Holiday Express Lights up Newly Renovated Pullen Park

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Holiday Express ( returns to Pullen Park in Raleigh Dec. 5-9, 2012. 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 9,000 guests are expected to attend with a portion of proceeds to support Rotary charities.

Presented by the Crabtree Rotary Club and Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, Holiday Express is one of the major events held at Pullen Park since it reopened in November 2011 after undergoing a $6 million restoration project.

“We are thrilled to once again have the Holiday Express roll into Raleigh,” says Jeff Hobart, Crabtree Rotary president. “The upgrades to Pullen Park make this a first-class event and will help add to the excitement felt by all those who attend this holiday experience.”

Guests will experience the Santa Express Train, an adventure 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.

  • Tickets are $8.00 per person and can be reserved on the City of Raleigh’s RecLink site ( or by walking into any City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation facility.
  • Children age 2 and under are admitted free with paying adult.
  • Advanced ticket sales began on July 31st and will be available until they sell out. Last year’s event sold out early, so be sure to reserve your spot!

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 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 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 or call 919.996.6468.