Sleigh bells are ringing and snow is glistening on the 2012 Philadelphia Santa Express.
On Black Friday, November 23, ride SEPTA’s Santa Express, a special holiday-themed train which will deliver guests to The Gallery at Market East where there will be a Christmas parade throughout the mall.
The special service includes five colorfully decorated trains featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, Santa’s helpers (SEPTA employee volunteers) and a spirited group of magicians, face painters and costumed characters.
This annual event marks the first day of Santa Claus’ presence at The Gallery; take photos with him for a special token to remember the 2012 holiday season by.
Two decorated Market-Frankford Line trains will depart both 69th Street Transportation Center and Frankford Transportation Center (Bridge Street Entrance) at 10 a.m., making all stops. The scheduled arrival at The Gallery At Market East is 10:22 a.m. from 69th Street, and 10:22 a.m. from Frankford.
A decorated Broad Street Line train departs Fern Rock Transportation Center at 10 a.m., making only Express stops. The train is scheduled to arrive at The Gallery at 10:17 a.m. A decorated holiday train will also run on the Media/Elwyn and Warminster Regional Rail Lines. For the complete schedule, check here.
And for our guide to Black Friday, including specials and events at boutiques, restaurants and museums, head over here.
SEPTA Santa Express 2012
When: Friday, November 23, trains depart at 10 a.m. and arrive at the Gallery at various times (see above)
Where: Five SEPTA trains total run on the Market-Frankford, Broad Street, Media/Elwyn and Warminster Regional Rail Lines; end destination is the Gallery At Market East, 9th & Market Streets
Cost: Varies depending on departure point
More info: www.galleryatmarketeast.com