Family fun in store on Santa's Snowbird Express

Annual elf roundups begin
Nov 09, 2018

Unity — “I’ve almost finished my reindeer roundup,” Santa told the press this week. “Now I’ve got to go out and find my elves. They like to get into trouble all year long, and it’s time for them to get back to their jobs at the Pole.”

To help Santa round up his elves, reserve a seat on Santa’s Snowbird Express, departing from Unity on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., from Thanksgiving weekend through the entire pre-Christmas week.

Passengers on the 11 a.m. trips can reserve lunch, which includes hot soup, sandwiches, mulled cider and treats. Reservations areaa must for meals; the menu is available at thorndikemill.org.

The train schedule includes a 40-minute visit to historic Farwell’s Mill in Thorndike for food and elfin activities by the fire. Dress for the outdoors; spaces are heated, but drafty. The entire excursion is two hours round-trip.

For details and reservations, visit belfastandmooseheadlakerail.org.

“That old mill is a likely place for elf mischief,” said Santa, in a rare personal interview. “I’ll be riding the train myself, and Mrs. Claus will go on ahead to keep them busy 'til the train arrives.”

Santa's Snowbird Express is a project of Brooks Preservation Society, Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad, and Timelines Community Inc., all 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations.

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