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Holiday Express Lights up Newly Renovated Pullen Park

Fourth Annual Holiday Tradition Rolls in to Raleigh Dec. 8-11

The fourth annual Holiday Express (www.raleighholidayexpress.com) returns at the newly renovated Pullen Park in Raleigh Dec. 8-11, 2011. From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. nightly, children and adults alike will enjoy this Triangle tradition as Pullen Park is festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a holiday wonderland. More than 10,000 guests are expected to attend with a portion of proceeds to support Rotary charities.

“We are thrilled to once again have the Holiday Express roll into Raleigh,” says David Forrest, Holiday Express committee chair. “The upgrades to Pullen Park are amazing and will help add to the excitement felt by all those who attend this holiday experience.”

Presented by the Crabtree Rotary Club and Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, the Holiday Express is the first major event held at Pullen Park since it reopened in November after undergoing a $6 million restoration project. Park upgrades include:

  • A new carousel house, welcome center, concessions building, train station and restrooms
  • Site improvements including a new entrance, event spaces, playground, underground utilities and picnic shelters

Guests will experience the Santa Express Train, an adventure through acres of holiday magic filled with light displays and ending with a meeting with Santa himself. Nightly festivities also include carousel rides, arts and crafts, holiday music with dozens of local performers, a health expo with family friendly educational activities and local, seasonal food and concessions offered by Pullen Place Café.
Advance tickets are $7.00 per person and can be purchased on the City of Raleigh’s RecLink site (http://tinyurl.com/RecLink-Holiday-Express) through December 6, 2011.
Starting on December 7, 2011 if Holiday Express tickets are still available the cost will be $10.00 per person and can only be purchased at the Pullen Park Welcome Center.
Children age 2 and under are admitted free with paying adult.

Tickets purchased on November 30, 2011 and earlier will be mailed out. Tickets purchased between December 1, 2011 and December 6, 2011 can be picked up at the Pullen Park Welcome Center.

Event parking is located off Western Boulevard at the Dorthea Dix soccer fields on Hunt Drive. Both parking and shuttle services are free to the public and will be available daily from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Shuttles will also be able to accommodate ADA and stroller needs.

About the Crabtree Rotary Club:
The Crabtree Rotary Club 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.crabtreerotaryclub.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 about Holiday Express, visit www.parks.raleighnc.gov or call 919.996.6468.

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