Special Events

Upcoming July Events

Christmas in JULY!

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Join Santa as he vacations in Stearns during our Christmas in July event. Santa will be decked out Hawaiian style because of the heat but he’ll still be making his list and checking it twice. There’ll be decorations, Christmas carols, and lots of opportunities for photos with Santa! As you board the train, you’ll be honored to receive a Hawaiian lei from the North Pole.

Weather permitting, the outdoor Market on Henderson Street with local crafters and their art will provide our guests with an opportunity to do some early, early Christmas gift shopping. We’ll also be having an extra special discount (one day only) for the purchase of the 2019 Stearns Polar Express beginning in November

Christmas in July

Past Events

Memorial Day Train – May 27th

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Remember Those Who Served. All Gave Some, Some Gave All. The Memorial Day Train will be May 27th, 2019 at 11:00 AM! At 10:30 AM a memorial ceremony will be held in cooperation with the VFW.

We look forward to seeing everyone there to SUPPORT our VETERANS.

Kentucky Derby Train – May 4th

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Join us May 4th, as we celebrate the Kentucky Derby, the South’s oldest sporting event, with the Kentucky Derby Train. All kids 8 and under are invited to compete in stick horse races. Winners of each race will receive a certificate and a rose. There will be a hat contest for ladies. Winner will get roses. Trains will depart with a live performance of Stephen Foster’s state song, ‘My Old Kentucky Home, Goodnight,’ and a live musician’s call to post.

Whistle Stop, located inside the historic depot, will serve traditional Derby Day food in the restaurant.

The trip will last approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hour, in an 8 mile round trip journey into Kentucky’s coal country.

Mother’s Day Train – May 10th, 11th, and 12th

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The Mother’s Day Train will run May 10th, 11th, and 12th! Mother’s with children riding will receive 25% OFF! On May 12th the first 25 mothers will receive a carnation. Whistle Stop will also feature a special menu.

Moonshine Limited Train – May 18th

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The Moonshine Limited Train will be May 18th, 2019! Train times will be 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM. We will have a live storyteller inside the depot and a live narrator will be on the train. We will also have a MOONSHINE STILL inside the Depot. Whistle Stop will feature a special menu.

Other area events on May 18th:

Blue Herron Decoration Day (See link for activities schedule)
Moonbow at Cumberland Falls (See the World Famous Moonbow in the evening)

Easter Bunny Express

We have a full slate of Special Events for 2019 here at the Big South Fork Scenic Railway! On April 20th, our popular Easter Bunny Express kicks off the season- get in touch today for details!


By far our most popular event of the year is The POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! For more information on that, please visit our dedicated Polar Express website!