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Roswell Christmas Railway prepares for 4th season

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Improvements to the train experience include a longer ride time and Christmas music. (Submitted Photo)

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The Roswell Christmas Railway will open its fourth season Nov. 29, according to a press release issued by Roebuck Entertainment, the event’s organizer.

In its first three seasons, the RCR saw more than 40,000 visitors from New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and beyond enjoy the festivities hosted at the Roswell Zoo. This year, Roebuck Entertainment is introducing various improvements to the attraction, according to the press release — including changes to the namesake train ride.

The train is no longer how one travels to Santa’s village. “Instead it is something you do when you arrive at the village,” said Jacob Roebuck, producer of the Roswell Christmas Railway, “Guests will now enter the village on foot, board at St. Nicholas Station, then enjoy a full round-trip ride on the train.

Joe Huckaby, Roswell Christmas Railway manager, said, “The most important reason for the change is we want our guests to come visit Santa’s village as early as they want. No more waiting for your train time — come into the village as soon as we open each night at 5.”

Other improvements to the train include a longer ride time and Christmas music onboard.

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Other major upgrades include Elf Town and The Christmas Light Maze. Elf Town — the place where elves live and play — features a magical mountain light show and a snow play area. To get to Elf Town, visitors must find their way through the Christmas Light Maze, a display featuring more than 100,000 lights.

The 2019 season also brings some changes in dining options with the “Plaza de Navidad” serving Christmas tacos and tamales. Local entertainment takes the stage at the Plaza de Navidad, featuring performances by Studio+, Sierra Middle School Choir, Just Dance, Goddard High School Choir, Roswell High School Cheerleaders, Roswell High School Choir, Asi se Baila Ballet Folkorico, 1st United Methodists Church Children’s Choir (Artesia), Roswell Flute Ensemble, Lively Piano Students and more.

2019 Dates are Nov. 29-30; Dec. 1; Dec. 6 – 8; Dec. 13-15; Dec. 18-24; and Dec. 26-28. Hours are 5-9 p.m.

Visit www.RoswellChristmasRailway.com for full schedule, ticket pricing and information on advance sales, along with other information about the event, powered by Xcel Energy.

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