The third annual Holiday Express (http://tinyurl.com/holidayexpress2009) kicks off on Thursday, December 10 at Raleigh’s Pullen Park. The park will be decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a winter wonderland. Guests will experience the Santa Express Train, an adventure through acres of holiday magic ending with a meeting with Santa himself at the North Pole. The evening will also feature carousel rides, holiday entertainment, concessions and more.
“The Holiday Express gives Triangle residents of all ages the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the holiday season,” says Jeffrey Hobart, Holiday Express committee chair. “I can’t think of a better way to send Pullen Park off to its renovation project.”
Presented by the Rotary Club of Crabtree and Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, the Holiday Express will run December 10-13 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. nightly.
Tickets are $7 per person and available at the Pullen Park ticket office 919.831.6468. Additional information is available at http://tinyurl.com/holidayexpress2009.
For the second consecutive year, a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Clarence E. Lightner Leadership Endowment Fund. The endowment provides programs that have a positive impact on youth throughout the Triangle area.
The Holiday Express is the final event scheduled at Pullen Park before it closes for a yearlong renovation project.
About Pullen Park and Renovations:
Deeded to the City of Raleigh on March 22, 1887 by Richard Stanhope Pullen, the park is the fifth oldest operating amusement park in the United States and the sixteenth oldest in the world. Renovations call for a new carousel house, welcome center, concessions building, train station and restrooms. Additional site improvements include a new entrance, event spaces, playground, picnic shelters and underground utilities.
About the Rotary Club of Crabtree:
The Rotary Club of Crabtree is a member of Rotary International and its local District 7710. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and to help build goodwill and peace in the world. Visit www.rotary7710.org for more information.
About the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department:
The purpose of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department is to actively encourage, provide, promote and protect quality leisure, recreation and cultural opportunities, facilities and environments that are essential for the enhancement of the lives of our citizens. For more information, visit www.parks.raleighnc.gov or call 919.831.6640.
About the Clarence E. Lightner Leadership Endowment Fund:
The Clarence E. Lightner Leadership Endowment Fund was established to provide leadership development programs that will have a positive impact on youth throughout the region. By working with foundations, corporations, government entities, faith organizations, neighborhood leaders and schools, the Lightner Fund will help stimulate an active multiracial cadre of young people to help address social problems in communities. This becomes the true living legacy of Clarence Lightner. Visit www.lightnerfund.org for more information.