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Address: 400 E Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657-1950
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+1 903-665-6400

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Christmas Lights

We did the Christmas Lights Ride. When we made the reservations we were expecting typical cold December weather, so we reserved the Indoor Car. The car is nicer and if it had... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2015
Garland, Texas
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Reviewed 18 December 2015 via mobile

We're all senior adults ( 6) and were very disappointed with this ride. The lighting in the trees was poorly done and the displays were not much better. The whole thing was disappointing. It's alright for a small child that's never been on a train ride, but definitely not for adults.

1 Thank Mgr1949
Garland, Texas
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

We did the Christmas Lights Ride. When we made the reservations we were expecting typical cold December weather, so we reserved the Indoor Car. The car is nicer and if it had actually been cold ( temps in the 60s) it would have been more comfortable than the open cars. The open cars would offer a better view and better... More 

Thank Sue_ZQ_75
Nacogdoches, Texas
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2015

We enjoyed our ride the Jefferson Christmas train. They take you on a 30-40 minute ride through a series of lighted displays made up to like holiday celebrations around the world. If you go in expecting something like you might find major theme park you will be disappointed but if you have a kid who likes trains (and most do)... More 

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Bryan, Texas
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Reviewed 2 December 2015

This was a pleasant but short excursion with Christmas displays on both sides of the track and a narrative and music as well. It was nice listening to the other passengers reminiscing about their prior trips.

Thank jacqueline_payne
Humble, Texas
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258 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2015

This little train is a lot of fun, I think it is called a narrow gage railroad. The trip is not very long but it is a fun ride. I have been to Jefferson several times and it was not always open. I don't know if it was weather, repairs or the days we were there. It is a neat... More 

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Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

We took the Ghost Train Tour. Meeting in the depot at 8:00 and listening to ghost stories while sipping on a complimentary beverage was nice. Boarded the train and left the depot promptly at 9:00. We probably should have taken the day train tour. While the train went leisurely through the woods, it was dark and none of the "sights"... More 

Thank Ellen R
north west england
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

boarding the open carriages (much more fun than the closed ones) the train carried a wide range of passengers as it banged along the tracks. With just enough commentary to be interesting without intrusive we enjoyed the steady pace. Halfway along everyone gets off to walk down to the pond to see the alligators being fed.(it's part of the train... More 

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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2015

Rode the train..great experience! Train is replicate of a steam engine and offers a scenic route better than the Train ride from Rusk, TX to Palestine. Stops and lets passengers watch the feeding of alligators within an enclosed lake.

2 Thank Mark W
Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2014

The light show was great, if a little hokey... It's geared to kids, but my wife (a kid at heart) loved it too. They could use some help with the narrator's script, and the sound system had a short, but the operators were all good-hearted folks and weren't in the "rush you through" business at all. They seemed concerned that... More 

1 Thank Randini101a
Nacogdoches, TX
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Reviewed 15 December 2014

Was excited about the Rail of Lights Christmas tour! The depot is quite nice, with a Child hugging Santa and nice decorations. That's about as far as we should have gone. Is obviously past it's prime. Small displays every so often, Lights could have been put up by a 10 yr old, very disappointed in this. Go to Santa Land... More 

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