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Address: 400 E. Austin, Jefferson, TX 75657
Phone Number: 903-665-6400
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Nice holiday train ride.

During this time of year, the train station & train are decorated for Christmas. Christmas music is played while an employee narrates the ride through the woods for you. The woods... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
Michele J
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

During this time of year, the train station & train are decorated for Christmas. Christmas music is played while an employee narrates the ride through the woods for you. The woods are decorated with lights (how'd they do that?) & different scenes throughout. Plan early, as tickets sell out fast.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

We're all senior adults ( 6) and were very disappointed with this ride. The lighting in the trees was poorly done and the displays were not much better. The whole thing was disappointing. It's alright for a small child that's never been on a train ride, but definitely not for adults.

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Thank Mgr1949
Garland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We did the Christmas Lights Ride. When we made the reservations we were expecting typical cold December weather, so we reserved the Indoor Car. The car is nicer and if it had actually been cold ( temps in the 60s) it would have been more comfortable than the open cars. The open cars would offer a better view and better... More 

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Thank Sue_ZQ_75
Nacogdoches, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We enjoyed our ride the Jefferson Christmas train. They take you on a 30-40 minute ride through a series of lighted displays made up to like holiday celebrations around the world. If you go in expecting something like you might find major theme park you will be disappointed but if you have a kid who likes trains (and most do)... More 

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Thank preslb
Bryan, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

This was a pleasant but short excursion with Christmas displays on both sides of the track and a narrative and music as well. It was nice listening to the other passengers reminiscing about their prior trips.

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Humble, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

This little train is a lot of fun, I think it is called a narrow gage railroad. The trip is not very long but it is a fun ride. I have been to Jefferson several times and it was not always open. I don't know if it was weather, repairs or the days we were there. It is a neat... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

We took the Ghost Train Tour. Meeting in the depot at 8:00 and listening to ghost stories while sipping on a complimentary beverage was nice. Boarded the train and left the depot promptly at 9:00. We probably should have taken the day train tour. While the train went leisurely through the woods, it was dark and none of the "sights"... More 

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Thank Ellen R
north west england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

boarding the open carriages (much more fun than the closed ones) the train carried a wide range of passengers as it banged along the tracks. With just enough commentary to be interesting without intrusive we enjoyed the steady pace. Halfway along everyone gets off to walk down to the pond to see the alligators being fed.(it's part of the train... More 

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Thank hippo432
Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A 45 minute ride along the bayou past lighted vignettes and trees in an antique train. Entertainingly narrated and you can get hot chocolate to drink on board.

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5 Thank Ron S
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The light show was great, if a little hokey... It's geared to kids, but my wife (a kid at heart) loved it too. They could use some help with the narrator's script, and the sound system had a short, but the operators were all good-hearted folks and weren't in the "rush you through" business at all. They seemed concerned that... More 

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