Autism Friendly – Santa Express – 12 & Under Family Event
November 27, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
Sun, Moon & Stars is very excited to announce our most popular event of the year… The Autism Friendly Santa Express! This is our sixth year of partnership with the Railroad Museum of New England. The Noon time slot on November 27th is reserved exclusively for families with children on the autism spectrum. The Autism Friendly Santa Express is a judgement-free time for families to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves. There will be “sensory considerations” with lowered Holiday Music but please feel free to bring noise cancelling earphones if necessary for your child to be comfortable.
You are more than welcome to bring items for your child to be occupied as Santa and Mrs. Claus take their time to visit with each child. The train ride is a full hour and twenty minutes.
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW FOR FULL AND PROPER EXPECTATIONS:
*All passengers riding the Santa Express will experience:
*The Train is lighted and seasonally decorated inside and out | A visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus | A visit by Santa with hand delivered gifts
*All children will receive: A special gift from Santa’s Toy Bag along with a bell from Santa
Classes of Service:
Coach: $19.95 |70 Person Capacity | Comfortable seating in our 1920’s era Canadian National coaches | Visits with each child by Santa and Mrs. Claus | Visits by Santa’s elves
First Class: $54.50 | 35 Person Capacity | Seating in our 1920s era 1st Class Lounge car with lounge seating (limited to 35 reserved seats) seasonally decorated inside and out | Longer visits with each child by Santa and Mrs. Claus | Hot chocolate service in Special Travel Mug |Gift Bag with additional information and goodies
*****To make your visit as smooth and enjoyable as possible, we have some important information to bring to your attention:
**ADDRESS: Boarding is at Thomaston Station, 242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT – please note that because our station is positioned below an overpass, GPS will have you stop in the road on the overpass.
**ARRIVAL TIME: All trains leave precisely at their scheduled times – please plan to be at the Station at least 30 minutes prior to departure to allow for parking and retrieving your tickets. Please plan your drive with weather and traffic taken into account as refunds/transfers will not be made for missed trains.
**PARKING is free onsite at the Thomaston Station. Carpooling is encouraged when possible.
**WEATHER: Trains will run during rain or snow except in a case when the State of Connecticut issues orders that roads are officially closed due to treacherous conditions. Only if this happens will refunds/rescheduling be offered.
T**ICKETS are not mailed – passengers will pick up their tickets the day of their scheduled ride at the “Will Call” counter inside of the historic Thomaston Station.
**RESTROOMS: There are NO restrooms on the trains; our restrooms are located just south of the
DISCLAIMER – SUN, MOON & STARS:
*Sun, Moon & Stars organizes community events and collaborates with local establishments to provide its member-families with a judgment-free and supportive environment.
*Sun, Moon & Stars does not provide therapeutic services or behavioral support at any such event. Each of our children has unique abilities and/or limitations and it is therefore critical that you are prepared to accommodate your child’s individual needs during a Sun, Moon & Stars activity or outing.
*We welcome you to invite additional family members or your behavioral therapist to accompany and assist you with making you and your child’s experience at a Sun, Moon & Stars event successful.
*Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all.”