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Holiday Express Lights Up Blackberry Farm

Bring the family for a magical and memorable experience – just like visiting the North Pole! Blackberry Farm is a winter wonderland amid thousands of twinkling lights, festive holiday decorations and happy holiday music. Take a ride on the Holiday Express train – a charming tour around scenic Lake Gregory – and enjoy a hay wagon ride, too. Back in the historic pioneer village, you’ll enjoy crafts, a reindeer food bar, story readings of holiday classics at the one-room schoolhouse and…a special visit with Santa. Food and drinks available for purchase. All ticket sales are final.


Holiday Express Hours

Thursday, Dec. 5, 12 & 19: 5 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13 & 20: 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 7-8, 14-15 & 21-22: 2 to 7 p.m.


Holiday Express Activities

Santa and his elves will be at Blackberry Farm each weekend, collecting children’s wish lists at the Early Streets Museum. There’s a sleigh full of other activities, including:


Gift Shop: Find antique vintage toys and stocking stuffers.

A Huntoon Christmas: Visit holiday displays and get a holiday themed tattoo!

North Pole Oasis (Carriage Museum): Warm up with indoor crafts and great Christmas music. Concessions are available for purchase. Stop by the Reindeer Food Bar and create a feed bag to put out on Christmas Eve.

Candy Cane Village (Adventure Playground): Enjoy Blackberry’s beautifully lit playground (weather permitting).

North Pole Depot: All Aboard the Holiday Express Train!

Winter Sleigh Ride: Dash through the snow on a cozy hayride.

Reindeer Training Facility (Pony Ring): Santa’s reindeer are training for the big day – come see ponies trying to join his team!

Little Elf Hobby Shoppe (Weaver’s Cabin): Create a bird feeder to keep birds fed throughout the winter.

Sugar Plum Playland: Explore the winter-themed sensory table. This attraction closes at dusk.

Gingerbread School House: Listen to classic holiday stories while keeping warm by our real wood burning stove.

Kringle’s Café: Stop by Santa’s favorite café for some delicious hot cocoa and treats.

Also featured is a lineup of special guests, including:

Dec. 8 – Mrs. Claus Story Time, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 15 – World’s Tallest Toy Soldier, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 – Ice Carving Demonstration, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 22 – a Mrs. Claus Story Time, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Rd, Aurora, IL 60506


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