Don't even bother getting the kids of of their PJs for this one! Strasburg's "Night Before Christmas" train keeps it casual as you cozy up for a book reading and nom on some cookies and milk.
Gather your family, put the kids in pajamas (yes, really) and board this cozy train ride to listen to a rider in Victorian garb read "The Night Before Christmas" and other storybooks.
The Christmas train leaves at 7 p.m. both Friday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 14. Visitors young and old will also be able to board the Tinsel Trolly, a self-propelled motor car.
Coach car tickets are $17 for adults, $11 for kids age 3-11, and $3 for kids under 3. Tickets for the first-class lounge car and parlor car are $26 for all ages. All cars will have readers.
Another option: Santa's Paradise Express the weekends of Dec. 8-9 and 15-16. This train ride travels to Paradise, Pa., and back with Santa aboard, with plenty of story readings as well. Kids ages 3-11 will receive a special gift during the ride.
The historic Strasburg Railroad is located at 301 Gap Road in Ronks, Pa., about 110 miles from downtown D.C.