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Civil War Portrayal Changes VRE Santa Trains

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Santa will ride the rails once again this year on Virginia Railway Express’ Fredericksburg Line.

But a Civil War reenactment in Fredericksburg will bring changes to where children and families board the trains.

The popular Santa Trains will run Saturday Dec. 8 and will serve Leeland Station in Stafford County instead of Downtown Fredericksburg because of the reenactment scheduled to take place at the same time.

Riders will also be able meet board trains and meet Santa at VRE’s Woodbridge station.

Tickets for the trains will go on sale online Nov. 26 and normally sell out fast, according to a statement from the commuter railroad:

Tickets go on sale Monday November 26th at 9 a.m. More information about ticket sales and trains can be found on the “What’s New” section of our home page at

The tickets sell out fast, both online and in person. Last year, VRE sold 7,500 tickets.

Both the Leeland Road and Woodbridge stations will also serve as drop-off points for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots donation program. Riders can bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a child who will receive it this holiday season.

While this is known as a fun event, the commuter railroad states the trains are meant to call attention to important safety issues:

Again, the event, taking place on Saturday, December 8th uses this opportunity to remind people of the importance of rail safety. So remember, that this event is not just for fun, but it also has a serious and important message: “Look, listen and live!” from Operation Lifesaver.


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