Railway Christmas at Exporail: from November 18, 2016 to January 8, 2017

16 November 2016
Railway Christmas at Exporail:  from November 18, 2016 to January 8, 2017

November 15, 2016 – From November 18, 2016 to January 8, 2017, Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum will transport its visitors into the Magic of Christmas. Many vehicles will be decorated and illuminated in the Grand Gallery, activities will be offered and Santa will meet the visitors! Railway Christmas is a must-see event for the whole family where everyone can awaken their inner child!

Upon entering the Grand Gallery, visitors will immediately be immersed in a festive atmosphere with decorated vehicles: a freight car full of toys, illuminated locomotives, an elves' sled, a railroad car filled with reindeers... Christmas stockings will be hidden in vehicles all over the exhibit hall, so be alert!

Under the Christmas tree, a model electric train will remind visitors of the traditional Christmas spirit and entice them to visit our model train room where two networks are in operation.

Creativity and tasty treats will be present again this year with a Christmas cookies' decoration activity from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For $2, participants will be given a gingerbread cookie and the necessary material to make it look festive!

Saturdays and Sundays, children can enjoy listening to the railway tale of Peter the Hogger presented at 1:30 p.m. in one of our baggage cars redecorated with Christmas colors. Then, along with their parents or grandparents, children can visit our Craft Workshop from 11:30 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. where they can create their own Christmas tree decoration.

Come and Meet Santa: Children will be able to write Santa a letter and mail it in our mail-express car in time for Christmas! From November 19 to December 18, 2016, they can even meet Santa in person: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Outside, take a ride on the Miniature Railway: don't forget your mittens and tuques!

New: Visit of the Saskatchewan Car
The Saskatchewan car was built in 1883 for Sir William Cornelius Van Horne (1843-1915), who used it during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway's transcontinental line, and later as a private car until 1915. For the event, this car will be decorated in the spirit of Victorian Christmas. Visitors, 12 and older, will be able to learn more during an English tour at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Saint-Constant hosts its very first Christmas Market!
On December 9, 10 and 11, more than 40 artisans from the food and crafts sectors will be installed in the halls of Exporail, to offer their products to the general public. Muscovy ducks, artisanal delicatessen, ciders, fine chocolates... enough to make your guests salivate during your festive receptions! Moreover, many gift ideas await you, just in time to complete your holiday shopping! Among others, you will find textile creations, handmade soap, Russian dolls and other cabinetwork items in addition to many winter articles made of wool of sheep or alpaca.

Market Schedule:
Friday, December 9 - from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 - from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tea Service: from December 17, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum will be serving tea to visitors (aged 13 and over) aboard a luxurious business car in the Grand Gallery of the Angus Pavilion, which once belonged to Charles Melville Hays (1856-1912) the President of the Grand Trunk Railway. Seating is limited and this special one and a half hour activity is available by reservation only. After a brief tour of the car brimming with anecdotes, visitors will be seated for tea at one of two tables (four or five persons) and have the privilege of indulging in delicious homemade pastries similar to those once served during the Holiday Season aboard CN dining cars at the turn of the century. What could be better than going back in time while savouring the present moment?

Menu: Gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, shortbread cookies, butter tarts, mincemeat tarts, fruit cake, plain scones and Orange Pekoe tea served with cream and lemon.

Schedule: Tea is served at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Price: $30 p.p. + taxes (includes admission fee to Exporail).

Reservations: 450 638-1522 ext. 231

Useful Information
From November 4, 2016 to May 21, 2017:
open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open for groups only during the week, reservations required (Outdoor site is closed).

Holiday Schedule: open December 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2016 and January 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Outdoor site is closed).

About Exporail
Exporail is a project of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, a non-profit organization.  

Exporail's regular activities are funded in part by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and benefit from the support of Ville de Saint-Constant and Ville de Delson. Exporail is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage and Employment and Social Development Canada, for special projects. Financial support is also provided by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Emploi-Québec Montérégie, Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) de Roussillon, CN, Canadian Pacific, VIA Rail Canada, Canadian Railroad Historical Association Foundation, Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) and Société de transport de Montréal (STM).


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Source and Press Contact:
Bruno Cordellier, Communications Officer
Phone: 450 638-1522, ext 249
email: bruno.cordellier@exporail.org