Ring in the holidays aboard Santa Train

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CSI Media staff | December 6, 2013

EAST TROY — Limited tickets are available for children of all ages who would like to ride in special passenger trolley cars that will follow the East Troy Electric Railroad's Santa Train on Saturday, Dec. 7, when it makes its annual journey into town.

Presented by the East Troy Electric Railroad in conjunction with the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce and Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center, the beautifully lit four-car train will travel down the century-old interurban trolley line between Mukwonago and East Troy.

The original East Troy Christmas Parade train, started by the East Troy Jaycees and the railroad in 1972, was an historic reproduction of the Schuster's Christmas Parade in Milwaukee. The Schuster's Department store chain sponsored the parade, established in 1928, to kick off the Christmas shopping season. It disappeared in 1955 with the demise of the Milwaukee Electric Lines interurban and streetcar system.

Spectators, who aren't aboard the train, can catch a glimpse of Santa along County Highway ES. Santa will disembark the train in East Troy to catch a ride on an East Troy Fire Department truck to the town square at 6:30 p.m.

The heated passenger trolley will pick up riders at 4:30 p.m. at The Elegant Farmer and follow the Santa Train to East Troy. Riders will be able to walk to the village square to watch Santa light the community Christmas tree on the East Troy's historic village square. 

Tickets for the special ride, which must be purchased in advance, are available at the East Troy Chamber Office, 2096 Church St. (on the Village Square) and the Mukwonago Chamber office, 801 Main St., Suite 1, for $10 each.

But there's plenty of additional holiday activity. In anticipation of Santa's arrival, festivities will begin on the East Troy Village Square at 6 p.m. with concessions and a Christmas carol sing-along led by the East Troy Community Band. The East Troy Lioness Club also will offer walking tacos and hot beverages in the warmth of the Lions Lodge.

Photos of children with Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available following the tree lighting inside Ivan's Backstage at a cost of $5 each, with the proceeds to benefit the East Troy Food Pantry. The photographs will be taken during the East Troy Holiday Marketplace from 5-8 p.m., featuring more than 20 vendors offering a variety of holiday gift items and entertainment by Cork N Cleavage.

Midnight Magic, sponsored by the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce, also takes place Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. until midnight at sites throughout the community. Under the theme “It's a Wonderful Night in Mukwonago,” the event offers pictures with Santa, The Enchanted Gingerbread Forest, Alaskan Malamute Dog Sled Pull, marketplace/craft fair, carriage rides, Christmas Parade at 3 p.m., Festival of Trees, live nativity scene, holiday entertainment and fireworks. Call (262) 363-7758 or visit online at mukwonagochamber.org.

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