 5 p.m. and return to the station at 7:15 p.m., with the second show departing at 7:15 p.m. and returning at 9:15 p.m.
Train fare for the Santa Trains start at $39 for locals in Napa and Sonoma counties, $49 per person for the 5 p.m. show and $69 per person for the 6:45 p.m. show. Free parking is available in the Napa Valley Wine Train’s parking lot and space is limited. For reservations and more information about the Napa Valley Wine Train, please call (800) 427-4124 or visit www.winetrain.com.
About the Napa Valley Wine Train
One of the few active historic passenger railroads in the United States, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers an engaging and memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, with fine dining service, multi-course meals cooked to order, Napa Valley scenery and ultimate relaxation aboard exquisitely restored antique rail cars. The Napa Valley Wine Train features vintage Pullman rail cars faithfully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and luxurious armchairs that evoke the spirit of luxury rail travel at the beginning of the 20th century. Conveniently located in downtown Napa and easily accessible, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers a car-free transportation option that bring guests from San Francisco to Napa Valley via the San Francisco Bay Ferry.
In 2015, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. – a collection of luxury hotels and resorts – entered into a partnership with Brooks Street, a California-based real estate development and investment company, for the purchase of the historic and iconic Napa Valley Wine Train. The purchase deepens Noble House’s roots in Northern California, expanding its portfolio to include attractions in the destinations its hotels call home.
About Noble House Hotels & Resorts
A privately held company for more than 30 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, transitioning in 1994 to a hotel ownership management company. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., the corporation owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 15 distinct and visually captivating properties spanning the U.S. From the historic passenger Napa Valley Wine Train, to luxury resorts in Seattle, Wash. Jackson Hole, Wyo. and the Florida Keys, each property maximizes and showcases its physical setting. Noble House is continuously growing, operating 43 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, showcasing local culture and inspiration from local surroundings. With a philosophy that emphasizes “location, distinction and soul,” Noble House Hotels & Resorts exemplifies individuality, dedicating itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that contribute to their communities, staying true to local history, culture and ambiance.
About Brooks Street
Brooks Street (www.brooks-street.com) is a California-based real estate development and investment company with offices in Northern and Southern California. The company specializes in seeking out unique opportunities in premier locations where creativity and repurposing creates value in local communities.
About the Ticket to Dream Foundation
Established as a 501(c)(3) in 2008, Ticket to Dream is dedicated to provide hope and opportunity for foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. We believe it starts with joining forces with local communities to ensure they have school supplies, holiday gifts, properly fitting clothing and shoes. We also provide and fund enriching life experiences and vital support that allow them to heal and grow into their full potential. We create opportunity by funding enriching life experiences like a trip to the zoo, joining the soccer team, music lessons, therapy, help in school, and vital support services that allow them to heal and grow into their full potential.
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