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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat postpones North Pole Express until 2021, will hold outdoor experience this holiday season

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ESSEX, Conn. (WTNH)– The North Pole Express and Santa Special Elf Academy Train Excursions in Essex have been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat announced on their website Wednesday that they have made the difficult but responsible decision to postpone their annual operation of The North Pole Express and Santa Special Elf Academy Train Excursions until 2021.

The company says that due to the close proximity within the train cars and the interactive nature of the production, it is in the best interest of their customers and entertainers to instead produce an outdoor experience at Essex Station this holiday season.

This year’s event will be called Christmas Adventures at Essex Station and it will be an interactive, safe, and socially distant experience where you can navigate the grounds on a self-guided tour with sweet treats, photo opportunities, and a visit with Santa at his workshop available.

President of Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Kevin Dodd said, “We’re going to be having some events here at the Essex Station. We’re going to be doing some walk-throughs, lots of great decorations. People are going to be enjoying a socially-distant, socially-acceptable Santa visit. We’re going to have Mrs. Claus; you’ll see the elves. There’s going to be a lot to do here…It’s just gonna look a little different. But it’s gonna be great because everything we do, we always put our heart and soul into it.”

Full details will be announced with a schedule for dining experiences aboard The Holiday Essex Clipper Dinner Trail here.

For the full letter from Essex Steam Train and Riverboat to their customers, read below:

Dear Valued Customers,

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, your safety and comfort has been and continues to be our top priority. With that at the forefront of our minds and top of our list as we plan for the holidays, we have made the difficult, but responsible decision to postpone operation of The North Pole Express and Santa Special Elf Academy Train Excursions until 2021. Due to the close proximity within the train cars and the interactive nature of our beloved North Pole Express and Santa Special Elf Academy productions, it is in the best interest of our customers and entertainers to use our collective talents and produce an amazing outdoor experience at Essex Station this holiday season.

We are excited to invite you to experience Christmas Adventures at Essex Station! This will be an interactive, safe, and socially distant experience for you to enjoy with family and friends as you navigate the grounds on an approximately 1-hour self-guided tour where sweet treats, photo opportunities, and a socially acceptable visit with Santa at his workshop are among the treats in store!

We LOVE Christmas!!! We REALLY love Christmas and look forward to the holidays as much as you and your family do, so we are working very hard on this spectacular outdoor holiday display that encompasses the spirit of the season and keeps the magic of Christmas alive! Combine this with a two-hour dining ticket aboard The Essex Clipper Dinner Train for an extended and memorable experience for the more mature audience.

Full details will be announced shortly along with a schedule for dining experiences aboard The Holiday Essex Clipper Dinner Train (exclusive for 2020).

In the meantime, we hope that you stay safe and well.

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